San Diego GRE Prep
Headed to grad school?
Are you a service member who needs to take the GRE?
Here are the four ways I can help.
1. Vince's free GRE resources. Click here to see my GRE study plans and much more.
2. Online GRE courses. Just scroll down a bit to check them out.
3. Vince's in-person GRE classes. Scroll down for the schedule. Classes are limited to 12 people per class and include free Saturday office hours with Vince so you can get extra help.
We have GRE classes all year long, so contact Vince if you're looking for a later date.
4. One-on-one GRE tutoring for a completely customized experience. To see our GRE tutors' bios, locations, and pricing, click here.
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GRE Class Schedule
GRE Math (Customized)
What people need for GRE math prep varies quite a bit, so unlike most online math courses, mine is customized. We'll create a complete GRE math study plan based on your unique situation and skill level.
Includes unlimited email access to Vince for fine-tuning. Once you sign up, we'll schedule a meeting or call to get started.
Instructor: Vince Kotchian
GRE Webinar: Learn How To Prepare On Your Own
Thinking about preparing for the GRE by yourself? This live webinar is designed to help you make the most of your time and budget and avoid common mistakes.
The group will be limited to 25 people to allow plenty of time for questions. You'll receive a recording of the webinar after it's over.
Key benefit: You'll leave with a clear understanding of how to begin self-studying for the GRE.
Location: Zoom online classroom (I'll send you the link a few days before the event).
Date and Time: December 17th, 2019, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Vince Kotchian
Cost: $19 (if you sign up by Dec. 10th) $25 (after Dec. 10th)
GRE Verbal Class (in person)
Dates: Dec. 2nd, 9th, and 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
(Mondays) (3 Meetings)
Instructor: Vince Kotchian
Location: Vince Kotchian Test Prep
Cost: $395. Contact Vince before registering if you're active duty military or a full-time student for a discount.
Availability: 7 of 12 spots left
GRE Math Class (in person)
Dates: Dec. 4th, 11th, + 18th, Jan. 8th + 15th
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
(Wednesdays) (5 Meetings)
Instructor: Vince Kotchian
Location: Vince Kotchian Test Prep
Cost: $595. Contact Vince before registering if you're active duty military or a full-time student for a discount.
Availability: 8 of 12 spots left
ABOUT OUR GRE CLASSES
What will this class cover?
GRE Math courses cover the math sections of the test and GRE Verbal courses cover the verbal and essay sections - taking both a math and verbal class will prepare you for the entire GRE.
After doing this for 11 years and working with all kinds of people, I'm really good at explaining the GRE. My expert advice combined with the opportunity to talk things through with me will raise your scores - as long as you're willing to put in some hard work. I'll cover both concepts and strategies and throw in every tip, trick, and hack I've learned over the years.
Here are a few of the takeaways:
- All GRE math concepts explained in simple terms
- How to precisely prove answers for vocab and reading passages
- How to deal with tricky critical reasoning questions
- How to make sure you're ready to write great essays
- How to develop good technique and strategy for verbal and math questions
- How to squeeze the most value out of practice questions through analysis
- How to effectively study outside of class
- How to decipher the GRE's patterns, logic, and rules
- How to analyze your practice tests and make better test-taking decisions
Everything we do is designed to maximize your test-day performance and your score.
What's included in the price?
- Weekly in-person office hours with Vince so you can get extra help!
- A 1, 2, 3, or 4 month study plan that covers every part of the GRE.
- All books and materials. (For online classes, these are shipped / emailed to you.)
- Hundreds of video explanations of GRE questions and concepts. In-person GRE verbal classes include free access to my complete online GRE verbal course (normally $149).
What makes your classes different?
Long answer: Does your hairdresser do your taxes?
Short answer: I've been doing this for 11 years.
Test prep is not a common career, so most test prep teachers - especially those who work for big organizations - are working part-time while they finish grad school or look for a "normal" job in their field of interest. Once these instructors move on, the big company hires more newbies and the cycle repeats. This is why big companies and universities don't tell you who's teaching their classes.
In-person GRE Verbal courses are $395 for 9 hours of class time, and in-person GRE Math courses are $595 for 15 hours of class time. Discounts are available for students and active duty military. Taking both a verbal and a math class will prepare you for the entire test.
When should I take a class?
It's better to take a class first and then study on your own as opposed to vice versa, because by taking a class, you'll learn how to study more effectively, with the right materials. The GRE is NOT about memorization - so don't worry about forgetting what you learned in the class if your test isn't coming up right away. In fact, you will really benefit from having some time to practice on your own after the class ends!
Who should NOT take the class?
Everyone, even high scorers, will probably benefit from a verbal class. Learning more precise verbal technique and analysis skills will raise your score, even if it's already high.
If you are very solid on math concepts, keep in mind that in GRE math classes we spend a lot of time teaching concepts. So, the main benefit to you might be the test-specific techniques we teach as well as the accountability and structure the class provides.
What's that, you say? You know your math concepts AND you have the discipline of a Navy SEAL? Then check out our customized math prep option.
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"This class will help you gain confidence and do better on your GRE. Vince doesn't just teach a class and go home. He emails constantly to help hold you to your study plan. He creates opportunities for fellow students to get together and help study. Even after the class is over he continues to follow up with everybody to see if they need help or advice on how to tweak their study habits. In the class, you won't get a wrote set of, "do this if you see this problem." Vince teaches you how to dissect the question, identify patterns and build an understanding of the logic behind the test and questions. If you're looking for a highly personalized and efficient method to help build confidence and skills to master this test, sign up!"
- Ted Pease
"I took the GRE course with Vince, and it was excellent! Vince is so professional and patient, he answered every question I had asap, and I had a lot!! I am a foreign student, now applying for a PhD in California, and I wasn't at all familiar with the GRE test and the whole application process here. Vince was so helpful and walked me through the whole process. He has great ways of teaching and bringing very clear examples of both ways to solve math problems and writing essays. I am so glad I chose him! The small group and personal atmosphere really made it easier to concentrate and understand everything he was talking about. Would give him even more than 5 stars! Thank you Vince!!"
- Simona Showstack
"I took a GRE class with Vince as well as enlisted his help on writing my statement of intent for grad school. I got into my dream program, which is very competitive, and I owe a lot of that to the fabulous advice I got from Vince. He is always available via email, and responds quickly which is so important during stressful times like taking the GRE, wondering if you should re-take the GRE, wondering what is the most important thing to focus on in your statement, wondering if what you wrote is just not jiving with the reader (he's totally honest with the kindest of deliveries). Really guys, Vince is the real deal and totally worth the cost when making it into your dream program on your first try is of the utmost importance. Thank you Vince!"
- Chelsie Saunders
San Diego GRE Tutoring
The most important question for you to ask, we think, is "Who will be the person tutoring me?"
Our competitors hire new tutors and give them a fixed curriculum to teach. We hire long-time tutors (average experience: 9 years) and trust them to adapt the tutoring to the student for a completely customized experience.
Look for each tutor's location and pricing in their bio.
Vince: I grew up in small-town Connecticut and completed the honors program at Boston College, graduating with a B.A. in English Literature. I moved to San Diego in 2007, and I’ve been working full-time as a test-prep tutor ever since. Along the way, I've written some test-prep books and courses, but I still enjoy tutoring, even after 11 years. When a student texts me that she aced the test or got into her reach school, I still literally jump up and down and grin.
In my spare time, I like traveling using miles and points (Japan is our favorite country to visit), reading (favorite authors include Haruki Murakami, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, and Philip Pullman), watching The Great British Bake-Off (and sometimes actually baking things), hiking and camping, and rooting for the Red Sox and Patriots. I live in the Kensington neighborhood with my hilarious wife and our crazy cat.
Vince specializes in working with GRE students applying to healthcare fields: SLP, OT, PT, PA, etc. His GRE tutoring rate is $180 / hour ($162 / hour for 10 or more hours) and he meets students in his Sorrento Valley office, or online. He has limited weekday availability only.
Vince also teaches all of our GRE classes.
Matt: I am originally from Hopkinton, Massachusetts - the start of the historic Boston Marathon. I went to college at Northwestern University, where I graduated with a degree in Theatre. After college, I wised up and moved to the warmer coast. I worked in Los Angeles for many years as a full-time SAT / ACT tutor and part-time arts educator.
I have been tutoring for over 10 years and have spent thousands of hours helping students improve their scores. Recently, I moved to San Diego after getting a M.A. in Education from Stanford University, and I currently work as a credentialed classroom teacher.
When I’m not working, I enjoy good books, performing improv comedy, surfing, watching Game of Thrones, and enjoying the charms of San Diego. I live in North Park, where I love to get out and take advantage of all the delicious food in the area. I am also a huge Boston sports fan - the Patriots, Red Sox, and Celtics are my favorite teams.
GRE tutoring with Matt is $149 an hour ($134 / hour for 10 or more hours). He meets with students in North Park, or online.
Blake: I’m a native San Diegan, father, and an aficionado of basketball, vintage video games, pitchy karaoke, and lecturing my son on how much better Star Wars was "back in the day." I played college basketball at St. Mary’s College and Whittier College where I earned my B.A. in Psychology in 2002.
Having been a full time test prep coach for over 13 years, I have seen just about every type of student and tutoring situation. This allows me to give my students exactly what they need to reach their goals.
My years of experience have also led me to coach my students a little differently than most. A lot of test prep revolves around how to answer a question. While that is a necessary component, there is something missing. Identifying what is needed to answer a question is at least as important, especially for timed tests like the SAT, ACT and GRE. I show my students how to look at the test the way I do, to the patterns and tendencies of the tests to make students faster and more accurate.
Though I still work with students of all types, these days I tend to specialize in students with ambitious score goals.
GRE tutoring with Blake is $149 / hour (or $134 / hour for 10 or more hours). Please note, the only time Blake is available for GRE tutoring is before 2 p.m. on weekdays.
Bronte: My fondest memories of growing up here in San Diego are the Sunday evenings I spent cruising the beaches of Coronado with a gyro in one hand and a portable camera in the other (the kind you had to drop off at CVS to get developed)!
After graduating from SDSU, I accepted my first job as a SAT/ACT instructor. I quickly realized that my ability to be meticulous, my passion for problem solving and puzzles, and my inherent drive to organize information allowed me to mechanically maneuver students through standardized tests.
After living in Denver for the better part of five years, I moved back here - as beautiful as a white Christmas was, I recently became an aunt and knew I had to get home to my family. You can still find me hanging out on the sand, although my portable camera has been replaced with a math book and my gyro with an acai bowl.
GRE tutoring with Bronte is $120 per hour ($108 / hour for 10 or more hours). She particularly loves helping students who struggle with math.
Bronte meets with students in her Point Loma office or online.
"I was tutored by both Vince and Blake for the GRE and they both were excellent! Not only were they both supportive, extremely helpful, and very upfront, I never felt judged or dumb by any questions or concerns I had (something I have experienced by previous tutors). I had taken the GRE 3 times prior before meeting them, and I couldn't do anything to improve my verbal score no matter how much I prepared or studied. I met with them only 4 times, twice with Blake and twice with Vince, and I raised my verbal section 6 points (from a 144 to a 150) and was able finally to meet the criteria I needed to apply to my graduate programs! I wish I had known about their test prep sooner to be able to spend more time with them, but I am so happy I finally did. I highly recommend their test prep as someone who as always struggled with standardized and timed tests. These guys are great at what they do and helped me even when I thought it was too late!"
- Jordan Mason
"My biggest concern was the QR section (I hadn't taken a math class in over 13 years and my career thus far didn't involve anything beyond basic algebra), so I enrolled in private tutoring with Bronte. She was an absolute delight to work with. I could come to her with high level questions and she'd break down the concepts and help me identify what was actually being tested and directed me towards which practice problems/exercises would be most beneficial to me. She wouldn't just give me the answer, but would work through problems with me and again, never made me feel stupid for not knowing how to do something I judged to be simple and basic. Scheduling was a breeze, she was easy to communicate with and was ALWAYS pleasant and encouraging. In the end, I walked away with scores well above what I needed to get into my program of choice."
- Taylor Wycoff