ACT & SAT prep in San Diego, near you, & online
New! We've got the latest info on the Digital SAT (coming in 2024).
Competitive colleges are harder to get into than ever, but you probably realize a great SAT or ACT score isn't just going to happen without a smart study plan and some targeted instruction. We're happy to help your kid learn how to handle these tricky tests and make it more likely that their scores reflect their spark, so they have more college admissions and scholarship opportunities.
With the right kind of instruction, the SAT / ACT prep process can be efficient and effective, even for kids with LD/ADHD, or test anxiety, or for those who are bad test-takers. We're old hands at this stuff, and our many years of experience have taught us what works and what doesn't, so you can get the test over with and move on with the rest of high school.
Most of our SAT and ACT students are juniors and seniors, but we sometimes work with sophomores if there's a good reason for them to take the test(s) during sophomore year. Our process includes helping you figure out whether the SAT or the ACT is better for you, since ALL colleges take both tests.
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Here are our 2 options for SAT / ACT prep
OPTION 1. Our live SAT classes.
Each SAT class is limited to just 12 students to keep it fun, interactive, and engaging. For real.
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The most important factor in SAT / ACT prep is the person teaching you.
"Our daughter worked with Matt Sheelen to prepare for the ACT, and she could not have been more pleased. Matt gave her clear strategies to improve in the areas that she needed to most, and, from her 1st practice test to the real test, she raised her score 8 points! She did so well on the actual test the 1st time she took it, that she did not even need to re-take it, as many students choose to do. On top of Matt's expertise, he happens to be a really great guy that relates well to teens (and their parents :-) ). My daughter really enjoyed working with him and we highly recommend him."
- ACT Parent
"My 17 year old daughter used Blake this past summer for a month to help her improve her SAT scores for college admittance. Blake thoroughly trained her for the test and she felt prepared going in on text day. Her scores went up 200 points with Blake's fantastic tutoring help. She got a 1250 and is thrilled. Blake is worth every penny of your time. Thank you again."
- SAT Parent
"My daughter worked with Bronte D’Acquisto for about two months to prepare for her SAT and ACT. Bronte’s help was invaluable! She assessed where Fiona’s strong points and weak points were on both tests, and worked to improve on the weak points. They offered proctored practice tests so you can take the test in a testing situation, which I highly recommend. My daughter got exceptional scores on both tests on the first attempt, and I think Bronte’s focused tutoring made all the difference. Thank you!!"
- ACT Parent
"(Student) and I will always be grateful to you, Vince, for all the support and guidance you provided to him which enabled him to do amazing on his SAT. He was also thrilled that he only had to take it one time. I will admit, getting private SAT tutoring was definitely a sacrifice...especially being both a single mom and a teacher, but it was honestly the absolute BEST investment. His GPA is not very high, so I know his SAT score really helped him, not only with being admitted to every school he applied to, but also with the merit scholarships he earned. They offered him a guaranteed slot into their direct entry doctor of physical therapy program as well as a full-tuition scholarship beginning freshman year and continuing until the completion of his doctoral program."
- SAT Parent, The Bishop's School