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ACT & SAT Prep Classes and Tutoring in San Diego
Parents: We have two main options to help: SAT and ACT classes, and one-on-one SAT and ACT tutoring.
OPTION 1. Our in-person SAT and ACT group classes (temporarily now online via Zoom)
This option is good for: People who know which test they're taking and when they're taking it - and who don't want one-on-one tutoring.
Each class is limited to just 12 students per class to keep it fun, interactive, and engaging for students at all skill levels.
Scroll down just a bit to see the class schedule.
OPTION 2. One-on-one SAT / ACT Tutoring (offered online via Zoom)
This option is good for: People who want a completely customized approach to test prep. Working one-on-one with a private tutor is the most efficient and effective way to raise your test scores.
To learn more about our SAT / ACT tutors and about their locations and pricing, please click here.
In Person SAT Classes
SAT Complete Class
6 / 12 Remaining
Through conversation and Matt's expert advice, you'll learn a LOT more about how the SAT is written and about the rules it plays by than if you were studying on your own. He'll cover both concepts and strategies and throw in every tip, trick, and hack he's learned over the past 12 years.
Note: Since the SAT is about strategy and experience as opposed to memorization, this class will prepare you for ANY upcoming SAT test date if you continue practicing on your own with the skills you learn in the class.
Class meets Sundays + 1 Saturday.
Dates: Starts Apr. 19th; ends May 31st (skips 5/24)
Time: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
(6 Meetings) **Note: the one Saturday class will meet on May 9th, so no class May 10th**
Instructor: Matt Sheelen
Location: Zoom meeting (online)
ABOUT OUR SAT / ACT CLASSES
What Will This Class Cover?
SAT / ACT "Complete" classes cover ALL parts of the test.
Through conversation and our expert advice, you'll learn a LOT more about how the test is written and about the rules it plays by than if you were studying on your own. We'll cover both concepts and strategies and throw in every tip, trick, and hack we've learned over the years.
Here Are a Few of the Takeaways:
- All math concepts explained in plain English
- How to precisely prove answers for vocab and reading passages
- A thorough understanding of tested grammar concepts
- 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
- How to effectively study outside of class
- How to decipher the test'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?
- All books and materials, which include many official practice tests.
- Three official, proctored practice tests (these are held on various Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. at our Sorrento Valley office and are in addition to the normal class hours)
What Makes Your Classes Different?
Long answer: Does your hairdresser do your taxes?
Short answer: We've been doing this for many years.
Test prep is not a common career, so most test prep teachers 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 company hires more newbies and the cycle repeats. This is why most companies and universities don't tell you who's teaching their classes.
What Are Former Students Saying?
SAT / ACT: "Complete" courses are $850 for 20 hours of class time. The price includes 3 official proctored practice tests to be taken outside of normal class hours; class time plus testing time adds up to 32 hours.
When Should I Take a Class?
It's usually best to sign up for a class with a particular test date in mind that you will take after the end of our class. Both the SAT and the ACT are offered several times a year. Here's a link to the SAT schedule, and here's a link to the ACT schedule.
Who Should Not Take A Class?
SAT / ACT: If you already have a 1430+ / 32+ on an official practice test or real test, first of all - nice job, dude. One-on-one tutoring is going to be more efficient and effective to help you get those last few points.
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"I recently took the SAT course with Matt. He was extremely helpful and patient. He kept the class light and fun all while giving us an immense amount of information. I’ve never fully understood grammatical concepts, but now I’m confident in that subject area thanks to Matt. Also, he gave me a new perspective on how to solve various reading and math problems that I would not have understood before. 10/10 recommend this class to whoever is looking for a prep course."
- Izzy Dogget
"Coming into the SAT for the first time, I knew that grammar and English questions in general are challenging for me. I can tell how my instructor (Matt) genuinely believed that every student could surpass their expectations. I learned a plethora of grammar and math skills that unlocked the key to answering numerous questions on the actual exam. Without this course, I would’ve incorrectly answered about 20 questions on the SAT. This bootcamp definitely helped me achieve around 100 points that I otherwise would not have gotten."
- Ethan Nguyen
"I had a wonderful time in this SAT Prep Course! My instructor was Matt Sheelen. He was very patient and encouraging with me, even when I asked the same question 5 times! He was always upbeat and able to find new and creative ways to explain the materials. It’s very refreshing to see an instructor who is so dedicated in his work and invested in his students success! The course is a bit pricey; however, it’s worth it if you are willing to put the time and effort into studying."
- Sarah Hajj
San Diego SAT and ACT Tutoring
We offer both in person and online tutoring.
In our view, the most important question for parents to ask is this: "Who will be the person teaching my kid?"
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. One-on-one tutoring, with us, is completely customized to you and your needs.
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 currently has weekday availability for tutoring and only accepts self-motivated students who have the time and willingness to work hard both at tutoring and at home. He charges $250 an hour for SAT or ACT tutoring and meets with students in his Sorrento Valley office or his Mission Valley office.
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. I usually have something in common with every student - my interests are really diverse!
SAT / ACT / ISEE / SSAT / HSPT tutoring with Matt is $200 an hour ($180 / hour for 10 or more hours). He meets with students in North Park, or online, and specializes in helping students set and achieve ambitious score goals.
Matt also teaches most of our SAT classes.
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.
SAT / ACT tutoring with Blake is $249 / hour (or $224 / hour for 10 or more hours). Blake is also available for online tutoring sessions for any students who want to keep up with their chemistry or math classes while school is closed.
Blake also teaches some of our SAT classes.
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 tutoring 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.
SAT / ACT tutoring with Bronte is $175 per hour ($157.50 / hour for 10 or more hours). She particularly loves helping students who struggle with math, though she teaches all parts of both the SAT and ACT.
Bronte meets with students in our Sorrento Valley office or online.
She also teaches all of our ACT classes.
Kaitlin: I am originally from Amarillo, TX, where I developed a love of BBQ, country music, and beautiful sunsets (I can still get about 2 out of 3 of these things in San Diego).
I attended the University of Pennsylvania, and received a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering with minors in Spanish and Nanotechnology. I realized that after seeing tumbleweeds in Texas and snowstorms in Philadelphia, it was time to see the beach a bit more! After a summer of backpacking around the world, I decided to make the leap into teaching. I have now been teaching for six years and have my California teaching credential in chemistry. I have worked at High Tech High Chula Vista, La Jolla Country Day School, and I’m currently teaching at another private school. My passion is making chemistry relevant to my students, and especially connecting my curriculum to current environmental issues.
At the same time I started teaching, I began tutoring the SAT and ACT. I use my knowledge of classroom teaching to infuse my tutoring sessions with strategies for students to help improve their scores. I love helping students do well on these tests so that they can shine in other areas of their college applications. I never want a test score to limit a student from their potential dreams and goals.
SAT / ACT tutoring with Kaitlin is $175 per hour ($157.50 / hour for 10 or more hours).
She meets students in her Sorrento Valley office or online.
"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