About 3R Prep Tutoring:

3 to 5 hours: As is stated in our Test Prep Tutoring Guide, we expect a student to take a whole practice test between sessions, score it, and reflect on wrong answers. We want a student to come to tutoring prepared to ask questions. “Student Driven Instruction” is that for which we aim.


Higher scores give you more options and and potentially more financial aid. Even if have the scores you need to get to the college of your choice, a higher score can mean a better financial aid package and do not forget about having options. It is not over until it is over and you are moving into a dorm room.

One-on-one gives more intensive focus, Read about our one-on-one tutoring and why we think it is the best value for your college test prep investment.

Ideally, every 2 weeks, At most once per week. Every two weeks seems to be a comfortable pace allowing students enough time to finish a full test and do reflections.

3 months is ideal, We like to see a student for a minimum of six tutoring sessions before a test. But our schedule is completely flexible and students can schedule as many or as few sessions as they want or need.

$145/session, discount for packages: $1200 for 10 sessions; $810 for 6 sessions. All of our fees are listed under Test Prep: Tutoring Fees.

Our results are great! The typical 3RPrep student has a high GPA and is motivated to be admitted to a highly selective school. We typically see SAT results in the 700’s per section and 30+ on the ACT.

A long time, Phil has been tutoring standardized tests professionally since 1994. Read our Full Bios.

About the tests in general:

Yes, sure can!

Not really. No college or university ever looks at the PSAT score. Though there are some colleges who will offer their own merit aid to National Merit Finalists.

But do not even think about the NMSQT – “Nation Merit Scholarship.” It is rare that a student will ever see one penny from NMSQT, it is an almost worthless competition. It is good practice for the real SAT, that is about it.

All of our juniors are preparing for the ACT. We are more familiar with the ACT format, because it has not changed and will not change in the foreseeable future.

Though it does not hurt to go into the first test with no prep, why waste a score? A benchmark can reasonably be set through a timed practice test.

It is an absolute fact that students are able to improve their scores through practice, focused reflection, and individualized lessons that focus only on what they need to learn.

We teach test content and skills. The test can be divided into sections that require “Concept Knowledge Questions” and “Skills-based Questions”

For most students, yes. The ACT is a better test than the NEW SAT.

Some colleges will allow a student to submit just their high school transcripts along with an application. The list of colleges can be found at Fair Test.

Due to COVID-19, many colleges are “Test Optional,” so it truly does not hurt to take the SAT or ACT. A student can choose to report scores or not; they may rely on their transcript alone.

So is it best to submit scores?  Let’s have a chat about this.

Super Score is when a college picks the best sections off of multiple tests. Score Choice is when the student sends in only the best scores from one test day. A student does not have to submit every score. We recommend that students take both tests and submit all of the scores from only one test, the ACT or the SAT.

Absolutely YES! Every college will accept either the ACT, the SAT, or test scores from both the ACT and the SAT.

We recommend that all students take both the ACT and the SAT. Take each test at least twice. For a third attempt focus on the test with which the student is more comfortable.

About the SAT:

There are two math sections on the SAT, section 3 will NOT allow students to use a calculator. Section 4 will allow the use of a calculator. We think it is a dumb move, students hate not having a calculator.

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