FAQ

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.

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Not really, but… No, and Yes! We both tutor all test prep subjects. David scores very high on math and Phil scores very high on reading and English. With that said…

David is the Head English & Writing Tutor. He is a Ph.D. candidate in English Literature and a writing instructor at CMU. We recommend that students save up their Grammar Questions for the ACT English (section 1) and the SAT Writing and Language (section 2) to present them to David. He does a fantastic job on ACT/SAT optional essays. If you want a 36/800 in English – get with David.

Phil is the Head Math teacher. He has a B.S. in Engineering and a M.B.A. He is a PA Certified 7-12 Math Teacher and has taught high school math for many years. If you want a top score on the hard math questions, then schedule with Phil.

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.

$150/session, discount for packages, $1,350 for 10 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, We are the most experienced team of test prep tutors in Pittsburgh.Both Phil and David are full time test prep tutors, each with more than 15 years experience working in college prep. Read our Full Bios.

About the tests in general:

Yes, sure can!

No. No college or university ever looks at the PSAT score. And 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 a worthless competition.

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. The list of colleges, now more than 850, can be found at Fair Test.

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:

A lot. But it does have some good qualities. We are taking a wait and see approach to the NEW SAT and are recommending that our students prepare for the ACT. The simple fact is that the NEW SAT is still an unknown. We simply know more about the ACT and therefore can better prepare a student for what we know and have mastered. Predictability is a large part of test prep, the ACT is currently more predictable.

Sure does look that way! The writing and language section of the NEW SAT looks a lot like the English section of the ACT – a lot! Reading on the SAT has charts and graphs like the science section of the ACT. Math, not so much. We like the math on the ACT better.

There are two math sections on the NEW 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 have a calculator.

Well that’s a really good question that has both a long and a short answer. Short answer is that David Coleman, who is the President of the College Board, was involved in the creation of the Common Core. Like it or loathe it, the NEW SAT and the Common Core are intertwined. Just how we have yet to see.

That is the stated goal of the College Board, let’s see how it works out.

On the OLD SAT, there were 10 sections but only 9 of them were used to calculate the student’s score. On the NEW SAT, there are 4 sections and every question counts toward the score.

Sentence Completions will be removed from the NEW SAT. Only vocabulary in context will be tested.

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