How much time should a student devote to prep work each week?

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.


Does it matter who I tutor with, David or Phil?

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.

I already have the scores I need to get into my top-choice school. Why should I prep and take the test again?

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 tutoring versus group classes?

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.

How often should a student tutor?

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.

How long should a student tutor before taking a test?

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.

How much do you charge for one-on-one tutoring?

$150/session, discount for packages, $1,350 for 10 sessions. All of our fees are listed under Test Prep: Tutoring Fees.

What are your typical results? How much do scores go up with tutoring?

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.

How long have you been in the college prep tutoring business?

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.