Is the PSAT important?

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.

Can a student cancel his or her score if they had a really bad test experience?

Yes, sure can!

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

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

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

$125/session, discount for packages: $1000 for 10 sessions; $690 for 6 sessions. All of our fees are listed under Test Prep: Tutoring Fees.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.