East Bay Tutoring

About the ACT/SAT

SAT

2018 test dates: Aug 25, Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1
Reading, Writing/Language, Math, Essay (optional)
Average score: 1060
Perfect score: 1600

ACT

2018 test dates: Sep 8, Oct 27, Dec 8
Sections: English, Math, Reading, Science
Average score: 21
Perfect score: 36

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ABOUT THE ACT/SAT

The ACT and SAT have a big impact on college admissions. A good score can help a student with a lower GPA get into a better school, and a low score can hurt a high GPA earner's chances of getting into a good school. The exams are meant to be tricky, but good strategy, pacing, and practice at recognizing patterns are all that are required to do well.

OUR APPROACH

One size does not fit all for test prep. Students have strengths and weaknesses and should focus on certain strategies and material. That's why we don't offer a $3,000 - $5,000 comprehensive, cookie-cutter course that requires students to attend weeks of exhausting classes, pour over hundreds of pages of material, and work thousands of practice problems. We customize prep for each student based upon their goals, abilities, time, and cost.

INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS OR PACKAGES

You can schedule a single session or multiple sessions. We carefully assess each student before we begin and adjust course as we go. We first focus on strategy, then on recognizing patterns, and finally on coaching specific content. Many of the big test prep companies throw all students into a comprehensive, exhausting course. The ACT and SAT are not rocket science, they are 3-hour-long, predictable exams that test very basic elements of reading, writing, math, and reasoning.

Individual Prep Sessions

$150 per session
Private, in-home tutoring
90-minute sessions
No minimum number of sessions required

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For broad strategy and specific weaknesses

If you need a couple of strategy sessions to set you in the right direction or have a few specific weaknesses to address, individual sessions are the way to go. We provide each student with important strategy guidance and assess weaknesses.

We understand that not everyone wants, or can afford, a big test prep package so we make sure every student gets the best return on the investment. We focus on strategy and pattern recognition first and teach students how to evaluate practice passages and exams on their own.

Test Prep Packages

5 levels of packages: $560 - $1760
4-16 individual test prep sessions
Practice test analysis, strategy, pattern recognition, content coaching

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Level 1 Prep
$560 (4 Sessions @ $140)

 
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The Level 1 Prep package includes four 90-minute sessions focused primarily on strategy coaching. Because the ACT and SAT have essentially four sections each, we can only spend one session on each section. This allows us to teach the most important strategies for each section but does not allow us to go into details about recognizing problem types (pattern recognition) and filling in knowledge gaps (content coaching). We understand not everyone has the time or money to buy bigger packages so we give students advice on how to prepare for the exams on their own.

 

 

Level 2 Prep
$780 (6 Sessions @ $130)

 
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The Level 2 Prep package includes six 90-minute sessions focused primarily on strategy coaching. We carefully anaylze a practice test, which allows us to zero in on strengths and weaknesses. Because we analyze a practice test and can spend more time on each section, we are able to spend more time on pattern recognition-teaching how to recognize certain problem types and solving them. We also try to quickly address any knowledge gaps we observed in the practice test and are able to give better advice for what to practice, both strategy and content-wise.

 

 

Level 3 Prep
$960 (8 Sessions @ $120)

 
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The Level 3 Prep package includes eight 90-minute sessions focused on strategy coaching and pattern recognition. We carefully analyze a practice test, which allows us to zero in on strengths and weaknesses. Because we analyze a practice test and can spend more time on each section, we work more on pattern recognition and also address more knowledge gaps through content coaching.

 

 

Level 4 Prep
$1380 (12 Sessions @ $115)

 
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The Level 4 Prep package includes twelve 90-minute sessions focused on strategy coaching, pattern recognition, and content coaching. We carefully analyze a practice test, which allows us to zero in on strengths and weaknesses. After we fully master strategy, we spend a lot more time on pattern recognition and filling in knowledge gaps through content coaching, which is necessary to achieve top scores.

 

 

Level 5 Prep
$1760 (16 Sessions @ $110)

 
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The Level 5 Prep package includes sixteen 90-minute sessions focused on strategy coaching, pattern recognition, and content coaching. We carefully analyze a practice test, which allows us to zero in on strengths and weaknesses. After we fully master strategy, we master pattern recognition and spend all remaining time filling in knowledge gaps through content coaching.

Our Approach to Test Prep

Careful assessment and customized prep
Strategy, pattern recognition, and content coaching
Focus on sections with biggest potential for score boosts
 

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CUSTOMIZED

One size does not fit all for test prep. Most test prep companies give every student a standard set of materials regardless of which sections the student needs the most help with. This is often a waste of time and money. There is no need to spend dozens of hours attending classes and working through thousands of practice problems. We customize and tailor our test prep sessions to students' needs and abilities by carefully assessing a practice test and further observing them during test prep sessions.

FOCUS ON WEAKNESSES

All students have strengths and weaknesses and it is important to focus on weaknesses because lower scores can be raised more easily than higher scores. It's much easier to raise an ACT section score from 20 to a 25 than from 25 to a 30. We focus most on the lowest scores until a new weakness emerges, then we tackle that section.

That said, if a student hits a wall, we move on to another section. For example, a student might begin to plateau in reading comprehension around a score of 25 on the ACT and getting a 27 would require a lot more work. Instead of spending a lot of time moving up 2 points in that section, we'll work on another section that has more potential for quick improvement, like bumping a 28 to a 30 in math.

STRATEGY COACHING

Because good strategy leads to bigger score improvement than content knowledge, we focus on strategy coaching first. Most students are crunched for time on the exam and without good strategy students are often scrambling to bubble in random answers during the last minutes of the exam. With good coaching that never happens.

PATTERN RECOGNITION COACHING

It is important to work practice problems, analyze incorrect answers, identify what went wrong, and learn how to recognize that type of problem next time. We call this pattern recognition coaching. The ACT and SAT have certain kinds of problems that show up every time. We build students' awareness of these patterns and develop their arsenal of weapons to identify and solve each problem type.

CONTENT COACHING

Finally, content coaching is required to achieve top scores. If a student has skill or knowledge gaps in math, reading, english, or reasoning, it will result in a lower score plateau. With enough time, we can assess and fill in those gaps.