Tutoring General FAQs

Read below to learn more about how we work and to find out the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. 


If you have questions that are not answered below, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We would be happy to answer any questions you have.    


Why ScoreBuilder Test Prep?  What makes you better than the rest?

Most families choose ScoreBuilder Test Prep for three main reasons: our professionalism, our convenience, and our great results.  This all stems from the fact that our tutors are more experienced than most and fully committed to becoming experts at their craft.  Our tutors work full-time as professional tutors and have thousands of hours of one-on-one tutoring experience.  All of this experience pays off with higher-quality tutoring.  We can quickly diagnose what a student needs to improve and will design tutoring sessions and assign homework accordingly.  Plus, as full-time tutors, we offer great flexibility for scheduling sessions or re-scheduling if any conflicts arise.  And we bring all of this to your own home!         

We also never spend a dime on advertising, so the only way that we succeed is by providing top notch service and getting great results for our students.  If you have heard of us, chances are you heard from a happy student, parent, or college counselor.  And if you just found us online, the reviews tell the story of our commitment to being expert tutors and providing a fantastic experience for students and parents alike.  


How do you help students pick between the SAT and ACT?  

One of the first things we do with most students taking the SAT or ACT is to determine which test is a better fit.  To do this, we have students take a practice SAT and practice ACT (which we provide) to get some baseline scores.  By looking at these scores and chatting with the student about his or her thoughts on the SAT and ACT, we can select which test is the best fit and put together a plan to get ready for test day.    

There are a lot of myths and misinformation out there about the SAT and ACT, so many students come to us thinking they want to take the SAT but end up being a much better fit for ACT or visa versa.  With our expertise, we can quickly determine which test students will a better fit for and take all of the stress out of this challenging decision.  

We always recommend students pick the SAT or ACT.  By focusing all of their time and effort towards becoming an expert on one test, students will become more comfortable and confident on the selected test and achieve higher scores on test day.  Getting fully prepared involves 30-40 hours of work in sessions, on homework, and on practice exams!  That is a lot of work to add into a busy junior year, so we ensure all time spent both in and out of session is productive and focused on increasing scores.       


How many hours in sessions will my student need?

The honest answer is that it depends.  The average student at ScoreBuilder Test Prep will need between 10 and 15 hours in weekly tutoring sessions.  With that being said, the number of hours in sessions may vary based on where you start and what your goals are.  It is difficult to accurately predict how many sessions a student will need without more details.  Have you taken the ACT before or are you just starting?  Did you take a prep class already?  What are your goals for the SAT...are you just looking to improve or do you want to aim for a near perfect score?  All of these questions and many more will affect how much tutoring a student will need.  By getting the answers to these questions in a quick phone consultation and having students take a diagnostic test, we will be able to give you more specific advice and recommend a tutoring schedule and plan that will work for you.  

Most students who start with us from square one for SAT or ACT Prep will work with us for 3 to 5 months and will need between 10 to 15 hours in tutoring session.  Before the first test, we will spend 6 to 10 hours in sessions covering the major content, strategies, and test-taking tips that students will need for success.  The vast majority of students will take the SAT or ACT two or even three times.  For students who are re-taking the SAT or ACT, we will continue with sessions, but the tutoring will now focus more precisely on the areas of weakness or higher-level topics that are necessary to see the scores continue to increase.


Do you guarantee a score increase?


While we are very proud of the average score increase that our students achieve, we do not guarantee any score improvement.  Improving on the SAT or ACT is a team effort: tutors need to give top notch instruction and students needs to commit time both in and outside of sessions to studying and reviewing.  If a student does not put in the time outside of sessions on homework and practice tests, he or she will likely not see much improvement.  If a student has bad testing anxiety or mismanages time and underperforms on test day, we as tutors cannot control that.  As tutors, we are only half of the equation for success, so we cannot offer any score improvement guarantee.  What we can guarantee, however, is that we will do everything in our power to best prepare our students for success on test day.      

Do you have any other questions that we did not answer here?   Contact us and ask away.