The average cost for SAT tutoring is $70 per hour. Hiring a SAT tutor to help you get into college, you will likely spend between $45 and $100 per hour. The price of tutoring can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). View our local SAT tutors or get free estimates from tutors near you.
A good score on an SAT test can be the deciding factor in getting you into the college you want. Whether it’s writing, math, or critical reading you’re not so great at, tutoring can strengthen those weaknesses to improve your score. Most tutors will give a free consultation or assessment with the student and parent before lessons start so as to be aware of which weak areas to work on. Expect to pay about $70 an hour.
While online test prep programs can help somewhat, nothing can compare to having your own tutor with a customized study plan. High school and college teachers tend to charge more per hour than high school students or college graduates. They also base their prices on their locations, years of teaching, levels of knowledge and expertise, and travel time (if applicable). Lessons usually last from half an hour to a full hour, and are priced accordingly.
If math is the main weakness in getting a good SAT score, it might make more sense to focus on that area with an exceptional tutor like Stabile’s Math Tutoring, Brooklyn, NY, who charges $75-100/hour, dependent on travel time. She is an NY state certified adolescent mathematics teacher, with an MA in adolescent mathematics education and a BA in finance.
SAT scores of students tutored, and any degrees the tutor may have, are a good indicator of how well a tutor knows and can teach the subject matter. Bios are usually available on the tutor’s or learning center’s website. Because many tutors give a free consultation session up front, it makes it easy to figure out who will be a good personality fit for your student. Ask about homework requirements, and if the student can access the material online once the session is over. How convenient is the tutor’s scheduling, and what happens if a session has to be postponed?
Many tutors or learning centers will give a discount if a group of lessons is booked and paid for up front. Some will offer a complimentary consultation before signing up for lessons. Others offer a monthly price for after-school group skill practice programs or homework help. Zen Math in New Rochelle, NY, offers a discount if there are more than 20 sessions involved—off the regular $100/hr. Math Academy in New York, NY, offers single sessions and 11-hour, 21-hour, 30-hour, and 57-hour packages. A package of 57 online lessons costs $2,736, making each lesson $48/hour—a $12/hour saving. The same package for in-person lessons is $3,590-- making each lesson $63/hour—a $13/hour saving.
Some tutors are experienced at teaching students with disabilities, or they are able to speak the student’s native language, like Azul Tutoring, in New York, who speaks fluent French and Arabic. Others are available to help through government programs, like Zen Math in New Rochelle, NY, who works with students from low-income families through New York State's STEP program.
Tutors are often willing to come to the home or meet at a local library or coffee shop. The price of travel will either be additional or included in the cost of the hourly rate. Most tutors are flexible on your choice of hours and preferred days of the week for sessions.
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