Frequently Asked Questions
How much do you charge?
This is perhaps the first question we are always asked, and that is why this is at the top of SAT CHAMP FAQ page. The charges for SAT tutoring can be found at SAT Tutoring Charges. These are the current charges but these may change based on seasonal demand.
Can I get a discount?
We don’t prefer any sort of “package” or “volume” discounts and prefer to charge the same rate to all of my students. Please visit the charges page for current details.
How do you structure your SAT tutoring sessions?
For One-on-One (Online and in-person tutoring)
The honest answer is that there is no specific answer to this question. It all depends entirely on each student’s strengths, weaknesses, areas of interests, and yes, the target SAT score as well. All these things are not the same for each and every student. You’re (presumably) looking for a SAT tutor because you want somebody who will efficiently teach you exactly what you need. We’ll look for the most efficient ways to help you gain points on the test, and that inevitably means different things for different people. Give us a call, and we can discuss an approach that will be effective for your SAT and ACT admissions goals.
For Semi-Private Tutoring
In semi-private tutoring, we restrict ourselves to groups small (not more than 5 students) enough to guarantee individual attention and yet offering much needed competitive environment. The course for a group class is designed to cater to the needs of students as a group rather than an individual.
Can you provide references from past SAT students?
All the testimonials posted on this website are all completely original and they can also be found at our LinkedIn profile as well. And if you want some instant references from people who have worked with us, feel free to check the 100% original testimonials on the home page.
If I don’t plan to hire you as my SAT tutor, will you answer my questions anyway?
Oh! We would love to help any SAT aspirant but we can’t commit on that as practically it is not possible for us to provide unpaid advice to every one as we are literally getting lot of such requests. We’ll try to help if we can, but please don’t be offended if we don’t respond to requests for (unpaid) advice, particularly during the SAT and ACT admissions frenzy.
What is your cancellation policy?
For one-on-one tutoring
This is where it gets a little tricky. We do everything to accommodate reasonable schedule changes. But the reality is that it is really a big problem for us when a students cancel a few hours before the SAT tutoring session – it means that we’re able to accommodate fewer than planned SAT students on that day. The bottom line is that we prefer if everybody just shows up to their appointments as scheduled. If something really terrible happens we can discuss about that but if you’re just cancelling for work or something important without giving us a good 48 hours’ notice, we think it’s fair to ask that you pay for the slot that you occupied, since 48 hours usually doesn’t give me enough time to offer that slot to anybody else. Sound reasonable?
For semi-private tutoring
There is no cancellation policy for semi-private tutoring as it affects the timings and schedules of other people in the group as well.
Do you also tutor for the GMAT?
Do you also tutor for the ACT?
The ACT tests you on mostly the same concepts as the SAT.
How long is a typical SAT lesson?
We strongly recommend two-hour SAT tutoring sessions in most cases, simply because most students need 10-15 minutes to get themselves warmed up for exhilarating SAT fun. Also SAT sessions longer than two hours may not be so much fun for everyone, but we’ve tutored some passionate students who really enjoyed three to four hours of non-stop SAT fun. So there’s some flexibility, but it’s usually best to start with two-hour sessions.
I’ve already taken two SAT test-prep courses, I’ve taken the exam three times, and I’m still disappointed in my SAT score. Can you help me?
It depends on your exact weaknesses, but odds are good that we’ll be able to help you, even if you’ve already suffered through a long, painful relationship with the SAT. We love searching for creative, interesting ways to help students improve, and if you’re starting to think that you’re completely hopeless, we’ll probably really enjoy finding new ways for you to approach the SAT.
Think about it this way: if you’ve already been through a few SAT prep courses—or if you’ve spent hours hunched over a stack of SAT test-prep books—then it’s likely that you’ve seen nearly every “standard” SAT test-prep technique in existence. For whatever reason, the one-size-fits-all approach employed by SAT test-prep companies isn’t right for you.
That happens. A lot. A majority of our students have taken the SAT at least twice before contacting us for SAT tutoring, so we’re used to seeing students who have been thoroughly beaten down by the test. We like to think that we’re the SAT tutor of last resort: if standard SAT test-prep techniques aren’t working for you, we might be creative enough to come up with something new that helps you achieve a breakthrough.
No two SAT students are exactly alike, and that’s exactly what makes SAT tutoring fun for us. If there’s a way for you to improve your SAT score, we like to think that we’ll be able to find it—even if our techniques end up being unorthodox.
Even if you’ve struggled mightily in the past, there might be a path forward for you. If we don’t think that we can help you, we promise to be 100% honest about it. But if there’s a way for you to improve your SAT score, we promise to do everything we can to find it, and we’ll probably come up with ideas that very few SAT tutors would think of. Call or email anytime if you want to discuss your exact situation in more detail.
Do you provide any of your own SAT study materials as part of a tutoring plan?
We do offer dozens of sets of practice SAT questions that we’ve developed over the years, but these sets are only designed as supplements for students who may need extra practice with certain SAT question types. The SAT has its own unique question style, and there’s absolutely no substitute for using official SAT materials.
So the answer is yes, but we would be a pretty crappy SAT tutor if we pretended that our materials were somehow better than the materials developed by the people who actually write the SAT.
Do you tutor on weekends and evenings?
Yes, but please be aware that there is much higher demand for SAT tutoring during evenings and weekends, so you might need to schedule sessions well ahead of time, especially during the peak of SAT admissions season. We often have a lengthy waiting list for evening and weekend tutoring sessions, so please plan ahead if you possibly can.
How does online SAT tutoring work? Is online tutoring as effective as live SAT tutoring?
Yup, we definitely offer online SAT tutoring, usually via Zoom or Skype. You’ll be able to see both a dry-erase board and anything typed on the computer screen, so the experience is a pretty solid replacement for a live, one-on-one SAT tutoring session. A few nuances are inevitably lost via the internet (We can usually see your reactions, but we generally can’t see what you’re writing down), but we routinely work with SAT students online, and it works surprisingly well. If you live outside of Denver and are interested in long-distance SAT tutoring, let us know, and we can put you in touch with somebody else who has worked with us online.
A longer rant about online SAT tutoring can be found here.
How much SAT tutoring will I need before I take the test?
early everybody asks this question, and our answer is always the same: it depends. If you’ve never touched a SAT prep book in your life but dream of getting into NYU or Stanford, you might need more tutoring than somebody who is just fine-tuning his approach after months of self-study. Everybody learns at their own pace, some people are better about doing homework than others, and some people have set more challenging SAT goals than others.
So we know that the answer is unsatisfying, but until we know a lot more about you and what you’re trying to achieve, we have no idea how much SAT tutoring you’ll need. Sorry.
How much can I expect to improve my SAT score?
You probably know the answer yourself, and we tell this in all honesty that though a lot of our students were able to improve on their SAT scores by more than 400 points, it’s difficult to achieve that. It requires unwavering dedication towards SAT prep. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve seen it happen a few times – in fact, one of our favourite students went from 600 to 1500, but it took him a long time. He did not have huge budget constraints and took sessions wherever he had any doubts. He had one heck of a work ethic.
Also, keep in mind that it’s a lot harder to improve your SAT score if you’re already scoring in the 1400s or 1500s. A 300-point improvement might be a realistic goal for somebody who starts in the 800-1000 range (We’ve seen this happen quite a few times), but is extremely unlikely for somebody whose first test score is around 1400. If you’re starting in the 1400s, a 100-point improvement will require some extremely heavy lifting from both you and your SAT tutor. Yes, we’ve seen it happen, but it isn’t easy to do. Call or email if you want to discuss your specific situation.
What software and equipment do I need for an online tutoring session?
A few things you definitely need are a good internet connection and free zoom or Skype or Google video conferencing software, though online SAT tutoring usually works best if you have a webcam (so we can see your reactions as we work through questions) and a decent headset (to minimize audio interference during our session).
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