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Does Your Child Need SAT Help?



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Test Prep Program Comparisons

Type of Program

Price Range

Sample Providers

Individual Tutoring

$40-$140
per hour

  • The Princeton Review and StudyPoint offer packages ranging from 18 to 30 hours of instruction at an average $130 per hour. A 24-hour program would cost approximately $3,000 with advance payment in full.

  • Tutoring services like Huntington Learning Center cost about $80 per hour.

  • Independent tutoring services, which might include teachers who tutor after school, charge on average $50 per hour.

Group Sessions

$280-$1,499

  • Princeton offers a small group option for $1,499, which consists of 24 hours of instruction and a student to teacher ratio of 4:1. Princeton's premier course is the $999 Ultimate Course, which includes 30 hours of instruction and comes with a money-back guarantee. Classroom courses start at $599.

  • Dr. Richard Fuller's Coaching Service in Blue Bell, PA, offers 35 hours of instruction with a student to teacher ratio of 8:1 for $575.

  • Philly Tutors of Philadelphia offers an 8-week, 16-hour classroom course for $280.

Online Courses

$19.95-$299

  • For $299, Princeton provides 20-30 hours of interactive, self-paced online lessons.

  • The Official Online SAT Course offered by The College Board, administrators of the SAT, consists of 18 interactive sessions for $69.95. 

  • ACT Online Prep, offered by ACT, Inc., administrators of the ACT, is offered for $19.95.

Self-Study

FREE-$21.99

  • The Official SAT Study Guide and The Real ACT Prep Guide are each about $20 and offer guidance on all test sections as well as numerous practice tests with answer keys.

  • The College Board and ACT websites offer a free Question of the Day and practice questions. The College Board offers a free practice test as well.

Jo Rizzo is a local freelance writer.

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