Research conducted by Emily Kierkegaard, PhD, and expert-reviewed by Kevin Wong, PrepMaven Co-founder

Not sure which SAT online tutoring service is the best? We conducted days of research and compared the top 75 tutoring services, created in-depth reviews for 15 of them, and narrowed them down to the 4 best that will help you increase your SAT scores.

What is the Best Online SAT Tutoring?

  1. PrepMaven – best SAT tutoring overall
  2. Princeton Review – best of the big test prep companies
  3. Wyzant – alternative for families on a budget
  4. Khan Academy – honorable mention for self-guided SAT prep

The best of the rest:

  1. Kaplan – big test prep with high minimum purchase
  2. Prep Expert – budget rates with inexperienced tutors
  3. PrepScholar – overpriced tutoring with limited guarantee
  4. Tutoring Service of New York – new service with higher minimum package
  5. StudyPoint – corporate vibe with high minimum purchase
  6. Soflo Tutors – young service featuring memes
  7. Parker Academics – higher rates for outdated SAT tutoring
  8. LA Tutors – higher rates for less-qualified instructors
  9. Elite Ivy Tutors – pricey service with long sessions
  10. Summit Prep – less-qualified instructors
  11. Varsity Tutors – uneven quality, no extras
student studying for SAT with online tutor

Best SAT Online Tutoring in 2024

#1 – PrepMaven

Our Verdict — Best SAT Tutoring Overall

Price: $79–349/hour

It’s hard to beat PrepMaven for SAT tutoring!

PrepMaven has assembled an impressive team of Ivy-League tutors to provide one-on-one SAT tutoring. Most tutors are Princeton graduates with extensive teaching experience.

Founded by two brothers, both Princeton graduates passionate about education, PrepMaven offers more individualized learning experiences than bigger test prep companies. Tutors undergo a thorough training process that allows them to effectively teach students how to take advantage of the standardized nature of the test.

With a range of price points depending on tutor qualifications, families are able to find the right fit for their budget. Starting at $79/hour, families can work with current students at the most elite universities in the country. PrepMaven’s Master level provides one-on-one tutoring with Ivy-League graduates who have extensive teaching and test prep experience at just $149/hour — a lower price than other tutoring services, for more elite instructors. It’s also possible to work one-on-one with the very best tutors at $349/hr, and there is the opportunity to work directly with the founders of the company.

Recommended by US News, PrepMaven also provides free resources for the SAT and regularly shares insights garnered from connections with former admissions officers.

Best for:

PrepMaven’s one-on-one SAT tutoring is the best option for anyone looking for high-quality SAT prep.

At a glance:

  • Cost: $79–349/hour, depending on tutor qualifications
  • Tutor qualifications: Ivy-League students and graduates (mostly from Princeton) with extensive teaching experience

What we like:

  • Experienced Ivy-League tutors, selected for their passion for education and working with students
  • Competitive pricing — rates are lower than other options for highly qualified tutors
  • Impressive client reviews — hundreds of 5-star reviews on Google and other independent review platforms
  • More individualized learning experience compared to large companies

Northwestern University
Northwestern University (Image Credit: Joseph Gage Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0)

#2 – Princeton Review

Our Verdict — Best of the Big Test Prep Companies

Price: From $175/hour, or from $364/hr for “1500+”
The Princeton Review actually has no connection to Princeton University.

However, they’re still well-known in their own right as a large educational company, as well as the publishers of many test prep and college admissions guides.

Tutors with the Princeton Review receive some training. They are not required to be Ivy-League graduates or have scored highly themselves on standardized tests like the SAT, ACT, or GRE.

Best for:

  • Princeton Review is a good option for families who want to work with one of the largest test prep companies.

At a glance:

  • Cost: $175/hour or $364/hr for “1500+” tutoring
  • Tutor qualifications: trained instructors; no specific requirements for high SAT scores or top school

What we like:

  • Large, established test prep company

What we don’t like:

  • No specific qualification requirements for tutors—although tutors have more extensive training than some other companies
  • Reports that they pay tutors a tiny fraction of what they charge
  • Charging over twice as much for the promise of helping you score a 1500 or higher
Duke University
Duke University

#3 – Wyzant

Our Verdict — Alternative for Families on a Budget

Price: $20–600/hour

There are plenty of large platforms with large stables of part-time tutors and coaches available to work with students. Wyzant is one of the largest such platforms, with more than 65,000 tutors providing services through their website. Students and families can pick individual tutors to work with from their roster and arrange tutoring services directly.

One benefit of this model is that tutors can set their own rates, which vary hugely. Families on a budget can find online SAT tutors as low as $20 per hour. However, these tutors might not have any experience or training, and they may not have scored highly on the SAT themselves or graduated from a top school. Tutors with more qualifications may have much higher rates, as high as $600 per hour!

Best for:

  • Wyzant is a good option for families on a budget who are willing to find their own tutor and take a gamble on quality

At a glance:

  • Cost: $20–600/hour
  • Tutor qualifications: varies

What we like:

  • Marketplace platform means that some tutors list low rates for tutoring, which can make tutoring more affordable
  • Families can choose their own tutor directly

What we don’t like:

  • No training for tutors—which leads to uneven quality of instruction
  • Families are hiring individual tutors, which means tutor qualifications vary enormously, and there are no guarantees

#4 – Khan Academy

Our Verdict — Honorable Mention for Free Self-Guided SAT Prep

Price: $0

Khan Academy technically doesn’t belong on this list, since they don’t offer any live SAT tutoring. However, it’s such a fantastic resource that we’d be remiss not to mention it.

It’s hard to beat completely free, officially-approved SAT prep!

For motivated and organized students ready to work independently, Khan Academy has amazing content. A non-profit educational organization, Khan Academy has partnered with the College Board (the makers of the SAT) to provide free test prep that’s accessible to everyone. That means that apart from the official practice tests, Khan Academy’s materials are the only other materials officially approved by the College Board.

(Many companies will produce their own “practice tests” that mimic the test but are not official tests. All of the official tests are available for free online from the College Board or in the College Board SAT book.)

Students create a profile with a SAT Dashboard that guides them through video lessons, quizzes, practice questions with detailed explanations, and full-length practice tests.

Of course, this resource is quite limited as there’s no tutor or instructor to guide students, craft learning plans, and answer questions.

Best for:

  • Khan Academy’s SAT prep platform is the best option for anyone who wants to prep independently with just the test content, no strategy tips.

At a glance:

  • Cost: $0
  • Tutor qualifications: no instructor, but the materials are approved by the College Board

What we like:

  • Partnership with the College Board (makers of the SAT) means that materials are officially approved
  • Individual math concepts have particularly strong content, great for reviewing with short videos and then doing practice with instant feedback
  • It’s free!

What we don’t like:

  • Covers only test content, no strategy—and learning the test format and key strategies is an important component of test prep
  • Content is weaker for Reading and Writing sections, especially compared to their content for the Math sections
  • Self-guided platform means that students have to craft their own study plan and decide which areas to practice—and there’s no one to hold them accountable

SAT Tutoring Alternatives (that Didn’t Make the Cut)

#5 – Kaplan

Our Verdict — Big Test Prep with High Minimum Prices

Price: $160/hr, or $240/hr for a more qualified tutor.
Along with Princeton Review, Kaplan is one of the other large companies in the test prep space. Because of their size, their tutoring sessions have more of a corporate vibe.

They offer four tutoring packages of different sizes. Their minimum purchase is a package of 10 tutoring hours at $1600. This comes out to $160/hour for tutoring, which is a very steep price—especially considering that their tutors have no required qualifications like high scores themselves or degrees from top schools!

If you want a tutor who scored in the top 1%, you’ll have to pay extra! Most

At a glance:

  • Cost: $1600 for 10 tutoring hours, $2320 for 20 tutoring hours, $3040 for 30 tutoring hours, or $3680 for 40 tutoring hours with a less qualified tutor. Prices increase dramatically if you want a qualified tutor: $2400 for 10 hours, $3440 for 20 hours, $4640 for 30 hours, $5600 for 40 hours
  • Tutor qualifications: no specific qualifications

What we like:

  • Large, established test prep company

What we don’t like:

  • Basic tutors have no required qualifications
  • You have to pay extra for a qualified tutor
  • You don’t know who the tutor will be
  • High minimum purchase

#6 – Prep Expert

Our Verdict — Budget Rates with Inexperienced Tutors

Price: $79–99/hour

Better known for their SAT prep group courses, Prep Expert also offers individual tutoring.

Their tutors are all top 1% scorers on the SAT themselves, which is a good background. However, the tutors may be inexperienced at tutoring and don’t benefit from training, so the quality of teaching may be uneven.

At a glance:

  • Cost: $79-99/hour, depending on how many hours you purchase.
  • Tutor qualifications: top 1% scorers

What we like:

  • SAT tutors are top 1% scorers
  • Affordable rates

What we don’t like:

  • Refund process is difficult and families have reported that the score increase guarantee may not be honored
  • Tutors don’t have training

#7 – PrepScholar

Our Verdict: Overpriced Tutoring with Limited Guarantee

Price: $120–249/hour, minimum $995 package

PrepScholar is another larger tutoring company that offers tutoring with top scorers.

A major promise that they make is their score increase guarantee of 160 points on the SAT after finishing their program. However, we found this promise a bit misleading—students who don’t manage to achieve the advertised score increase can claim a refund for only the value of their pre-recorded prep videos, which is $397. They can also request continued tutoring for the same number of hours that they originally purchased without additional cost. They can’t request a refund for the majoring of the tutoring cost!

We also noted that PrepScholar’s advertised hourly rate (of $50 per hour) is a bit disingenuous, since it relies on including the independent homework done by the student. Of course, any tutoring service can tutor for four hours at $250/hour, assign the student to practice and watch videos for 16 hours, and then claim that the hourly rate is $50/hour…but that hardly seems fair to clients.

At a glance:

  • Cost: $120–249/hour; $995 for “monitored prep” with 4 hours of tutoring ($249/hr), $1995 for 12 hours of tutoring ($166/hr), $2995 for 20 hours ($150/hr), or $4795 for 40 hours ($120/hr)
  • Tutor qualifications: top 1% scorers

What we like:

  • Tutors are top 1% scorers
  • Tutoring includes their “Automated Prep program”

What we don’t like:

  • More expensive than other options for comparable quality
  • No tutor bios or information about qualifications beyond high SAT scores
  • Disingenuous advertising that includes homework hours to calculate the hourly rate

#8 – Tutoring Service of New York

Our Verdict — New Service with Higher Minimum Package

Price: $112–160/hour ($1200 5-session minimum)

Founded by a former tutor with the now-defunct Ivy Global tutoring service, the Tutoring Service of New York offers test prep and subject-area tutoring online. Most of their tutors are current graduate students, particularly at Columbia University and NYU.

At $1200, their minimum package for SAT tutoring is on the higher side.

At a glance:

  • Cost: $1200 for five 90-minute sessions; $2000 for 10 sessions; $2700 for 16 sessions
  • Tutor qualifications: college graduates, mostly current graduate students at Columbia or NYU

What we like:

  • Qualified tutors, some with Ivy-League backgrounds

What we don’t like:

  • New service, so client reviews are still limited
  • Higher minimum tutoring packages

#9 – StudyPoint

Our Verdict — Corporate Vibe with High Minimum Purchase

Price: $60-120/hour

StudyPoint is an older company with more of a corporate feel. They do not have any specific qualifications for their tutors, like scoring highly on the SAT themselves or graduating from an elite university.

Their main claim is their “guarantee.” This is only available for students who complete at least 30 tutoring hours with their program, which is a lot of tutoring! If students don’t improve their SAT scores after completing their Comprehensive Program, they offer 18 additional tutoring hours (not your money back).

At a glance:

  • Cost: $60-120/hour
  • Tutor qualifications: no specific qualifications

What we like:

  • They offer 18 hours of tutoring if students complete at least 30 tutoring hours and don’t improve by 140 points on the SAT (guarantee raises to 220 points if students complete 60 tutoring hours)

What we don’t like:

  • High minimum purchase
  • No specific tutor qualifications
  • Limited score increase guarantee

#10 – SoFlo Tutors

Our Verdict — Young Service Featuring Memes

Price: $75/hour

Founded by a 24-year-old in Southern Florida (hence their name), SoFlo is a newer company with a young team.

Their tutors are top 1% scorers themselves and are current college students or recent graduates. We would have loved to see the bios of more of their tutors — they only provide six tutor bios on their website, and a few more in their brochure.

Their website has a younger feel, with a section devoted to SAT memes.

At a glance:

  • Cost: $75/hr
  • Tutor qualifications: top 1% scorers from top schools

What we like:

  • SAT tutors are top 1% scorers and from top schools
  • Reasonable pricing

What we don’t like:

  • New company with young leadership, with less experience
  • No specific option to work with more experienced tutors who have graduated college

#11 – Parker Academics

Our Verdict — Higher Rates for Outdated SAT Tutoring 

Price: $150-200/hour

Based in New York City, Parker Academics is a high-end tutoring service offering online SAT test prep. Like PrepMaven and Elite Ivy Tutors, their tutors are graduates of Ivy-League institutions, but their fees are higher.

Despite their high prices, their materials online for the SAT are outdated and appear as if they were created shortly after the last significant change to the SAT in 2016. The information their website offers about the SAT doesn’t even mention that the SAT has gone fully digital in 2024.

At a glance:

  • Cost: $150-200/hour
  • Tutor qualifications: Ivy-League graduates

What we like:

  • SAT tutors are Ivy grads

What we don’t like:

  • More expensive than other options for comparable quality
  • SAT resources on their website are ridiculously outdated.

#12 – LA Tutors

Our Verdict — Higher Rates for Less-Qualified Tutors

Price: $160–200/hour

Based in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, LA Tutors is a larger tutoring company. They offer limited “guaranteed results” for students who complete all tutoring sessions and homework, and take the SAT within a certain specified timeframe.

Their prices are on the higher side, but their tutors are not necessarily top scorers on the SAT themselves or graduates of elite universities.

At a glance:

  • Cost: $160-200/hour
  • Tutor qualifications: college graduates

What we like:

  • Good insights on their blog about college admissions and testing

What we don’t like:

  • Tutors are mostly not from Ivy-Plus schools — tutors are primarily college graduates but not from the most elite institutions
  • Fees are high given the credentials of the tutors

#13 – Elite Ivy Tutors

Our Verdict — Pricey Service with Long Sessions

Price: $200–300/hour

Elite Ivy Tutors (EIT) is a small team offering tutoring from Ivy-League graduates. However, they do not publish crucial information about pricing and tutoring logistics, and we found them to be slow to respond to client emails.

Unique among the tutoring services we researched, EIT schedules sessions that are two or three hours long, rather than sixty or ninety minutes long. This length of time can be challenging for students.

At a glance:

  • Cost: $200/hour, or $300/hour to work directly with the company founder
  • Tutor qualifications: Ivy-League graduates

What we like:

  • SAT tutors are Ivy grads

What we don’t like:

  • Website is confusing and lacks information
  • Long tutoring sessions of two or three hours at a time can be challenging for students
  • Higher prices than other tutoring services also offering the chance to work with Ivy-League grads

#14 – Summit Prep

Our Verdict — Expensive Tutors with Good Results

Price: $175-250/hour

Summit Prep is a tutoring and admissions counseling company located in New Jersey. While many of their tutors have significant experience, the majority of their tutors are not graduates of elite institutions. Despite this, their fees are higher than services with comparable instructors. We are, however, impressed with the fact that their tutors are full-time, salaried employees, which shows that they’re dedicating to the company.

At a glance:

  • Cost: $175-250/hour
  • Tutor qualifications: mostly college graduates with some experience

What we like:

  • Good insights on their blog about college admissions and testing
  • SAT tutors are full-time instructors with more extensive training and commitment to results
  • Impressive average score increase of 210 points

What we don’t like:

  • Majority of tutors are not from Ivy-Plus schools — tutors are primarily college graduates but the majority of them are not from elite institutions

#15 – Varsity Tutors

Our Verdict — Uneven Quality Without Budget Pricing 

Price: $75–95/hour

A bit like Uber for tutoring, Varsity Tutors is an enormous tutoring platform offering online instruction in all academic subjects and test prep, including SAT prep.

However, its size has many downsides — most notably, very uneven quality of teaching. Tutors can be very quickly approved and are paid lower rates than nearly any other tutoring company (just $15 for sessions that cost families $95), so it’s difficult for them to attract and retain good talent.

Varsity Tutors also does not provide any tutor materials, curriculum, or training, so it’s up to individual tutors to create everything from scratch, contributing further to the unevenness of quality.

For families on a budget, we’d suggest the Standard Tutor option at PrepMaven (Ivy-League students starting at $79/hour), Prep Expert ($59–89/hour), or SoFlo Tutors (current students at $60–90/hour). If those options still don’t fit the budget, we’d recommend looking for an independent tutor on Wyzant (quality varies but you might find a decent tutor under $40/hour).

At a glance:

  • Cost: $75–95/hour
  • Tutor qualifications: high school graduates

What we like:

  • Large number of tutors, so certain to find a tutor to fit your schedule

What we don’t like:

  • Uneven teaching quality due to lack of resources for instruction
  • No education or training requirements for tutors, along with low pay rates for instructors, means tutors are less-qualified than alternative SAT tutoring services

student studying for SAT with online tutor

Top 75 SAT Online Tutoring Services Considered

  • PrepMaven
  • Khan Academy
  • The Princeton Review
  • Kaplan
  • Prep Expert
  • PrepScholar
  • Peterson’s
  • Ivy Bound
  • College Prep Genius
  • Varsity Tutors
  • Sylvan
  • Green Test Prep
  • Higher Scores Test Prep
  • Excel Test Prep
  • Best in Class
  • CollegeVine
  • Prepare
  • College Drive
  • Love the SAT
  • Method Learning
  • SAT Blitz
  • The Answer Class
  • Trudeau Prep
  • Test Prep 4 Success
  • Private Prep
  • Manhattan Review
  • Olive Book
  • Veritas
  • Manhattan Elite Prep
  • Advantage Testing
  • New Summits
  • Parker Academics
  • LA Tutors
  • Summit Prep
  • Elite Ivy Tutors
  • Study Point
  • Huntington Learning Center
  • eTutorWorld
  • Manhattan Review
  • J & J Education
  • Boston Tutoring Services
  • Livius Prep
  • AJ Tutoring
  • Hack Your Course
  • Tiger Campus
  • Brains and Brawn
  • Bulldog Tutors
  • Denver Test Prep
  • Sexton Test Prep
  • First Choice College
  • Vint Hill Educational Services
  • Genesis Tutoring
  • Applerouth
  • Signet Education
  • Tutor Chase
  • Spires
  • Preply
  • TeacherOn
  • Socratic Summer Academy
  • MyGuru
  • Cates Tutoring
  • Kweller Prep
  • Krupnick Approach
  • Revolution Prep
  • Beyond the Test
  • Everest Tutoring
  • MathTowne
  • Gooroo
  • Bay Area Learning Center
  • McElroy Tutoring
  • Outschool
  • Leap2College
  • Tutor Corps
  • ClearPath Advantage
  • Cardinal Education
Harvard University
Harvard University

What is the SAT?

Each year, roughly 2 million high school students take the SAT.* 

Along with the ACT, the SAT is a key component of college admissions. Colleges use test scores to gauge a student’s college readiness.

While many schools have gone test-optional in the wake of Covid, the most competitive schools still like to see SAT or ACT scores. In fact, according to reporting by New York Magazine, some elite schools–like MIT–are once again requiring submission of standardized test scores.

And, according to a report by CBS News, Yale and Dartmouth have recently joined MIT as well, saying that required standardized test scores will actually help poorer applicants.

Even for schools that don’t yet require the SAT, looking at the Common Data Set information for top schools like MIT and Princeton shows that SAT and ACT scores are still an extremely important part of the admissions process.

In addition to college admission, test scores can be used to earn scholarships or placement in special programs. Many schools that are test-optional are still using test scores for scholarships, so good scores can be an important way of avoiding student debt.

Younger students can also use test scores for admission to gifted and talented programs.

For students whose grades may have slipped during high school, test scores can also be used to show admissions officers your potential.

Finally, test scores are a handy tool for students to figure out where they might be a competitive applicant. Wondering if you have a chance at getting into Harvard? Not sure if University of Illinois is a reach school or a safety school for you? Test scores can help you there.

Check out our other posts for more information about how the digital SAT is scored, SAT test dates and deadlines, and how the SAT is different from the ACT. We also have many free test prep resources. For more test prep guidance, schedule a call with Jessica or one of our founders today!

* 2.2 million students of the class of 2020 took the SAT, a record high. Due to Covid, this number dipped to 1.5 million for the class of 2021. (source: College Board)

quad at Stanford
Stanford University

Why work with a private SAT tutor?

You may want to consider working with an SAT tutor if:

  • You have no idea where to start in order to prepare for the SAT
  • You feel overwhelmed by all of the different SAT prep books and materials and don’t know which to choose
  • You have a hard time keeping yourself on track and want an external structure to hold you accountable
  • You’re not sure what counts as a “good” SAT score
  • You’re not sure exactly what’s on the SAT
  • You’ve been practicing on your own but your gains have plateaued
  • You have a limited amount of time and need to be efficient in your studying
  • You want to learn techniques for managing test anxiety
  • You want insider tips about test strategies
  • You want more individualized attention than you’d get in a prep class with other students
  • You want to learn efficiently, with each lesson tailored to your exact needs
  • You’re a high scorer who would be bored in a general prep class
  • You’re a lower scorer who would benefit from more focused help
  • You have specific gaps in your knowledge (e.g. missed a few months of geometry due to Covid, an injury, a family move, etc.) and need a tutor to teach this material

With our SAT students, we typically see students increase their scores by about 100–300 points after working with a tutor. This can have a significant impact on college admissions.

University of Chicago
University of Chicago

What makes a good SAT tutor?

Like with any other test, it’s possible to improve your performance on the SAT with the right practice and preparation.

However, specific preparation for the SAT is usually not taught in schools, so students and families are on their own preparing for it.

Guidance with SAT prep comes in two main forms: group classes or individual tutoring. Many students combine the two, following an SAT group class with some one-on-one tutoring to focus on a tailored approach for that student’s strengths and weaknesses.

In this post, though, we focused on SAT individual tutoring.

These days, many tutoring sessions are online. This allows students to seek out the best tutor regardless of their physical location, which is great!

The most important aspect of a good SAT tutoring experience is the teacher. Tutoring sessions should be taught by experienced instructors who know the test inside and out and have helped many other students. The instructors should be people who scored highly on the test themselves, ideally in the top 1%

Classes should begin with a diagnostic test and a detailed score report to analyze a student’s starting point.

An SAT tutor can introduce the test format and de-mystify the test for students and families. That also means helping students understand the SAT scoring policies so that they can most effectlvely use their SAT score to get into top colleges!

Especially since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many students have had interruptions in their education, resulting in knowledge gaps that can cause difficulties on the SAT and for years to come. A good tutor will break the test down and help students target gaps in math, reading comprehension, and grammar.

Working one-on-one is unparalleled in its efficacy for remedying these interruptions in a student’s learning, since a tutor can notice these gaps much more easily than a teacher with a classroom full of students.

Whatever students are struggling with, a good tutor will spot those skill gaps and teach that material in an encouraging way.

Princeton University
Princeton University

Managing test preparation and studying can also be stressful for family dynamics. Working with a tutor means that parents don’t have to be involved directly — the tutor can be the one to assign homework, establish holistic studying schedules, and track progress.

A good SAT tutor takes a lot of the stress out of the SAT process and makes sure students are practicing effectively. Tutors can provide students with study materials and guide students in using them correctly

Thorough SAT tutors can also help students to make a holistic study plan and keep them on track, so that parents don’t have to be involved directly. 

Effective SAT tutors will assign structured homework so that students can practice constructively with official test questions. There are a very limited number of official practice tests, so it’s important to make the most of them! 

Good SAT tutors will help students work through missed problems and answer students’ questions. They’ll push students’ abilities further by challenging them with especially difficult questions when appropriate.

In addition, there are many strategies and tricks that can make the test easier. Unlike some self-directed courses and books, a good SAT tutor can share these tricks with students and guide them through implementing test strategies.

Finally, a great SAT tutor will be a cheerleader for the student. An experienced SAT tutor can help students to learn ways to manage test anxiety and learn key study strategies — both of which will be super valuable for the rest of their academic careers and beyond. 

A great SAT tutor will encourage their students and leave them feeling confident and ready for the SAT!

Yale University
Yale University


Best overall: PrepMaven’s one-on-one SAT tutoring is the best out there both in terms of tutor quality and price. Starting at just $79/hour, students can work with current undergraduates at Princeton, Harvard, and other Ivy-League universities to prepare for the SAT. Families can also work with experienced, professional educators and Ivy-League graduates at $150/hour. As a boutique tutoring service, PrepMaven offers careful attention to each student and boasts amazing customer reviews.

Best of the big companies: The Princeton Review (no connection to Princeton University) is one of the biggest and most well-known companies. Their tutoring is pricey, but a solid option. Instructors go through a more extensive training process than at many other competitors, but there’s no requirement for instructors to be graduates of top schools or high scorers themselves.

Best on a budget: For families on a tighter budget, we’d suggest looking for an independent tutor on Wyzant. It’s a tutoring marketplace platform, so the quality varies hugely and there’s no oversight or qualification requirements, but you might find a decent tutor under $40/hour.

However, in our experience a good tutor can accomplish more with a student in one hour than an average tutor can do in five hours. With that in mind, it might be more effective to combine free resources like Khan Academy and the free practice materials available from the College Board with a few hours of high-quality tutoring.

Best self-guided: For self-guided online SAT practice, it doesn’t get much better than Khan Academy. This online educational platform is completely free and is the only service to partner directly with the College Board, the makers of the SAT. For students with enough self-discipline to stick to a study schedule, Khan Academy can be a powerful tool. We don’t recommend paying for self-guided courses unless students have already exhausted the resources available for free from Khan Academy and the College Board.

gate at Stanford
Stanford University

Next steps

Ready to begin SAT tutoring? Schedule a free test prep consultation with Jessica (Director of Tutoring) or one of our founders to see what would be the best fit for your family.

It’s always best to start early and not wait until the last minute to prepare for the SAT! Remember that test scores can be used to earn scholarships as well as college admission, so a few months of study now can pay off with up to $300,000 in tuition saved later. 

Students who achieve their goal score earlier on in high school can relax and not worry about testing at the end of their junior year (the most important year for grades, and when many students are focused on AP tests) or in the beginning of their senior year, when most students are working on college essays. 

High-achieving students will also want to take the PSAT seriously, as it offers another opportunity to win big scholarship money through the National Merit program.

To start one-on-one SAT tutoring today, set up a quick free consultation with our team.

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Emily graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and holds an MA from the University of Notre Dame. She was a National Merit Scholar and has won numerous academic prizes and fellowships. A veteran of the publishing industry, she has helped professors at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton revise their books and articles. Over the last decade, Emily has successfully mentored hundreds of students in all aspects of the college admissions process, including the SAT, ACT, and college application essay.