The best SAT prep in
Portola Valley, CA
Achieve Maximum Point Gains
Efficiently and Effectively.
Our Proven Approach Creates Higher Test Scores, Guaranteed.
CONVENIENT, ONLINE SESSIONS
Our weekly or biweekly sessions take place in our proprietary online learning portal, on your desired schedule-to better fit you and your student’s busy lifestyle.
One-on-one tutoring allows us to deliver the personal attention and customized curriculum that your student needs to achieve the highest scores possible.
With weekly testing and progress reports, we’ll continuously adjust our teaching approach to better suit your student’s specific needs, learning style, and challenge areas.
How it Works
Guided Test SelectionWe use our proprietary algorithms to select the best test for your student (SAT or ACT).
Tailored Instructor AssignmentWe match your student with an experienced teacher who is the best fit for his or her unique learning style and personality.
One-on-One InstructionFocused, weekly prep sessions take place in our flexible online learning portal, with materials customized to your student's needs.
Adaptive ApproachAs your student improves, our Proactive Recalibration® approach keeps us focused on the areas that will deliver maximum point gains.
Targeted HomeworkOur Deliberate Practice method ensures that your student's homework remains targeted to their strengths and weaknesses.
STEP 1: Guided Test Selection
Through years of experience, research, and analysis, we've developed proprietary tools to help you select the test where your student is likely to gain the highest point increases. We consider factors like GPA, language, math and English class grades, PSAT/PLAN scores, and reading ability to assess which test will reward your student's unique strengths.
STEP 2: Tailored Instructor Assignment
While all of our instructors are outstanding, each has his or her own teaching style, energy level, and personality. We strive to find the perfect fit for your student—whether your preference is male, female, high energy, or more laid back. We also have teachers who speak Spanish, Chinese, and Korean, so we can communicate with students and parents in the language that's most comfortable.
STEP 3: One-on-One Instruction
Our focused and effective 90-minute sessions are optimized for maximum point gains in the shortest amount of time. Research has shown that teenagers begin to lose focus after around an hour and half—no matter how motivated or dedicated they are.
At Powerful Prep, we're realistic about the attention span of our students and design each session with efficiency in mind. Our unique methods focus on engagement, interaction, and review—allowing us to accomplish more in 90 minutes than other programs do in four hours.
STEP 4: Adaptive Approach
Proactive Recalibration® is our process of constantly analyzing practice test results, homework, and in-class feedback to ensure we're on the optimal course.
If your student performed well on a math section, we'll analyze if it makes sense to skip that topic. If your student is struggling more in writing than reading, we'll run the numbers to confirm that additional time spent there will be worth it.
Proactive Recalibration® tells us where to spend more time and where to spend less, so that your student can maximize his or her score efficiently and effectively.
STEP 5: Targeted Homework & Practice
Deliberate Practice refers to a specific preparation method where individuals can achieve high levels of performance or expertise in a particular field. It involves breaking down complex tasks into “skill chunks,” combining that with immediate coaching feedback, and practicing skills at more challenging levels than expected.
We apply this concept to our homework assignments to ensure that our students are working smarter, instead of just harder.
Our Unique Approach
At Powerful Prep, students learn by doing and engaging with material. That’s why we ensure that our teachers and curriculum evoke student interaction, practice, and participation about once every 30 seconds. Instead of long lectures, we keep our students focused through hands-on practice and productive conversation that actively combats today’s short attention spans.
Online Lesson Space
Powerful Prep's proprietary online portal combines the best of in-person education with the most progressive teaching technology. No longer are your students' teachers limited by geography. Now, you can work with the best educators in the entire nation, from the comfort of your home computer in Portola Valley, CA.
Our platform allows for viewing of the educator, book, and student's work in rapid succession, to synthesize the in-class experience. Try it and see the benefits.
Better Data. Higher Scores.
We rigorously track all of our students’ results, prep time, starting scores, and teacher-hours. By using this data, we can make informed predictions and better answer questions like: what test will a 3.3 GPA female student likely score better on? Let our extensive analytics guide your student toward the highest scores possible.
Focus on the Big Gains
If your student has a 400 in Reading and a 700 in Math, logic would suggest that you should focus your efforts solely on Reading. However, by ignoring strengths and only focusing on weaknesses, your student could be missing out on opportunities for even higher point gains.
Our unique Proactive Recalibration® method ensures that your student’s time is always allocated wisely—adjusting our curriculum based on progress to deliver maximum point gains. For example, by allocating two sessions to Math, your student may be able to increase their score to 800, then spend the remainder of their sessions on improving Reading. It’s about focusing on the right topics at the right time.
Teach the Test—Not the Subject
Other test prep providers take a one-size-fits-all approach, assuming that students need to relearn years’ worth of Geometry and Algebra in order to improve their scores. However, our extensive research and superior results have demonstrated that students need to focus on just a few key concepts in order to ace their SAT or ACT exams.
By staying focused on those key concepts, we can spend our time more efficiently and position your student for the highest scores possible—without introducing any extraneous information.
Schedule a FREE Consultation
Find out how Powerful Prep can build a customized, one-on-one program to suit your student's needs and goals. Give us a call at 714-312-1393 or complete the form below.