How Much Does Elite SAT/ACT Test Prep Cost?

Matt Larriva
Mar 27, 2020
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This ranges, and it’s hard to know what you mean by ‘elite’ but let’s assume you mean: independent, highly qualified, highly experienced tutors with very strong track records.

According to the BBC, ‘elite tutors’, are on ‘6-figure salaries,’ so you can imagine the per-student fee is going to be in the tens of thousands.

Those tutors (myself included) are starting at $500/hour. The upper end of the range is about $1,500/hour.

But there are also different arrangements: sometimes tutors will work on sliding scales (if student gains X points you pay Y, if student gains X+10 points, you pay 10Y, etc). And sometimes tutors will work on assignment basis (come live with the family for some salary for X months).

Generally, to work with an elite tutor, you should budget about $15,000-$50,000.

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Is The Cost of Elite SAT/ACT Test Prep Worth It?

Cornell university student

Although we can only speak for our own elite test prep program, we can say that we do guarantee a 2-point minimum gain on the ACT and 100-point minimum gain on the SAT.

Furthermore, the cost of our SAT and ACT test prep programs are a small fraction of the cost of college, meaning Powerful Prep’s tuition can more than pay for itself by improving your student’s chances of earning a high-value, merit-based scholarship.

It’s worth mentioning that cost of our elite test prep programs features the strength of Powerful Prep’s teachers whom have all accomplished the following achievements:

  • all of our instructors have scored in the 99.9th percentile on the SAT and ACT
  • holds a degree from one of the United States’ top 20 universities
  • every Powerful Prep instructor has prior classroom and one-on-one teaching experience
  • completed a rigorous training program to learn our unique, adaptive approach

You can read their bios on our team page to learn more about our elite test prep tutors.

What Kind of Point Gains Does Elite SAT Test Prep Get You?

This will vary depending on the student and their goals; however, here are some average statistics for students who have completed an elite SAT test prep program with Powerful Prep:

  • Powerful Prep students gain an average increase of 19.5 points per tutor session
  • On average, Powerful Prep students improve their SAT score by 230 points
  • Some star pupils have increased their SAT scores by as much as 510 points
  • For students beginning with a score of less than 1250, score increased by an average of 249 points
  • For students beginning with a score of more than 1250, score increased by an average of 168 points
student prepping for sat test with tutor

What Improvements Can ACT Test Prep Get You?

Similarly, ACT test prep results will vary between students. However, to give you a baseline feel for the improvements that are possible by completing one of our elite ACT test prep programs, here are some average Powerful Prep student statistics for the ACT:

  • On average, Powerful Prep students gain 0.35 points per tutoring session
  • On average, Powerful Prep students improve their ACT score by 3.6 points
  • Some star pupils have increased their ACT scores by as much as 9 points
  • On average, students beginning with a score of less than 20, see their score improve by 6.3 points
  • On average, students beginning with a score of more than 20, see their score improve by 3.1 points

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How Much Do Powerful Prep Tutors Cost?

To see the cost of our personalized elite test prep, we need not look any further than our SAT Prep and ACT Prep pages. I strongly encourage you read through those pages to learn about what the cost of elite test prep includes, but let’s recap them here:

ACT Test Prep Cost

Powerful Prep offers several ACT test prep packages:

  • A 3-month private tutoring course (cost: $1500/month)
    • Weekly 90-minute online or in-home elite ACT tutoring sessions
    • Status update emails after every session
    • Email questions to your instructor between sessions and receive replies within 24 hours
    • Progress, homework, and error logs are maintained and available for your review
    • Our founder, Matt Larriva, will personally monitor your child’s progress and regularly check in with your instructor
    • All program materials are included in tuition
  • Bootcamp private tutoring (cost: $4k-8k/month)
    • For students who are looking for an intensive and test prep program that meets their shortened timeline (3-month program)
    • Customized ACT test prep curriculum tailored to your timeframe
    • Between three and five meetings per week
    • More frequent practice tests
    • Quicker start
    • Conducted remotely or we can travel to your student
  • Custom elite ACT Test Prep (cost: varies)
    • We’ll work with you and your student to develop a customized tutoring program.

If your needs fall outside of one of our package offerings, we also offer customized packages.

Elite & Personalized ACT Prep

Getting accepted to a top-tier college or university is more competitive than ever. Your child’s ACT score is one of the most important factors for gaining acceptance and it’s the only factor that can be substantially improved in a short period of time.

SAT Test Prep Cost

Powerful Prep also offers several SAT test prep packages:

  • A 3-month private tutoring course (cost: $1500/month)
    • Weekly 90-minute online or in-home elite SAT tutoring sessions
    • Status update emails after every session
    • Email questions to your instructor between sessions and receive replies within 24 hours
    • Progress, homework, and error logs are maintained and available for your review
    • Our founder, Matt Larriva, will personally monitor your child’s progress and regularly check in with your instructor
    • All program materials are included in tuition
  • Bootcamp private tutoring (cost: $4k-8k/month)
    • For students who are looking for an intensive and test prep program that meets their shortened timeline (3-month program)
    • Customized SAT test prep curriculum tailored to your timeframe
    • Between three and five meetings per week
    • More frequent practice tests
    • Quicker start
    • Conducted remotely or we can travel to your student
  • Custom elite SAT Test Prep (cost: varies)
    • We’ll work with you and your student to develop a customized elite SAT test prep tutoring program.

Elite & Personalized SAT Prep

Your child’s SAT score is one of the most important factors for gaining acceptance to their dream school. It’s also the only factor that can be substantially improved in a short period of time.

While our competitors charge upwards of $1,000/hour, you’d need to buy two of their programs in order to achieve the point gains that we’ve helped our students realize.

PSAT & NMSQT Test Prep Cost

For the highest probability of a perfect score, and for those students seeking confident admissions to the Ivy League, we offer our Early-Start program to 8th and 9th graders.

A multi-year program leveraging timeline planning to deliver strong PSAT scores, and near-perfect SAT or ACT results, the Early Start offering is Powerful Prep’s most customized, long-term program.

  • Comprehensive planning to align test prep with the student’s high school curriculum
  • PSAT targeting to achieve National Merit
  • Flexibility to change scheduling to avoid overload during AP exams
  • Tuition: based on duration and frequency of engagement.