It’s that time of year again when high school juniors are working on college applications and taking standardized tests. In order to put their best foot forward, many students opt to hire a personal tutor to optimize test scores. Whether in-home or at a tutoring center, one on one or in a group environment, quality test prep tutors can help students improve SAT scores by several hundred points. The East Bay area offers a number of experienced test prep tutors.
James Eno Tutorials
1414 Milvia St.
Berkeley, CA 94709
James Eno’s tutors are solely dedicated to standardized test prep. His tutors provide in-home services for SAT, PSAT and ACT prep. Tutoring is done in the home, either one-on-one or for small groups of up to three students. Lesson plans are customized to meet individual students’ needs and tutors can help diagnose if a student’s aptitude is better suited for success with the ACT or the SAT. All tutors are degreed and go through an intensive training process before meeting with students.
The Lafayette Academy
3400 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA 94549
This family-owned company is dedicated to helping students achieve success in a fun and relaxing environment. It conducts on-site spring, summer and fall general SAT and ACT test prep classes. In addition, the Academy offers advanced test prep instruction for accelerated students. One-on-one tutoring and a few smaller-size test prep classes are also available. The large staff has a broad range of education and tutoring experience.
P.O. Box 1553
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Serving a large area of the East Bay, including Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and Walnut Creek, Pleasanton Tutoring has a large staff of expert tutors in a variety of topics beyond test prep. Tutors at Pleasanton Tutoring also assist student with AP classes, and can provide resume and interviewing services. Pleasanton Tutoring offers on-site ACT and SAT Mastery Prep Classes, as well as more specialized one-on-one test prep tutoring. The tutoring center frequently helps students improve their test scores by 20 to 50 percent and even offers a conditional money-back guarantee if individual student goals are not met.
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Bay Area SAT Academy
Unlike other tutoring facilities, the Bay Area SAT Academy’s sole focus is to help students maximize their SAT scores. All staff instructors have years of teaching experience and boast personal SAT scores in the 99th percentile. In 2012, Diablo Magazine voted the academy Best SAT Prep Course Of The East Bay. Tutoring sessions are one-on-one, conducted in the home and each typically runs an hour and a half.
Paul the Tutor’s Education Center
4235 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94611
Founded by Paul Osborne, Paul the Tutor’s Education Center specially caters to students with learning disabilities. A student of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Mr. Osborne is the creator of the Logical Learning System™ and author of the “LD SAT Study Guide.” Staff tutors help traditional learners, learning disabled and accelerated students study for the SAT, ACT and SAT II, and can also provide organizational coaching. Tutoring is available either on-site at the Oakland Education Center or in the home.
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