The mere idea of taking critical tests for college often sends students and their parents into panic mode. The ACT and SAT exams are the most important exams high school students will take, and they know that being prepared is how to do well on the tests. Here are five places for top-notch ACT and SAT preparation on the Peninsula.

AJ Tutoring
430 Cambridge Ave., Suite110
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 331-3251

AJ Tutoring is one of the Bay Area’s leaders in one-on-one test preparation. The company aims to give students the tools and confidence they need to succeed on all common exams, including ACT, SAT, PSAT and others. AJ Tutoring specializes in adapting its tutoring approach to fit each student’s learning style, while its one-on-one tutoring is an efficient and effective method that results in improved test scores. Visit the website for program details and other locations around the Bay Area. Call for competitive price information.

ThinkTank Learning
4131 El Camino Real, #103
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 288-3710

ThinkTank Learning has the largest tutor network in the Bay Area, with an unparalleled tutoring team. All ThinkTank tutors hold advanced degrees in the subjects they teach and come from a background of qualified occupations, including college professors, book authors and physicists. ThinkTank offers tutoring in a wide range of subjects and test preparation sessions that include SAT Boot Camp, SAT Training Sessions, SAT individual subject tests, ACT Boot Camp and AP subjects.

Tutor Doctor
San Mateo Tutoring
401 Castilian Way
San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 385-8583

Tutor Doctor gets points from its fans for its “One on One Learning at Home” model, based on its qualified tutors’ flexible scheduling service. About 10 years ago, the Tutor Doctor service began with a desire to help make a difference for students struggling to understand and learn in the classroom. The company now has offices internationally to serve market demands with the Tutor Doctor vision of in-home tutoring, flexible scheduling, one-to-one tutoring and personalized programs. The Tutor Doctor offers test prep in the San Francisco Peninsula area for students of all ages and skill levels who are preparing to take their ACT and SAT exams. Tutor Doctor employs only the best and most qualified tutors to help students get the best results and scores on ACT or SAT exams. Success begins with an in-home consultation to understand the student’s goals, then a best tutor match for student needs, in-home tutoring and session reports via email after each tutoring session. These reports help students and their parents stay tuned in with student progress.

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Sylvan Learning Center

1200 Howard Ave.
Burlingame, CA 94010
(888) 543-7241

With 30 years of success in helping to guide students toward academic success, Sylvan Learning Center is a natural for ACT, SAT and other test prep tutor programs. Sylvan speaks to parents when they say; “You will never regret giving your child the boost they needed, when they needed it with our help.” Visit the website or call Sylvan Burlingame for complete information.

Creative Writing
San Mateo, CA
(888) 886-2508

Tutorspree’s mission is to pair students with the perfect tutor. This is where learning is made personal. With highly qualified tutors in local areas, including ACT and SAT tutors in Redwood City and San Mateo, students are paired with a tutor whose education and tutoring background is a perfect match. At Tutorspree, each student works with an educational consultant to pair him or her with a perfectly matched tutor, using personal assessment and search technology. Tutorspree is so confident of its success that it offers a Perfect Match Guarantee. Prices vary depending on city, subject needed and length of tutoring sessions. Visit the website for complete details and to review the FAQ.

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