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Average Cost of Test Prep Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute test prep lessons is $56. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $25 and $104 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$33 average
$120
45-min $20
 
$46 average
$145
60-min $25
 
$56 average
$104

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute test prep lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute test prep lessons are 18% less expensive at $46, and 30-minute lessons cost 42% less at $33.

Curious how much test prep lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best test prep teachers .

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Popular Test Prep tutors

Ryan B.

Allen, TX
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Chicago, IL
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Cleveland, OH
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Whether you need help passing the GED, ACT, PSAT or SAT, I can help you! With years of experience and methods that work, I can help you prepare and master the subject test with confidence!

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Camelia August 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ryan reconnected our son with the love of piano. His class is fun, relaxed and totally engaged. Our son made lot of progress with him and most importantly he loves piano and enjoys it
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Phil T. December 23, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I am having a blast, Rayn really knows how to customiz your lesson for you. I am always looking forward to my next lesson
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Phil December 16, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I am an intermediate drummer. Lessons with Ryan have been awesome. He is easy going, laid back but keeps you totally engaged. He is well versed in many instruments and music theory. I'm always looking forward to mynext lesson. I highly recommend him for anyone.

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I have worked as a tutor for several years and taught a variety of subjects. My main goal is to equip every student with tools they need to be successful. I care more about comprehension and learning, than grades. I work with each student individual to develop a personalized plan of organization, motivation, and accountability.

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Martin P. December 5, 2017
· Singing · Online
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Nathan November 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Very nice and professional attitude. He made a great contact with my 7 year old son which is very important when teaching the little ones...I am looking forward to next lessons.
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Jay October 30, 2017
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Great experience so far. I've learned a lot and it's nice to have a teacher who tries this find different ways to help you get better in what you do!!!

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I have taught 30+ test prep students, ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, ASVAB, GED, TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, etc. Using my broad teaching expertise and coursework in mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry) English (reading, writing, grammar) and Science (biology, chemistry, physics), I have helped prospective university students (juniors, seniors and even sophomores) get the scores they need to gain acceptance to their top school choices. Let me show you how successful you or your child can be.

A recent success story from one of my students was an increase of 4 points on her ACT, for a composite of 30. That's 16 individual points within four subjects!

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tom November 14, 2017
· Microsoft Windows · Online
Excellent!
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Emily November 13, 2017
· SAT · In home
Matt really helped me improve both my SAT and my AC T test scores. His explanations were clear and I thought that I learned quite a lot when I had him as a tutor.
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Sheryl November 10, 2017
· ACT · In home
As you can see I’ve written a review for Matthew regarding my daughters success (her test was last year) so I’d like to write one for my son also. My son was not driving at the time and Matthew agreed to drive to our home and teach him for an additional nominal fee. My son also took multiple tutoring sessions with Matthew and learned something new every time. He felt confident going into the test, confident in his ability to complete the exam and do well on it. Matthew takes his time with each individual and works with their specific needs. My children needed help in different areas of the ACT and Matthew was more than capable of helping them in those areas. My sons ACT score also went up 4 points after working with Matthew! I can’t say enough how professional, kind and thorough he is.

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Ridgewood, NY
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Woodland Hills, CA

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Master in various test preps. Can identify student shortfalls and address them through study skills and prioritization.

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Courtney C. January 14, 2018
· Microsoft Excel · In home
Good teacher, clear communicator, nice guy!
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Jeffrey S. January 8, 2018
· Microsoft Windows · In home
Nice guy. Very patient with my elderly mother.
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Amy K. December 1, 2017
· GRE · In studio
Daniel tutored me for about 8 weeks, 2-3 times a week for the GRE. He was friendly, knew his stuff, and definitely helped me to remember my high school math from over 5 years ago. Great tutoring experience!

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Cave Creek, AZ

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Learning material for a test has little to do with memorization, and lots to do with understanding: Understanding the material, understanding the process, understanding why test stress exists, and most of all, understanding how to prepare.

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Elizabeth P. December 27, 2017
· Essay Writing · Online
He has been an amazing. My kids are taking the ISEE test and he is helping them prepare for the verbal reasoning and essay portion. He researched the test, came up with a strategic plan for each kid based on the strengths and weaknesses, and prepared lessons appropriately.
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Lata V. November 12, 2017
· AP English · Online
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· AP English Literature · Online

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Ridgewood, NY

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I can help you with NYC Gifted & Talented Test, SHSAT, TACHS/HSPT/COOP, SSAT/ISEE, Common Core, Regents, college/graduate admissions tests i.e. SAT/ACT, GRE/GMAT and other certification tests when requested. When the rapport with student and teacher is good, a world of possibilities open!

We will together build a test strategy that is specially adapted to your needs and score targets.

120mins/lesson with 30min increments.

(IMPORTANT: Please do NOT book any lessons without confirming with me if we have a match in schedule. I have other obligations besides tutoring so if you do not have a flexible schedule, I recommend other tutors that will match your budget and schedule.)

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Natalia November 19, 2017
· GRE · In studio
I️ was connected to Rod through a tutoring agency. I️ contacted the agency because I️ recently graduated college and wanted to get into grad school but had not taken a math class since the 10th grade. The school I️ was applying to needed a minimum math score for the GRE, which I️ knew would be a enormous stretch for me. Additionally, I️ always had trouble with math and knew I️ would need a tutor to re-teach me everything I️ needed to know to get the score I️ wanted. Initially, the agency connected me to 3 different tutors who were all absolutely terrible! Sometimes they didn’t even know how to answer sample questions in the workbooks! Finally, I was connected to Rod. After our first meeting I️ knew he would be the one who would help me improve. After a month of intense work with him my GRE math scores actually improved a full 12 points! Beyond that, he literally taught me math in a way in which I️ actually understood it. Before I️ just thought I couldn’t learn, but now I’m confident that I️ actually retained everything and it even made sense! I’m so grateful to have met Rod because before him I️ truly felt hopeless. I️ would definitely recommend Rod to anyone who is looking to drastically improve their math skills. If you’re like me and hate math, can’t grasp it, and even feel like you just can’t learn it, then definitely contact Rod now! You won’t be sorry!
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Jennifer K. September 5, 2017
· Algebra 1 · In home
I initially reached out to Rod for Algebra 1 review because I felt that my daughter lacked a solid foundation in algebra. However, after a couple of sessions, we have decided to switch gears toward geometry with Rod’s recommendation. Throughout the geometry lessons, algebra practice was incorporated. I am happy that not only did Rod tailor his lessons to my daughter’s goals but also he gave her a lot of encouragement. My daughter found it extremely helpful that she got to explain and discuss with Rod, which made lessons interactive and real learning. Now going back to school, my daughter feels confident, thanks to Rod!
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Renée August 29, 2017
· Math · In home
Rod worked with my daughter weekly for a couple of months leading up to the NYC state tests. With Rod's careful, concerted planning and diligence, my daughter's score went from 2.4 on the 7th grade Math state test, to a 2.8 in 8th grade, which equates to a move from below the 50th percentile, to between the 50th and 75th percentile. My daughter's in-school math instruction was chaotic and disjointed, and I attribute her improvement to Rod's intervention.

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Test-taking is not fun for the average student. It's usually seen as an obstacle that takes a lot of time and effort. The experience doesn't need to be like this, however. Test prep tutoring is one way to make every test feel much simpler and less frustrating.

What Can Test Prep Tutoring Offer?

Through test prep tutoring, students of all ages can learn the value of test-taking techniques that make not only testing easier, but courses as well. Tutors recognize that different testing experiences require different needs, and depending on the topic, as well as individual students' stronger and weaker areas, every tutoring experience can be catered to meet those needs.

There are many reasons for completing test prep tutoring:
• Students will learn the best thinking techniques and skills necessary for completing basic and complex problems.
• No matter the test, practice questions can be given in order to best mimic and help students prepare for the testing environment.
• Strengths will be further developed, while weaker areas will be focused on and harnessed in order to help students succeed.
• Confidence will be given to inspire students of all ages to succeed in the future and find testing not as difficult.

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A test prep tutor can help students learn what is necessary to complete and pass tests. Having a tutor means you'll learn and build on skills that can help in everyday life, such as maneuvering around basic duties or issues you may come across. Critical thinking is always encouraged through tutoring, and does not simply adhere to test-taking.

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With a qualified tutor, there's no need to avoid test prep tutoring if given the opportunity. Even if you don't find yourself having a hard time getting through tests, simply having a test prep tutor can help make testing a more efficient and easy task!

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