Premier Tutoring for SAT and ACT

Although standardized test scores aren’t everything, they are a big piece of any college application. Scores demonstrate overall academic ability, and high scores give applications a competitive advantage. Luckily, earning a solid score can often be accomplished through hard work and strategic studying. Thus, finding the right tutor is critical for optimal success. Command Education’s tutors have proven track records of helping students achieve their desired results. We’ve worked and earned impressive results with students of all ability levels, and have the most up-to-date information about standardized testing’s fast-changing landscape.

Command Education offers online tutoring for students based outside of NYC through video conference and in-person tutoring for students who are in NYC.

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Private SAT/ACT tutoring

Unique Study Plans Tailored for Individual Students

At Command, we have a unique approach to tutoring. We believe that effective tutoring is not about repetition or practice, but about teaching students according to their individual needs. There’s more to scoring well on exams than simply understanding the material, and our tutors are experts in teaching our students how to avoid the tricks and build strategies to help them individually succeed.

All of our tutors are trained in emotional intelligence (EQ), and use their skills to tailor student-specific teaching methods. We begin our tutoring packages with multiple assessments, starting with an in-depth diagnostic test and performing further assessments as needed. We assess each student’s skills, knowledge, abilities and learning styles, and use this information to discern which tutors are the best fit for your student. Rather than having a student work with one tutor, we pair students and tutors together to work on specific sections or exams.

We understand that every student has different learning and studying styles, so this method allows us to create a customized teaching plan that evolves over time.

While there are numerous methods for tackling each section in standardized tests, not every method works for everyone. Our tutors prioritize efficiency, creating schedules that align with students’ school schedules. This allows us to plan ahead and account for exam or project heavy weeks and to help meet each student’s needs efficiently and accurately!

Improved Standardized Test Scores

Our tutors have proven track records of dramatically improving student scores. On average, our students improve their ACT composite score by 3 points and their SAT total score by 140 points.

Our Approach

SAT – Sample Tutoring Results

Diagnostic Final % increase Hours tutored
1280 1440 12.50% 20 hours
1240 1330 7.26% 12 hours
1340 1490 11.19% 20 hours
1330 1420 6.77% 10 hours
1190 1380 15.97% 22 hours

ACT – Sample Tutoring Results

Diagnostic Final % increase Hours tutored
22 28 27.27% 20 hours
32 34 6.25% 3 hours
31 34 9.68% 8 hours
24 30 25.00% 21 hours
32 34 6.25% 8 hours

ACT versus SAT

The ACT and the SAT are quite different, but serve the same purpose of putting academic skills in context with those of applicants across the US and abroad. Although both tests are seen equally in the eyes of admissions officers, most students will find one test more challenging than the other. It’s important to pick the test the student is most suited to.

The importance of choosing the correct standardized test

Picking the correct test will allow the student to achieve their desired test scores with the most efficiency. Most schools require SAT or ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and recommend AP and/or IB exams. Our tutors will help determine which test is more suitable to each student, and devise a study plan to earn the scores they are aiming for.

Should I take the SAT or the ACT?

Multiple factors can be used in determining whether a student should take the ACT or the SAT. Knowing where a student’s strengths lie is the most important factor to take into account when making this decision.

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Science

The ACT includes a science analysis section, while the SAT does not. If a student has strengths in data analysis, then the ACT may be the correct choice for them.

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Math

The ACT has a more challenging Math section than the SAT does.

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The SAT tends to have a more challenging English section than the ACT.

The SAT tends to have a more challenging English section than the ACT.

Private Standardized Testing Tutoring
for 7th grade and below

PSAT Preparation

Students can begin preparing for the preliminary SAT (PSAT) as early as 7th grade. Most students take the PSAT junior year of high school, but many also take it Freshman and Sophomore year. Just as with the SAT and ACT, the earlier students begin preparing for the PSAT, the better they score. Scoring well on the PSAT comes with a chance at qualifying as a National Merit Scholar, which opens doors to scholarships and prestigious summer programs.

High School Admissions Tests Preparation

Independent high schools, such as Horace Mann, Phillips Exeter Academy, and The Brearley School are springboards for an Ivy League education. Likewise, public high schools like Stuyvesant send dozens of students to top universities each year. As such, these high schools have extremely competitive entrance requirements, including standardized tests. We offer tutoring for students preparing for secondary school entrance exams such as the SHSAT, ISEE, and SSAT. We recommend that students begin preparing for these exams in 6th-7th grade.

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