ACT & SAT Tutoring Services

Why limit yourself to the math tutors and writing tutors who happen to be in your neighborhood? Why limit yourself to the tutor who your friend used knowing that his score only went up 20 or 50 points? Why limit yourself to the tutor your school counselor recommended — the AP English teacher or the AP BC Calculus teacher at your school? Surely these teachers may know their subjects, and surely they may be excellent at teaching it, but that doesn’t mean they know how to teach the content as well as the strategies of the SAT or ACT. Boost your SAT or ACT test scores with proven ACT and SAT tutors who consistently help our students reach their standardized testing goals.Read More

Need a writing tutor or a math tutor? In addition to our college consulting services, Ivy Coach offers test preparation for the ACT and SAT and academic tutoring in just about every subject. Many of our college counseling students use our tutoring services for the SAT and ACT. And we also have a number of students who seek out our services for AP, TOEFL, SSAT, ISEE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, and GRE tutoring, too. Our experienced tutors all have undergraduate and / or graduate degrees from Ivy League colleges (or Stanford, MIT, Caltech, Duke, etc.). They’re experts in their fields. And they have each been able to help our students achieve significant increases in their standardized test scores.

It is not unusual for a bright, motivated student to improve a score by 200 to 300 points with our SAT tutoring. This is either from their PSAT or from their initial SAT diagnostic test with us. Our tutors help students receive comparable achievements on the ACT exam. Our tutors’ approach to test preparation is holistic, comprehensive, and targeted to boost the student’s areas of weakness. But while our tutoring services for the ACT and SAT exams are the most utilized, we figured we’d remind interested students once again that we also prep students for AP or IB exams, the TOEFL, SSAT, ISEE, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, and MCAT as well as tutoring for most courses. For just about any test that you need to take, Ivy Coach has an experienced tutor who will help you to achieve your goals.

Tutoring Students Around the World

We work with our students from across the country and around the world using Zoom. The student and the tutor can see each other and chat just as if they are sitting next to each other. Our instructors use Zoom’s interactive chatting function for notes. These are mostly notes from our instructor to the student, with the intention that they may be used as study notes for the student or as a schematic review of the lesson content by the student and / or parent. While we’ve tested interactive whiteboards in the past, we have found it to be more effective for our instructors to write in bright marker on paper and hold it up to the camera. This way, it’s faster, easier to see clearly, and better matched to the paper-based test. Our instructors also send parents and students an email summary of every lesson, complete with a customized homework assignment.

College Admissions

At Ivy Coach, we offer tutoring for the SAT, the ACT, AP Exams, and the TOEFL.


Created and administered by The College Board, this granddaddy of all standardized tests is now a 3-hour multiple choice-style exam that assesses evidence-based reading, writing and language, and math in 4 timed sub-sections. Reading and Writing scores combine for one section score, while Math without Calculator and Math with Calculator combine for the other score. Both sections of the SAT are scored on a basis of 200 (for signing one’s name) to 800 (for a perfect score). The SAT is offered in the United States and internationally as a paper-based test about 8 times a year, including once in the summer. With few exceptions, most colleges will superscore the SAT, so it strongly behooves students to study for this test over the long-term and take it multiple times. SAT Question and Answer Service, offered 3 times a year in the U.S. and once a year overseas, is a terrific study resource for students as they prep for their next round. Read more about superscoring the SAT.


The ACT, an abbreviation for American College Testing, is an alternative, equally popular and accepted college admissions exam that measures English, math, reading, and science reasoning abilities. Like the SAT, the test is about 3 hours in length, plus 40 minutes for the optional writing test. The sections are each scored on a scale of 1-36 points, rendering a Composite Score, as well, from the average of the four subtests. The writing section is scored by two readers on a scale of 1 (the lowest) to 6 (the highest) for a total of 2-12 in each of four categories – Ideas and Analysis, Development and Support, Organization, and Language Use and Conventions – which are then averaged for a final score. The essay score is separate from the individual test scores and overall test composite score. All colleges in the U.S. will accept the ACT in lieu of the SAT, and some colleges will superscore the ACT. The ACT is offered about 7 times a year. In the U.S., the ACT is usually offered as a paper-based test, while internationally, it is computer-based. Like the SAT, the ACT offers a question and answer service (Test Information Release) several times a year, a terrific tool for students honing their skills for the next test. If it wasn’t clear already, Ivy Coach has no affiliation with ACT, Inc. We simply tutor students to ace their extremely coachable test.

AP Exams

The AP, or Advanced Placement, Program administered by the College Board offers college-level courses and exams to high school students. Students who score high in these year-long courses’ exams in a wide range of academic subjects — including AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, AP United States History, AP European History, AP Art History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Human Geography, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP Psychology, AP World History: Modern, AP United States Government and Politics, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based, AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Environmental Science, AP Italian Language and Culture, AP Chinese Language and Culture, AP German Language and Culture, AP Latin, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP French Language and Culture, AP Japanese Language and Culture, and AP Music Theory. With top scores on these exams, students can qualify for advanced placement in college courses and even earn college credit (though, more often at our nation’s elite universities, they simply help students optimize their case for admission). With the demise of the SAT Subject Tests, the more comprehensive AP Exams are the only standardized measures of advanced academic achievement for college admissions, and are thus more important than ever for competitive admissions. The most enterprising students will study independently to round out their AP course-load, even beyond their high school’s offerings. Ivy Coach prepares students for the AP tests in most disciplines.


The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required to be taken by students who attend high schools in which English is not the primary language of instruction. Most highly selective colleges require students to have scored between 100 and 110 on the iBT (Internet Based TOEFL).

Prep / Independent School Admissions

For students applying to preparatory or independent high schools, we offer ISEE and SSAT tutoring. There are very few tutors who are experts at these particular exams as the vast majority of students in the country don’t take these tests. But our tutors are masters at improving students’ SSAT and ISEE test scores.


The SSAT is a test required by many private or boarding elementary, middle, and secondary schools. The test is administered to students in grades 3 through 11 on three different levels. The Elementary Level SSAT is administered to students who are applying to schools for grades 4 and 5, the Middle Level SSAT is administered for students applying for grades 6, 7, and 8, and the Upper Level SSAT is administered to students who are applying to high schools in grades 9 through 12 and the PG (post-graduate) year. All three SSAT levels have four sections — verbal, math, reading comprehension, and a writing sample. The essay does not receive a grade.


The ISEE is a test required by private or boarding elementary, middle, and high schools. There are three levels to the ISEE exam. The Lower Level ISEE is for students who are applying for admission to grades 5 and 6. The Middle Level ISEE is for students who are applying for admission to grades 7 and 8. The Upper Level ISEE is for students who are applying for admission to high school or grades 9 through 12 and the PG (post-graduate) year. All three levels of the test have four components – verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension, and mathematics achievement. There’s also an essay that is not scored.

Graduate School Admissions

For students applying to graduate schools including law schools, medical schools, business schools, or other graduate programs, we offer LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, and GRE tutoring. Often times, graduate school applicants simply don’t have the time to physically meet with tutors to prep for testing. It’s one of the benefits of Ivy Coach’s tutors in that they can tutor you from anywhere via Zoom.


The Graduate Management Admission Test is a test taken by applicants to business schools in graduate programs such as: business management, MBA, Master of Finance, or Master of Accountancy. There are 4 sections on the GMAT: verbal, quantitative, integrated reasoning, and analytical writing. The GMAT measures performance only on the quantitative and verbal sections. The total score of the GMAT is on a scale of 200 to 800 (with intervals of 10). The analytical writing assessment is graded on a scale of 0 (lowest) to 6 (highest) and in intervals of half points by two readers, one of which may be an automated essay-scoring engine. Performance on the integrated reasoning and analytical writing sections do not factor into the total score.


Students applying to specific graduate and business programs, as well as some law schools, take the GRE. The GRE measures verbal reasoning (scored on a basis of 130-170 in one point increments), quantitative reasoning – which includes arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis (scored on a basis of 130-170 in one point increments), and analytical writing skills (scored on a basis of 0-6 in half point increments). The GRE may be taken as often as a student prefers because, through the Score Select Option, the student sends only the highest scores.


The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) administers the LSAT, or The Law School Admission Test, six times a year to prospective law school candidates. The test consists of five multiple-choice sections and a writing sample that can tilt the balance in admissions decision-making. The LSAT measures reading comprehension, analytical reasoning (A.K.A. “logic games”), and verbal reasoning (A.K.A. “arguments”). Scores range from 120 (lowest score) to 180 (highest score). Since one’s LSAT score and GPA are the two most important factors in gaining admission to law school, there is currently a movement underway by the American Bar Association to no longer require the LSAT for admission to law schools. In fact, the GRE is accepted now at some top law schools in lieu of the LSAT, though the GRE’s math section deters some law school applicants from pursuing this alternative.


For over 80 years, the MCAT, or the Medical College Admission Test, has been the test for admission to medical school. Students applying to allopathic, osteopathic, podiatric, and veterinary medicine schools also take the MCAT. The MCAT is a computer-based exam that consists of 3 sections: physical sciences (PS), biological sciences (BS), and verbal reasoning (VR). All answers are multiple-choice and there is no penalty for an incorrect answer. Scores for each of the three multiple-choice sections range from 1 to 15. A 15 is a perfect score on an individual section and a 45 is a perfect score on the MCAT.