ACT & SAT Tutoring Services

In addition to our college consulting services, Ivy Coach offers test preparation for the ACT and SAT and academic tutoring in any and every subject. Many of our college counseling students use our SAT & ACT tutoring services, though we also have a number of students who seek out our services for SAT Subject Test tutoring. And 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. Read More

It is not unusual for a bright, motivated student to improve a score by 300 to 400 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. Our tutors’ approach to test preparation is holistic, comprehensive, and targeted to boost the student’s areas of weakness. But while our ACT and SAT tutoring services are the most utilized, we figured we’d remind interested students once again that we also tutor students for AP or IB exams, the SAT Subject Tests, TOEFL, SSAT, ISEE, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, and MCAT as well as tutoring for any specific classroom course. 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

Our tutors work with our students from across the country and around the world using Skype as well as interactive whiteboards. The student and the tutor can see each other and chat just as if they are sitting next to each other. The instructor can upload problems to a whiteboard that both the tutor and the student can write on so that problems can be solved together, in a step-by-step approach. USB tablets make scribbling out notes a breeze whether solving an algebraic problem or analyzing a reading passage. If a student or parent wants to review a session at a later time, all tutorials are recorded in real-time and stored so that they can be easily accessed. Read More

Why limit yourself to the 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 guidance counselor recommended – the AP English teacher or the calculus teacher in 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 scores with proven ACT and SAT tutors who consistently help our students reach their standardized testing goals.

Our SAT & ACT Tutoring Results

College Admissions

At Ivy Coach, we offer tutoring for The SAT, Subject Tests, and The ACT.

SAT logoThe SAT:  This is a 3-hour and 45-minute standardized test that measures critical reading, math, and writing. There is also an essay portion of the exam that is scored on a scale of 2-12 by two different readers. Each of the three sections of the SAT is scored on a basis of 200 (for signing one’s name) to 800 (for a perfect score). With few exceptions, most colleges will superscore the SAT. Read more about superscoring the SAT.


CollegeBoardThe Subject Tests: These are one-hour subject tests that measure a student’s knowledge in the following subject areas: Mathematics Level 1, Mathematics Level 2, U.S. History, World History, Biology (Ecological/Molecular), Chemistry, Physics, and Literature. There are also Subject Tests in the following languages: Chinese with Listening, French and French with Listening, Italian, Japanese with Listening, Latin, Modern Hebrew, as well as Spanish and Spanish with Listening.  Most highly selective colleges require two Subject Tests.


ACT logoThe ACT: The ACT, an abbreviation for American College Testing, is an alternative college admissions exam that measures English, math, reading, and science reasoning abilities. There’s also an optional writing test (which is mandatory at most colleges). The test is scored on a basis of 1 – 36; 1 is the lowest score possible and 36 is the highest score possible. The Composite Score is the average of the four subtests. The writing section is scored on a scale of 2 (the lowest) to 12 (the highest). All colleges in the U.S. will accept the ACT in lieu of the SAT and some colleges will accept the ACT in lieu of Subject Tests. And some colleges will superscore the ACT.


TOEFL LogoTOEFL: The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required to be taken by students whose home school’s primary language is not English. Most highly selective colleges require students to have scored between 100 and 110 on the iBT (Internet Based TOEFL). For international students, we also offer TOEFL prep.

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.

ssatThe SSAT: 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 levels have four sections – Verbal, Math, Reading Comprehension, and a Writing Sample. The essay does not receive a grade.

ISEE-logo2The ISEE: 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. It’s one of the benefits of Ivy Coach’s tutors in that they can tutor you from anywhere via Skype.


gmat logoThe GMAT: 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 1 (lowest) to 6 (highest) and in intervals of half points. Performance on the Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing sections do not factor into the total score.


GRE logoThe GRE: ETS, the same company that owns the SAT, the SAT Subject Tests, and the Advanced Placement Tests own the GRE, also known as the Graduate Record Exam. Students applying to specific graduate and business programs 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, and geometry – (scored on a basis of 130-170 in one point increments), and Analytical Writing Skills (scored on a basis of 1-6 in half point increments). The GRE can be taken as often as a student prefers because, through the Score Select Option, the student sends only the highest scores.


LSAC logoThe LSAT: The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) administers the LSAT, or The Law School Admission Test, four times a year to prospective law school candidates. The test consists of five multiple-choice sections and an ungraded writing sample that is seldom used by admissions officers. 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). In a two year period, students can take the LSAT up to three times but each score is reported. 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 in admission to law schools.


MCAT logoThe MCAT: 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.

Kindergarten Prep

Achieving high scores on formal AABL / ERB testing for New York City kindergarten admissions is required by a handful of private prestigious Manhattan schools. All independent Manhattan private schools have their own kindergarten assessments to evaluate children’s school readiness during kindergarten interviews. While Ivy Coach does not provide tutoring for kindergarten interviews or for the AABL / ERB, we receive many phone calls requesting tutors. We are pleased to recommend Stephanie Sigal, M.A. CCC-SLP, an outstanding kindergarten admissions tutor and AABL / ERB coach in Manhattan. Stephanie has expertise as a speech and language therapist, tutors for the AABL / ERB test, and prepares preschoolers for Manhattan kindergarten interviews. She has found success with many children, including those who need extra support to learn, listen, and express themselves.