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There’s a piece up on “Yahoo News” on SAT prep courses.

We offer one-on-one SAT prep at Ivy Coach. We also offer one-on-one ACT, SAT Subject Test, AP prep…you name it, we tutor it. But whether you choose to work with Ivy Coach for tutoring or not, we have a recommendation: group tutoring isn’t nearly as effective as is individualized one-on-one tutoring in which tutors — ideally great ones like ours — can tailor their teaching to students’ mistakes. It’s an observation we’ve made over the last quarter of a century and it’s one we couldn’t be more certain of.

So when we read a piece up on “Yahoo News” by Maria Danilova entitled “Does free mean better for students choosing SAT prep courses,” we raised a skeptical eyebrow. The piece focuses on how the College Board, through its partnership with Khan Academy, offers free SAT prep for high schoolers. And we think that’s terrific. Any platform that can help disadvantaged students even the playing field with students whose parents are able to subsidize SAT prep is one we support.

But, like the well known test prep companies for the masses that tutor students in groups, it’s just not the best way to give yourself the best chance possible of boosting that score as high as it can possibly go. The article up on “Yahoo News” really pits the free SAT prep offered by Khan Academy up against the big players in test prep. But neither in our view is the best option. Whether you work with our tutors at Ivy Coach or not, one-on-one — and not group — tutoring is the way to go.


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  • Satish says:

    Agreed one on one is best tutoring to prep for SAT, but algorithm driven personalized feedback is what khan Academy promises to deliver. It isn’t group coaching, is it?

  • Jay Q. says:

    Not entirely related to the article, but I’ve heard that the SAT repeats tests from time to time – the same test given in December of last year, for example, could come up in March of this year. Is this true? If so, couldn’t a student simply take the test multiple times waiting for a repeat, and ace that? I feel like this is a huge mistake by the Collegeboard, so I’m not sure if this is correct. Would appreciate clarification!

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