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How Much Does SAT Prep Cost?

 
low costSelf-Guided Study Tools: $10-$50average costInstructor-Led Classes: $75-$1,000high costPrivate Tutoring: $75-$250 Per Hour
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The SAT is a college entrance exam that tests a student's knowledge in reading, writing and math. It was originally known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test and today it is commonly referred to as the SAT or the SAT Reasoning Test. The non-profit organization College Board[1] publishes this test. Students may choose to prepare for the SAT, the ACT or both tests, having scores sent to prospective colleges.

Typical costs:

  • Self-Guided SAT study tools like books and software typically cost $10-$50. For example, Random House[2] publishes several SAT books in the $10-$30 range; the College Board publishes the Official SAT Study Guide[3] for $22, which includes 10 official practice tests, practice essay questions and free online score reports. Boost Your Score! The Unofficial Software Guide to the Real ACT[4] software sells for $15 and includes 6 practice tests and interactive quizzes.
  • Online study courses for the SAT typically range from $70-$500. For example, College Board[5] , the organization that administers the SAT, offers the Official SAT Study Course for $70 for one year. The online course includes18 interactive lessons, 10 official practice tests, automated essay scoring and sample essays. Kaplan offers SAT On Demand, an online course with a personalized study plan, more than 2,000 practice questions, videos and practice tests.
  • Instructor-led SAT prep classes typically cost $75-$1,000. For example, Princeton Review[6] offers SAT Classroom, an 18-hour course focusing on frequent test components and the essentials for $600, at locations across the U.S. A more in-depth, 30-hour review course is offered for $1,000. Sherwood Test Prep[7] offers an 18-hour SAT prep course for $400, with 60 locations[8] across the U.S. Courses are taught by university-level instructors, and students take 6 practice SATs throughout the course and learn test-taking techniques and strategies.
  • Private tutoring for the SAT typically costs $75-$250 per hour, and can take place either in-person or online. For example, Parliament Tutors[9] offers a 4-hour package of private, in-home tutoring for $360 ($120 per hour) and a 60-hour tutoring package for $4,500 ($75 per hour). Parliament serves numerous cities in 22 states[10] . Ivy Bound Test Prep offers private online tutoring with a senior (mid-level) instructor for $2,450 for 20 hours ($123 per hour). Additional hours can be purchased at the discount of $70 per hour. The in-person private tutoring rate with Ivy Bound Test Prep is $183 per hour for a senior instructor, and tutors are available for in-home tutoring in 22 U.S. cities.
Related articles: SAT, ACT Test, ACT Prep, AP Test, College

What should be included:
  • SAT prep should include multiple-choice practice questions and will likely include test-taking strategies and an overview of the structure of the SAT. Math review topics should include algebra, geometry and probability, while Reading Comprehension topics should test the student's response to critical reading of sample passages. Practice for the Writing portion of the SAT may be included in the SAT prep course or study materials.
  • Most test prep books and courses will include access to full-length SAT practice tests.
Additional costs:
  • It costs $49 to register for the SAT.
  • A scientific or graphing calculator[11] is required to take the SAT, as well as to complete test prep courses. A graphing calculator can cost $20 for a used, older model to $150 for a new, upgraded model. Used used TI-82[12] calculators typically sell for $30 or less on eBay, while a new TI-84 Plus calculator[13] from Texas Instruments costs about $123 including shipping.
Discounts:
  • The College Board offers a free SAT practice test[14] which can be taken online or printed and filled out on paper.
Shopping for sat prep:
  • College Board[15] has tips on when to start planning for the SAT, starting with a student's freshman year in high school. High school juniors typically take the SAT and students may retake the test during their senior year to try for a higher score. There is also a test called the PSAT/NMQST[16] , which can be taken during a student's junior year as a practice for the SAT. This test also helps qualify students for National Merit Scholarships[17] .
  • Consumer Reports published a www.consumerwebwatch.org/dynamic/families-reports-satprep.cfm>review of 10 online SAT test preparation companies.
  • The Accrediting Council of Continuing Education and Training, also called ACCET, offers a searchable directory[18] for accredited test prep organizations.
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External Resources:
  1.  sat.collegeboard.org/about-tests/sat
  2.  www.randomhouse.com/princetonreview/college/sat/
  3.  /store.collegeboard.org/sto/productdetail.do?track=satsite&Itemkey=008525
  4.  www.amazon.com/Boost-Score-Unofficial-Software-Guide/dp/B002MS69OE
  5.  /satonlinecourse.collegeboard.org/SR/index.jsp
  6.  www.princetonreview.com/ChooseProducts.aspx?&testtype=TAA&producttype=ILD&productdetail...
  7.  www.sherwoodtest.com/sat/
  8.  www.sherwoodtest.com/enroll_now/
  9.  www.parliamenttutors.com/course.php
  10.  www.parliamenttutors.com/locations.php
  11.  professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-subject/test-day/expect/calculators
  12.  www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?TI%2520Model=TI%252D82&_nkw=ti-82&rt=nc&LH_ItemCondition=12&_dm...
  13.  www.amazon.com/Graphing-Calculator-Programmable-16-Character-TEXTI84PLUS/dp/B0006I0AD8
  14.  sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-practice-test
  15.  sat.collegeboard.org/register/when-to-take-sat
  16.  www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html
  17.  www.nationalmerit.org/nasp.php
  18.  www.accet.org/directory
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