For the junior who does a cold mock test, scores within the normal range (16-28 for ACT and 900-1350 for SAT) and then starts tutoring, a standard package of 12 to 16 hours of tutoring usually yields between 3 and 5 points of improvement in the ACT and 100-140 points of improvement in the SAT. Yes, preparing for the SAT makes a statistical difference. Those who prepare for the exam score better, according to the industry. Many SAT preparation courses also offer guaranteed improvement to students who use their preparation materials.
Bob Schaeffer, FairTest's director of public education, has recently made rounds in the media calling high-priced tutoring a form of “test preparation steroids,” and the existence of high-priced tutors has been cited in numerous articles on whether it might be time to abolish tests standardized for college. admissions. In addition, a report from the Annenberg Institute at Brown University outlines design principles for effective tutoring based on rigorous educational research, and covers tutor-to-student ratio, frequency of tutoring, focus, and curriculum. In addition, research shows that tutoring offered by non-professional and family members benefits students, but the benefits are lower than those of tutoring provided by professionals or paraprofessionals.