When it’s time to select an SAT tutor, lots of options exist. But how do you know what to look for in SAT tutoring? How do you find someone who can help your student increase their SAT scores and reach their future goals? 

Learn what to look for in SAT tutoring and the keys to selecting a great tutor. 

Good Reviews

People love to talk about their experiences, especially good ones! Make sure the tutor or company you’re working with has good reviews. You’re investing a lot of time and money in SAT tutoring. It’s important to make sure that you’re spending your money in a good place with a credible (and score-increasing) tutor. 

Most good tutors have reviews on their website or can share testimonials from former students upon request. 

More than a High Test Score

While it’s important to have a tutor who understands the SAT and has scored well on it themselves, there’s more to being a good tutor than just getting a top SAT score. 

You want a tutor who can teach you how to crush the test and who understands the strategies for doing just that. 

Clear Expectations

As you look to hire a tutor, make sure they clearly state their expectations for students so that you can make sure your expectations are aligned. Does your student plan to take extra time to do homework or practice problems? Do you expect tutors to cover every aspect of the test or just focus on one area? 

These can be important conversations to have before you hire a tutor or at least before your first session. For example, at OnToCollege, our tutors assign additional practice materials and quizzes for students to complete outside of tutoring sessions. This gives the student more experience with the SAT material and also provides content to discuss or work through in the session. But if you’re expecting not to do any additional work outside of your sessions, it will help the tutor to know to plan on covering less new test material.

Test Strategies

You want a tutor who goes beyond the basics of the test material. You want them to teach strategies. Pay attention to the fine print when you talk to your tutor to see if they simply review the content of the test or if they have the experience and knowledge to offer strategies when your student struggles in a specific area. For example, if your student is struggling to finish the reading section, does the tutor have specific strategies to help them either finish or make the most of their remaining time? You want to make sure that your tutor is an expert on the SAT, not just a good math or English teacher. 


Find a tutor who is passionate about the SAT and the difference that it can make in students’ futures. If they are energetic and motivated because of the value this test can have and then translate that into their teaching, you’ll see it clearly. Look for a tutor who communicates more than the concepts on the test—you want them to share their energy with your students!


At OnToCollege, our curriculum is built around thousands of hours studying the ACT and SAT. We review past tests to see which questions are asked, and what types of questions you can expect. Then we focus our tutoring on the specifics of each test. Our tutors have all received high scores on the tests. But they are also well-equipped to teach these concepts and to share game-changing strategies with their students. Our passion is helping students jump scores and catch their dreams. It’s our goal to make sure our tutors are everything you look for in SAT tutoring.

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