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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why choose us?
    There are several reasons why people should choose Carmel Valley Test Prep: Personalized attention: Individualized tutoring allows for tailored instruction to meet each student's unique needs. Expert instructors: Experienced and knowledgeable teachers with proven track records of success. Customized programs: Programs designed specifically for each student's learning style, goals, and schedule. Proven results: Improved test scores and academic performance. Supportive environment: Encouraging and motivating atmosphere that builds confidence and reduces test anxiety. Flexibility: Convenient scheduling options (7 days a week) to accommodate busy schedules. Individualized feedback: Regular progress updates and feedback to students and parents. Preparation for success: Not just test prep, but also teaching study skills, time management, and critical thinking. By choosing Carmel Valley Test Prep, students receive personalized support and guidance to help them achieve their academic goals and build a strong foundation for future success.
  • What makes us unique?
    Approach: Carmel Valley Test Prep focuses on individualized attention and customized programs, while other test prep centers may have a more standardized approach. Experience: Carmel Valley Test Prep has experienced instructors (Many with PhD's) who have worked with students for over 20 years, while others may have less experienced instructors (or even students). Focus: Carmel Valley Test Prep specializes in test preparation and academic tutoring. Personal touch: Carmel Valley Test Prep emphasizes building relationships with students and families, providing a more personalized experience.
  • Are there any long term commitments?
    No. We’re hourly-based, meaning that there are no long-term commitments.
  • What method of payments do you accept?
    We accept Zelle, Venmo, Paypal, ApplePay, and Others.
  • How do I know how my child is progressing?
    We monitor our students’ progress every step of the way, and we provide detailed status reports after every session. So as a parent you will see a notification on your phone with what we worked on, how they are performing, and the path forward.
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    A cancellation or request to reschedule made less than 24 hours in advance will invoke a cancellation fee of 50% of the lesson. Once the session time has started a cancellation or no-show will invoke a fee of 100% of the lesson. Cancellations made at least 24 hours in advance will be applied without a penalty.
  • How are your online sessions structured?
    We utilize an immersive learning environment. We can annotate and draw directly on the shared exams. This provides a very collaborative experience. All sessions are scheduled for a minimum duration of 1 hour but can be extended as needed.
  • Do you offer private sessions?
    Yes. Our tutoring framework consists entirely of one-on-one private sessions, which allows us to provide a flexible tutoring plan based on a student’s testing strengths and weaknesses.
  • Should I take the SAT or ACT?
    Great question! Both the SAT and ACT are widely accepted by colleges and universities in the US. The best way to decide which test to take is to consider your individual strengths and preferences. Ultimately, most colleges accept both tests equally, so choose the one that best showcases your skills!
  • Is there any special software needed?
    No. We use fully licensed version of Zoom. There is no special software to purchase.
  • Where are you located? What locations do you serve?
    Our headquarters are based out of San Diego, CA but we serve students from all across the US. We offer a remote learning experience, and we’re able to work with anyone regardless of location.
  • What material do you use?
    We strive to use study materials from actual, previously-administered exams so that practice is no different than the real thing. "We practice from the real thing, so when we take the real thing it's no different than practice." This goes for any subject we are working in.
  • Can I receive a copy of the session?
    Yes. All sessions are recorded and can be sent to the student and/or parents for review.
  • How long does it take for my child to see improvement?
    The amount of time it takes to improve a test score varies depending on several factors, including: Initial score: Students starting with lower scores typically see greater improvements. Amount of tutoring: More frequent and consistent tutoring leads to faster progress. Individual progress: Each student learns at their own pace; some may progress faster than others. Test type: Different tests, like SAT or ACT, require varying levels of preparation. Student effort: Students who actively engage in tutoring sessions and practice outside of class see better results. On average, We suggests committing to a minimum of 3-6 months of tutoring to see significant score improvements. However, this timeframe can vary, and it's important to set realistic goals and celebrate progress along the way.
  • What about colleges going test-optional?
    Whether or not to take the SAT depends on your individual circumstances and goals. Many colleges and universities have adopted test-optional policies, meaning they do not require applicants to submit standardized test scores like the SAT. However, taking the SAT can still have benefits, such as: Some colleges may still require or prefer test scores Scholarship applications may require test scores It can demonstrate your academic readiness and strengths It can be used for placement or academic advising purposes Consider your college choices, research their testing policies, and discuss with a school counselor or advisor to decide whether taking the SAT aligns with your goals.
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