My name is Joe McGovern, and I've been tutoring the ACT and SAT for 12 years. My ACT students raise their score an average of 4 points, and my SAT students raise their scores an average of 150 points. But those are just averages. One of my ACT students raised their score 9 points, and one of my SAT students raised their score 300 points.

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I offer two types of ACT and SAT test prep: Hourly tutoring in person or over Skype at $150/hour and a personalized online test prep program that costs $1000. See below for more details about the programs and what they entail.

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Getting into college is harder than it ever has been and getting worse, so your student will need good test scores to get into the school of their choice. Big test prep companies will charge you $200-$500 an hour for private tutoring. I'm the best and most affordable test prep tutor out there.


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What people have to say about working with me:


“We were looking for an ACT tutor for our son Dominic, and Joe was recommended by a college consultant. We could not have been happier; not only did our son enjoy working with Joe, but his patience and tutoring techniques dramatically helped our son go from a 24 to a 30 on the ACT.”
– Damian Valdivia, parent


“You have done what may be the most remarkable job I’ve ever seen from one ACT administration to the next. You have helped a kid who is often challenged with academics, whose mind is usually out on the soccer field when his body is in the classroom, become engaged in preparing for a crucially important test. He was beaming ear to ear last night, as were his parents.”
– Jeff Levy, College Admission Counselor

Your two options for test prep:


Personalized Online Test Prep Course

My Personalized Online Test Prep Course is perfect for students that work well independently. You'll save money and avoid scheduling nightmares. In this course your student gets everything they would get with in person or Skype tutoring except that instead of 16 tutoring sessions, your student gets 16 personalized "video graded" assignments (and 2 free Skype sessions!) See below for a sample.

There are a number of advantages to the online course and the video graded assignments:

  • No more schedule nightmares trying to arrange sessions in between soccer practices, play rehearsal, your other kids' schedules.
  • Your student can prep on their own time - no need to wait for their tutoring session.
  • The video-graded assignments live forever - your student can go back and reference them any time they like.
  • 2 free Skype sessions and unlimited email and phone support.



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Hourly Tutoring

If you live on the westside in Los Angeles, then in-person tutoring is a possibility; otherwise, Skype sessions work just as well. Sessions run 90 minutes and cost $150 per hour. I usually need about 16 sessions to get your student their best possible score, so we'll meet once or twice a week, depending on how much time we have before the test date.

In our tutoring sessions I'll give your student all the tricks, tips and strategies that will get them their best possible score. I'll also teach them any material they're missing, be it grammar rules they've forgotten or algebra and geometry skills they never quite mastered. By the end of their prep, they'll be mean, lean test taking machines!

Your student will also take 2 full-length practice tests - one at the beginning to give us a baseline for your student's score and help us set score goals, and the second halfway through to see how we're progressing. I'll go over each of these tests in detail with your student - combing over every detail of their performance.

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