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I’m a California native who currently lives in Los Angeles, but I’ve also lived in London, UK and Yerevan, Armenia. I love foreign languages, which is why I majored in linguistics while I was at UCLA. I’ve worked as a test prep tutor and a college counsellor for the past five years, and I’ve taught domestic, international, and undocumented students. Parents and students love me because I am patient, and I work hard to make even the most complicated concepts understandable. I believe that the best way to learn something is to understand how it works and how to use it, rather than just memorizing individual facts and formulas. My favorite thing about tutoring the SAT and ACT is showing students that neither test is as overwhelming or mysterious as it seems; in fact, all the questions can be answered using a limited set of skills, each of which students can master. At the end of the day, my mission is to show students that the ACT and SAT are easier than they look.

Our Expert Advice: How to Find the Best SAT Tutors in LA

The pressure to excel academically drives many students in Los Angeles to seek out private SAT tutors to give them an edge in the increasingly competitive arena of college admissions. Students in wealthy areas like Silver Lake and Brentwood can afford to pay top-dollar for one-on-one tutoring sessions, which means that families seeking private tutoring, rather than small-group tutoring or SAT prep classes, should be prepared to pay a steep price for the best tutors. In addition, the epic traffic that plagues the streets and freeways of LA and the LA metro area means that SAT tutors traveling from student to student need to build in an extra time cushion around tutoring sessions; as a result, tutors have to charge more per student to make up for the time lost in transit. Families can avoid dealing with these built-in tutoring fees either by concentrating their search for tutors in their own neighborhoods or by finding tutors that allow students to come to their homes for tutoring, rather than the other way around (although then, of course, the student will have to bear the burden of time lost in travel). Finally, students looking for lower-cost but still good quality tutoring should consider posting tutoring want-ads on jobs boards for students at UCLA or USC; the only potential downside to this is that college and grad students may prioritize their own schoolwork over tutoring when it comes to exam and final paper time.

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"Kalil, I just wanted to let you know what I got on the May SAT. I received 1500 overall, with a 750 in reading and writing and 750 in math. My sub score in math was 40 points higher than my highest on the practice tests, and my reading and writing score was also high compared to practice tests. I received an 8/6/7 on the essay, which is absolutely amazing compared to my last practice essay, 5/4/4. Anyway, I just want to thank you for all your help! I couldn't have done it without you." - Emily M.

During my junior year spring at Dartmouth, a few of my friends and I founded a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles to provide free tutoring services, both in-person and online, to junior high and high school students in under-resourced and under-served communities. It was an amazing experience in many ways, not least because it helped me become an expert in the SAT and ACT.

Though it sounds cliché, I can’t say this enough: college was the best four years of my life. During my time at USC, I met fascinating students and professors, honed in on my specific academic interests, and discovered how to learn in a deeper, more connected manner. That’s why doing standardized test tutoring is so fulfilling for me; it enables me to help other students get into college and have that same amazing undergrad experience.

All About Los Angeles, CA

LA is one of the biggest cities for SAT tutoring in the US. With some of the top public and private high schools in the country, the greater Los Angeles area is a lodestone for academic excellence. This focus on education is shaped by the presence of a trifecta of high-caliber institutes of higher learning, with Caltech in Pasadena, UCLA in Westwood, and USC near downtown; the undergrad and graduate students of these universities provide a pool of high-quality tutoring talent. Go out a little east from the city and you'll hit the liberal arts jackpot with the Claremont schools and their intelligent and driven students, also great potential tutors. High-end local SAT tutoring companies are scattered throughout the LA metro area, although there are naturally clusters in tutoring-heavy areas like Beverly Hills and Pasadena. While wealthy and achievement-driven families and communities have pushed up the price at the high end of SAT tutoring, there are still tutors available at a range of different price points that students can draw from, including some low-cost or free tutoring provided through nonprofits or community outreach programs.

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