Commonly Asked Questions
What makes Private Prep different from other companies?
Our culture of caring. At Private Prep, our students are our first priority. While working with students, we do all we can to help them learn to thrive by matching them with dynamic, well-trained tutors. We also invest in and care about our tutors and employees. Through professional development events, support from our Curriculum Team, and a peer-mentorship program, we ensure that our tutors are prepared to handle any challenges that come their way.
Private Prep’s structure is also unique from other tutoring and test prep companies in that we offer a layer of support in between tutor and family in the form of our directors. Directors are the first people from our team to meet with clients in-person, and their purpose is twofold: to provide students and their families with information about our company/process, and also to get to know the student to match them up with a tutor who will be a good fit.
How do you hire/train tutors?
Most of our hires come through referrals from current tutors. Because we are fortunate enough to have fantastic tutors on our team already, we rarely have a hard time finding more great tutors from our existing tutors’ network of talented peers. All prospective tutors first take and pass an assessment with flying colors in whichever subject(s) they wish to tutor. They are then interviewed and required to conduct a mock lesson that allows our Hiring Team to assess their ability to communicate their knowledge effectively. Remaining candidates go through our final, rigorous development process, which involves blended learning and one-on-one sessions with members of our Development Team. We also offer professional development workshops and round tables throughout the year in a range of subjects that allow tutors and staff to further develop skills and understanding of how to best support students and families.
How much does it cost?
Our programs are highly customized and pricing varies by location, service, and tutor. Please contact us to discuss the most accurate pricing for your needs.
What services do you offer? Do you just tutor the SAT/ACT?
We offer subject tutoring for grades K-12 as well as test prep for the SAT/ACT, SAT Subject Tests, ISEE, SHSAT, SSAT, BJE, TACHs, NY Regents, IB Exams, and AP Exams. We also offer Academic Support with reading and writing skills, math fundamentals, and executive functioning along with College Admissions Consulting that focuses on college essay editing and navigating the admissions process at large. Additionally, we have a Kindergarten Readiness and Enrichment program designed to support developmental milestones for Pre-K children and college transitions program and college level support for students who want to make sure they thrive after leaving home.
Can I take a practice test at Private Prep if I’m not using your tutors?
Unfortunately no. We only offer à la carte practice tests to Private Prep students. We want to make sure we do not overcrowd our testing sites.