Test Prep2020-01-10T16:04:02-08:00

Individualized test prep for Sacramento students.

We pair students with talented test prep tutors to maximize performance on standardized tests.

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For better or worse, standardized testing is part of the American educational system. Whether it’s the state-mandated California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (“CAASPP”), admissions exams like the High School Placement Test (“HSPT”), SAT, and ACT, or competency assessments like the California Bar Exam, students must become familiar with test-taking strategies in order to excel.

A high quality test prep tutor can help students master the substantive material that appears on the exam, learn general test-taking strategies and strategies that apply to a specific test, and identify the patterns that appear in each question type.

Preparing for a standardized test is just as much about learning how to take the test as it is about knowing the material. When it comes to test prep, it’s all about practice, practice, practice. Some students are capable to practicing on their own without any guidance while some prefer a formal classroom setting where an instructor guides them through material and requires practice tests. All students, however, could benefit from one-on-one test prep tutoring.


The HSPT is an entrance exam used by many high schools to determine admissions and course placement upon admission.

SAT Prep

The SAT includes sections on reading, math, writing & language, and an optional essay.

The 2019-20 SAT dates are:

August 24, 2019
October 5, 2019
November 2, 2019
December 7, 2019
March 14, 2020
May 2, 2020
June 6, 2020

ACT Prep

The ACT includes sections on English, reading, math, and science, plus an optional writing test.

The 2019-20 ACT dates are:

September 14, 2019
October 26, 2019
December 14, 2019
February 8, 2020
April 4, 2020
June 13, 2020
July 18, 2020 (Not offered in California or New York)


K–8 $60/hour
9–12 $75/hour
Test Prep $100/hour

There are no minimum hour requirements. You schedule directly with the tutor; we keep track of tutoring hours and send an invoice at the end of each month that is payable by check or credit card.

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Cancellation Policy

If the client cancels a tutoring lesson less than 24 hours before the appointment, the client must pay a cancellation fee, which is one half of the applicable tutoring rate. If the client does not give any notice and the tutor has departed for the tutoring lesson or arrives at the tutoring location, the client must pay for one hour of tutoring at the applicable rate.

Test Prep Tutors

Academic Impact utilizes a network of test prep tutors who assist students in preparing for the HSPT, SAT, and ACT, as well as other standardized tests.

Many tutors are recent college graduates who are contemplating graduate studies, others are graduate students or young professionals who enjoy working with students, and some are undergraduate students who possess the necessary skills to tutor math and science.

Academic Impact maintains high standards for tutors and emphasizes mentoring and role modeling in addition to tutoring. Tutors implement their own teaching strategies.

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