Alexander Graham Bell once penned the phrase, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” After all, he would know. His years of education and experimentation eventually led to the successful invention of the telephone. As thousands of Atlanta’s promising high school students prepare for their futures and the untold successes they may bring, there are a couple of educational hurdles that first must be crossed. Chief among those hurdles are the ACT and SAT – two standardized admissions exams utilized by many colleges and universities across the nation to aid in determining placement. Fortunately, there are a number of excellent programs in place throughout the city to help local students prepare for success when taking these tests.

Johns Creek Tutoring
11877 Douglas Road, Suite 206
Johns Creek, GA 30005
(678) 809-2140

A terrific option for students in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, Johns Creek Tutoring offers SAT and ACT prep classes that focus on reviewing key concepts and building confidence. In addition to 28 to 30 hours of classroom instruction and 16 hours of proctored practice exams, classes include all necessary textbooks and testing materials. Johns Creek Tutoring boasts small class sizes that cap out at 18 students and certified teachers who place an emphasis on strategy and practice. This program claims that the average increase in SAT testing scores is as high as 275 points.

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Math Masters & Tutoring Solutions Atlanta
1218 W. Paces Ferry Road, Suite 104
Atlanta, GA 30327
(404) 949-9373

A tutoring program that assists students aged pre-kindergarten through college, as the name “Math Masters” would suggest, a major focus of this company is on math. However, Tutoring Solutions Atlanta also offers standardized test preparation for the SAT and ACT, as well as professional workshops in essay writing for the SAT and college applications. Tutoring Solutions provides hands-on learning activities, computer games and one-on-one instruction in math, chemistry, biology, physics, literature, grammar, writing and more in order to help students achieve success on the SAT and ACT tests.

Atlanta Tutors
1860 Barnett Shoals Road, Suite 103-544
Athens, GA 30605
(678) 412-5457

In addition to providing one-on-one tutoring for all major academic subjects to K-12 and college students all over the Atlanta area, Atlanta Tutors specializes in preparing students for the SAT and ACT in the comfort of their own home. Founded by Atlanta parents and educators, all tutors at Atlanta Tutors are college graduates who offer extensive tutoring experience and emphasize critical thinking. An initial diagnostic test leads to the development of a tutoring program using proven test-taking strategies, designed to fit a student’s individual needs and targeted at improving test scores.

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6605 Arbor Gate Drive SW
Mableton, GA 30126
(404) 351-4955

Founded in 2004 by a team of Georgia Tech graduates concerned by low state-wide test scores, SuccessPrep is a tutoring service company that prepares college-bound students for the SAT and ACT. Along with valuable tips and strategies, SuccessPrep focuses on the topics and commonly asked questions often found on the SAT and ACT tests – many of which most students may have forgotten. Instructors offer 10 years of SAT and ACT prep experience. In addition to classes, SAT students will take part in five full-length practice tests in order to build both their skill level and confidence.

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
1 Margaret Mitchell Square
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 730-1700

In addition to housing a number of excellent SAT and ACT preparation books, including the Barron’s series “How to Prepare for the SAT” and American College Testing Program’s “The Real ACT Prep Guide,” the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System also offers a terrific online resource for test prep through its eCampus. EPrep is a standardized online test preparation resource for the SAT and ACT. Learn4Life provides online SAT and ACT prep courses. Students have up to six weeks to complete coursework through Learn4Life. As an added benefit, libraries also serve as great places for students to form their own SAT and ACT study groups.

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