The Sad Truth and Bogus Claims of Some SAT Companies

Here at Higher Learning Test Prep, we’re committed to helping students improve for the SAT, and we’re also committed to our integrity.  Until now, we’ve guaranteed 100 points improvement because 100 points is easy enough for our tutors to accomplish in almost any situation.  Our average score improvement is just above 250 points.  The truth is that regardless of the number of points students improve by, if a student is not satisfied with their improvement we’ve always been happy to continue to work with them as long as it takes to get that improvement, and at an immensely discounted rate.

Sadly, lots of companies try to lure students with false claims.   Take for instance a company called PrepScholar.  PrepScholar charges $400 for pre-recorded online videos (that can be found for free on other sites) and they’ll add on $200 per hour for one-on-one tutoring  for 8 hours if you like.  PrepScholar also claims to have a 240 point money back guarantee.   Here’s the fine print at the bottom of their terms agreement:

“If you purchased a Complete package, the full sum you paid will be refunded to you. If you purchased the Complete + Tutoring package, then 20% of the full sum you paid will be refunded to you.”  

So, they’ll give you the $400 dollars back for their automated program, because that’s no skin off their back.  That part of the program requires no human effort.  And they’ll keep the $1600 they charged for 8 hours of one-on-one tutoring.  No matter how little you’ve improved.  No matter whether or not you bothered to read to the very bottom of their terms agreement.  No matter whether or not you understood what you were buying.  We think that’s horribly misleading, and unethical.  It’s companies like this that give the test prep business a bad name.

Here’s our guarantee:  If you’re not satisfied with your results after the SAT or ACT,  you can work with your Higher Learning Tutor, or any of our other tutors for their paid hourly rate.   As a company, we won’t make another dime.  To be sure, some of our senior tutors are more expensive than others, but rest assured:  The curriculum and materials are the same authentic SAT/ACT questions, and all Higher Learning tutors are selected for their incredible teaching skills.  You’ll always have the option of working with our newer tutors  at their lower rates.

Our success begins and ends with your success.  We believe that the service we’re offering is a great one, and we stand by our product.  Why?  Because this entire test prep industry could use a little bit more integrity.  Our goal is to help as many students as we can reach their academic goals.  Our materials are most extensive and authentic in the world.  Our tutors are the most qualified and well paid in the world.  Our curriculum is beyond comparison.  And now you can be sure that our commitment to you is without match.




SAT Math Prep

Today begins a new series we’ll be running here on the Higher Learning Test Prep blog.  We’ll be sharing just a couple ideas about how to prep for the SAT or ACT.  We’ve asked our SAT and ACT tutors to list the most helpful bit of advice they can think of for improving your SAT or ACT score.  Of course, the best way to improve your score is to meet with your Higher Learning Test Prep tutor using Skype or Google Hangouts.  But, if you’re not quite ready to begin studying online with the best SAT and ACT tutors in the world, here’s a bit of SAT and ACT math advice:

About 1/3 of both the SAT and ACT math sections are algebra questions.  For these questions, it’s important to use the answer choices to help you solve the questions.  Because all the math questions on the ACT, and most of the math questions on the SAT are multiple choice, it doesn’t make sense to approach these questions the same way you would on non-multiple choice questions in school.

How should you take advantage of the SAT and ACT’s format?  If a question has variables in it, and doesn’t explicitly ask you “what does x equal?” or something along those lines, pick numbers for all the variables.  By doing so, you turn an algebra question into an arithmetic question.  If there’s numbers for answers, instead of answers with variables, and if the question asks you directly, “what is the value of x?” try out the numbers in the answer choices, starting with the middle.  The SAT and ACT are predictable.  They’ll always put answers in numerical order, either ascending or descending.   By starting with the middle number, then deciding whether you need a smaller or larger number, you’ll only have to try out a maximum of three answers.

Need a little more help?  Schedule a meeting on Skype with your Higher Learning Test Prep tutor.  We’ll be happy to clarify and further explain the above methods, as well as all the latest and greatest SAT and ACT test prep tricks that can help you improve your score dramatically.  Check out our SAT Tutoring page, or our ACT Tutoring page.  Drop us a line:  or find us on Skype, just look up “higherlearningtestprep”  or simply look for me, Paul Donaldson, the O.G. of Skype tutoring for SAT and ACT prep.

Happy Studying,

Paul Donaldson

Director at Higher Learning Test Prep


We're Number One! (for Skype ACT and SAT Tutoring)

We’re number one!  Pardon us for self congratulatory exclamations, but come on… it’s pretty awesome.

We’re the number one ranked site on Google for “Skype ACT tutoring”  and “Skype SAT tutoring”  and a bunch of other online SAT and ACT prep related keywords.  So, nice work Higher Learning Crew.

We know what you’re thinking:  How in the heck did such a little company beat out Princeton Review and Kaplan for top search results on Google for SAT prep and ACT prep??

Well, it’s not easy… but it has been fun.  We’re beating out larger test prep companies by providing students around the globe with the best SAT and ACT prep anywhere, online and using Skype.  Our tutors are the best in the world.  Our prices are some of the lowest in the entire SAT and ACT test prep industry.  Our curriculum, whether it’s for ACT test prep or SAT test prep, is the best in the world.  And now, the word is out.  So we’re jacking up our prices.  Just Kidding!

We’re happy to have some of the most affordable prices in the test prep world.  We’re happy reaching so many students with our world class tutoring services using Skype.  And our tutors are happy to do their best for each and every student that comes to us looking to improve his or her SAT or ACT score.

And we’re really happy that Google has recognized Higher Learning Test Prep as the most relevant and authoritative source when it comes to  ACT Skype Tutoring and SAT Skype Tutoring.  We’ve known for a while that we’re offering the best test prep services for students studying for the SAT and ACT, online and anywhere in the world.  If you’ve got an internet connection, and a Skype account, you’ve got access to the world’s best SAT and ACT test prep, and the world’s coolest tutors!

So, drop us a line…

Or just ask Google!










The Importance of SAT and ACT Prep

SAT and ACT prep can be one of the best investments into you or your child’s collegiate future.  That is, if you spend your money wisely.  It’s important to do your research when it comes to picking a tutor, and a prep company.  Not every SAT and ACT prep company is the same.  Here’s some things to consider:


The best way to study for the SAT or ACT is to practice using real SAT and ACT problems.  Some of the larger SAT and ACT prep companies create their own imitation SAT and ACT problems.  At best, these problems are an approximation of real SAT and ACT problems.  It makes much more sense to use real SAT and ACT problems.  At Higher Learning Test Prep, we’ve compiled problems from real SAT and ACT tests from the last few years, and turned these problems into our curriculum.  That way, what you see is what you get on test day.  You’ll also want to make sure you’re not getting put on auto-pilot.  The only way to improve on the SAT and ACT is to focus on your specific issues with the test.  Avoid test prep companies with a one size fits all mentality.


No matter how great a test prep company’s curriculum, it all comes down to great tutors.  Make sure your SAT or ACT tutor is someone who knows the test, and knows how to teach it.  All too often, larger test prep companies as well as companies that offer but do no specialize in SAT and ACT prep will pair you with an under-qualified tutor.  At Higher Learning Test Prep, you’ll never have to worry about that.  Our SAT and ACT tutors are the best in the business.  And, despite our affordable rates, they’re the highest paid tutors in the business.  We believe in keeping great people around, and compensating them accordingly.  That way, they’re happy, and so are our students.

Flexibility and Accessibility:

Here at Higher Learning Test Prep, we’re aware that students today have busy schedules.  That’s part of the reason we tutor our SAT and ACT students using Skype or Google Hangouts.  No need for commuting.  Test prep doesn’t need to be another hassle in your otherwise busy life.  Some test prep companies will charge a premium for in-home tutoring.  But here at Higher Learning, we want to provide the best SAT and ACT test prep in the world at a reasonable rate, all from the convenience of your computer.

If you’re interested in the best ACT test prep and SAT test prep in the world, available on Skype, here’s a couple helpful links:

Higher Learning Test Prep’s Custom SAT Course

Higher Learning Test Prep’s Custom ACT Course

If you’ve got any other questions regarding test prep, drop us a line at  or fill out the Contact Form.  We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding SAT or ACT test prep using Skype.


Getting a perfect score on the SAT or ACT is pretty hard.  But studying for the SAT and ACT has never been easier.  Thanks to the wide spread availability of free video conference technology, such as Skype, the best SAT and ACT tutors in the world are as close as the nearest internet connection.   Furthermore, thanks to Higher Learning Test Prep’s low rates,  the world’s best SAT and ACT test prep is available to almost any one.  College is a big financial commitment.   Improving your SAT and ACT scores with Higher Learning Test Prep is not.  

Drop us a line at to get started!