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Personalized SAT & ACT prep

Make your SAT ACT, ISEE, HSPT, or GRE, test a breeze with fully customized 1-on-1 programs by tutoring experts who know how you learn.

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Voted best SAT and ACT
tutors in Orange County

1-on-1 test prep tutoring that works  | from $1,200 

SAT and ACT prep
that gets results

Let's face it: getting a good SAT or ACT score opens doors, and with Strive to Learn's fully customizable SAT and ACT prep program, your student can get the score they want.

Our students consistently gain 150 points on the SAT and 4 points on the ACT (twice the industry standard) because of how we help students address the underlying mechanisms holding them back. 

By working with our SAT and ACT tutors one-on-one, we can give your student the individual attention they need to master core concepts, practice testing strategies, and build confidence and self-efficacy.  

ACT Selfstudy .83 Othertutors 2.70 3-5 SAT Khan Academy 90-110 Selfstudy 11 Othertutors 30 150-300 OUR SCORE IMPROVEMENT
our test prep courses helped this high school student raise his scores

Double your scores

with a platform that holds you accountable

Reinforce your learning at home with dynamic lessons, worksheets, and on-demand videos.

Strive to Learn online portal helps students master academic concepts and act prep as well as sat prep

Personalized attention to how they learn

Our 3-step method

for creating a strategic SAT/ACT study plan

1. Book a complementary consultation

Learn about the differences between the two tests, timelines  on when to start studying (and how many tests to take), and our approach to studying.

2. Establish your baseline "scores"

Join our free proctored practice SAT and ACT tests online or self-time your own. Afterwards, just send us your answers to score. 

3. Develop a customized study plan

During our evaluation, we'll review your score reports, help you identify which test to take, and develop a study plan that caters to your schedule.  

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Standardized test prep programs 
100% customized to you


Tutor - student fit

We match students to tutors based on expertise and personality. 

Different learning styles

We teach in the way that you naturally learn and make content sticky.

Step-by-step guidance

Our tutors will walk you through problems step-by-step until you get it. 

Download our free 19-page survival guide with timelines, study tips, checklists, and more like:

Not sure when (or if) you should start studying?

What are the differences between the SAT and ACT

Which test should you take?

Questions you NEED to ask before hiring a tutor.

Sample study timelines.
Free resources.

SAT/ACT Survival Guide PDF

Why our families rave about our SAT, ACT, and GRE prep tutoring

  • What is Strive to Learn doing to actively give back to the community?
    A lot, actually! In addition to our podcast, tutorials, and webinars that provide free access to information on college admissions, we've created a scholarship exclusively for high school seniors and offer installment plans in addition to pay-what-you-can options for income eligible families.
  • How do you make sure the tutor or college admissions consultant is a good fit?
    Not only do we match you to a tutor or college admissions consultant based on your availability, we look at overall learning style, area of subject matter expertise, location, and a bunch of other things.
  • How is your approach unique?
    At Strive to Learn, we know that the best way to help students reach their goals is by building a personalized support system around them that cultivates self-confidence. Unlike other tutoring centers that treat students like a revolving door, we pair each student with an expert that oversees their educational journey. After all, we want every kid (and their parents) to feel empowered by education, which means that we take our time to cultivate mentorships with 1:1 sessions. And because our tutors and college admissions consultants understand their students deeply, we focus on building foundational skills that will continue to serve your child throughout their lifetime.
  • Where are you located?
    We offer tutoring in-home, at libraries/coffee shops, or in interactive 1-on-1 virtual sessions. We do not have a brick and mortar location. In-person sessions are only available in Southern California.
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  • How do you meet with students?
    Our families choose whether they’d prefer in-person or online sessions. In-person is often at the student’s home but could also be at a library or coffee shop of their choosing. Online sessions are conducted via Zoom in a very personalized and interactive approach.
  • How do I cancel/rebook my upcoming session?
    Text us at 949.873.6807 or you can always cancel your session by clicking on the cancellation button in your reminder email. But remember to cancel at least 24 hours before your scheduled session time, otherwise you willl be charged for the session.
  • How does in-person tutoring work? Do I go anywhere?
    With in-person sessions, our tutors travel to your favorite study spot, be it your home, a nearby park, or even a local coffee shop. All you need to do is give us a call or text at 949.873.6807 so that we can match you to the right tutor and we'll set up the rest.
  • How does virtual tutoring work?
    Accessing your online session is easy! You can either a) find your tutor's personalized zoom link listed in the directory below, or b) click on the hyperlink that is embedded in your reminder email. During your session, our tutors will save all of the materials that you work on together in your own google drive folder.
  • What if I don't vibe with my tutor or college consultant?
    Let us know what you didn't like and we'll match you to a new tutor or college consultant that does.
  • How do you make virtual learning effective?
    All of our tutors are well-trained in making online sessions just as personal and interactive as in-person sessions. We use digital writing tools to interact together with the student on a virtual whiteboard or directly on a pdf of their homework or study guide. Our cameras are always on, and we present ourselves professionally yet approachable. We often get to know our students’ pets, and might even have a dog, cat, or bird (yes, it’s true, her name is Butterscotch) who will check in on our student’s progress during a session. We’re here to teach, and you’re here to learn, and all that gets a lot more motivating when we engage beyond the material and foster true human connection - and we’ve been able to do this virtually with hundreds of students.
  • Do you offer sibling discounts?
    We offer a 3% discount for any cash payments, a sibling discount for any of our packages, and installment plans for college admissions consulting comprehensive packages.
  • Where do I send my check to?
    Please mail any check payments to Strive to Learn at 1835 Newport Blvd A109-653, Costa Mesa, CA 92627.
  • Where do I find your prices?
    For subject tutoring, you can find our prices right on our website. For college admissions consulting and test prep tutoring, reach out to us at 949.873.6807 or email us at
  • Do you offer any discounts?
    We do offer a 3% off discount for any cash payments, a sibiling discount for any of our pacakges, and offer installment plans for college consulting as well. Can't afford our services? Inquire about our pay-what-you-can plans for income eligible families.
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