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How to Be an SAT Tutor

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An SAT tutor works one-on-one with students to help them prepare for the exam, which is required to get into most colleges and universities. Tutors work both independently and for tutoring services, and may meet with students in person or over video chat. An effective tutor understands the skills and strategies crucial to performing well on the test, and must stay up-to-date on changes made to the exam. Because your clients are young, you may work to help them strengthen their overall study skills and develop self-confidence.

Working for a Service

To work as an SAT tutor, you must prove that you’ve scored high on the test yourself. Summit Educational Group requires applicants to pass a qualifying exam proving that they can score at least 700 in each section of the test they want to tutor students in. Veritas Prep considers only candidates who scored in the top 1 percent on the exam. Tutoring services also typically require at least a bachelor’s degree and may prefer candidates who have attended a highly selective university. They may also require previous experience interacting with high school students as a teacher or tutor.

Working as a Freelance Tutor

"Entrepreneur" magazine notes that tutoring businesses succeed largely on word-of-mouth referrals. Contact school officials, such as teachers and counselors, to publicize your services and credentials. Promote yourself by posting fliers on bulletin boards, advertising in the local newspaper and creating a website to explain your qualifications. As a self-employed tutor, you determine your own policies and set your own rates -- something you’ll need to do before you take on your first client. For example, decide how you’ll handle last-minute cancellations. You might require clients to pay if they cancel less than 24 hours before the appointment, or allow them to reschedule.

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