Are you or your junior or senior student prepping for the ACT or SAT as college inches closer? Now is the time to get started with studying. The Baltimore metro area offers plenty of places to have one-on-one tutoring or a small classroom experience. Pricing, locations and times vary and instructors can often work around most schedules. Colleges are still looking at these scores for admissions, so it’s important to make sure that they are as strong as they can be.

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OmniTest Prep
604 Central Ave.
Towson, Md. 21204
(410) 321-4728

OmniTest in Towson was founded in 1991 with the idea that all students can improve standardized test scores and focuses on one-on-one attention with students. OmniTest starts with and initial 2.5-hour diagnostic exam to determine a student’s strengths and weaknesses. Next, one-on-one tutoring focuses on harnessing those strengths while honing in on the weaknesses. Techniques are taught to guarantee results, and if a student doesn’t improve by at least 100 or more points over the baseline, OmniPrep will provide additional instruction at no charge. The eight-session program is $1,275 and the 12-session program is $1,750. Prep for the SAT II subject tests, PSAT, SSAT and ISEE, GED, GRE and GMAT are offered. Enhanced programs and hourly tutoring are also available.

5001 Cordell Ave.
Bethesda, Md. 20814
(301) 951-0350

PrepMatters in Bethesda offers tutoring and test preparation for both SAT and ACT tests and gives a clear comparison chart about the SAT versus the ACT. Students work one-on-one with a PrepMatters tutor who is matched with him or her. Twelve to 15 weeks is the typical timeframe for test prep, and each session is about one hour. Students can also prepare for the SAT subject tests. PrepMatters also offers educational planning, like essay specialists, college planning calendars and educational counselors. Follow PrepMatters’ blog for tips for students preparing for exams and college.

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College Center at the Jewish Community Center
3506 Gwynnbrook Ave.
Owings Mills, Md. 21117
(410) 356-5200

The College Center at the Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills offers SAT, PSAT and ACT test preparation. Individualized tutoring gives students a leg up when preparing for standardized testing in the winter or the spring. Each package includes diagnostic testing and unlimited practice tests. Eight two-hour sessions are $1,175 and small group sessions are $925. Small groups can accommodate up to four people for eight two-hour sessions. The College Center also offers seminars on topics like admissions expectations, financial aid/planning, scholarships, applications and essay writing.

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Steve Baba, Ph.D
2715 University Blvd. #306
Silver Spring, Md. 20902
(240) 430-0502

Steve Baba offers in-person SAT test prep tutoring and online whiteboard and phone prep in Montgomery County. For $600, students receive 10 hours of tutoring over two to 10 weeks, plus 10 hours of practice tests. Private tutoring encompasses 20 hours over five to 10 weeks with 10 two-hour sessions at $120 per session. In-person tutoring also includes the 10 hours of self study. Baba notes that students can gain 200-300 points or more with his tutoring. He also offers “fast track” tutoring, which is four to 10 hours of tutoring at $120 per two-hour session. Baba says that individualized tutoring deters “back-of-the-classroom daydreaming.”

Renee Libby Beck spends her days as a public relations and social media manager for Medifast, Inc. and any spare time that she can find as a freelance writer. Her work has been published in local and national publications. Renee also serves as the Baltimore Food Examiner for