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Best ACT And SAT Prep In Charlotte

August 23, 2013 8:00 AM

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With rates doubling on student loans and scholarship money shrinking, preparing for the college-readiness exams is a serious and long road. Start early on your college preparation. Here are five companies in Charlotte that can help your college-bound students get the test scores they want.

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Kids To College

P.O. Box 983
Harrisburg, NC 28075
(704) 763-6278

Kids To College offers SAT prep in several locations throughout the Carolinas. Charlotte locations include Providence Baptist Church and Bethlehem Family Development Center. SAT Prep instructor Nathan Tibbs says the majority of his students are desiring entrance into historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and seeking partial to full scholarships. The course includes 14 hours of test-taking techniques to improve upon scores. Tibbs puts an emphasis on parent involvement and their role in the college entrance process. Books and materials are included in this course.

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SAT-ACT English/Reading/Writing Boot Camp

The Writer’s Toolbox Classes
(704) 236-1249

Kyra Gartrell of The Writer’s Toolbox Classes has been homeschooling and teaching homeschool students for decades. Formerly in corporate finance, she returned home after the birth of her first child. Today, she is a mainstay among the Charlotte homeschooling community. Gartrell teaches classes in beginning to advanced writing, research and study skills, literature analysis and SAT-ACT boot camps. She says she teaches just about everything, except math. The exam prep classes are held three to four times per year. She will provide classes tailored for specific groups. A minimum of five students are needed per class.

Parker Tutoring
(336) 908-4121

Michael Parker is a state-certified teacher with a masters degree in teaching secondary social studies. Besides group classes, he will meet at students’ houses or a nearby location. Individual tutoring sessions run $100 per hour. Classes include a notebook containing all SAT materials, four practice tests and specific strategies for each section of the test. After a student receives a test score, Parker includes a free diagnostic session.

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Collegiate Test Prep Of Charlotte
(704) 330-2722

Collegiate Test Prep Of Charlotte conducts classes at Central Piedmont Community College branches. Classes include textbook, support materials and online access to additional resources. Classes are kept at a small size. Students will take practice tests and receive personal feedback. Session dates are available in September, October and November and are held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Your Steps To College
8430 Rea Road, Suite F
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 502-7989

Robin and Stephen Pool are founders of Your Steps To College. The tutoring process begins with a phone conversation or in-person meeting. Topics discussed are college interests, academic goals, academic performance, learning styles and schedules. A program will be individually tailored for each student. The student will be asked to complete a practice test or to bring in an answer sheet from a previous college entrance exam. It will take three to six sessions for each test area. Homework is assigned on a regular basis and instruction will be discontinued after three incomplete homework assignments.

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Catherine Lash engagingly connects with people. She has learned that interested listening and thoughtful questioning are the means through which collaboration creates a story. She grew up traveling the world and learning military life in an Air Force family of seven. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and three kids. Her work can be found at

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