The 10 Best SAT Prep Courses In 2020

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The 10 Best SAT Prep Courses In 2020

Updated 23 September 2020

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The SAT is used by many US colleges as an important element of their admissions process.

The SAT assesses whether a high school student has all the necessary skills to begin a course of college study.

The SAT has four sections:

  • Reading
  • Writing and language
  • Math
  • Essay

(For more on the SAT exam itself, see our dedicated article)

It is always recommended that students fully prepare for the SAT to ensure the best chance possible of acceptance into their college of choice.

Finding the right SAT prep path out of the wide range of available courses can be a challenge. To make matters a little more simple, we have compiled the 10 best SAT prep courses in 2020.

SAT Prep Courses

The 10 Best SAT Prep Courses In 2020

1. Magoosh

The Magoosh SAT prep course is completely online with the flexibility to study on a computer, or by using the Magoosh app on a mobile device.

The Magoosh approach to SAT prep is to study regularly but for short periods.

The course includes:

  • 200+ lesson videos
  • 1,750+ practice questions and three practice tests
  • Explanation videos for each question
  • Tutor support by email
  • A personalized dashboard, which will recommend videos to watch based on the student’s performance and progress, and a customized study schedule
  • Score comparison with other students
  • Timed practice sessions
  • Record of past scores and performance
  • Access to a library of lesson videos

With on-demand material and the possibility to access the course at home or on the move, the benefit of using Magoosh is the flexibility to study when and where you like.

The Magoosh SAT prep course is available for:

  • One month for $100
  • Three months for $119 (in total)
  • Twelve months for $129 (in total)

Visit Magoosh

2. PrepScholar – New SAT Prep Online Course

Founded by SAT perfect scorers Allen Cheng and Fred Zhang, PrepScholar courses all begin with a diagnostic test to discover the student’s academic strengths and weaknesses.

The results of this test are then used to customize the course.

All courses carry a 160 point SAT score improvement guarantee.

PrepScholar offers several online options for SAT prep:

Complete SAT Online Prep

This course includes:

  • Personalized study plan
  • One year’s access to course materials
  • Over 210 hours of online content
  • Thousands of practice questions with answer explanations
  • Hundreds of problem-solving videos
  • 10 actual practice tests

The cost of this course is $397.

PrepScholar Classes

The course combines the Complete SAT Online Prep course with online, live tutor lessons with a small class of no more than nine students, allowing interaction and the ability to ask questions.

The cost of this course is $895.

Complete+ Tutoring

This course combines the Complete SAT Online Prep course with one-on-one tutoring. Prices for this package start at $995 depending on the number of hours of tutoring.

Complete Premium

This course combines the Complete SAT Online Prep course with two years' access to the course and tutor support.

The cost of this course is $577.

Visit PrepScholar

3. Kaplan

The main benefit of studying with Kaplan is the flexibility offered by the wide range of prep formats.

Live Online SAT Test Prep Course

This course includes:

  • 18 hours of live online lessons
  • 16 hours of SAT Channel instructional videos
  • Eight practice tests
  • Over 1,000 questions
  • Four SAT prep books
  • Online support from a team of teachers

This course costs $599.

Unlimited Prep SAT Test Prep Course

This course includes unlimited access to live online courses and SAT On Demand.

This course costs $1,299.

SAT On Demand

This course does not have the ‘live’ element, but it does offer the flexibility of studying to your schedule.

SAT On Demand includes:

  • 50+ lesson videos
  • Over 1,000 practice questions
  • Quizzes to check the student’s progress

The cost is $149 for six months’ access.

SAT Tutoring

Kaplan also offers private, online, one-on-one tutoring.

All SAT tutoring packages include four practice tests, analysis of test scores, two prep books and on-demand access to practice questions.

The tutoring packages available are:

  • 10 hours for $1,999
  • 20 hours for $2,899
  • 30 hours for $3,799
  • 40 hours for $4,599

SAT Channel

The SAT Channel is exclusive to Kaplan and features learning ‘episodes’ across all sections of the SAT. It can be accessed on-demand or live.

Visit Kaplan

4. ePrep

The ePrep SAT prep course bases its learning around its cycle of test, grade, review and repeat.

The course includes:

  • A series of lesson and answer videos
  • An online scheduler which works around the days the student is available to study and their SAT date
  • Access to practice tests
  • Quizzes as practice tools
  • Access to Study Hall, an online tool which uses practice test performance to identify weak areas in the student’s knowledge and then points to recommended videos
  • Wordsmith vocabulary builder

ePrep offers a guarantee that the student’s composite SAT score will improve by at least 250 points if they complete one of the ePrep Premium courses.

Test Date Courses

There are three courses and each work towards specific SAT dates.

These are:

  • The Express course is two months long, has a 100 point score improvement guarantee, works towards August, September and October test dates, and costs $129.

  • The Standard course is four months long, has a 150 point score improvement guarantee, works towards November and December test dates, and costs $249.

  • The Premium course is six months long, has a 250 point score improvement guarantee, works towards a March test date and costs $299.

Annual Passes

If you want to study at your own pace instead of limiting yourself to two, four or six months, ePrep offers 12-month annual passes.

The Standard+ costs $399. The Premium+ costs $599.

Visit ePrep

5. Khan Academy – SAT Test Prep

There is no missing the benefits of using the Khan Academy for SAT prep; the course was developed with the creators of the SAT, the College Board, and is completely free.

This on-demand, online SAT prep course is personalized to each student based on their previous test scores or the Khan Academy diagnostics tool. This ensures that the student can concentrate on their weakest areas, as well as improving their knowledge across the whole SAT.

The course includes:

  • Practice questions
  • Mini timed practice sessions
  • Lesson videos
  • Feedback on progress throughout the course
  • Study tips and strategies for taking the SAT
  • Practice schedule based on SAT date

Visit Khan Academy

6. Kranse

The Kranse Institute SAT prep course was created by perfect SAT scorer Shaan Patel.

It takes a slightly different approach to other courses by using ‘bite-sized’ video lessons to keep students engaged.

This online course includes:

  • 147 on-demand lecture videos taught by Patel himself (30+ hours of learning)
  • Progress checks and the opportunity to review previous videos
  • A score improvement money-back guarantee
  • Free SAT practice tests that can be printed out
  • The option of nine test dates

The course comes with 540 days access, across any device, and includes lifetime access to the Kranse Institute mobile app.

The cost of the course is $499.

Visit Kranse

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7. Manhattan Review

The Manhattan Review courses are offered in a live online format or in person, although it is always recommended to check whether the in-person course is available in your area.

The Manhattan Review SAT prep courses include:

  • Lecture and exercise sessions, with homework
  • Practice tests with review materials
  • Tutor feedback on essay writing
  • Tutor support across the whole course

Classic Class Course

This course includes 28 hours of tutor instruction over eight weeks as part of a class of students.

The weekly schedule is set by the tutor and the study plan for this course is fixed.

The cost of the online live course is $990.

Check with Manhattan Review for availability and the cost of the in-person course.

Private Course

This course includes 12 hours of one-to-one tutor instruction over a schedule customized to the student.

This added flexibility allows the student to decide how long the course will last and when during each week the classes will take place.

The study plan is customized to suit the student’s needs.

The cost of the online live course is $1,590.

Check with Manhattan Review for availability and the cost of the in-person course.

Private Tutoring

Manhattan Review also offers private tutoring for SAT prep for two to 30 hours.

The online cost is $150 per hour.

Check with Manhattan Review for availability and the cost of in-person private tutoring.

Visit Manhattan Review

8. Prep Expert SAT

Like the Kranse Institute, Prep Expert was developed by perfect SAT scorer Shaan Patel.

This course is offered live and online, allowing the student to interact with their tutor and classmates. Student progress is regularly checked via tutor-created polls.

The course includes:

  • Live, online tutor lessons
  • Live, online tutor meetings
  • A weekly self-supervised SAT practice exam
  • Weekly homework
  • Study books written by Shaan Patel are available to download for the six-week and three-week courses

There are set start dates and fixed schedules for each course.

The Prep Expert SAT prep is available in several formats.

These include:

Six-Week Flagship and Three-Week Fast Track

The cost of these courses is $799.

The six-week course carries a 200 point SAT score improvement guarantee. The three-week course carries a 100 point SAT score improvement guarantee.

Students have access to all online study materials for up to 60 days after the end of the course.

Self-Paced Video

If the student prefers to study at their own pace, Prep Expert offers a self-paced video course, which is available for one year.

The cost of this course is $499.

This course carries a SAT score improvement guarantee.

Weekend Review

This course costs $299 and does not carry a SAT score improvement guarantee.

Private Tutoring

Private, one-on-one, online tutoring is also available through Prep Expert.

The packages available are:

  • Gold package 4 hours – $1,199
  • Gold package 8 hours – $2,199
  • Gold package 16 hours – $3,999
  • Silver packages begin at $699

Gold package tutors are 99th percentile SAT scorers and have at least 1,000 hours of teaching experience.

Silver package tutors are 99th percentile SAT scorers and have at least 100 hours of teaching experience.

Visit Prep Expert

9. The Princeton Review

One of the older SAT prep course providers, the Princeton Review was established in the 1980s.

The Princeton Review offers SAT prep in several online formats:

Ultimate

This course guarantees an improved SAT score and includes:

  • 18 hours live, online lessons
  • Unlimited access to SAT Advantage
  • Over 140 lesson videos
  • Three supervised practice tests
  • Drills, practice questions and score feedback
  • Personalized homework and study plan
  • Three course books
  • One year’s access to the course

The Ultimate course has fixed start dates and schedules, and costs $599.

SAT 1,400+

This course guarantees a 1,400+ SAT score.

It includes:

  • Over 36 hours live, online lessons
  • Unlimited access to SAT Advantage
  • Four supervised practice tests
  • Drills, practice questions and score feedback
  • Personalized homework and study plan
  • Three course books
  • 24/7 tutor support
  • One year’s access to the course

The cost of the course is $1,299.

SAT 1,500+

This course guarantees a 1,500+ SAT score and includes:

  • Over 28 hours live, online lessons with a small group of students (maximum eight)
  • Unlimited access to SAT Advantage
  • Four supervised practice tests
  • Extra practice tests
  • One-on-one online tutor meetings
  • Six course books
  • 24/7 tutor support

The cost of the course is $1,999.

Private Tutoring

The Princeton Review also offers private, one-to-one tutoring. This option includes a score improvement guarantee.

The cost of private tutoring starts at $150 per hour.

On-demand tutoring is also available on a subscription basis starting at $39.99 or as a one-time payment starting at $349.99.

SAT Self-Paced

For students who wish to work through SAT prep materials independently, the Princeton Review offers an online, self-paced course.

The course comes with a SAT score improvement guarantee and includes:

  • Over 280 lesson videos
  • Online drills, practice questions and practice tests
  • Personalized lesson plan based on the student’s scores and progress
  • Feedback and advice
  • One year’s access to the course

The cost of the course is $199 for SAT prep alone. To combine SAT and ACT prep, the cost is $299.

Visit The Princeton Review

10. Testive SAT

Testive SAT prep courses incorporate online learning with personal coaching. There is also parent involvement via the Parent Portal and coach-to-parent progress emails.

There are three Testive SAT prep courses available:

Coaching

This is the least expensive of the courses and includes:

  • Initial consultation and practice test
  • Personal coach with customized study plan based on the above
  • Free digitally-supervised practice tests
  • Weekly one-on-one online coach meetings
  • Access to learning software which adapts to the student’s progress

The cost is $399 per month.

Coaching Plus

This course is aimed at students who need more personal guidance.

It includes all elements of the Coaching course but increases the number of one-on-one coaching sessions to two each week.

More focus is placed on the areas that the student struggles on.

The cost is $599 per month.

Bootcamp

For students who need to prepare in under six weeks, the Testive SAT Bootcamp includes all elements of the Coaching course but with one-on-one coaching sessions twice a week.

The cost of this course is a single payment of $799.

Visit Testive

Final Thoughts

Now you have read through the options, the next step is to decide which is the right SAT prep course for you.

Factors you might like to consider include:

  • What is your spending budget?
  • When is your SAT date? How much time do you have to prepare beforehand?
  • Would you prefer to study in an online classroom environment or independently?
  • How important is a flexible study schedule?
  • Would you benefit from one-on-one attention?
  • Is this a refresher or do you need to take a full course of study?

Thinking about your individual needs in this way can make it easier to decide which SAT prep path to take.

By Fi Phillips Fi Phillips