• SAT/ACT group classes, limited to just 4 students to keep them fun, interactive, and engaging for students at all skill levels.
• Private 1 on 1 SAT/ACT and GRE prep
• Subject tutoring in math/science. All levels including undergraduate mathematics.
• AP test prep. AP Calc, Stats, Physics, Chem, Bio, Computer Science
• Subject test prep. Mostly math and science.
• ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, and HSPT Preparation
SAT / ACT group classes cover ALL parts of the test.
Through conversation and our expert advice, you'll learn a LOT more about how the test is written and about the rules it plays by than if you were studying on your own. We'll cover both concepts and strategies and throw in every tip and trick we've learned over the years.
Everything in the course is designed to maximize your test-day performance and your score.
SAT / ACT: Group courses are $850 for 20 hours of class time. The price includes 3 official proctored practice tests to be taken outside of normal class hours; class time plus testing time adds up to 32 hours. Please read our policies before signing up.
There are no newbies here. Your instructor will be a full time, professional test prep teacher/tutor with intimate knowledge of the tests and several years of experience.
As a small local business (serving La Cañada Flintridge and the surrounding region) we understand the dynamics of our particular community: the school systems, the teachers, the curriculums, etc. Being small means that we can give you that personalized attention that the larger test prep companies can't. Most importantly, we understand that our success is solely determined by the success of the students within this community.
Powerful Web Platform
LCFPrep classes come with a fully integrated online course platform. Each student will create an online account, which they will use to log in to their course dashboard. From the dashboard, they can check their progress, access course materials, complete interactive exercises and assignments, study flashcards, and more. No need for bulky workbooks and messy papers. Everything is contained online, and is accessible anytime, anywhere. You can practice for the SAT at home on your laptop, or between class on your cellphone. Check out the platform here.
It's usually best to sign up for a class with a particular test date in mind that you will take after the end of our class. Both the SAT and the ACT are offered several times a year. Here's a link to the SAT schedule, and here's a link to the ACT schedule.
This class is intended to be an comprehensive introduction to the SAT/ACT, and, as such, we will be covering all bases, including the more basic elements of the test.
It is recommended that most students, if they have not done significant prep in the past, take the course first before beginning any individual prep. The reason for this is that the individual prep, if begun at the initial stages, will likely only be repeating the information provided in the course.
If you are already in the advanced stages of preparation, or are consistently scoring at a high level (1420+/32+), and only need fine tuning, then one-on-one tutoring is going to be more efficient and effective to help you get those last few points.
On the other hand, if you are at the opposite end of the scale, if you have specific needs that can only be addressed by a private tutor, or you don�t perform well in a classroom setting, then, of course, the individual tutoring is the way to proceed.
Robert: A Los Angeles native, I grew up in La Cañada Flintridge and graduated from La Cañada High School. I attended college at UCSD, where I earned a B.S. in physics with a minor in mathematics. After returning to Los Angeles, I spent some time as a substitute teacher, supplementing my income as a private tutor. Eventually, after I had built up a bit of a clientele, I decided to do private tutoring full-time. I've been working, now, for over ten years as a subject tutor in math and science and as a test-prep tutor. I work with students at the junior high, high school, and college level.
Finding the current state of online resources inadequate, I built LCFPrep in order to have a set of tools that would complement the test-prep courses I was teaching. The site now features a full course management system, complete with state of the art interactive exercises, presentations, flashcards and more. The idea was to integrate technology into test-prep in a way that would make the learning experience as effortless and enjoyable as possible.
As a kid growing up, I have to admit I was not the most disciplined (or mature). As a result, my grades suffered a bit. I still got good grades, but they weren't stellar. However, I did do pretty well on my SAT, and I think that's played a significant role in getting me into the college of my choice. Where am I going with this? Well, sometimes when people say "They should just get rid of standardized tests. It should be all academic records." I say that I think they're wrong--that I think standardized testing has a place in the overall equation. We shouldn't be punishing students because they haven't yet developed their full adult maturity or work ethic, and the SAT and ACT are places where a bright and motivated student can shine, even if they fall a little short in those areas.
When I'm not working I enjoy dabbling in mathematics and tinkering with online technologies. I watch a lot of Travel Channel and Discovery Channel, especially Expedition Unknown. Once in a while, I go off on my own crazy adventures. I also enjoy hiking and am an LA sports fan. I live in Pasadena (near the Rose Bowl) with my wife Karen (pictured).
Robert charges $65 an hour for SAT or ACT tutoring, and $60 hour for subject tutoring in math, science and computer science. Rates may fluctuate depending on his availability.