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We Raise Scores
One Student at a Time

Learn why Compass is the premier provider
of one-on-one tutoring in California.

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What We Do Best

Compass offers individualized in-home test preparation for the ACT, SAT, and Subject Tests.

Expert Oversight

Your Compass director will personally oversee every aspect of your program and provide ongoing guidance and support throughout the college admission testing process.

World-Class Tutors

We handpick your tutors from our team and we guarantee an exceptional match, taking into account your scheduling needs, learning style, and personality preferences.

Real Practice Tests

Our proctored practice tests provide a detailed portrait of testing strengths and weaknesses. We offer practice tests nearly every weekend at a number of convenient locations in the Bay Area.


We have a decade’s worth of success stories, and we look forward to generating many more. Our reputation as a trusted partner for families and schools spans years of ethical, direct advising.

A typical customized program includes:

  • 90-minute private lessons, in your home or location of choice.
  • Lessons usually occur once a week for 3-4 months leading to your test date.
  • Convenient diagnostic testing opportunities, assigned about once per month.
  • Course materials and homework assignments are included.
  • We impose no minimums; there are no contracts or packages. Programs are tailored to be comprehensive, efficient, and targeted.
  • Our fee is $180/hr and clients are billed monthly for completed tutoring hours.

We work with students from:

  • San Ramon Valley High
  • Monte Vista
  • California High
  • Las Lomas
  • Dougherty Valley
  • Amador Valley
  • Foothill High
  • Acalanes
  • Campolindo
  • The Bentley School
  • Head-Royce
  • College Prep
  • De la Salle
  • Carondolet
  • Athenian
  • Quarry Lane

Success Stories

Compass' approach was just what I was looking for to efficiently cater to our daughter's specific needs. With technology worked out, it was easy. Working online was significantly more convenient considering our busy schedule. Compass was consistent with outstanding tutors and always receptive to our needs.

Barbara J, Mother of Elena, 11th Grader in Switzerland

Finding a tutor in our specific area who was available when we were would have been almost impossible. I was amazed how quickly Compass was able to respond to our needs. The experience was excellent. With lessons carried out online, it was no different than having a tutor right there with our son.

James C, Father of Bryan, 11th Grader in Canada

We were originally apprehensive about working online, but our grandson needed the flexibility due to his extensive travel schedule. Our director assigned the perfect instructor to Wesley, and communication and responsiveness from all staff were outstanding from start-to-finish - and scores went way up!

Caitlin H, Grandmother of Wesley, 12th Grader in Texas

During the busy junior year, we really needed something tailored to my daughter's specific needs on the ACT. Our Compass tutor analyzed her practice ACTs and focused the study time on where she need the most help. Sessions were incredibly positive and improved our daughter's confidence - ultimately, she scored a 34. A significant improvement!

Mikaela S, Mother of Annabelle, 12th Grader at Viewpoint School

I attended a Compass presentation at our school and was impressed with both the spoken and written materials. When we began tutoring, the quality of the instruction was top-notch, and our son actually looked forward to the sessions. Our son, who supposedly 'hates English' scored a 34 and 32 on English and Reading! I highly recommend Compass without reservation!

Robin W, Mother of Adam, 12th Grader at Harvard Westlake

Our experience with Compass has surpassed our expectations. Both the tutors and directors were amazing. They were spot-on with both developing a plan and preparing my son for the ACT.

Karon W, Mother of Jonas, 12th Grader at Vistamar School

Compass is clearly one of the best investments you can make in your child's future. They offer a myriad of tools - consulting, practice tests, and individualized tutoring - to help your child understand her strengths and weaknesses on admissions tests. Our daughter improved her score by more than 400 points and we are THRILLED by the results!

Donna R, Mother of Justine, 11th Grader at Tamalpais High School

Our two sons both used Compass for SAT prep. The tutors' level of professionalism, engagement, and knowledge made a significant difference in final test scores. I recommend Compass without reservation and feel confident that their high standards of excellence distinguishes them from their competitors.

Marla G, Mother of Joshua, 10th Grader at Milken Community High School

Catherine found her work with Compass to be the key to comfort in the standardized testing process. Thank you for your superior tutors in several subjects and relaxed drop-in practice test sessions. We will spread the news of your great program to Catherine's classmates!

Marilyn J, Mother of Catherine, 11th Grader at Convent of the Sacred Heart

Our son is not a big fan of school and wasn't very enthusiastic about having to spend more time studying for the SAT. Both of our tutors were very understanding and able to modify their techniques to fit with to his style of learning. Specifically, he benefited from the tactical approach that Compass offers and was able to raise his score 230 points. We were VERY pleased.

Carla K, Mother of Travis, 12th Grader at La Canada High School

Compass tutors were reliable, professional, and very knowledgable. Even when we needed to handle a tutor-switch, our director handled things with ease and diplomacy. Compass was key in the success of raising our daughter's ACT and Subject Test scores.

Ginny L, Mother of Evelyn, 12th Grader at Archer School for Girls

Compass is the best! We were newbies to this process and, unfortunately, used another company earlier on. We should have gone straight to Compass. The tutors are professional and the administration is attentive. Our daughter's scores went way up, so we will definitely use Compass again when it's time for our son to begin the process.

Karen J, Mother of Grace, 11th Grader at the Branson School

From the first moment that I contacted Compass until the last phone call, the service and care were superior. My daughter had very lofty goals and Compass was a major factor in the strategy to get her the numbers she desired!

Briana P, Mother of Brittany, 12th Grader at Marlborough School

Questions about Tutoring or Practice Tests? Call Us!

(800) 620-6250