Frequently Asked Questions
Are the results the same for online and in-person tutoring?
Yes! We see the same increases for SAT and ACT students regardless of platform.
Is there a difference between in-person tutoring and online tutoring?
The only difference between in-person private tutoring and online tutoring is where you are sitting! You get access to the same tutors and course materials. Your tutor might be on the other side of the country, but you will be able to interact through audio, video and the whiteboard as if he or she were sitting right next to you.
Is my internet connection good enough for online tutoring?
If you have a broadband internet connection (cable, DSL, etc.) and live in the USA, you should have no issues with our online tutoring system.
For students outside of the USA, the important thing is not necessarily the speed of your connection but its reliability. Our online tutoring system does not require much bandwidth, but if the connection is spotty you will not have the best audio and video experience. If you already use Skype or any other video conferencing software, then your experience with our system should be similar.
If you are still unsure about your connection, contact us to setup a demonstration.
What software and equipment will I need?
We use Zoom to conduct our online tutoring, so you will need to download the program at https://zoom.us/download. We recommend that you use a computer rather than a phone, tablet, or chromebook. You will need a microphone and a camera to get the most out of the program. The ones built into your device should be fine, though you may prefer to use a headset or earbuds if you are working in close proximity to others. If you want to check your computer to make sure everything runs smoothly, you can go to https://zoom.us/test.
How do I take a mock test if I cannot travel to any of your locations?
As an Applerouth student, you will have access to take your practice tests in whichever manner is most convenient for you. We typically offer in-person practice tests at our offices along with "live online" practice tests most weekends. For these "live online" practice tests, your test will begin and end at a set time, and a human being will serve as proctor, just like on test day.
If you can not attend any of our scheduled mock tests, we also provide an online proctoring option to complete a practice test at home and on your schedule. Just log into your Applerouth Account and follow the instructions for the online proctor.
What if my tutor is not a good fit?
Choosing the right tutor for each student is the key to the success of our courses. If you are not satisfied with the tutor you are assigned, we will gladly match you with a different tutor at no additional cost.
Do you guarantee my scores will improve?
Our guarantee is the same for all students, regardless of whether they complete tutoring in-person or online. The details can be found here.