Test Preparation and Instruction
If you did well on your standardized tests and are looking for a way to make money, consider becoming a test prep tutor. In this position, you will offer instruction to high school and college students looking to improve their scores on a variety of exams.
You should have a well rounded understanding of the basics in math, history, English and science. These subjects are covered on many of the exams, including the SAT, ACT, GED and AP exams. If you plan on tutoring for a specialty, such as preparing someone to take the GRE for graduate school, you should become an expert in the graduate test you plan on offering instruction for. You could also provide LSAT courses to aspiring law students, and TOEFL classes to those students who speak English as a second language.
On a typical day you might guide a practice essay, proctor a mock exam or show students how to approach sample questions. Your guidance will provide study tips and basic information, such as how to register for the tests online, how to prepare a study guide and how much time each test allows.
While there is no required degree to teach a private test prep class, you may want to explore certifications to ensure that your students have the resources they need to get a high score. Many of these certification classes have a minimum score the instructors must have achieved on the tests to prove they have an extensive understanding of the material.
No matter how you choose to pursue this career option, offering students a service that enables them to achieve their educational goals is an admirable choice.