USD's ACT and SAT Classes Offer Comprehensive Preparation
to Help Students Master Their Exam.

Our program exists to help you get into your dream college. We have been helping San Diego’s students succeed on standardized tests for over 35 years. Our program office and our instructors are focused on providing the best possible experience to our students. USD's SAT/ACT classes offer small class sizes, passionate instructors, and individualized help to ensure your success. Click on one of the above tiles to see course dates and times. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!  Email us at or give us a call at (619) 260-4585.  Thank you for your interest!

Why Choose Us?



Our teachers have a passion for teaching and have demonstrated success on the exams.

Our materials teach mastery of the content, test-specific strategies, and use technology to help our students succeed.

Retake the entire course for up to 1 year for free*

*Note: starting September 1, 2019, a $25 student processing fee is required for all course retakes and new course materials may need to be purchased.

"I thought the course was very helpful.  I learned new strategies and tips that will help me out on the real ACT test.
Chad L.

I loved how my instructor taught the material based on what we wanted/ needed to work on and how she gave us practice tests to take on our own time.
Tristan L.

This class was very helpful. I learned so much in the few weeks we spent studying for the test.
Lucy R.


Q: How does USD PCE prepare its students for the test?

A: Our test prep courses are made up of fixed-date classroom and online sessions, which feature lectures, practice exams, and assignments. Course participants can also access additional help during open office hours with their instructors.

Q: How does the SAT point scale work?

A: The SAT is scored on a scale of 400-1600. The reading and writing sections are scored together on a scale of 200-800 and the two math sections are scored together on a scale of 200-800. In scoring each question, there is no penalty for guessing, so students should attempt to leave an answer for each question.

Q: How many times can the SAT be retaken?

A: Students can retake the exam as often as they want – it is offered 7 times a year.

Q: What is the length of the SAT and ACT?

A: The SAT takes 3 hours, plus and additional 50 minutes for the optional essay. The ACT takes 2 hours and 55 minutes, plus 40 minutes for the optional essay.

Q: Do colleges prefer the ACT or SAT?

A: Neither. Almost all colleges and universities will accept either exam.

Q: What qualifies as a "good" score on these tests?

A: There is no universal “good” score – different universities and even different programs/majors within universities have different expectations. Students should be in contact with an admissions advisor for each of their target schools to see what the average score was for the previous year – that will give them a ball-park figure to shoot for.

Q: When should a student take the ACT/SAT for the first time?

A: The majority of students prepare for and take the test for the first time either in the spring of their sophomore year or in the early fall of their junior year.

Q: How is the ACT scored?

A: The ACT is scored on an overall “composite” score ranging from 1 to 36. This composite score is an average of the scores from the individual sections. The ACT rounds up when averaging the section scores to reach the composite score.

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