I had a tutoring client, who went to a tutoring center to take a free practice SAT. I warned her that the test would be hard so as to sell tutoring and/or classes. She got a 1200 on it, which was about what she got on her PSAT. I had done 22 hours of tutoring with her plus homework. Based on practice tests and other information, I thought she was at least at 1300. She told them her goal was to reach 1400. They gave her and her parents a computer printout saying she needed 280 hours of tutoring to meet her goal. With a Presidents Day weekend discount, that would be $5,100. The rate seemed very reasonable, about $18/hour, 1/5 of what I am charging.
This places tutors students 3 at a time. So they pay their tutors like $20/hour, and take in about $54/hour. I didn’t see how she could do 280 hours of tutoring in time, as she is a junior now. Also, I often get a 10 point increase for an hour of tutoring plus an hour of homework. They were assuming 14 hours for a 10 point increase. Maybe that is realistic with the quality of their materials and tutoring and the 3-1 student/tutor ratio.
I had another student who had gone to a different chain tutoring place, and had not improved at all after 60 hours of ACT tutoring. I had talked to them earlier and they told me they paid tutors $20/hour and they required the tutors score 650 on whatever SAT section they were tutoring. That student told me the tutors would just read the book explanations aloud for whatever problems she missed.