As SATs approach, many parents try to weigh the positives and negatives of private tutoring vs. classroom preparation. Although classroom instruction is a good source of preparation for the SATs it seems to overlook one very important detail; the individual student’s strengths and weaknesses. Students placed in these courses are not separated based upon ability and are taught the same material. So, for many, time is spent in the classroom reviewing countless ways to cover topics that to some may already be well understood. Although the classes do provide a good overview of the exam, they fail to address the individual concerns of each child. When weighing costs and benefits, determine which direction would be best for your son or daughter.