California is a great place to go to college! California has a number of top-ranked colleges, including California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. To increase your chances of receiving an acceptance letter from the school of your choice, you'll want to optimize your SAT score.

If you're looking for the best SAT prep in San Luis Obispo, start here. We've compiled a list of local prep courses for the SAT, the top colleges in the San Luis Obispo area, and popular SAT test centers in California.

The SAT is offered seven times each year, on one Saturday in January, March, May, June, October, November, and December. There is no restriction on how many times you can take the test, but most students find that taking the test three or fewer times is best. Four times should be the very most you should take the test; the fewer test days you attend, the less work you have to do!


Avoid late-registration fees by signing up at least one month ahead of time. Students who set their test date well in advance tend to get the most out of their studying – it creates additional motivation to help you achieve your score.

The average student studying for the SAT in San Luis Obispo, CA spends about five weeks preparing for the exam. That's not possible for everyone, so there are always shorter study plans that can help you make the most out of the time you have. Once you've given some thought to your goals and available study time, schedule your SAT (and your prep) so that you have a clear target to work toward.

Below you'll find some recommended prep courses for the SAT closest to San Luis Obispo, CA.

Kaplan SAT prep

SAT Prep - Live Online

Begins Mar 28, 2018

SAT Prep - Live Online PLUS
Meets on Mon, Wed - Ends Apr 23, 2018

Begins Mar 28, 2018

SAT Prep - Live Online PLUS
Meets on Mon, Wed - Ends Apr 23, 2018

Begins Mar 31, 2018

SAT Prep - Live Online PLUS
Meets on Sat - Ends May 19, 2018

Begins Apr 5, 2018

SAT Prep - Live Online PLUS
Meets on Tue, Thu - Ends May 1, 2018

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2018 SAT Administration Dates (Anticipated)

March 10, 2018

May 5, 2018

June 2, 2018

Colleges near San Luis Obispo, California

School Location School Type Undergrad Population Percent Admitted
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA 4-year, Public 18302 37%
Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit 1361 75%
California State University-Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA 4-year, Public 6534 71%
Fresno Pacific University Fresno, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit 1810 76%
California State University-Monterey Bay Seaside, CA 4-year, Public 4260 81%
Montana State University-Billings Billings, MT 4-year, Public 3141 98%
California State University-Fresno Fresno, CA 4-year, Public 18343 72%
California State University-Channel Islands Camarillo, CA 4-year, Public 3625 68%
University of California-Berkeley , CA 4-year, Public 25540 22%
University of California-Irvine , CA 4-year, Public 21976 44%
Stanford University , CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit 6940 7%
California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit 2352 47%
University of California-Santa Barbara , CA 4-year, Public 19186 48%
The Master's College and Seminary Santa Clarita, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit 1047 83%
University of California-Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA 4-year, Public 15668 64%
California State University-Northridge Northridge, CA 4-year, Public 29576 73%
Bethany University Scotts Valley, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit 419 62%
University of California-Merced Merced, CA 4-year, Public 4138 91%
American Jewish University Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit 113 86%
Mount St. Mary's College Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit 1980 73%