Applerouth Review Summary

Applerouth provides online and at-home tutoring and test prep for K-12 students. They hire US educators with high SAT/ACT scores, other qualifications aren’t required though experience and the ability to tutor in-person is preferred. The pay starts at $20-30/hr, though some duties are uncompensated.

Pay (per hour):$20-$30
Location requirements?USA
Degree required?No
Teaching certificate required?No
Teaching experience required?No
Student age/level?K-12 students
Class size:1v1/small groups
Minimum hours (per week):Flexible

Applerouth Pros and Cons


  • No degree, teaching certificate or experience required
  • Range of roles (tutoring, coaching, and proctoring)
  • Some travel and training is paid for
  • Extra work if you can offer in-person tutoring


  • Must have scored high on the SAT/ACT
  • Priority given to candidates who can tutor in-person
  • Unpaid admin and prep duties
  • Benefits only for full-time employees
  • Some sessions can last up to 2 hours

Is Applerouth Legit?

Applerouth Education is a legitimate test prep and tutoring company from Atlanta, Georgia, that was founded in 2001. Since then, it has expanded to include offices in New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Seattle and Houston, whilst delivering its services to students both domestically and internationally. The company employs around 200 tutors, and its legitimacy is reinforced by a Trustpilot score of 4.3 out of 5, and having been featured by major news publishers like The New York Times, CBS, and Time Magazine.

Below is a video introduction to Applerouth online tutoring:

About Applerouth Tutoring Services

Applerouth offers both in-person and online support (via Zoom) to K-12 students, drawing upon current research in student cognition, memory and motivation to focus on students’ learning needs, goals, and individual strengths.

The company offers 4 different roles that educators may be apply for:

  1. Academic Tutoring: Help students catch up in a wide range of elementary and high school subjects.
  2. Executive Function (EF) Coaching: Help students develop crucial skills like time management, organization, and planning, to unlock greater success in school.
  3. Test Prep Tutoring: Help students prepare for admissions tests (i.e. SAT, ACT, GRE, SSAT, etc.) in one-on-one sessions or a classroom environment using Applerouth’s curriculum.
  4. Test Proctoring: Set up mock test materials, administer mock tests, manage the testing process, provide a safe, welcoming and stress-free test-taking atmosphere, maintain the security and timely return of test materials.

Below is a video demonstration of an online Applerouth tutoring session:

How Much Is an Applerouth Tutor Salary?

Applerouth pay rates start between $20-$30 an hour (depending on position and location).

Some travel and training is compensated, though prep and admin (such as correspondence) is unpaid.

While a number of attractive benefits are advertised by the company, note that these are for full-time employees only, and tutoring positions are predominantly part-time.

Applerouth Hours and Schedule

Applerouth provides flexible hours, with tutors deciding when, where, and how much they would like to work.

Tutors and coaches usually meet with their students once or twice a week (depending on the student’s needs), with each session lasting between 30 minutes and 2 hours.

Applerouth Requirements

  • Applerouth tutoring jobs require SAT and/or ACT scores, and a demonstrable passion for learning.
  • To be considered for a test prep position you must have scored within the 99th percentile.
  • A computer with reliable high-speed internet is essential for online tutoring/proctoring, though priority is given to applicants who are also able to tutor in-person at students’ homes or a public venue (requiring access to reliable transportation).
  • Previous tutoring or teaching experience is considered a bonus.
  • To be considered for a Test Proctor position, you must additionally exhibit:
    • Excellent customer service skills while working with testing candidates
    • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills
    • Excellent planning, organizational and prioritization skills
    • Professionalism and a positive attitude even under stressful conditions
    • College experience (preferred)

Applerouth Application Process

To lodge your application with the company, create an Applerouth account with your name, email address and password, and then submit the following details:

  • Contact:
    • Home phone number
    • Cell phone number
    • Phone number
    • Address
    • City
    • State
    • ZIP
  • Work:
    • In which of the following positions are you interested (check all that apply):
      • Academic Tutor (Elementary/Middle School)
      • Academic Tutor (High School/College)
      • SAT/ACT Tutor
      • Executive Functioning Coach
    • Date Available to Start
    • Hours per Week Available
    • Our greatest need is for tutors willing to meet at student homes, in schools, or at our offices, and priority will be given to those applicants. Are you willing to tutor in person?
    • Do you have access to reliable transportation, and are you willing to travel to students?
    • Prior experience as tutor/teacher?
    • Description of Experience
    • Ever convicted of a felony or misdemeanor (excluding minor traffic violations)? If so, please explain
    • Are you legally authorized to work in the United States?
  • Scores – If you express interest in becoming an SAT/ACT tutor, provide SAT/ACT/other applicable scores, if known.
    • SAT Reading
    • SAT Math
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT English
    • ACT Math
    • ACT Reading
    • ACT Science
    • Best scores for any other test
  • College
    • School Name
    • Address
    • Date started
    • Date Graduated/Planned
    • Degree Awarded/Planned
    • Graduated
    • Awards
  • Other Education
    • School Name
    • Address
    • Date Started
    • Date Graduated/Planned
    • Degree Awarded/Planned
    • Graduated
    • Awards
  • References (3):
    • Name
    • Email address
    • Relationship
    • Company
    • Phone number
    • Address
  • Military Service
    • Branch
    • Date Started
    • Date Discharged
    • Rank at Discharge
    • Type of Discharge
    • If other than honorable, explain
  • Resume (upload)
  • Referrer – how did you hear about Applerouth?

More specific positons (e.g. for Test Proctoring) are advertised on the Appleroth jobs board.

Applerouth Interview Process

Should you be invited to interview, this will be conducted online through Zoom. Here you will have to model how you would teach a sample question that is given, as well as answer questions that have previously included:

  • What do you know about the company?
  • Why Applerouth?
  • Why do you want to be a tutor?
  • What was your experience tutoring or teaching? / Tell me about your past tutoring experiences.
  • What do you enjoy about tutoring?
  • What is your teaching method?
  • How much do you know about the SAT/ACT?
  • How did you score on your SAT?
  • How do you feel about communicating with parents?
  • How do you think you did while tutoring me?
  • Can you drive or get around your area to students?

Applerouth Reviews

The Applerouth Glassdoor page currently gives the company an overall rating of 3.8 out of 5, with 53% willing to recommend them. Below is a summary of the main comments that have been left, which complement the pay and helpful staff and management, though there are several complaints concerning uncompensated duties:

Applerouth tutoring reviews summary

I have included the most-recent Applerouth tutoring reviews in full, which also talk positively about the flexible schedule, prep materials, autonomy, paid training and bonuses, but with criticism for the lack of advancement, company profit margin, inconsistent hours, and problems dealing with some students and parents:

Applerouth employee review
Applerouth job review
Applerouth tutor review

Conclusion – Is Applerouth Worth It for Online Tutors?

Applerouth’s pay is reasonable considering they do not require any qualifications or experience beyond high SAT/ACT scores, while the alternative roles on offer might also appeal. There is, however, a strong preference for hiring people who are able to tutor in-person, which also affects available hours, and so those looking for purely remote jobs should probably explore alternative online companies.

You can apply through the Applerouth website, or for other test prep roles you might consider PrepScholarRevolution Prep, and PrepNow/StudyPoint.

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Dr Daniel Spence

Daniel Spence is the founder of Online Teaching Review. He has been an international teacher since 2008, an award-winning academic, author of two books, and holds a PhD, MA, BA (Hons), and TESOL.

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