What are your hours of operation?

We have VERY flexible hours. During the school year, we typically meet with students after school, evenings, and on weekends.  During vacations and over the summer, we see students during the day as well. We also work with students via Skype.


When should I begin prep?

Ideally, prep should begin approximately three months prior to the date that a student plans to take the SAT or ACT for the first time, a date we’ll help to determine. Factors we consider include: the level of Math that the student has completed, baseline and target scores, academic course load, and sports schedules and extra-curricular activities. Many students take advantage of slowdowns in their academic and extra-curricular schedule to get a jump-start on the process. Rising juniors who have high National Merit Selection Indexes – from their 10th grade PSAT and/or a recent diagnostic – may want to consider beginning prep during the summer before junior year to work on qualifying for a Letter of Commendation or a National Merit Scholarship.


When are the tests given?

PSAT

  • Primary test day:  Wednesday, October 16, 2019
  • Saturday test day:  Saturday, October 19, 2019
  • Alternate test day:  Wednesday, October 30, 2019

SAT Test Dates and Deadlines 2019-2020

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
Aug 24, 2019 July 26, 2019 Aug 14, 2019
Oct 5, 2019 Sept 6, 2019 Sept 25, 2019
Nov 2, 2019 Oct 4, 2019 Oct 23, 2019
Dec 7, 2019 Nov 8, 2019 Nov 26, 2019
Mar 14, 2020 Feb 14, 2020 Mar 4, 2020
May 2, 2020 Apr 3, 2020 Apr 22, 2020
June 6, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 27, 2020

ACT Test Dates and Deadlines 2019-2020

Test Date Deadline Late Deadline Online Score Release*
Sept 14, 2019 Aug 16, 2019 Sept 1, 2019 Sept 24; Oct 10, 2019
Oct 26, 2019 Sept 27, 2019 Oct 13, 2019 Nov 12; Nov 26, 2019
Dec 14, 2019 Nov 8, 2019 Nov 25, 2019 Dec 24, 2019; Jan 7, 2020
Feb 8, 2020 Jan 10, 2020 Jan 17, 2020 Feb 18; Mar 3, 2020
Apr 4, 2020 Feb 29, 2020 Mar 16, 2020 Apr 14; Apr 28, 2020
June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 25, 2020 June 23; July 7, 2020

Do all colleges take the SAT and ACT?

Yes, the SAT and ACT are accepted by all colleges.


Do you do group tutoring?

No.  One-on-one tutoring is both our specialty and philosophy.


How many sessions?

Students typically require 12 verbal sessions and 12 math sessions. Since our program is customized, we tailor the number of sessions to the individual needs, aspirations, and circumstances of each student and family.


What’s your average improvement?

We average 100 points of improvement on the SAT verbal sections and 100 points on the SAT math sections.

Improvements on the ACT average 6 composite points.


What is a typical lesson like?

Every one-on-one lesson is one hour and fifteen minutes long. Each tutor starts with a curriculum specially designed for the test the student is prepping toward. Our extensive tutoring experience and expertise are reflected in the curriculum. In order to reinforce the lesson, homework is assigned, which consists of sections from authentic tests that are curated to address specific issues at the time. We provide feedback on the homework to correct and mitigate future errors. The parameters of the lessons are the same, but no two students’ lessons and homework are alike as they are highly individualized.


Do I need to take Subject Tests?

It is advisable to first check the requirements of the schools on your college list.

Some schools require one or two Subject Tests, while many don’t ask for them at all. Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University are currently the only schools that require three Subject Tests.

Subject Tests assess your knowledge of subjects on a high school level and are the only national admission tests that allow you to select the tests that best highlight your strengths and interests. Even if Subject Tests are not required, you may want to take one or two to demonstrate your proficiency in a particular subject or potential college major.

Not all Subject Tests are given on all test dates, and you may not take Subject Tests on the same day as the SAT. You may take up to three Subject Tests in one day, and, except for Language with Listening, you can decide which Subject Tests to take right up until the day of the exam. Subject Tests are scored on the same 200–800 scale as the SAT.


What’s the difference between the ACT and SAT?

Since the recent redesign of the SAT, the two tests are more similar than before. The SAT is more abstract, while the ACT is more concrete and time-driven. The ACT has a separate Science section, whereas the SAT has table and graph questions incorporated throughout the test.

The SAT

Score Range:  400-1600

The SAT composite score is the sum of the Reading and Writing score (200-800), and the Math score (200-800). The Essay is scored separately from 6-24.

Length:

The SAT is 3 hours and 50 minutes long, including the essay.

The SAT Sections:

  • Two Verbal Sections
    • Reading: 65 minutes; 52 questions; five passages
    • Writing and Language: 35 minutes; 44 questions
  • Two Math Sections
    • No Calculator: 25 minutes; 20 questions
    • Math/With Calculator: 55 minutes; 38 questions
  • The Essay
    • 50 minutes
    • “optional”
    • A score for the essay is given separately from the composite score.

The ACT

Score Range: 1 – 36

Each section of the ACT is scored from 1-36. The ACT composite score is the rounded average of the four test scores. The Essay is not part of the ACT composite score and graded separately from 2-12.

Length:

The ACT is 3 hours and 35 minutes long, including the essay.

The ACT Sections

  • English – Grammar/Usage
    • 75 questions – 45 minutes
  • Mathematics
    • 60 questions – 60 minutes
  • Reading
    • 40 questions – 35 minutes
  • Science Reasoning
    • 40 questions – 35 minutes
  • Writing (Essay)
    • 40 minutes
    • “optional”
    • A score for the essay is given separately from the composite score.