Private SAT Class openings

**This posting is very up to date and the class availability is accurate.  

(Last updated 5/10/14)

I will have openings for after 6/29/14:

Monday: 6:30-8:30pm

Wednesday: 6:30-8:30pm

Saturday: 9:00am-11:00am

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SAT Class Availability

**This posting is very up to date and the class availability is accurate.  

(Last updated 11/12/13)

I have no openings at the moment.  Sorry!  Might have something in February 2014.


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Preparation for Test Day! 3/12/11


Remember that preparation is key to doing your best!

1. Get your supplies ready
- Pencils, erasers, calculator, and extra batteries ready in a bag the day before.

2. Eat a nutritious breakfast
- Remember eating whole grains and complex carbs will sustain you longer than simple carbs like white bread or sugary cereals.

3. Drink a lot of water!
- Dehydration can make you feel tired.

4. Pack snacks:
- Fruits, healthy bars, and water. Don’t pack anything heavier, but make sure you have protein as well as carbs to sustain you. Too much food makes the brain lose energy to your digestion system.

5. Get plenty of sleep the night before.
- Make sure to go to bed early and wake up early a week before the test, so that it’s easy for you to sleep the night of the test.

6. Breathe!
- When people get stressed they breathe less. If you notice that you’re starting to panic during the test – take slow deep breaths – it’ll relax you and refocus your mind.

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Take Online SAT Test – Get a report of your results!

 This online test from is extremely useful.  It will tell you a breakdown of your strengths and weaknesses, so that you know where you need to focus the most!

It is also very helpful for me as your tutor in assessing where to begin. :)

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Critical Reading Tips – Avoid the Pitfall Answers!

Choosing the right answer in long reading passages can be challenging. 

There are always 3 answers that are pretty easy to eliminate, but then the last 2 choices are tricky. 

When choosing the correct answer for the long reading passages – there are 3 things to look for:

1.) True Statement: These answers are true statements that can be found in the passage, however – they do NOT answer the question.  Most students read don’t read the questions carefully, and this answer is there to make sure that you do.

2.) One Word or Phrase: This answer choice seems mostly right, but the SAT’s don’t like extreme or exaggerated answers.  There will be one word or words that make the answer just a little bit too extreme or completely false.  For example, if the passage said that John prefers the theater to music concerts.  Then an extreme answer would be – Ex.  John never likes to go to music concerts.  Every word within a sentence counts!  The careful reader can spot these answers!

3.) Rational: This answer seems very true, but it has no evidence to support it within the passage.  This is meant to trap the student who does not go back to the passage to confirm his answer choices.  These pitfalls require the student to always go back to the passage to find sufficient evidence to support his answers. 

TIPS for avoiding PITFALLS:

1. Reread the question twice.

2. Check every word in the sentence for any exaggerations.

3. Always go back to the passage to confirm your answer choices.  

    The SATs are specific – they will always have evidence to support the right answer choice.

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The Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a co-sponsored program by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It’s a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:

  • critical reading skills (2 sections)
  • math problem-solving skills (2 sections)
  • writing skills (1 section – NO essay for the PSAT)

This test doesn’t require you to recall specific facts from your classes.

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:

  • to receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • to see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • to enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11).
  • to help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
  • to receive information from colleges when you check “yes” to Student Search Service.

What’s on the Test

The PSAT/NMSQT includes five sections: (The actual SAT has ten sections)

Two 25-minute critical reading sections
Two 25-minute math sections
One 30-minute writing skills section

The whole test requires two hours and 10 minutes.

Critical Reading

Two 25-minute critical reading sections = 48 questions


Two 25-minute math sections = 38 questions

Students are advised to bring a calculator with which they are comfortable. Students should have basic knowledge of 4 math categories:

  • Numbers and Operation
  • Algebra and Functions (but not 3rd year level math that may appear on the new SAT)
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability

Writing Skills

One 30-minute writing section = 39 questions

These multiple-choice questions on writing skills measure a student’s ability to express ideas effectively in standard-written English, to recognize faults in usage and structure, and to use language with sensitivity to meaning.

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Tips for the SAT Math Section

Did you know that you only have to answer approximately 72% of the questions correctly to get a score of 600 points?

That means you’d only have to answer ALL the Easy and Medium level questions correctly to get a 600, and you could completely ignore all the Hard questions – assuming that you didn’t get any wrong.

The point is - every question is worth only 1 point.  It’s simply a point gathering game.  You want to get the highest score possible for you.  If you’re currently scoring below a 600 and you’ve been trying to answer every question every time – stop!

First – focus all your attention on the easy and medium questions.  In the math section – the questions are ordered from easy to hard.  Take your time and make sure they’re answered to the best of your ability.  Only then do you want to start attempting the “hard” questions.

“Hard” level problems don’t mean that the questions are necessarily more difficult.  It means that out of all the students who have attempted these problems, most get them incorrect.  Be careful towards the end.  If you think a problem is very easy, look again.  That’s why it’s in the “hard” section.

Therefore answer them in your order of difficulty.   Skip around.  If it’s in the hard section - check it twice.

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Until a few years ago, the ACT was traditionally required by colleges in the midwest, and the SAT was the chosen test in the northeast and on the east and west coasts. But now an increasing number of students are taking the ACT, and the majority of schools in the United States now accept both SAT and ACT test results.

 This increased acceptance of the ACT gives today’s students a strategic advantage. The SAT and ACT are significantly different tests, and in many ways, they measure different skills. So depending on your particular strengths and weaknesses, you may perform much better on one test than the other. As a result, many students in the admissions process are now considering both the SAT and ACT–to figure out which test provides a better showcase for their abilities.

The ACT is a content-based test, whereas the SAT tests critical thinking and problem solving. This perception is one reason many educators may prefer the ACT–because they believe that the ACT is closer to testing the “core curriculum” taught in most school classrooms.  However,  many questions on the ACT test critical thinking, and there is a predictable range of material that’s tested on the SAT. But the SAT and ACT reward different attributes, so performing well on each test can boil down to what kind of test taker you are.

Here are some of the factors that make the SAT and ACT very different types:

  • The ACT includes a science reasoning test; the SAT does not.
  • The ACT math section includes trigonometry.
  • The SAT tests vocabulary much more than the ACT.
  • The SAT is not entirely multiple choice.
  • The SAT has a guessing penalty; the ACT does not.
  • The ACT tests English grammar; the SAT does not.

The SAT and ACT are important parts of your application, but they are only one of several factors–from your courses and grades to recommendations and your personal statement–that colleges consider.