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You can't afford to NOT study for the SAT or ACT. Sadly,
many students work so hard for 4 years in high school and have a great
GPA, only to get rejected by colleges because of a low SAT or ACT score.
First of all, grade inflation. Every kid has a 4.0. Secondly, every kid
takes different classes, so GPA is not comparable. Third of all, SAT
& ACT scores are the ONLY way to have a universal, standard measure
of student ability and performance.
College only gets more
expensive every year.
Higher SAT & ACT scores get you thousands in tuition reductions
some things that you need to invest your money in, and proper education
is one of them. If
you are looking for cheap tutoring (which actually ends up costing you
more because it has to be re-done) or to save money, then you might as
well not send your kid to college just to "party" for four years. You
could save a lot more by sending your kid to community college or
better yet, no college at all.
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3) Higher Future Earnings
year unwitting parents and students waste thousands of dollars and
months of time on SAT and ACT classes and tutoring with little
improvement, giving up hope and thinking that these exams are just a
matter of innate aptitude and academic talent.
thousands of dollars and months of time sitting through SAT or ACT
classes is bad enough. Doing it a SECOND TIME because the first course
was a waste of time is even worse.
Why? Those other tutors
& test prep places have inexperienced part-time tutors who
never even took the SAT or ACT, can't solve the problems themselves,
lack the ability to explain and
teach, and just don't know what they are doing. You would actually
better off saving your money and buying a few books.
Get it done right the first
time by someone who knows
what they are doing and has years of SAT & ACT teaching
students ( and their parents ) who are the most confident about their
performance on the SAT & ACT are the ones who perform the
worst. Learn more
SAT course taught by our Award-Winning
professional credentialed teacher. Not actors or models. This was how things
were done back in the old days. As fun as this
looks, maximum learning occurs during one -on-one private lessons.
The SAT & ACT are designed to test
specific problem solving abilities and material that are
not learned in high school classes.
for the SAT/ ACT/ AP / Subject tests is very different from studying
for a test at school. For a test in school, you just memorize a limited
amount of material, take a test, and then just forget it. SAT / ACT /
AP / Subject tests are a matter of performance and require a different
still set: endurance, concentration, fast thinking, problem solving,
analytical skills, and also a broad range of knowledge. Getting ready
for these exams is like training for a triathlon. It’s a very different
Students who score high on the SAT
& ACT are actually good at solving the problems, NOT because
they know a few tricks and strategies.
some popular myths that the kid who scored high learned some test
taking strategies that got the 1500 SAT score or the 34 ACT score, that
is simply not the case. If it were that easy, no one would need to
spend time stdying and preparing for these exams.
We DETERMINE what you don't
know, ANALYZE what you are doing wrong and then actually
you what you WON'T LEARN from any other SAT or ACT Course: Real
Knowledge and Thinking Skills so you can solve problems the RIGHT way,
not by elimination, strategies, guessing, and tricks. We not only teach
you WHAT to do, but WHY you are doing it.
am a professional credentialed high school teacher, and I have
personally taken more than 40 SATs and 30 ACTs because to
what I am talking about, I need to see what test questions
and analyze them to determine the SIMPLEST, CLEAREST, and RIGHT WAY to
answer each one so I can properly teach it. I have developed and taught my
courses to hundreds of students, and more than 6000
test questions have been repeatedly solved and explained to find the
best possible methods. Students will get the clearest, most direct, and
CORRECT solution to each question, and also learn what NOT to do.
full-time job 7 days a week is teaching students the RIGHT way ( and
the WRONG way ) to solve real SAT / ACT questions. Students will
actually learn the critical thinking, analytical reasoning skills,
concepts and knowledge underlying the ACT or SAT, and the
WAY / WRONG WAY to solve every question, not by lucky guessing /
strategies / tricks. I teach students all of the material that shows up
on the tests and teach them to combine that knowledge with the thinking
and reasoning skills to actually become good at solving the
an extremely experienced teacher, I can do what no self-study
book or online video can possibly do: I determine what
don't know they are doing wrong, analyze what they don't know,
and correct faulty thinking processes and approaches.
is a fundamental difference in the thinking of students who answer
questions correctly and those who answer wrong or get lucky. That's why
just explaining a problem ( self-study using a book or watching
videos ) is not very effective.
Any book or online video
can give explanations ( which are often times incorrectly done). That
doesn't help students solve problems on their own. I will push and
students to think. My methods are based on years of teaching experience
and educational research. Students will be pushed mentally to their
limit in order to MAXIMIZE SCORES.
Students will learn math
concepts, English grammar, reading skills, essay writing skills, basic
science reasoning and data analysis ( for ACT ), test-taking methods.
It covers the ENTIRE ACT or SAT, not just some parts.
In addition, students will take REAL, full-length ACT or SAT practice
exams ( ideally at least 8. Any fewer than that and they will not see
all the types of questions that appear ).
I have literally worked with thousands of students, I can accurately
tell how a student compares to his/ her peer across different high
Because I have ALL of the material memorized, the course and lesson
content and speed are actually CUSTOMIZED & ADJUSTED IN
REAL-TIME for each student, and even the explanations are customized to
the level of each student, something simply NOT POSSIBLE with any other
tutor or with a pre-structured course ( example: 3 Math lessons, 2
Reading lessons, 2 Essay lessons ). We will spend more time on areas
that need more work, and allocate less time to higher scoring areas. Every year
students endure months of useless tutoring and classes for
the SAT & ACT while their parents throw away thousands of
dollars with no results. Most
tutors & instructors don't know what they are doing. There
are so many WRONG WAYS to teach, and then there is the RIGHT
Get it done right - We know what we are doing
was how we did things back in the old days. As fun as this looks,
maximum learning occurs during one-on-one private lessons.
the SAT & ACT is not as easy as applying for a part-summer job
at Starbuck's or Target ( as much as
we all love those places ).
actually something that takes years ( yes, YEARS) of practice, taking
SATs and ACTs, and working with thousands (yes, THOUSANDS) of
students to get good at.
we are really good at this. Here are just a few reasons why:
- Inexperienced tutors who have never taken a
real SAT or ACT, and can't solve all the problems.
- Student does fake / simulated practice SAT or ACT tests, or
random "practice exercises"
- Tutor doesn't have a plan, isn't sure what needs to be done.
- Valuable time and money is wasted going slowly over stuff student
knows or doing busy work "practice exercises"
- Tutor provides unclear, difficult to understand, and
- Tutor gives test-taking "tips" and "strategies"
and "teaching" is just reciting from a book that you could
have bought yourself.
- The teacher has personally taken more than 40 SATs and 30 ACTs, and
knows the material in and out.
- With our expertise and experience, we know
exactly what needs to be done and how.
- Students use REAL practice SAT or ACT tests.
- FAST & EFFICIENT: NO TIME is wasted reading and solving the
problems because all the questions and explanations are MEMORIZED.
- You get a CLEAR, SIMPLE, and RIGHT solution to 100% of the test
questions and the explanations are even adjusted JUST FOR YOU so you
- We ask you questions (instead of you asking us questions ) because we
even know what mistakes you made even when you didn't realize it.
- We check and verify your problem-solving to uncover questions you got
right the WRONG way ( wrong logic, luck ).
- Every lesson is ADJUSTED IN REAL TIME to skip what you know, and
cover what you don't know.
- We ACTUALLY teach you stuff you never learned before: REAL reading
skills, math 100% coverage, grammar 100% coverage, & essay
the SAT & ACT the RIGHT
WAY in every detail:
& Experienced FULL-TIME SAT & ACT Teacher
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US: - The most PROFICIENT and
TALENTED teaching & lessons a student has ever had.
- You know exactly who will teach the classes & lessons - NEVER
a random tutor from a team of tutors
- Taken more than 40 SAT exams & 30 ACT exams
- More than 8 years of FULL-TIME ( 7 days a week ) SAT & ACT
- An undergraduate of UC Berkeley, graduate teaching credential UC Davis
- Former AP Computer Science High School Teacher at a top performing
Bay Area high school
- CBS News & San Francisco Chronicle
- Entire SAT and ACT course created from ground up - Personalized Attention: Contact the teacher
directly 7 days a week by phone or text THEM: So called "Best Tutors" "PhD
professors" "Ivy-League graduates" "Perfect 1600
scorers" "Credentialed Teachers"
Which actually means:
- Random instructors / tutors - turnover is high, tutors quit
- NEVER TOOK the SAT or ACT ( YES, SHOCKING BUT TRUE )
- Inexperienced part-time workers
- Can't solve the problems on the SAT or ACT.
- Disorganized, confusing lessons and classes.
- No teaching - just reading from Instructor's Manual
Learn the RIGHT
WAY ( and WRONG WAYS ) to
solve the every Problem & Question:
US: Our methods & solutions are
derived by researching & analyzing
everything in & out.
We explain & teach SAT & ACT problems every day.
Based on our unmatched experience we know what works and WHAT DOES NOT.
- Every question & solution ( more than 2500 )
MEMORIZED = going through explanations and answers 12 - 14 times FASTER
than reading, solving, then explaining
Every question & problem solved, checked, and re-checked, and
taught to 100's of students
Explanations and solutions that are CLEAR, SIMPLE, DIRECT,
- NO WRONG ANSWERS and NO CONFUSING EXPLANATIONS
- We know what mistakes students will make EVEN BEFORE THEY KNOW.
- We can tell when a student gets the right answer the WRONG WAY, and
THEM: - 10
hours of incompetent lessons doesn't even add up to 1 hour of
- NO REAL LEARNING, JUST TEST TAKING
TIPS: guessing, luck, elimination, tricks, "shortcuts"
No explanations - students read complex ( sometimes incorrect )
explanations from a handout
- Poor teaching ability, CONFUSING and WRONG
Wrong information about SAT & ACT question types and concepts
- Wrong way to read passages
- Wrong way to answer English Grammar questions
- INCORRECT / ERRONEOUS answers and explanations
- "Proven methods" that don't work and actually TAKE DOWN
scores. When you need tax, medical, or legal advice , it's critical to
go to someone who knows what they are talking about. It's the same when
it comes to SAT & ACT.
teach REAL KNOWLEDGE with 100% In-Depth SAT &
ACT Content Coverage
Having analyzed and reverse-engineered more than 40 SATs and 30 ACTs,
we have a comprehensive list of EVERYTHING that is tested on the SAT
& ACT. We also take and analyze NEW SATs & ACTs every
More importantly, we know what WILL NOT BE tested on the SAT &
Our curriculum covers a COMPLETE,
COMPREHENSIVE, IN-DEPTH 100%
- We know
what WILL show up, and what will NOT
show up, so students don't waste time learning unnecessary material.
- Students learn
every possible concept and
type of question that
will appear on the SAT or ACT, and learn the RIGHT way to solve
ALL of them, and the WRONG way -
How to score a 24 on the SAT Essay, 12 on the ACT Essay
- The RIGHT WAY to handle reading passages
- The RIGHT way to approach Writing ( English grammar sentence)
- EVERY Math Concept that can show up and what will NOT show up
- What SAT / ACT Essay Topics can show
- EVERY English Grammar rule that is ever tested
Virtually all other companies cover only about 60% - 70% of what is on
the SAT or ACT,
and even cover stuff that does not show up because their course makers
DID NOT TAKE ENOUGH SATs or ACTs to see EVERYTHING that is tested.
- 60 to 70% incomplete coverage of tested content
- Quick cram courses ( if students could learn this material that fast
and that easily, then everyone would ace the exam )
Covering irrelevant material that
doesn't show up on the exams
Real SAT* ACT* Practice Exams & Test Questions from College
Board & ACT Inc.
& ACT questions are created to test specific THINKING, LOGIC,
and PROBLEM SOLVING, particular JUST to those tests. -
Students HAVE TO use actual exams in order to know what to expect when
taking the SAT or ACT for real.
other test prep companies use fake/simulated "SAT" or "ACT" problems
which are NOTHING LIKE the real thing.
Fake / simulated mock SAT & ACT tests that are useless because
those DO NOT test the same content, thinking, and logic. Kids
who walk in to take the SAT or ACT for real will see something they are
Fake "SAT" & "ACT" online practice tests / CD-ROMS are even
worse because the tests are ON PAPER
Direct & Efficient: every lesson
CUSTOMIZED in REAL-TIME for each Student.
- DIRECT AND THE POINT: We don't waste hours and hours talking about
strategies, tips, tricks, and reviewing math you already know, or
covering things you don’t need to know. Students are busy,
and can't devote their lives to SAT & ACT.
- MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY - A minimum of books and papers.
- GO SEAMLESSLY from Topic to Topic - No separate teachers for each
portion of the test
ENTIRE 50 HOUR COURSE MEMORIZED: Go faster / slower, forward / backward
to ANY POINT of the course at ANY TIME.
through material you already know.
- Piles upon piles of unnecessary books and papers.
- A pre-defined, scripted "one-size fits all" course: DAY 1-
Reading; DAY 2- Math; DAY 3- Writing; etc etc
- Separate Math / Reading / English / Essay classes
Private Lessons = Maximum Engagement & Attention + Move FASTER
or SLOWER at your pace
US: - Private lessons = Maximum Attention & More
THEM: - Huge SLOW 30 - 40 student classrooms
No lesson time wasted on stuff you know
or with busy work, designed to use up your money
- NEVER a waste of time or money.
- Every question / problem memorized = NEVER going slowly and wasting
- $200 to $350 per hour. No joke. -
Expensive lesson time wasted as students sit and take practice tests
and the tutor just waits
- Moving slowly to eat up lesson time.
- Hidden fees or extra charges: enrollment fees, sign up fees.
( To really appreciate the finer details
of how absolutely good our courses are, we invite students to try
lessons & classes elsewhere for a DEFINITIVE comparison )
YOU BELIEVE WHAT OTHER PLACES CHARGE?
You don't even get what
you paid for: inexperienced tutors who lack teaching skills and never
took the SAT or ACT themselves.
people don't even know where to start when looking for SAT &
tutoring and classes. We encourage you to call around, so you will come
to the conclusion that what we do here is top-notch, and done RIGHT:
What to ask when
Who actually does the teaching? Most
large companies have random part-time tutors that come and go. You
won't know who is doing the teaching. This is important because:
won't get the advertised tutor. Classic bait and switch
2) If there are multiple
working with the same student, it becomes a disorganized mess where the
next tutor has no idea what has already been done, and what
needs to be done.
Is it one-on-one
tutoring or a group of kids?
can tell you it's impossible to properly teach anything when you have 2
or 3 kids all working on different tests, at different levels.
Basically what happens is the student sits and waits while the tutor
answers questions the other students have, then comes around to you.
This is even WORSE than a class because at least in a class, everyone
is doing with same stuff and going through the same questions
Has the tutor ACTUALLY TAKEN THE SAT or ACT ? How many tests
has he/she taken? You
would be surprised to learn that most instructors have never even taken
the SAT or ACT. Unfortunately, no company would ever admit that their
taken the exam personally. You won't get any honest answers. But common
sense should tell you that no one can teach
something that they haven't taken themselves.
Even if a tutor
did take the SAT / ACT, unless he/she took at least 10 exams, it would
not be enough to know the wide range of questions that show up.
What teaching experience does this tutor have? Is this person
a certified teacher? Teaching
isn't as simple as getting a job at Starbucks. However, no tutoring
company would ever admit that their tutor has just a few weeks of
experience. Sure, you will get someone with years of experience right?
Common sense should tell
you that it is impossible to be any good at teaching if you
do it a few hours a week. The skills required to
teach well don't just come from part-time 3 to 10 hours a week.
What are you going to cover in the course? Strategies and test-taking
that is what they cover, then you should hang up right away. Strategies
and test-taking tips can be covered in 10 minutes, and if that was
enough to improve scores, well no one needs tutoring then.
Are you using REAL SAT & ACT exams for practice? Most
companies don't even know the answer to that. But you need to use the
real exams for practice. The fake ones are completely different
Is lesson time spent on teaching or just
test taking? Many tutoring companies eat up your valuable lesson
time by having kids sit there and take tests. You are going to pay for
What you don't know -
Avoid These Mistakes Made by Parents & Students
just take some practice tests. Then I'll be fine. I
found some practice SAT & ACTs online / in a book I bought and
will just use those as practice.
of all, there are fake practice tests and real
practice tests. Really? Yes. Fake practice tests are created by some
book author or tutoring company and may look like the real exams, but
are actually very
different in the material tested and thinking / logic required to solve
the problems. Students who practice with these fake exams are surprised
when the real exam is very different.
Most students can't
tell the difference between real
SAT/ ACT/ AP/ Subject test and fake ones. Why does it matter? The fake
tests cover different material , are a different level of difficulty,
often have errors ( even real tests which are proofread &
reviewed on several
levels have errors! ), and DO NOT HAVE ACCURATE SCORING because they
have NOT BEEN
TAKEN BY THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS.
come directly from College Board for the SAT and ACT Inc. for the ACT,
and are the only tests students should practice with. The
and test content is pretty much what students will see the day of the
you don't know what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong,
just jumping in and answering practice questions does no benefit.
Pratice makes perfect ONLY IF YOU PRACTICE RIGHT. Practice does NOT
make perfect unless students know what they are doing.
study on my own. THE PROBLEM: There
are just some things you just
can't learn from books, online videos, parents, or friends. If
have a legal problem, you don't read up on the law on websites or
books. If you have a medical problem, you don't go online to to
goes and buys some books or finds some info and practice tests on a
website. Student reads some test taking strategies. Student takes some
practive tests or does some practice problems. Student checks answer
key and sees which questions were wrong. Student reads a explanation or
asks a friend, or watches an online video.
much all the books out there are very poorly written by people who
themselves have never taken the SAT or ACT
b) Any practice SAT or ACT tests you find in there are not going to be
c) Reading explanations / watching a video explanations is not very
effective. You can't learn by passively watching: you need to do it
yourself. That's like learning to drive a car or how to play tennis by
watching someone else do it.
you think you will save time and money, then think again. It takes a
substantial amount of time to figure out what to study, how to study,
and what to do. Yes, tutoring and classes cost money. But considering
the fact that it will get your student into better colleges and thus
higher paying jobs, it's well worth it. That is, unless you plan to
send your kid to college to "party" for four years. In that case, it
doesn't matter. Furthermore, if you plan to attend a private
university, high SAT / ACT scores are literally worth thousand of
dollars in discounts.
Students always, ALWAYS get lucky. Checking the answer key,
student sees that the answer was right and moves on. Big mistake. In
fact, it is the lowest scoring students who tend to think the test was
easy and go the questions all right.
don't know what you are doing wrong. That's where I come in. As an experienced teacher, I am
just a talking textbook. Talented teaching goes way beyond that, in
that I analyze and figure out what a student is doing wrong,
how to correct a student's thinking process. Students can get
question wrong on several different levels, and without knowing what is
happening, students will not get better.
You've read the explanations, watched the videos, but still
get it. As an experienced teacher, I adjust the explanations to your
Because I have worked with literally thousands of students, I am a very
accurate gauge of where a student stands, and how he or she compares to
other high school students.
Very few students have the discipline to "study" on their
I've given study materials to students to work on, and after two
months, the farthest any student
ever got was about 20 pages out of 300 pages of material. Just learning
/ reading someting once or twice is not enough for a student to do it
on their own.
study for the SAT or ACT. You either know it or you don't. THE PROBLEM: The
SAT & ACT are actually a test of how well you can plan
organize yourself to study for a test in addition to being tests of
skills and knowledge you can learn quickly if done right.
I'll go take
a SAT or ACT "to see how I do". Then I’ll just wait until I get my scores back to decide if I need to study. THE PROBLEM: 1) Wasted money: Why pay $65 for
the SAT or $58.50 for the ACT when you can take an REAL ACTUAL EXAM for
FREE. You are throwing away at least $65 to go in and take a real exam
practice”. 2) Wasted time: You have to wait
at least 3 weeks for your results to come back. If you take a test at
home, you can have your results within minutes. Students have
precious little time. SAT & ACT test scores take 3 weeks to
released. 3 weeks ( 21 days ) is 11% of the entire academic year
( which is 180 instructional days ), just waiting for a test result.
what if you decide after you get your scores back that you need to
study? ( Actually, EVERYONE realizes they need to study after getting
scores back ). Well, test dates are spaced about 5 - 6 weeks apart. It
takes 8 -
10 weeks to
get ready for the SAT or ACT. By the time you get your scores back 3 -
4 weeks after you took the test and realize you need help, it's too
late – there are only 2 weeks left before the next test date. 3) Not useful. Since you WON’T HAVE A COPY OF the SAT or ACT test questions,
getting a score back tells you VERY LITTLE beyond the sum total number
of RIGHT / WRONG questions. The included Score
Report “detailed analysis of question types” provided by College Board
and ACT Inc is next to useless. ( This is true of ANY mock SAT or ACT
exam as well – those given by some company at your high school )
I only need
help on one part of the test. I'm good with the other parts. THE PROBLEM: Students
need to work on ALL parts of the SAT & ACT. This is something
many parents & students who are not familiar with SAT or ACT
preparation don’t realize. A
student’s objective is, obviously, to get the highest possible score,
regardless of where those points come from. Depending on the student,
certain parts of the SAT & ACT are easier to improve than
In many cases, the “weak areas” are so difficult for a student that
little improvement can be made in that area and, counter to what many
people think, the most points can be actually gained in the “strong”
The SAT & ACT scoring is NOT on a linear scale. What that means
this: A kid scoring in the 650 range on the SAT will get about 14
points for every addition right answer. A kid scoring in the 450 range
only gets about 8 points for every addition right answer. Thus, each
addition question right in the “strong” area is actually worth TWICE AS
Unless a student is scoring 720 or higher CONSISTENTLY on the “strong
area” of the SAT ( or 31 or higher CONSISTENTLY on the “strong area” of
the ACT ), it’s not considered “good”, and CAN STILL BE IMPROVED. Unlike
other places that have a rigid course, our courses and lessons are
CUSTOMIZED IN REAL-TIME. If students are scoring high in certain areas,
the lessons will automatically adjust and adapt to focus on a student's
weak areas, without sacrificing the strong areas. My son /
daughter just needs some test taking tip and strategies and then he’ll
/ she’ll be ok. THE PROBLEM: If
the SAT & ACT were so easy that a few test taking tips and
would do the job, then everyone would ace those tests with a minimal
amount of effort. Unfortunately,
the SAT & ACT do actually test in-depth real knowledge of
reading skills, math, science, grammar, essay writing ) which a
student needs to learn. Ok fine. We
need to get our son / daughter a tutor. All tutors are
pretty much the same, so we'll just get anyone we can find.
THE PROBLEM: No
two tutors are the same, and not all tutoring is equal. This isn't like
comparing the price of gasoline at different gas stations, or the price
of something at Target vs Amazon.
a huge difference
between someone who knows what they are doing versus the many who do
not. Even high school Calculus BC teachers have problems
the SAT & ACT math because the material is so specialized
Yes, we've hired some before ). And even high school English teachers
have problems teaching the Grammar and Essay Writing on the SAT
ACT because the material is just so specialized. ( Yes, we also have
hired some before )
first lesson actually began years ago, when I took more than 40 real
exams and analyzed every question on those tests, and taught and
re-taught each solution to thousands of students until every
explanation was perfect.
WHEN DO WE START? >>
It’s best to pick out a
test date, and then start 8 – 12 weeks before the planned test date and
work up to the day of the test. The other option is to start with
lessons, and when the student seems "ready" then the student goes in
and takes the test. ( Not recommended )
We do 1 to 2 lessons a
week, each lesson 1 or 1.5 hours long ( some cases 2.0 hours )
depending on a student’s progress/ schedule/ and time until the test
I spread the lessons out
based on a complex algorithm of several factors:
1) Days left until the
test date 2) Student ability / performance 3) Amount of material left
to cover 4) Amount of lesson time remaining 5) Student’s other
Keep in mind, this will
not fit neatly into a "once a week for 1 hour" type of thing. In some
cases, we may need to do 2.0 hour lessons, 2x a week.
LESSON LENGTH & TIMING >>
These are PRIVATE ONE on
ONE lessons, taught personally by me. Everything is actually adjusted
by me in real-time as I teach, depending on the needs of the student
and how much time we have until the test date: what material is focused
on, depth of explanations, course content, homework load, pacing,
We generally start 8 –
10 weeks before the test and CONTINUE UP TO THE DAY OF THE TEST.
Depending on student ability, it may take longer to get through the
Generally we are looking
at 15 - 20 hours of lessons. ** PEOPLE ARE OFTEN SURPRISED or SHOCKED
WHEN we go past 15 hours, but that is typical. Lessons are 1 or 2 times
a week, for 1.5 hours ( sometimes lessons will be 1 hour or even 2
hours depending on student need) Please keep in mind that 15 to 20
hours can in no way make up for years of deficiency of knowledge and
skills in reading, math, English grammar, essay writing, and problem
Usually students take
the ACT or SAT more than once, and for the SECOND TEST we do review
lessons with additional material. It USUALLY takes 15 – 20 hours ( 10 -
15 lessons ) to get through all the material for the FIRST TEST.
There is homework in
between the lessons.
The lessons are usually
done over Skype conference call so you don’t need to drive anywhere. I
send you all the files you need ( PDF files ). You won’t need to run
out and buy anything, but you will need to print off the exams.
Please realize this is
not an “ONLINE LESSON”. “ONLINE LESSON” means a student watches a video
or audio pre-recorded “lesson or tutorial” on the computer, then
completes some exercises or homework at their own pace, then watches
another video tutorial.
** AT THE START, DO NOT EXPECT YOUR KID TO SUDDENLY
HAVE HOURS OF HOMEWORK to keep HIM/ HER BUSY. Since the student has not
learned anything yet, blindly going through practice tests is of
absolutely no use.
In between each lesson,
there is homework. Expect about 1 to 3 hours of homework between
lessons. Homework is allocated based on how much the student
understands / how much time between each lesson / how much time until
Students need to do the
homework carefully, and do it BEFORE the lesson.
LESSON SCHEDULING >>
Lessons are scheduled ONE AT A TIME, and scheduling is
flexible, BUT ONCE YOU CHOOSE A DATE & TIME, you are committed.
Once we are done with a lesson, we will schedule the next lesson.
1) *Generally, we do NOT
BOOK A WEEKLY TIME SLOT. Lessons are sometimes twice a week, and don't
fit neatly into a "once a week" scheme.
2) *We also do NOT "plan out a schedule for the next 8 weeks" ahead of
LESSON TIMES >>
During the academic school year ( late August through
early June ) I teach 7
days a week. This is my full-time job. As busy as some
students are, there is no reason as to why the lessons can't fit in.
HOURS - YEAR-ROUND, 7
DAYS A WEEK:
There is NO way your kid won't find a suitable time for lessons.
Monday - Friday: Lessons are after school from 2pm – 11pm.
Satruday and Sunday: Lessons are 10am - 9pm
** Weekends are the MOST busy, and I will try to fit students in where
I can. I sometimes have classes that are all day long.
COURSE OBJECTIVE - MAXIMUM SCORE >>
The objective usually is to get the highest possible
score. I say "usually" because for
some parents and students just don't want such high scores .
matter what, we are trying to get the most points possible in the
amount of time we have.
I will take every student to the limit
of his/her ability. Some students will only be able to reach 1300 SAT
or 25 ACT, whereas some students will be able to reach 1550 SAT or 35
ACT. We are not trying to get every single question right, but we want
more right than before. Every student is competing against himself /
Therefore I have 3 different categories of objectives:
MAXIMUM: Usually this is
what students and parents are interested in. Our singular objective is
the get the highest possible score out of each student, regardless of
where those points come from. We are going to work on EVERY PART of the
test and get EVERY point possible. I will push you to the limit of your
MODERATE: We will work
hard and do what we can before that next test.
LOW: We will "work on it
just a little bit" or "just get some lessons in".
Not aiming for those top
colleges? Just want to "bump it up a little?"
The effort and time to score as high as possible is still well worth
it: High scores translate into THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS in college
scholarships and grants which DO NOT NEED TO BE PAID BACK.
In fact, the MORE
EXPENSIVE a PRIVATE UNIVERSITY costs, the more money a high SAT or ACT
score is worth.
For example: St. Mary’s College – Moraga, CALIFORNIA gives you $12,000
/ year x 4 = $48,000 if student scores 600+ on Math and 600+ on
WHAT ABOUT WORKING ON JUST THE WEAK PARTS? >>
Getting THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE score for a student means
working on ALL PARTS OF THE TEST, not just "focusing on the weak
1) In many cases, the “weak areas” are so difficult for a student that
little improvement can be made in that area and, the greatest gain in
the shortest amount of time will be achieved in the other areas. Many
students have such a difficult time with the math that even hours of
lessons focused on that area see little improvement. In that case, the
most points can be actually gained in the “strong” areas.
2) The SAT & ACT
scoring is NOT on a linear scale. The more questions you have right,
the more points the next question is worth. Each additional question
right in the “strong” area is actually worth about TWICE AS MANY
3) Bringing up scores in
just one area is not enough - the total score depends on all the
sections. Many colleges "superscore", combining the highest score in
each section from ALL tests taken. Other colleges ( University of
California ) look at the SINGLE highest score and if the other section
scores drop, it brings down the overall score.
Unlike other test prep
companies where there are SEPARATE lessons or classes for English,
Writing & Essay, Math, Reading, Science, what I do is very
efficient and integrated. We move between ALL the sections very
efficiently & seamlessly.
We will spend more time
on areas that need more work, and allocate less time to higher scoring
areas. But we still do need to work on the ENTIRE TEST to get the
HIGHEST POSSIBLE score.
How many times should a student take the SAT or ACT ? >>
What? Take the SAT or
ACT more than once? Yes, unfortunately, very few students get their
highest score the first try. Even Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Michael
Phelps didn't break the World Record on his first shot. Moreover, test
site abnormalities and unintended distractions will cause less than
optimal testing conditions.
Students can take these
tests as many times as they like, with most kids taking the SAT or ACT
on average 2 or 3 times.
All California State
University & University of California will take your ONE
HIGHEST TOTAL SCORE so you can take the SAT or ACT AS MANY TIMES as you
want, but more than 4 is probably overkill.
Many other colleges will
take your HIGHEST COMBINED SCORE ( highest score in each sub-section ).
** WARNING ABOUT SENIORS
RELYING ON ONE TEST DATE *** Seniors always seem to think that just
planning for 1 last test date is enough. I can tell you from experience
that something ALWAYS GOES WRONG. Kids get sick, or test centers get
cancelled, scores are delayed, or there is a test irregularity and test
doesn't count. For your own sake, plan for at least 2 test dates your
HOW MUCH CAN MY KID IMPROVE? WHAT SCORE CAN HE / SHE GET ?
I hear this question every single day, but there is NO
WAY to answer that without doing some lessons to see what the problem
Because of my experience
teaching, I can quickly tell within a few lessons how well a student is
doing, and what kind of score is realistically possible. Every student
is different and will see different score improvement results.
Some kids score 26 on
the ACT, and that is the maximum of their ability. Other students start
at 26 and can reach 31. It really depends on the student, but I will
push every student to his or her very limit.
one likes to see their money wasted. When you go to those other
tutoring centers, your money pays for the nice looking office, new
tables and chairs, the copy machine and microwave and mini
refrigerator, the front office staff who look at social media and
shopping sites all day, and other expenses.
Not here. Everything
goes straight into the tutoring. As a professional credentialed high
school teacher, I have taught group classes and private
cafes, coffee shops, libraries ( talking not permitted ), at student’s
a lot of driving and getting stuck in traffic ), rented an office (
very costly ), and rented
conference rooms ( $200 per hour ) for classes & lessons.
has transformed what it means to teach and learn. With advances
in internet connectivity, touchscreen laptops, tablets and
phones, and advances
in software, we can now do what could not have been done
I teach and write on the screen, it appears in real-time on your end
just as if you were sitting at a table across from me or in a classroom.
on actual educational
research on learning and teaching as well as actual
teaching experience, this is no different from face-to-face lessons.
What technology cannot replace is a real human teacher. These
are NOT "Youtube video lectures" or "Online lessons". Such
courses" means a kid sits there and read some materials, watches a
video online, then answers some questions on a website or on paper.
This is fully automated, and there would not even be need to
teacher or tutor.
lesson experience is very different. I would be more than happy to give
you a NO
OBLIGATION Free 15 minute sample lesson ( based on availability )
Students are busy and tired. Between school, home, work, sports, and
other extra-curricular activities, there is just not enough time in a
day to drive out then back home.
* Students usually get caught in traffic and are
late for lessons, which eats into lesson time paid for.
* When student arrive, often they left their books
/ tests / handouts at
home or at school, or brought the wrong set of stuff. At that point we
have to improvise.
* Some students don’t have a car or have to rely on
parents to drive, making their schedules limited.
* Some students tell their parents they are going to lessons, but
do something else. ( Yes, many students actually do that! )
* You have a record of exactly when and how long the lessons are, and
if the student actually made it to the lesson
* We can do lessons early in the morning ( kids can crawl out of bed
do lessons) or late at night ( without worrying about being out late)
* You and I want to take vacations. You can do lessons from anywhere in
the world from your hotel while on Spring / Summer / Winter Break.
* The office space is very expensive for me to maintain, and those
extra savings are passed onto the students
Many parents have a
misperception of what teaching and learning looks like.
think how they went to school and were tutored 30 or 40 years
and have a hard time envisioning anything else. However, times have
changed and students today have grown up with technology and are very
comfortable with it.
parents envision it as a teacher standing in front of a room
students watching the teacher explain material. Or they envision a
student and a tutor sitting side-by-side at a table and the student
watching the tutor explain.
That is not the reality.
During classroom teaching, students
are looking at their papers and at the whiteboard or overhead projector
while listening to the teacher talk. During private tutoring lessons, students are looking at
their papers and the notepad the tutor writes on while
listening to the tutor talk. Even
for face-to-face lessons, we do not sit next to the student,
but across from the student.
And as technology got more advanced,
we stopped using
notepads for tutoring and wrote everything on a laptop which
facing the student.
Looking at this
photo you can see that during in-person tutoring, the
student is looking at the papers while listening to the tutor.
benefit would it be if you were right in front of the student?
little. The only
difference would be that they could see the tutor talk ( which would be
virtually the same over a video call ). And 95% of the time
during a lesson the students are looking at the test questions,
handouts, and whiteboard / notepad anyways.
a classroom /
conference room layout, the students are
not looking at me, but at the whiteboard / projection and at
"side-by-side" tutoring layout is something I never do.
It's very cramped, and tutors only do that because the student won't be
able to read what the tutor is writing if the student is sitting
across the table. Notice
that the student is looking at the test materials or notepad, not at
In this across-the-table
is what I have always done. I can write upside-down, and more recently
I write on a screen and there is a second screen facing the student who
can see what I am writing. This is what I have done for years. Notice the student is looking at
the screen or at the test papers, not at me.
Take the layout
above, and go one step futher and you can see that a conference-call
tutoring layout is virtually no different. The student is still looking at
the screen or the test papers, not at me.
But don't you need to see
what the student wrote down?
NO. That is a big
misconception of teaching / tutoring that many parents have.
Most students write in such a way that it is very hard for
the student to read what they wrote, much less for the the teacher to
make sense of. Looking at what a student wrote down is not very helpful
In a live classroom situation, I would never go to each
student and look at what every single student wrote
I ask the students to explain what they did, which actually reinforces
their understanding of the problem
you need to see the problems?
I do not need to see their test papers because I already know what the
test questions are
can the student see what you are doing?
I write, the images appear on the student's screen in real-time, just
like in a classroom or in-person lesson. In fact, I use the same
equipment that is used for classroom and in-person lessons. You
CRYSTAL CLEAR digital whiteboard which appears directly on
/ tablet / laptop
This is what the
student sees. No different from in-person lessons
places have blurry, hard to see and hear online webcam lessons
Is this effective? Does it
We would not be teaching this way if it did not work.
There is nothing that is taught differently, explained differently,
or missing because it is done via conference call. We can say this because we have
been teaching lessons in-person and over conference calls for years.
done live conference call lessons since 2010 and teaching in-person
since 2001, we have found that lessons
over real-time conference calls with visuals are the best balance
between lower costs ( which
pass onto you ), convenience for everyone, and maximum
Higher SAT or
ACT scores get you into better colleges and scholarships.
Better colleges get you better & higher paying jobs.
What are the
the SAT or ACT exams for?
school is different, and every student takes different classes. Even
students in the same school who take the same class with different
teachers will experience harder or easier grading. Thus GPA alone is
unreliable in making a college admissions decision. Hence the
ACT - a quick and easy way to measure students against each other.
3.5 million kids taking the SAT and 3.4 million taking the ACT each
year, there would be NO POINT if every kid got high scores.
the SAT & ACT have
to be difficult tests.
BAD (but GOOD
NEWS): THE SAT and ACT require very specific knowledge & skills
you don’t directly learn in school.
GOOD NEWS: The SAT
& ACT do not test any ADVANCED material or knowledge.
NEWS: The SAT and ACT serve as a BLANK SLATE for every student to prove
him/ herself, and scores can be increased QUICKLY ( in a matter of
months ) if done the RIGHT WAY.
MORE GOOD NEWS: A
standardized test MUST have the same type of questions from test to
test. THUS - many
questions are RECYCLED, and all you have to do is essentially MEMORIZE
how to do them. Why take the SAT or ACT?
many American colleges and universities, these exams
are required. The higher you score, the better your chances of admission.
In addition, many private colleges and universities
will give out scholarships ( free money that,
unlike loans, does NOT
have to paid back ) based on high SAT or ACT scores.
1 x English = 75 questions / 45 minutes
( 5 passages x 15 questions )
1 x Math = 60 questions / 60 minutes
1 x Reading = 40 questions / 35 minutes
( 4 passages x 10 questions )
1 x Science = 40 questions / 35 minutes
( 6 scenarios )
1 x Writing (Essay) = 40 minutes * NEW
Score Range = 1 to
these tests given?
In the USA: ( International test dates differ )
7 times a year ( as of 2018 ) August ( NEW ), October,
November, December, ( NO MORE JANUARY ), March, May,
times a year ( as of 2018 ) September,
October, December, February, April, June, July ( NEW )
NO, there is no "EASIER" test date.... Or else everyone would be taking
the test on that date right?
Should I take
the SAT or ACT?
The SAT just
changed in 2016. There are very few REAL practice exams to use and go
is MUCH EASIER TO PREPARE FOR because it has not
changed and there are more than 30 actual exams to practice from.
know exactly what is going to be tested on the ACT, and it is critical
to practice with real exams.
However, the goal is to get the HIGHEST POSSIBLE SCORE in either exam
for college admissions purposes.
"I'm taking the ACT/SAT because I heard it's easier" REALITY: Both
tests are hard. I've taken more than 40 SATs and ACTs. There is only
one way to determine what to do: Take a real SAT and a real ACT. "I
heard the SAT is tricks and traps, and the ACT is not." REALITY: They are both
difficult and unfair. There is only one way to determine what to do:
Take a real SAT and a real ACT. "I
just want to take the ACT / SAT because I think I'll do better on it." REALITY: There is
only one way to determine what to do: Take a real SAT and a real ACT. "My
college counselor advised me to take the SAT ( or ACT ) based on my
grades and coursework" REALITY: College
counselors, though well meaning, are not fully aware of the intricacies
of the thinking and problem solving involved with the SAT &
SAT & ACT are NOT DESIGNED TO MEASURE what a student learns in
school. School coursework and “strong areas” are absolutely no
indicator of a student’s scoring potential on the SAT or ACT.
taking the SAT because there is science on the ACT, and I'm terrible at
science" REALITY: The science on the
ACT is completely unrelated to what you learned in school. " XXXX College prefers the ACT
over the SAT" REALITY: There is no
preference. You should take the one you can score higher in. Even
CalPoly has no preference. "I took an ACT / SAT Combo Test
at school, and it said I should take the SAT" REALITY: Those
Princeton or Kaplan SAT/ ACT combo tests will tell you nothing. There
is only one way to determine what to do: Take a real SAT and a real
doesn't XYZ University say one exam is the "preferred" test?
There is no "preferred" test or a test which gives you an advantage for
99% of the colleges.
Plan ahead so you get the
tests done for college admissions
should take their FIRST SAT or ACT NO LATER THAN Junior year. However,
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL SENIOR YEAR to take the SAT or ACT because these are
very hard tests, and you won’t ace it in just one shot.
What is the
deadline to take the SAT or ACT?
colleges require that the SAT or ACT be taken by December
of the senior
is better because you should never wait until last
minute. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and many
students ( and parents ) who rely on one single test date are very
often regretful of a decision poorly made.
DEADLINES ARE NOT THE SAME AS TEST TAKING DEADLINES!!!
YES, EVEN THOUGH THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA APPLICATIONS are DUE
November 30, YOU CAN STILL TAKE THE SAT or ACT IN DECEMBER AND SEND THE
SCORES IN. The application deadline IS NOT THE SAME as the TESTING
Early Action / Early Decision applicants usually have until Octoberof their
senior year. Some very lenient colleges allow January or even March of the senior
year. So when
should I take the SAT or ACT?
soon as you have 6-8 weeks of continuous
time to study. If you have sports, work,
AP exams, Subject Tests, final exams, or are planning to go away for
vacation, you need to figure out when is best for you. Everyone is busy
all the time, not just you, so do realize that it is not just you that
can't fit it in. Everyone else is in the same situation.
Can I take the
SAT / ACT more than once?
How many times SHOULD I take the SAT / ACT?
You can take these tests as many times as you like, but the average is 2-3 times.
Few students get their highest score the first try. Even
Gold Medalist Swimmer Michael Phelps didn't break the World Record on
his first shot.
Moreover, test site abnormalities and unintended distractions will
cause less than optimal testing conditions.
California State University & University of California will
HIGHEST TOTAL SCORE so you can take the SAT or ACT AS MANY
TIMES as you want, but more than 4 is probably overkill.
Many other colleges will take your HIGHEST
COMBINED SCORE ( highest score in each sub-section ).
** Only if you think you can get into Stanford / Harvard / Princeton
etc should you try to take the test only ONE TIME.
But what if I get a bad
score? Shouldn't I cancel the test or hide my score?
colleges will "super-score"
( HIGHEST COMBINED SCORE
), which means they take the highest section score
of each test taken and combine it together. So you want to keep ALL of
scores, and it is no benefit to "hide" scores. And no, it won't "look
bad" to have a low score.
UC takes your
ONE HIGHEST SCORE, so leave them be. And no, it won't "look bad" to
have a low score.
Top-tier private schools ( Stanford, Harvard, etc ) will want to see
every single score, so no, you cannot "hide" bad scores.
should I register ( = pay to take the test ) for the SAT or ACT?
ASAP. Test Centers fill up quickly, and the sooner you sign up, the
better your chances of taking the test
nearby instead of 30 miles away at an unfamiliar school.
Everyone is cramming to take the SAT & ACT, not just
was how things were done back in the old days. As fun as this
looks, maximum learning occurs during one -on-one private lessons.