Overview of the New SAT

The New SAT differs significantly from previous SATs. It attempts to be more like the ACT in terms of testing academic coursework; however, while the ACT remains a more straightforward and conventional test, the New SAT attempts to break new ground in both Math and Reading.

The Math section of the test adheres more closely to Common Core principles, where multi-step numeric analysis of real-world problems is the order of the day. The Reading section places new emphasis on rhetoric, the study of discourse and persuasion. Students are required to analyze passages based on textual evidence and narrative structure. A complete overview of the subject matter tested on the New SAT is provided below:

    Here's my one-page roadmap for the test

New SAT or ACT: How to Determine Which Test to Take

For students who want a quick "read" on whether the New SAT is suited for them, I've provided an "abbreviated" diagnostic test culled from questions on the New PSAT. Students should sit down in a quiet room and set their alarm clock to 45 minutes. Answers are provided at the end of the test. Contact me with the total number of mistakes per section for an individual analysis.

    new PSAT practice test

    new PSAT answer key


In contrast to the "big box" test prep companies where student teachers come and go, I teach all classes myself in a small group setting of 5 to 9 students. This allows me to establish an interesting and educational team dynamic that makes learning fun, unintimidating and, most of all, consistent across all subject matter

As a former college teacher -- St. Mary's College -- and high-end Miramonte, Acalanes and Campolindo tutor (physics, chemistry, calculus, and SAT/ACT) with over 25 years experience, I know how to handle a classroom and keep students both engaged and motivated.   

Summer SAT Program

Several SAT classes are offered, all of which begin in the summer and continue on through the school year. I structure my classes so that students can take advantage of full immersion in the summer time (when students have more free time) and then follow up with bi-monthly review sessions to reinforce and augment the strategies learned over the summer.

Summer programs start at the end of June. Each class meets once a week for 2 hours at a time for a total of 9 classes. These are followed up with bi-weekly review classes that take place on weekends and thursdays from September to December.

Review classes ensure that the lessons taught in the summer are retained and enhanced as students grow stronger in their academic pursuits during the school year. Further review classes are provided in the spring on a monthly basis.

The opposite of a crash course, my program ensures consistent application and retention of test prep strategies. Students complete over 10 full-length practice tests spread out over several months to maximize proficiency. My mantra for students: more practice, more practice, more practice!

My class structure, moreover, takes advantage of the dramatic increase in academic learning that occurs during junior year, particularly in Math and English. All my students take the SAT in December/March and again in May when they're at their peak of academic excellence.

Makeup classes are provided for students who miss class due to summer vacation or other activities.

In addition to SAT classes, I also offer ACT workshops and a Master class for students who want to hedge their bets by tackling both tests. (Contact me for information on ACT workshops and/or master classes)

Summer Schedule

Classes begin in June. Register now:

    SAT 2017 summer program

SAT Course Details

Using my award-winning book "How to Write a Killer SAT Essay", I teach students how to write foolproof, pre-fabricated essays so that they can dominate the writing test. Lots of sample essays are performed in and out of class. I personally evaluate the work.

As a professional writer, and nationally recognized grammar expert, I use my "Killer SAT Grammar" app to teach kids the 9 most important grammar rules they need to know to ace the new SAT. Along with this, I provide short-cuts for improving speed and critical thinking abilities in the Reading sections of the test.

Finally, as a long-time physics, chemistry and calculus tutor, I teach students all the tricks and techniques they need for successful problem solving and pattern recognition on the Math portion of the SAT test.

SAT Grammar Gotchas

Test your SAT grammar expertise by following along with these clips from two of my appearances on national TV.



Small SAT II workshops (5 — 9 students) are held in May for students taking the June SAT II test. Workshops, which are three hours long, are held in the afternoons or evenings. Four types of workshops are offered:

Math 2 --- Physics --- Literature --- Chemistry

Tutor Traits

Top-notch standardized test prep tutors are professional, prepared, persuasive and fun! In addition, such tutors need to:

    Use the College Board "Blue Book" as the core material for the course
     Teach problem-solving techniques and pattern-matching strategies with sincerity and clarity
    Provide binder notes and corollary materials to augment the "Blue Book"
    Have a bullet-proof curriculum in place to optimize classroom efficiency
    Ensure that students complete at last five full-length practice tests
    Establish rapport with students to make learning interesting and fun
     Address concerns of parents in a timely and professional manner