Tests We Can Help With
SAT | ACT | AP | SSAT | ISEE | HSPT | GRE | GMAT
Start By Setting a Baseline
We start our test prep by reviewing a student’s score history. We recommend that all students who don’t have a previous test result take a virtual practice exam.
Not sure whether you’re better suited to take the SAT or ACT? Our proprietary SAT/ACT Diagnostic informs whether you’re better suited to take the SAT or the ACT. The diagnostic report highlights the topics that you most need to focus on.
Then, Determine a Goal
We work with families to establish a goal score and create an individualized plan. Because each student has unique aspirations, we tailor our program to meet that student's needs.
Each student generally meets with two of our full-time tutors. On the SAT, students will have one tutor for the math section, and one for the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. On the ACT, students will have one tutor for the math and science sections, and one for the reading and English sections.
Create A Schedule That Works For You
Most students meet with us 12 times when they prep for the SAT or ACT. We find it’s best to create a schedule when we determine a prep plan, so we’ll ask you when you register what days and times are best for you to meet.
We'll take the availability that you provide in your registration to put together a proposed calendar, and then we'll ask you to confirm the dates and times on your end.
You can reschedule sessions yourself or reach out to us with questions. Once you're satisfied, you're ready to go!
24 hours before each appointment, students receive text reminders to their phone number on file, and both students and parents receive email reminders.
Meet With Your Tutor
Sessions will either take place online, in our office, or at another agreed-upon location (to discuss in-home tutoring rates, please give us a call at 860-664-9857).
Students will be given about an hour of homework from each tutor to be completed before the next session. This typically gives students one week to complete the assigned homework for each subject.
Sessions can be rescheduled up to 24 hours in advance — without the penalty of a $40 cancellation fee — by contacting the tutor in question. Tutors provide their contact information directly to students, and we are always available by phone.
Looking for the best value when it comes to standardized exam prep? Our online SAT courses will cover all the material you need at a fraction of the cost.
Online courses typically meet twice a week — once for verbal and once for math — at either 3:15 pm or 6:00 pm EST. Students that sign up for a course will also have access to all course sessions, allowing students to quickly determine and attend a makeup session.
Instruction is live with one of our tutors and features engaging assignments through the Desmos learning platform to ensure student participation. At 75 minutes, course meetings are designed to review essential material while not overwhelming students.
Students will also have access to recordings of all sessions if they cannot attend an alternate date or just want to revisit material covered in class. See all of the dates and current courses here.
We know exams like the SAT and ACT inside and out. Get started with a free diagnostic exam today to begin your test prep journey.
- 1-on-1 instruction, online or in-person
- Free diagnostic and consultation
- Sessions that fit around your schedule
- $120/hr, typically 90-minute sessions
Free Diagnostic Test
Take a practice test of your choice, graded by us
Free Comparison Test
Our SAT/ACT Diagnostic offered online or on paper
Frequently Asked Questions
For a complete list of questions, please visit our FAQ page.
- Standardized Test Prep is $120/hr
- SSAT Test Prep is $100/hr
- Academic Tutoring starts at $85/hr
How We Prep For Exams
We place a large emphasis on homework as it's the time when students can really learn more about the test's funny, sometimes, cruel ways and their test taking tendencies. Some, for example, discover that they don't finish reading all of the answer choices, while others discover they read the questions too fast. So, while we see homework as an opportunity for students to learn more about their test-taking tendencies (they rush, take too long, lose focus, over think, run out of gas, drift, read too much into the text, don't write their work out, miss steps), many parents are happy their kids are taking the course. They feel that the time spent with us preparing for the test is better than not preparing for the test.
We do not recommend group classes for any student who has scored below the 50th percentile because these students will gain more from one-on-one prep than a group setting. Curiously, over the last eight years, more and more parents have shied away from having their students take group classes. They find that one-on-one tutoring is more productive since the tutor is focusing only on their student and his/her specific needs. That said, group classes are dramatically less expensive than one-on-one prep, and we have many students over the years who have taken our group classes and scored brilliantly and gone off to attend elite colleges and universities. It boils down to the student and a family's finances. If a family prefers to economize, group classes are an exceptional option. If the student is going to stay focused in a group setting and ask questions, a group class works well.
- Students with packed schedules.
- Students who scored below the 50th percentile on he PreACT
- Students who scored above the 85th percentile on the PreACT
- Students who tend to drift in large classes
- Students who shy away from asking the questions they'd like answers to in a large group setting.
SAT: General Questions
- International registration deadlines apply to anyone testing outside of the United States and U.S. territories.
- There is no late registration for international testing. Online and telephone registrations must be completed by the international deadlines.
- Mailed registration forms must be received by the international deadlines.
- If you register through an international representative, you need to submit your paper registration with payment by the early registration deadline.
- In 2020-21, Language with Listening tests are offered in November 2020 and May 2021.
- Fees for testing internationally vary. Get info on registration and other international fees.
- Sunday administrations for students who can't test on Saturday due to religious observance usually occur the day after each Saturday test date.
- Your registration options will be limited if you aren't taking the SAT for one of its main purposes.
- Some test centers require an additional fee.
- You're enrolled in or eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
- Your annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
- You're enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., Federal TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
- Your family receives public assistance.
- You live in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home, or are homeless.
- You are a ward of the state or an orphan.
ACT: General Questions
- Your test center is closed.
- Your test center had a reduction in capacity.
- You were registered at an unlisted test center, which was established only to test specific examinees, and ACT adjusted the roster at their request.
Register by 4 September 2020
(Late fees waived)
9 & 10 October 2020
Register 2 October 2020
(Late fees waived)
16 & 17 April 2021
Register by 26 March 2021
(9 April + late fee)
11 & 12 June 2021 Register by 21 May 2021 (4 June + late fee)
16 & 17 July 2021 Register by 25 June 2021 (9 July + late fee)
- Currently enrolled in high school in the 11th or 12th grade.
- Be testing in the US, US territories, or Puerto Rico.
- Meet one or more indicators of economic need listed on the ACT Fee Waiver form.
- If you are eligible, you may use a maximum of four separate fee waivers total. The waiver is used once you register, even if you do not test on the requested test date.