Have questions about test prep tutoring or graduate test prep? Feel free to browse our tutoring and test prep FAQs below.
You will be asked to complete between an hour and two hours of homework each week. As you start to show improvement, we will keep challenging you further.
We will ask you to take at least one practice test before your real test, partly to measure improvement and partly to get you used to the testing experience.
Please visit the Tutoring pages on the tests you are interested in: the SSAT/ISEE/HSPT, the PSAT/SAT or ACT, the LSAT, GRE, GMAT or MCAT, or Academic, AP and Subject Test Tutoring.
Please contact us to sign up or with any questions.
Our only exceptions are for certain tests that do not allow non-students to register, for example, the middle and secondary school admission tests.
More importantly, however, each of our tutors is warm, personable, and experienced in working with students with diverse learning styles and needs.
College Entrance Exams
There are many differences between the two tests.
What we find most important:
- The ACT tends to favor students who like to work quickly, while the SAT gives more time—and requires more consideration—of each test question.
- The SAT has a No Calculator math section. On the ACT Math, you can always use your calculator.
- The ACT has a Science section, but we think this is mainly a “speed reading of graphs and charts” section, so we think that even students who dislike science classes should consider the ACT.
- On the Reading section, the SAT has passages from two to three hundred years ago, so if you don’t have experience reading older documents, or you know you hate trying to decode old sentences, this may not be the test for you.
Please see our blog for much more about the SAT and ACT!
Also, the SAT is not curved based upon the scores students achieve on any one administration of the SAT. This means that your scores are not affected by the scores of other students taking the test on any particular day. For more information on how exactly the SAT curve is created, please see our blog post on this.
Please note that your scores will not change if you bubbled in answers incorrectly, that is if you made a bubbling error on your answer document.
Graduate School Entrance Exams
While still vocabulary heavy, the Verbal section no longer has analogy or antonym questions. Instead there are a variety of fill-in-the-blank questions. There are still reading comprehension questions, but the format of these has changed as well: some questions will ask students to choose all the answers that apply or to select the answer from a sentence in the passage.
The Quantitative Reasoning section still consists of some quantitative comparison questions and some word problems, and the content remains largely unchanged. However, here too students are occasionally asked to select all the answers that apply, or students are given no answers and are asked to type in the answer themselves.
The GRE used to be scored on a 200-800 scale, in 10-point increments. It is now scaled on a 130-170 scale, in one-point increments.
That said, there may a relative strategic advantage in taking the LSAT in June (or earlier) rather than in October, if you are taking it the same year you are applying to law schools. By taking the test in June, you will be able to receive and review your score and prepare applications to an appropriate range of schools early. We recommend submitting your applications to law schools as soon as their admissions offices begin accepting them. Since many schools admit students on either an official or unofficial rolling admissions basis, you may have a relative advantage by having the admission committees review your application while there is still ample space left in the class.
The LSAT is a very reliable test. This means that there is a very high degree of correlation between scores from various test dates. Statistically, no one test is easier than any other test. You should take the LSAT on the dates that work best for you, based upon your academic and extracurricular commitments.
Academic Tutoring/SAT Subject Tests
- All high school English classes, up to and including AP Literature and Language
- All H.S. Science classes, up to and including AP Biology, AP Chemistry and AP Physics
- All H.S. Math classes, up to and including AB and BC Calculus and Multivariable
- Regular and AP US and World History
- AP Economics, Micro and Macro
- AP Computer Science
- AP Psychology