Archive for August, 2010

Choosing the BEST SAT and ACT Prep Resources for Your Student

If you are like most parents these days, you’ve likely thought about hiring a tutor to help your student prepare for the SAT or ACT. You’ve probably also searched for the best books to help your student prepare independently.

If my experience as a tutor, I’ve seen that the resources that you choose have a big impact on the success of your student’s efforts. So consider using the following to help your student prepare herself for the SAT or ACT:


Grammar Smart by The Princeton Review

Although this book was not made with the SAT or ACT in mind, I find that it is more thorough than other books. It has hundreds of practice questions. I use it for all my SAT and ACT students.

Up Your Score

This book has an excellent list on page 249 of the 13 most common writing errors on the SAT. The list alone justifies the $10 or so that you’ll spend on the book, but the rest is great as well.


Acing the SAT Math I

This book is perfect for both the SAT and ACT (the tests are very similar, but the ACT has some trig). It highlights the most important concepts, gives examples, and has practice questions as similar as any I’ve seen to the questions on the actual test.

Math 800

For students who are already scoring in the high 600’s or 700’s, I use selected parts of Math 800. Its practice problems are all of the highest difficulty level you student will see on the test.

Practice Tests

The College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide

Hands down, this is the best book of practice tests out there. It is made by the makers of the SAT.

The Real ACT Prep Guide

This is the best book of practice ACT tests I’ve seen.

With the above resources, your student is on the right path to a high score on the SAT or ACT. Call 561 247 2810 with any questions or to schedule an appointment today!

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Ace the Upcoming SAT and ACT

As summer ends, parents and students alike are beginning to think about the academic demands of the new year.

For high school juniors and seniors, the imminent approach of the SAT and ACT is an additional concern.

Although the prospect of taking these marathon four hour tests may be daunting, take comfort in the fact that both the SAT and the ACT are very learnable tests. There are excellent resources which – if given sufficient time and attention – can teach your student to maximize his or her score on the SAT.

My Favorite Prep Books

Up Your Score

Books that I like and always use with my students include Up Your Score, a funny, entertaining SAT prep book that will almost fool your student into thinking he’s not studying at all! I especially like its excellent list of 13 commonly tested writing errors.

Acing the New SAT Math I

It’s also important to get your student a math workbook. I use Acing the New SAT Math I, which I appreciate because of its comprehensive review of key concepts followed by practice problems that will challenge even advanced students. The book is perfect for the SAT and ACT alike, since the only difference between the tests is that the ACT covers some trigonometry.

The College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide

Finally, the College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide is a must have for SAT prep. Its full length practice test are the most realistic out there.The Real Guide to the ACT is made by the makers of the official exam, and is therefore the prep book that I use and recommend to all my students.

One-on-One Prep Sessions

Given these three resources, as well as some motivation and discipline, your student stands a very good chance of getting an SAT or ACT score he or she can be proud of.

As a tutor, I of course feel that your student would benefit greatly from one-on-one sessions during which I can assess and customize a plan for him or her. I am currently working with high school students from Wellington High School, Palm Beach Gardens and Palm Beach Central.

Please don’t hesitate to call at 561 247 2810 with any questions or to schedule an appointment!

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