SAT test prep

We teach you the content on the SAT as well as the strategies you need to get your best score.

 
 
 

Our balanced approach gives you an admissions advantage.

Measurable Results.

We are devoted to making measurable differences in your college prospects, even starting at the beginning of your high school career.

The Relative Importance of the SAT.

We estimate that a student’s chances for admission to a college depend on high school courses and grades (60%), SAT and SAT subject test scores (30%), and essays, recommendations, and extracurricular activities (10%).

Short-Term SAT Test Prep, Academics for Life.

Because grades are about twice as important as SAT scores, we do not advocate long-term preparation for the SAT and instead encourage our freshmen and sophomores to focus on academic excellence. This is the only true long-term strategy for improving SAT scores, and AJ Tutoring has an outstanding team of professional tutors to help students achieve their full potential in academic subjects.

Prepare for the PSAT, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests with AJ Tutoring

AJ Tutoring has a number of options for PSAT, SAT, and SAT Subject Test preparation.

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PSAT Prep

Preparation is a process. Turn the PSAT into a learning and confidence-building experience.

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Private SAT Prep

We teach content and strategy designed to maximize performance on the SAT.

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SAT Subject Test Prep

Most selective colleges require or recommend SAT Subject Tests. We can help you prepare.

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SAT Group Classes

Effective small group SAT classes designed to meet your budget.

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SAT/ACT Hybrid Prep

The content on the SAT and ACT is similar. After a comprehensive SAT prep, transitioning to the ACT is easy.

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SAT prep, designed for you.

 
 

Great SAT prep is your ticket to higher education!

Education opens doors. Working with AJ Tutoring is like purchasing a plane ticket to an exotic location: it gives you the opportunity to see the world in an entirely new light.

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We get you results.

 80% of AJ Tutoring's students improve at least 100 points on the SAT! 
 
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PSAT, SAT, and SAT Subject Test frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How long is the SAT, and what does it test?

The SAT is a 3 hour and 50 minute test. It has two sections, Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and the score for each section is reported on a scale from 200 to 800. A perfect score is 1600.

The Math section tests your skills in arithmetic, algebra, algebra II, and geometry, as well as your ability to carefully break down and understand complex questions.

The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section tests your reading comprehension and ability to find and fix errors in passages that are written especially for the exam.

About the SAT

SAT Reasoning Test

3 hours (+50 minute optional essay)
Total Score: 400-1600
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (200-800 score) Math (200-800 score) Essay (Optional) (2-8 score in reading, analysis, and writing)
 Reading Test (65 minutes)

Writing and Language Test (35 minutes)

2 sections, 80 minutes total

  • 55-minute section with calculator, 38 questions
  • 25-minute section without calculator, 20 questions
50 minutes
Reading Test: 5 passages; 52 total questions

Writing and Language Test: 4 passages; 44 total questions

13 total grid-in questions

45 total multiple choice questions

Students demonstrate reading, analysis, and writing skills by producing written analysis of a given text
Experimental: 1 section, 25 minutes

 

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What is the PSAT?

The PSAT is a practice SAT offered to sophomores and juniors in October. It is slightly shorter than the SAT and does not have the essay. Thus, your PSAT score is usually a good indicator of your future SAT performance. PSAT scores become available online in December or January.

At AJ Tutoring, we believe that students should take advantage of the PSAT as a unique chance to practice in conditions that simulate the actual SAT. With this goal in mind, we recommend meeting with one of our tutors for three 90-minute sessions to prepare for the PSAT. Although not a comprehensive course, the three sessions allow us to impart to you the most critical test-taking skills and strategies and to address your biggest weak spot. You can then approach the PSAT with a customized game plan. Students who take the PSAT seriously often feel more confident when they take their first SAT.

What are the SAT Subject Tests, and do I need to take them?

Unlike the SAT, the SAT Subject Tests focus on specific subjects taught in school. Because students are already preparing for finals and AP exams at the end of the junior year, May or June is usually a good time to take the SAT Subject Tests. A strong SAT Subject Test score is a great way to demonstrate excellence in a specific discipline.

The best way to see which SAT Subject Tests are right for you is to take practice tests and score them. The SAT College Board offers practice material in The Official Study Guide for all SAT Subject Tests.

Although the University of California system no longer requires SAT Subject Tests, it does recommend them for students seeking to distinguish themselves in a competitive field.  Many of the most selective universities also recommend or require SAT Subject Tests.

How do I register for the SAT or SAT Subject Test?

You can register for the SAT or SAT Subject Tests on the College Board website

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