SAT Preparation

The test might be standardized, but tutoring doesn't have to be. We customize our programs because no student is average.

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Process

Ready to tackle standardized testing?

Every student is different. That’s why we emphasize a rigorous yet tailored approach to the SAT.

1

Assess whether the SAT is part of your college process

Whether or not to take the SAT really depends on the student. Some opt to take the ACT instead, while others decide to apply only to schools that have dropped SAT and ACT requirements altogether. We're happy to help you troubleshoot this question.
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2

Determine when you need to take the test

The SAT is administered several times annually, and most students take the exam during the spring of their junior year. We advise our clients to start studying in the summer before their junior years. That way, that they can aim for a test date in the fall and/or winter of their junior years, freeing themselves to concentrate on academics in the critical spring semester.

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3

Familiarize yourself with the format of the exam and official resources

The SAT is administered in-person at official test centers and consists of three sections: Reading, Writing and Language, and Math. Total testing time clocks in at 180 minutes, not including breaks. 

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Establish a baseline on a previously administered test

We highly recommend taking a full-length official practice exam as your diagnostic: Test 1 out of the College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide is a great place to start. Logging your wrong answers from this diagnostic is helpful in beginning to identify your strengths and weaknesses.

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Create a preparation plan

The SAT is highly coachable, patterned, and predictable. Familiarity through repetition leads to dramatically superior outcomes on the SAT. We recommend a minimum of 16 one-on-one tutoring sessions to cover the entirety of the test. Most of our students space these sessions out over the course of two to four months in our Comprehensive Package.

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Start tutoring, and later practice testing

You’ll meet with your tutor regularly (ideally, at least once/week), complete homework in between sessions, and take practice tests. Practice tests are the best way to measure how well you’re applying the methods you’re learning in tutoring sessions, and to gauge the progress of your score.

Tutor spotlight

We are a cooperative of thinkers––physicists, historians, computer scientists, economists, literary critics, lawyers, linguists, biologists, poets, mathematicians, and so many more--who provide exceptional one-on-one tutoring and academic support to our students.

Meet everyone

We are a cooperative of thinkers––physicists, historians, computer scientists, economists, literary critics, lawyers, linguists, biologists, poets, mathematicians, and so many more--who provide exceptional one-on-one tutoring and academic support to our students.

Jimmy

Jimmy is a PhD candidate in Sociology & Social Policy at Harvard. He holds a JD (Harvard) and BA in English and Social Studies (Harvard). Currently, he is a Lecturer on Law at UCLA Law and a pro bono attorney.

Colleen

Colleen earned a PhD and MA from Harvard University in History, an MA in Modern European History from St Andrews, and a BA in History and Art History from University of Notre Dame. Currently, she is a researcher at Johns Hopkins.

Graham V.

Graham holds an MD (Vanderbilt University Medical School) and MBA (Harvard Business School). He earned his BS from MIT in Materials Science & Engineering. Currently, he is an Emergency Medicine Resident at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Ezra

Ezra grew up in San Francisco, and still misses the fog and steep hills. As an undergraduate at Harvard, Ezra majored in Social Studies (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and wrote his thesis about senior homes in Beijing. Upon graduating, Ezra was...

Joyce

Joyce is currently an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School. She also graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Anthropology from Harvard, where her thesis won the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize.

Bassel

Bassel received an MS in Civil Engineering from MIT and a BS in Engineering from Harvard. He has taught college courses on topics ranging from probability and statistics to modern history.

Jonathan W.

Jonathan is an MPA student at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. He earned his Bachelor's from Tufts University, where he double majored in Politcal Science and Economics.

Grace

Grace is a dental student at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She graduated from Duke University with honors and a double major in Biology and Global Health.

Julia P.

Julia holds a BA from Princeton University in English Literature, with certificates in Theater and Music Theater. Her thesis won the Alan Downer prize for research in English and drama. Currently, she works in theatrical costuming.

Aditya K.

Aditya is a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Illinois. He received his BS in Computer Science and Applied Computational Mathematics from CalTech and MS in Computational Science and Engineering from Harvard.

Mike Mc.

Mike attended Darmouth College, where he won numerous awards for his creative and critical writing. He earned his BA in English, and went on to become a secondary school teacher.

Di

Di is an MBA student at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and has deferred admission to Harvard Law School. He received his BS in Mathematics, and BAs in Economics and Statistics at the University of Chicago.

Harish

Harish is a JD candidate at Harvard Law School. Previously, he worked for Bain & Company as a consultant. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Southern California, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Rana

Rana earned her BS in Biology and Molecular Biology at Brown, and then spent two years working in ovarian cancer research at Mass General Hospital. Currently, she is an MD student at Harvard Medical School.

Daniel Pa.

Dan is a PhD student in Mathematics at Ohio State University. He attended Bard College and graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Mathematics and a minor in Physics.

Gil

Gil graduated from Wesleyan University with a BS in Chemistry. He attended Columbia University for his MS in Electrical Engineering, where he received the prestigious Jacob Millman Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Troy

Troy graduated from Yale with a BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. After serving in Teach for America, he attended Harvard Law. Currently, Troy works for an education technology startup focused on preparing students for college.

Matty

Matty earned a JD from Harvard Law. He graduated magna cum laude from Amherst with a BA in Geology. He has experience as a tax attorney working in corporate law in New York.

Mihir

Mihir is an MD student at Harvard Medical School. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Betta Kappa with a Bachelor's in Biochemistry and Master's in Chemistry from UPenn.

Alexander V.

Alex earned his Master's in Musicology from Oxford University and his Bachelor's, with a double major in in Mathematics and Music, from Harvard University. He has been tutoring students for over eight years.

Allison H.

Allison recieved an MPhil in Modern Eastern Studies from University of Oxford and graduated from Williams College with a BA in Arabic Studies. Currently, she is a Center for Arabic Study Abroad Fellow.

Ellen Y.

Ellen is an MD-PhD student at Harvard Medical School, where she conducts research on the dysregulation of cell death in cancer. She earned her Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry at Caltech.

Ash

Ash earned a BA in Social Studies (Harvard), an MPhil in Intellectual History and Political Thought (University of Cambridge), and a JD (Yale). He is currently a PhD candidate in Political Science at Columbia University.

Priyanka N.

Priyanka grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota and spent a majority of her time in high school honing her classical Indian dance and debate skills (though never at the same time). She competed extensively and achieved success on a national level. After grad...

Kruti

Kruti spent her early childhood in Mumbai, India and Singapore before moving to Wayland, MA, a small town just 30 minutes away from Boston. She graduated magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard College, majoring in molecular and cellular bio...

Michael C.

Michael earned his BA in Molecular Biology at Princeton University (magna cum laude). After graduation, he was a research assistant at The Rockefeller University in New York. He is currently an MD canditate at Harvard Medical School.

Joy

Joy is an MD/PhD candidate at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She earned a BS (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology) and BA (Anthropology) from Brown, and completed a postbac fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.

Sam M.

Sam graduated with honors from Middlebury with a BA in English and a minor in Spanish. He went on to work in the film and tech industries for over a decade. Sam now specializes in private academic tutoring and exam prep.

Roel

Roel earned his BS in Applied and Computational Mathematics at CalTech, and he is currently an MA candidate in Jazz Composition at Berklee. He has over 1500 hours of tutoring experience.

Natalia Ic.

Natalia received her BA in History from the City College of New York. She went on to earn a Master's of Science in General and Special Childhood Education at the Bank Street College of Education.

Tess D.

Tess earned her BA in Psychology at Harvard College. After a few years working in entertainment, she's now pursuing a Master's in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University's Teachers College.

Shivangi

Shivangi is an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School, conducting research in Cardiothoracic Surgery. She graduated from MIT with a BS in Biology (GPA 4.9/5.0, Phi Beta Kappa).

Ryohei

Ryohei studied Francophone Literature and Art History at Princeton and Prix du Cercle Franais. After working at the MoMA, he is presently an MA candidate in History at LՃcole des hautes Žtudes en sciences sociales (EHESS).

Sam D

Sam holds a BS in Physics (Cornell) and a PhD in Physics (Harvard). He's now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, studying physical systems and machine learning applications.

Tiwadeye

Tiwa graduated from Yale University with a BS in biomedical engineering with a focus on tissue engineering. As an undergraduate, she volunteered at a soup kitchen, performed cardiac tissue engineering research, built a website aimed at reducing healt...

Sophia Ro.

Sophia holds a BA in English (Williams College) and an MS in Education from Johns Hopkins. After serving as a Princeton in Asia Fellow, she taught English in Baltimore Public Schools for four years.

Justin T.

Justin earned his BS in Bioengineering with a concentration in Engineering Design at Rice University. He participated in the FlexMed program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai before pursuing his MD at Mount Sinai.

Colin

Cassandra G.

Cassandra is from Long Island, NY and a long line of pediatricians. She attended the University of Virginia on a four-year, full cost of attendance scholarship with a double major in Human Biology and Spanish. There, she was fortunate enough to explo...

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Testimonials

“I highly recommend Cambridge Coaching's SAT tutoring services! Our child's tutor, Jacob, was thoughtful, well-prepared, and tailored each lesson very specifically to strengths and weaknesses. We saw consistent improvement over the course of tutoring, and our child also became more confident in the test-taking process.”

Parent of SAT StudentSAT

“Overall, I saw a huge improvement in test-taking confidence and comfort with the SAT. My practice scores and test scores constantly increased through the course of tutoring, which really helped me on test day. I have definitely benefited from your services on my path to college! ”

Emma, SAT StudentSAT

“Ash was an exceptional tutor, not only in terms of his grasp of the material, but also in his ability to connect with our son. He was both encouraging and motivating for someone dispirited at the prospect of taking on the SATs, and we had an entirely positive experience with an excellent outcome. I cannot recommend Cambridge Coaching highly enough!”

Bryon, Parent of SAT StudentSAT

“Working with Bryan was nothing short of fantastic. He made the SAT exam feel so much more approachable and gave me the confidence to feel like I was in charge of the test. Bryan clearly put a tremendous effort into personalizing and helping me carry out my study plan. With Bryan's help, I was able to take my skills to the next level.”

Jad, SAT StudentSAT

Testimonials

“I highly recommend Cambridge Coaching's SAT tutoring services! Our child's tutor, Jacob, was thoughtful, well-prepared, and tailored each lesson very specifically to strengths and weaknesses. We saw consistent improvement over the course of tutoring, and our child also became more confident in the test-taking process.”

Parent of SAT StudentSAT

“Overall, I saw a huge improvement in test-taking confidence and comfort with the SAT. My practice scores and test scores constantly increased through the course of tutoring, which really helped me on test day. I have definitely benefited from your services on my path to college! ”

Emma, SAT StudentSAT

“Ash was an exceptional tutor, not only in terms of his grasp of the material, but also in his ability to connect with our son. He was both encouraging and motivating for someone dispirited at the prospect of taking on the SATs, and we had an entirely positive experience with an excellent outcome. I cannot recommend Cambridge Coaching highly enough!”

Bryon, Parent of SAT StudentSAT

“Working with Bryan was nothing short of fantastic. He made the SAT exam feel so much more approachable and gave me the confidence to feel like I was in charge of the test. Bryan clearly put a tremendous effort into personalizing and helping me carry out my study plan. With Bryan's help, I was able to take my skills to the next level.”

Jad, SAT StudentSAT

“This is our first experience with this kind of service, so we didn't know what to expect, but Cambridge Coaching far and away exceed our hopes. In a short period of time, our daughter's confidence and understanding of the test increased tremendously. We're thrilled with her improvement.”

Christine, Parent of SAT StudentSAT

“We had a wonderful experience with Cambridge Coaching! We used Cambridge Coaching for each of our three children. Each child had a different tutor, and each child's SAT scores improved by a notable amount. All our tutors were terrific -- extremely knowledgeable about the material, and had thoughtful and effective study strategies. My children learned a great deal and felt extremely confident when they took the SATs.”

Marcie, Parent of SAT StudentsSAT

FAQs

  • What is the difference between the SAT and ACT?

    Although the SAT and ACT are very similar, there are some significant differences. The biggest difference between these two tests is the fact that the ACT has a separate science section and the SAT does not. And, whereas the SAT focuses more on applying acquired knowledge to unknown situations and problems (aptitude), the ACT is more focused on testing the knowledge a student has acquired over the course of their schooling (ability). The best way to decide which test is right for your child is to have them sit for a diagnostic of both exams. If one test feels far more intuitive, or the end score is far higher, that is the one the student should study for and ultimately, take. Most colleges will accept the SAT or ACT interchangeably.

  • How is the SAT scored?

    The SAT is scored on a scale from 400-1600. This total score is a sum of the two section scores: reading and writing, scored from 200-800; and math, also scored 200-800. The exam also provides several cross-test scores and subscores. Learn more about the SAT's scoring system on the College Board's website.

  • Are SAT scores that important?

    The SAT is just one part of the entire college application. It’s considered in tandem with your child's GPA, academic transcript, personal essays, letters of recommendation, and interview. That said, the way schools weigh SAT scores varies. For some schools, the SAT is critical; others have eliminated the SAT requirement altogether, or gone exam-optional. Be sure to check each school’s website for details, or call the admissions office if you have questions.
  • When should SAT prep begin?

    Students will typically take the SAT in the fall or spring of their junior year, with another sitting in the fall of their senior year if needed. While prep can begin as early as possible, starting in the summer before 11th grade is ideal for most students, so they have ample time to achieve score goals without the distractions of exams, extracurriculars, and applying to colleges.
  • What math does the SAT cover?

    The SAT math section covers Algebra I and Geometry. For more information, head to the College Board's SAT Math page.
  • What happened to the SAT Essay?

    Previous iterations of the SAT offered a 50-minute optional Essay section. In 2021, the College Board phased out the SAT Essay, with June 2021 being the last sitting to offer this section.

  • When does registration open for the SAT?

    Registration occurs about 5 weeks before the selected test date. Register online or find out more here.
  • What is Score Choice?

    Score Choice allows you to choose which scores you’d like to report alongside your child's college applications. Learn more here.
  • How many times can the SAT be taken?

    There are no limits on retaking the test! Still, it’s always smart to check individual colleges’ policies: some schools only consider the highest score, while other schools consider the average score of all attempts.
  • How has COVID impacted the SAT?

    For COVID updates and the SAT, please visit this link.
  • How long is the SAT?

    The SAT is 180 minutes (3 hours) long, excluding breaks. 

Plans

We’ve created a structured yet flexible pricing plan that offers everything you need to succeed on test day.

Choose a Tutor Tier

Hourly Rate

1 Hour

All of our tutoring is available on an hourly basis. If you're not sure how much tutoring you'll need or when you plan to test, you can enroll in our "pay as you go" option.

$ 120

$ 160

$ 240

$ 290

First Time Package

4.5 Hours

The three session package is a good way to get a student's feet wet, evaluate the amount of tutoring they’ll ultimately need, and see if they feel comfortable with a tutor. Most students use this package to gauge their preliminary strengths and weaknesses so that the tutor can chart a longer term plan.

$ 540

$ 720

$ 1080

$ 1305

Comprehensive Package

24 Hours 5% OFF

Our preferred approach to the SAT provides complete coverage of the exam in detail. Along with learning test strategy and practicing time management, students complete a thorough and customized syllabus of practice exams, drills, and homework assignments.

$ 2736 You save $144

$ 3648 You save $192

$ 5472 You save $288

$ 6612 You save $348

Planning Ahead Package

30 Hours 10% OFF

Because the SAT heavily rewards repetition and coverage, we offer this package to students who would prefer to space their preparation out over a longer duration. Some students find this package useful if they need to spend more time preparing for particular sections of the test or getting acclimated to the pressures of standardized testing.

$ 3240 You save $360

$ 4320 You save $480

$ 6480 You save $720

$ 7830 You save $870

Tutor Tiers

We have 4 tiers of coaches. The coach’s tier is based on the experience level of the coach with our team. All coaches begin working with Cambridge Coaching at the Standard tier.

  • Standard

    0-150 hours
    $120/hour

  • Senior

    150-200 hours
    $160/hour

  • Guru

    250-300 hours
    $240/hour

  • Master

    350+- hours
    $290/hour

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