# 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

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

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### 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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### 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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### 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.

## 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.”

## 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.”

“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 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.

### 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

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.

0-150 hours

• #### Guru

250-300 hours