Frequently Asked Questions

ACT Classes

Do you offer ACT and SAT Classes?

Right now, I only offer ACT classes (not SAT classes). In 2016-2017, I will explore options for preparing students for the New SAT in addition to the regular ACT program.

How would you describe your program?

Over the last few years, I have embraced the small group approach. I find the small class size (7-9 students) optimal for learning. Students seem to enjoy learning the material in a structured learning environment among peers (who keep each other motivated). In the class, students receive a binder with weekly lessons and homework. Students review grammar and math rules as well as "classic" and more innovative test taking strategies. Students also take at least two proctored practice tests. 

All classes offer 20-25 hours of group instruction or testing, and students meet weekly at the office. Students can “add-on” the study sessions (in these we practice timed sections, write essays, review selected harder concepts) for an additional 12-15 hours of review.

When are the classes typically held and how often do you meet?

In 2016, I will be offering a Sunday morning class. On weekdays, the classes and study sessions are usually Monday or Tuesday evenings from 6-8 pm and selected Saturday morning testing. Additional study sessions are offered on Sunday afternoon and Wednesday evening. For more details please review the class schedule.

How much does your program cost?

The introductory class starts at $695. Many students will take the class more than once in order to obtain the best score, so I also offer additional study sessions ($395) for students wish to continue after the first class.  

Do you offer a follow-up program for former students who want to take the test again?

One of the reasons I created the study sessions was to offer returning students a way to stay “warmed up” for a second (or third) test sittings. Since most students should take the ACT at least twice, I wanted my students to continue to prepare without having to re-take the same class. As more students switch from the SAT to ACT, the higher test score ranges will become more competitive, so taking the test more than once really helps.

Where do you meet with students?

All sessions, classes, and practice tests are held at my office at 2010 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Suite 220 (upstairs), Del Mar, CA  92014.

Are there any student populations that you work with more consistently?

Over the years, I have worked with every type of student imaginable, and this year is no different. There are a few student populations that I have consistently tutored with much success:

  • Students with learning disabilities and or ADHD
  • Student athletes, especially those undergoing the NCAA recruiting process
  • High-scoring students who already have scored 30+ and would like to score 34-36
  • Home schooled or alternatively schooled students

Are you recommending that students take the New SAT?

As more information is released about the New SAT (especially sample test copies in July 2015), parents and students can begin to make better judgments about test preparation.Personally, I have found the New SAT to be similar to the current ACT. With that said, students who have taken both seem to prefer the format of the ACT over the New SAT (which they say seems long, especially the Reading section). 

Do you ever advise students in college admissions beyond test preparation?

I offer some college counseling to make sure all of my students are on track with testing requirements and course selection, and I do my best to answer any general questions. I also know several wonderful, independent college counselors in San Diego that offer more in-depth counseling services.