SAT & ACT Preparation

To the 80th percentile …and beyond.

Why you'll like working with us

The SAT and ACT test multiple skills at once: content recall, process fluency,
inference, problem-solving, and yes, anxiety management.

We instill competence and confidence, and deliver life-changing results,
through detailed and expert analysis and correction of early mistakes.

How my team is better for you

We'll take the stress out of the test.

My partners and I take the sting out of prep by making a high score feel easy. It takes work, yes, but less than you expect.

Because with us, you’re doing the right work.

Parents: start by filling out our introduction form below. These details let us get started quickly and effectively.

Students: please have these items at the ready:

  • A recent PSAT or SAT summary
  • Any recent practice tests you’ve attempted, with scratchwork
  • A list of ways you’ve prepared for either of these tests so far

Ways we’ll help you

Initial assessment and plan

Your PSAT or practice SAT will let me identify our first steps, and our standard and “reach” goals.

Comprehensive one-on-one tutoring

We pride ourselves on understanding what’s in the student’s way, rather than just on explaining the material well in several ways.

In person or via video-conference

Geography and tight schedules aren’t factors for us. We’ve made ourselves flat-out experts at delivering great value via video too.

Meet the SAT & ACT Team

Wes Carroll

Wes Carroll

Your guide

You’ll begin your SAT/ACT prep in an one-on-one intake session with me. Together, we’ll lay the groundwork for study strategies, and get you started with the right team member.

Click here to learn more about Wes.

James Reischutz

James Reischutz

Your tutor

Then, you might work with James, especially if you feel uncomfortable when confronting tests.

Click here to learn more about James.

Michael Schwartz

Michael Schwartz

Your tutor

Or, you might instead work with Michael, especially if you usually find tests interesting and/or easy.

Click here to learn more about Michael S.

A bit more about my method...

Why work with Wes?

For success on this test, you need a difficult-to-achieve combination of skills: genuine content fluency, calculator expertise, pencil-and-paper expertise, analysis/close-reading skill, reliable pacing, self-monitoring, and emotion management. Whew! There’s too much there to admit a single recipe for success. What you need is expert help across all these domains. I start with a thorough assessment: What do you already know about the material? When do you like to study? Do you experience anxiety around tests? Are you attentive to detail? For how long can you concentrate without losing focus? What frustrates you most about particular problems?

You show me your preferred learning style, and then we teach you to use your natural strengths to excel.

Why do we mention the 80th percentile specifically?

Because the strategies that work best on medium-difficulty questions backfire on the hardest questions. For this reason, we focus on the fundamentals with you. Once you can get the medium questions reliably, we will refer you to Bodsat Prep, the undisputed leaders in the “final 20%.”

When should you prepare?

We should start work eight to sixteen weeks before your chosen test date.

But planning that prep starts now.

Fill out the form below as soon as you can, so that I can help you set up and schedule the right prep plan.

The right prep is just one click away.

Please introduce yourself, so I can give you the right help quickly.

SAT / ACT Contact

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Learn more about...

Wes Carroll

Math, Physics & AMC Tutor

510.319.2212 / [email protected]

Available worldwide via videoconference

Math Competition Coaching

Experience the joys of elegant solutions and personal expertise even before you learn to drive.

(Math competitions also provide students with unique avenues for entrance into some of the best schools in the country.)

Online Video Courses

Get in-depth preparation, everywhere and anytime (SAT Math 2 only, for the moment).

Academic Assistance

Get on top of difficult homework and exams, so your student can get ahead of the curve.

AP STEM Assistance

Let me help you make sure you are not just cramming, but understanding the material in this class throughout the year.

Enrichment

Let us help your student go beyond acing exams, and start thinking like an expert.