SAT Test Prep

Winter 2021
1.) Private, 1-on-1, individualized and customized instruction. Contact us for openings.
2.) Semi-private sessions for SAT Math (best suited for students with diagnostic/pretest math scores between a 500 and 630.)

Instructor: Heather Forgione

Where: Midtown Raleigh location on Merton Dr.

Start:  1st week of January 2021. Day and time to be announced in December 2020. Will be 9 weeks (14 hrs) for the March SAT

Seats: 3 students per workshop

Cost: $40 per student per hour, less than half of Heather’s 1-on-1 rate of $90/hr

What is the SAT?

Students need strong critical thinking and logical reasoning skills to perform well on the SAT, so our SAT Prep curriculum incorporates clear, step-by-step processes to boost students’ reasoning and fine-tune their approach and pacing. We integrate skill building and review, so SAT prep content is interwoven with test-taking techniques.


Juniors and sophomores should weigh the pros and cons of the SAT and ACT to determine which test might better showcase their strengths. We can help you decide the best course of action by sending us your child’s PSAT, SAT, and/or ACT or Pre-ACT scores. We can provide an analysis and comparison of all your child’s tests scores and administer a diagnostic, the results of which can guide you on the right steps forward. Follow this link for information about our Diagnostic course: SAT and ACT Prep

SAT PrepSAT Reading & Writing

SAT reading passages draw from variety of sources and directly test a student’s ability to find the evidence to support his or her answers. Graphs, charts, and other data representation formats are also tested. There is a greater emphasis on analyzing history and social science passages, especially early American political writings. The Writing section’s multiple-choice format almost directly mimics the format of the multiple-choice ACT English. Preparation for the SAT Writing and the ACT English are transferable; studying for one will prepare a student for the other.

SAT Math

The SAT emphasizes Algebra skills over geometry and arithmetic. There are no easy “tricks” to apply now that the SAT was revised to test students’ ease working with complex Algebra. While we teach students to reach into their strategy “toolkit” for alternative approaches, SAT math questions are designed to limit the use of alternative approaches.


  • Calculator use is prohibited on section 3
  • Emphasis on problem solving and data analysis
  • Arithmetic concepts, like ratios, percentages, and proportions, are embedded within the context of an algebra problem rather than as stand-alone problems.

Students will need to carefully read word problems, create equations and algebraic expressions, understand linear and quadratic functions, and interpret graphs. Content knowledge is more important than strategy application than ever before. A strong grasp of Algebra 1 and 2 (or Common Core Math 1-3) will be important.

Optional SAT Essay

The 50-min essay is optional, so its score will not be factored into the total score. Students must read and analyze a document that expresses a viewpoint, analyze in what ways the author persuades the audience to accept his viewpoint, and construct a written response.