Frequently Asked Questions

1. What sets you apart?

For starters, I’m experienced. I have tutored since 2001. I know the tests, and I know how to teach students of all abilities. In those years I have created “The Summit Method”, a series of simple, yet extremely effective techniques that allow my students to confidently cut through all the intentionally confusing language on the SAT or ACT and arrive at the right answer.

Unlike most individual tutors, I provide my students with proctored SAT and ACT tests, critical requirements for effective preparation. All students receive personalized score reports that allow them to focus on their problem areas and emphasize their strengths.

2. How many hours/weeks do I need to prepare?

Most students needs about 15 – 20 hours before their first test. I recommend they start 8-12 weeks before that test, so they have adequate time to learn the techniques, take practice tests, and still keep up with their academic, athletic, and social commitments.

3. Do you have prep classes or small group tutoring? How about distance learning?

Of course. Tutoring isn’t for every student and every budget, so I teach both SAT and ACT prep classes and will happily teach small groups of 2-4 students at clients’ homes. I also do Skype tutoring for both international and local students.

4. Which test should I take?

Whichever one you will do better on. Or whichever one you prefer, because you’ll naturally work harder on that test. Both tests are accepted across the nation. Many students wind up taking both tests and submitting the one on which they score better based on the SAT/ACT Conversion table. SAT/ACT score conversion table

5. When should I take my first test?

There is no hard and fast rule for this, but I recommend taking either an SAT or ACT by March of junior year. This is especially true if you will be taking AP tests, as you should spend April and the first few weeks of May preparing for those rigorous tests.

But like the question of which test to take, the answer to this depends on your calendar. Are you busy during the winter and spring? Maybe a test in the fall of 11th grade is for you. Do you not have AP’s and your school year ends in May? Then one of the June tests may be perfect. (The calendar is definitely something we’ll talk about.)

6. I heard some test dates are easier than others? Is that true?

Nope, and if it were then the curve would be harder. Don’t try to game the system that way. Take the test when you are ready to do your best.

7. Do you think the Cleveland Browns/Cavs/Tribe will win the championship this year?

Yes. Yes, I do. And someday I will be right.