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Is the SAT for me?

The first step along the SAT path is deciding if it is an optimal or pertinent exam for students. We explain the distinctions between the SAT/ACT, and guide students towards selecting the ideal option to suit their specific needs.

When to start prep?

Ideally, students have 4-8 months of consistent test prep leading up to their first SAT. Students ought to aim to take the test at least twice: once (or twice) in the spring of their junior year, and again in the fall of their senior year. We are very careful to pace our prep programs properly, ensuring that students neither burn out or peak too early.

How to sequence the prep?

The first goal is to get students comfortable with the features, expectations and format of each section of the SAT. We then move onto strategies, both in the realm of general test-taking as well as how to tackle particular question types. Lastly, we turn to content, and create personalized curricula for students to master. All of these elements come together during our group test simulations, which allow students to continuously refine their abilities in real time.

Facts about the SAT

Location and time

Visit the College Board website to register. The SAT is offered in March, May, June, August, October, November and December. Click here for access to a complete list of SAT Test Center Locations.

What is the test like?

There are four sections of the SAT: Reading, Writing & Language, No-Calculator Math, and Calculator Math. Reading (52 questions, 65 minutes) Text sources (500-750 words) include: - Passages from literature and nonfiction sources - Informational graphics, such as charts, graphs, and tables (All data is accurate) - Texts in the humanities, science, history, social studies, and career-related sources. Writing & Language (44 questions, 35 minutes): - There will be four passages, each representing one of the following categories: Careers, History/Social Studies, Humanities, Science. No-Calculator Math (20 questions, 25 minutes): - 15 Multiple Choice - 5 Grid-Ins - 0 Extended Grid-In - 0 Problem Solving and Data Analysis (PSADA) - 8 Algebra - 9 Advanced Math - 3 Additional Topics Calculator Math (38 questions, 55 minutes): - 30 Multiple-Choice - 7 Grid-Ins - 1 Extended Grid-In - 17 Problem Solving and Data Analysis (PSADA) - 11 Algebra - 7 Advanced Math - 3 Additional Topics

How is the SAT scored?

  • Area Score (200-800): One for Math and one for Reading/Writing
  • Composite Score (400-1600): Sum of two Area Scores
Click here to see a sample SAT score report.

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Our tutors are prepared to shape our SAT program to fit every individual student’s learning and personality type. Our programs are malleable, and our experience has equipped us to lead every student towards achieving his/her personal best on test day.

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We approach test prep from a child-centric perspective, and are sure to cater to the needs of the human we’re working with, not only the student. We don’t try to make a child’s life fit into a test prep program; we make sure that test prep fits comfortably into a child’s life.

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Executive Functioning

Our esteemed executive functioning program is interwoven into our test prep, ensuring that students will gain lifelong skills on their way to achieving their optimal SAT score. We’ll help you change schools, and we might just change your life along the way.



The Scholastic Aptitude Test is a standardized test used to assess a student’s preparedness for college. There are four sections: Reading, Writing & Language, No-Calculator Math, and Calculator Math. The two Math sections combine to form a single score (out of 800). The Reading and Writing & Language sections are combined to provide a single verbal score (out of 800). Students’ scores are reflected as a combination of their Verbal and Math scores, which can be "superscored" across multiple test dates.

Wonderful and supportive! We couldn't have maneuvered the whole college testing (SAT and ACT) experience without the support and wonderful teaching skills of HT! My daughter had been tutored by a Hartman tutor since the first grade, and we wouldn't be where we are today without their guidance and encouragement!

Denise W.

12th grade, SAT/ACT

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