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Laura Weihrauch,
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Camille Cauley,
Program Manager

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Rockville, Maryland 20850
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Registration Information

Registrations may be by the Web, faxed, mailed or delivered in person (Printable Form). See Registration Options for more information. The "At a Glance" Schedule is provided for planning purposes. Check the Official Schedule to see which classes are open for registration.

SAT Textbook: The primary textbook used in courses SAT001, SAT002, SAT003 is "The Official SAT Study Guide", 2nd Edition, published by the College Board, ISBN #0-87447-852-9. You must purchase this book prior to your first class! It will be used immediately in your classroom activities. It is available at the Rockville campus, commercial bookstores, online vendors, and at

ACT textbook: For use in course SAT004 ACT Prep. is The Real ACT Prep. Guide, 3rd Edition. Published by Petersons, ISBN#0-76893-432 You must purchase this book prior to your first class! It will be used immediately in your classroom activities. It is available at the Rockville campus, commercial bookstores, online vendors.

Student Reviews

We have received a lot of positive feedback from our students regarding the quality of our curriculum and the effectiveness of our instructors. We have included a few representative quotes from course evaluations for your perusal.

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  • I feel extremely confident that these skills have improved the way I take tests.
  • Now I feel like I'm ready to take the SAT!
  • If I didn't take this course, I would probably freak out on a test day.
  • This class raised my score to a 710 (Math). It's a lot better than the big name classes!
  • Great course. My scores improved immensely.
  • I think this is a great program that other students should participate in.
  • My teacher was very helpful and enthusiastic.
  • I was surprised to see how much I didn't know.
  • My teacher's energy and willingness to answer questions was beneficial to the course.
  • I'm glad I got to practice the tests.
  • I was freaking out before I took this class...I've calmed down...I'm really confident.
  • I learned a lot ... there's not any nonsense and time is not wasted.
  • I spent $450.00 at another SAT class & learned nothing, and this class cost a lot less and I learned ten times more.
  • Very helpful course, worth the time!
  • ACT / SAT FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

    sat logoQuestion: Do you guarantee that my SAT/ACT score will go up?
    Answer: This is our guarantee to you:
    The best way that you can guarantee yourself a significant score increase is to:

  • Go to every class and fully engage yourself in all classroom activities.
  • Take every practice test as if it is the real thing.
  • Seriously try every strategy that is suggested; use the one that works for you and forget the ones that do not.
  • If you discover that you have a serious weakness in the content areas of the test, make a commitment to yourself to find some way to supplement your SAT/ACT preparation; get a tutor, get a software program, talk to your teachers, spend extra time and effort to fill those gaps!
  • Our instructors repeatedly report that the students who make the most significant score increases (from 100-150 points each on math and verbal) are the ones who come to class with serious intent and focus.

    Question: What do we do in this class?
    Answer: You will take, score, analyze, and pore over the answers of real SATs and ACTs that have been given in previous years. You will learn proven test taking strategies that are based in solid academics, not "hype" and "tricks". You will find that our content review is comprehensive within the context of what the SAT tests. If you have a solid base in algebra, geometry, and arithmetic, and are a competent reader with a solid vocabulary base, you will find yourself in good position to make a significant score increase.

    Question: Do we have homework?
    Answer: The most intense preparation that you will do in this course will be done right in the classroom under the direct guidance of your instructor. Occasionally, outside work may be suggested or required at the discretion of the instructor.

    Question: What if it snows?
    Answer: Classes meeting at MCPS locations follow the announcements from Montgomery County Public Schools. Classes meeting at Montgomery College locations follow the announcement posted on the Montgomery College web site. These may be different!

    Question: Are the teachers professionals?
    Answer: All of our teachers receive training in SAT Preparation and have had experience in classroom presentations. Many of our instructors are current or retired teachers from Montgomery County Public Schools or other local school systems.

    Question: When should students start preparing for the SAT?
    Answer: Generally, students take the PSAT in the fall of their Junior year. The PSAT becomes a serious matter if you are aiming for a National Merit Scholarship; the PSAT is also the NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test).
    In ninth and tenth grades, you should concentrate on doing well in your academic subjects, become a strong reader, and develop good, solid, critical thinking skills. This is the best possible preparation you can give yourself at this early stage. Think about taking our preparation course in the summer after your sophomore year for the PSAT or just before the SAT exam date that you select.

    Question: Should I take a prep class for both the ACT and SAT?
    Answer: We do not recomment that you take a prep class for both tests. Becasuse ACT prep and SAT prep classes practice similar skills a prep class for both would be repetitive. See the table below for some key differences between the ACT and SAT and decide which test may be the better fit for you.

    English, Reading, Math and Science Reading, Writing and Math
    Essay is optional * Essay is mandatory
    No penalty for wrong answers 1/4 point penalty for wrong answers
    Higher level math but straighforward More conceptual math
    Passage types are in predictable order Passage types are not in a set order
    Slightly higher time pressure Slightly lower time pressure
    Fewer, longer sections Several shorter sections
    Colleges may focus on composite score Colleges may focus on area scores

    * - ACT essay is optional, however some specific schools do require it. You should go to The ACT Writing Test to find out if the colleges you are applying to require it BEFORE you take the ACT.

    Question: Do you administer the real test after the course is finished?
    Answer: The actual SAT is administered by the Educational Testing Service on established dates. We do not register you for that test; you must do that on your own. Information and forms are available at your school. You may also call 866-756-7346 or register online with the College Board.

    Question: NEW! What is the new SAT Score-Reporting Policy?
    Visit the CollegeBoard site to find out more about the new SAT Score-Reporting Policy.