Why We Do SAT & ACT Prep

Long, weird, and difficult...

...is how most students describe the SAT and ACT exams.


Although there are over 1,000 colleges that are now "Test Optional" (see FairTest.org), to be competitive for admission to selective colleges and qualify for merit-based scholarships, many students still need to take either the SAT or ACT exam.  Since 2006 we have supported families with successfully achieving their academic and personal goals - one student at a time. We are expert "nerds" when it comes to the SAT and ACT and know what it takes to do well on these long, weird and difficult exams.  

Which test is best for you?

An important fact is that ALL colleges will accept BOTH the SAT and ACT, so you only need to focus on ONE.
The answer to this depends on which one YOU feel is best for you after trying them both.
Given this reality, SurferMath HIGHLY RECOMMENDS that every student take one mock SAT exam and one mock ACT exam before winter of their junior year. (Link to mock exam dates.) These diagnostic scores can be compared against each other (see concordance table) and against the average scores of entering freshman at any university.  This information, coupled with how the student felt about each exam, will help create a plan and pathway for preparing for the official exam that is their best fit.

How much prep is enough? How much is too much?


The answer to this question depends on a few things:
  • How competitive are the schools on your list?
  • Where are your diagnostic scores?  
  • How much improvement do you need to be at least in the average of other students accepted?
  • How important are merit based scholarships to your family's financial situation?
  • What is your level of self motivation and ability to practice on your own?
Once you have given serious thought to these questions, consider the options below.  We offer something for every student's needs.