SAT and PSAT Tutoring & SAT Subject Tests

A-List offers the very best in home, customized tutoring for the SAT. Our SAT tutors have developed our own extensively researched materials that demonstrate the essential elements of mastering the SAT such as timing, EBRW training, and question strategy. Learn more about these tests and our SAT test prep program below.

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About the Tests


The PSAT/NMSQT is essentially a shorter version of the SAT. The PSAT is comprised of two Math sections (a calculator and no-calculator section), and two Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections. It is given only once a year, in October.

Though some high schools require it, the PSAT is typically optional. However, even though it’s optional, taking the PSAT is a great idea. It gives all students the opportunity to practice in a real testing situation and provides an accurate sense of a starting score. You’ll also receive detailed feedback on your student’s strengths and weaknesses. And, there’s no pressure: if you do poorly, it doesn’t matter—colleges never see these scores.

The PSAT can count for one thing, though: the National Merit Scholarship program. Juniors scoring around the 97th percentile of the PSAT scores in their state will get a National Merit Letter of Commendation. Those students scoring in the 99th percentile of PSAT scores in their state will qualify as National Merit Semifinalists. These are great things–they look wonderful on college applications and may help your student get scholarships. Just a quick note: only juniors can qualify for a National Merit commendation.

Starting in 2016, the PSAT will appear in grade-specific iterations. Sophomores will be offered the PSAT 10 and students in both grades 8 and 9 will be offered the PSAT 8/9. Scores for these exams are not entered into consideration for National Merit.

As students start with A-List, they will spend most of their time working through The Book of Knowledge in order to learn the content and our strategies for the test. If your student begins before the PSAT in October and might be a good candidate for National Merit, we’ll be able to help him or her prepare with the practice materials that have already been released by College Board.


The redesigned SAT is here. According to the College Board, this change was made so that the test would better reflect high school curriculum and be an indicator of college readiness.

We have incorporated the new test material into a revised SAT Book of Knowledge curriculum and have created supplementary materials, drills and seminars with the information released by The College Board. The College Board has officially released seven full-length sample SATs in the redesigned format.

Learn more about the new test sections below.

Download A-List’s one-pager on the redesigned test here.

Component Time Number of Questions
Reading & Writing
Writing & Language
65 Minutes
35 Minutes
52 Questions
44 Questions
Calculator Permitted
No Calculator
55 Minutes
25 Minutes
38 Questions
20 Questions
Essay (optional)
50 Minutes
1 Essay
180 Minutes
230 Min. with essay
154 Questions
Plus optional essay


Consider Taking the ACT

We don’t recommend one test over the other, but as colleges look to both tests equally, you can consider the ACT as an alternative to the new SAT. The ACT is a known test: besides the addition of the optional essay in 2005, the ACT has not changed since 1989. And the ACT is just as widely accepted by colleges as the SAT. 

We encourage our students getting started to take both a practice SAT and ACT test to see if they prefer the format and timing of one over the other; and to discover if they score significantly better on one exam.


More and more students and colleges are focusing their attention on SAT Subject Tests. Many colleges take these tests seriously, and use them to inform their admissions decisions. In fact, most selective colleges require 1-3 SAT Subject Tests as part of their applicationOur tutors will help students prepare for the SAT subject tests that their colleges require. 

Subject Tests measure your knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, and your ability to apply that knowledge. 

Many colleges use the Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. These tests give you and colleges a very reliable measure of how prepared you are for college-level work in particular subjects. Used in combination with other background information (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a dependable measure of your academic achievement and are a good predictor of future college performance in specific subject areas. 

Subject Tests fall into five general subject areas: English, History, Math, Science, and Languages.