Group Classes

Engaging, fun small group instruction.

Fall 2019 group classes are now underway! You can enroll at any time, typically starting the same or the following week. There are three different class levels available. Each group class meets weekly and is limited to five students.

SAT/ACT Group Class: Tuesdays, 6:15-8:15pm

For students starting with SAT 800-990 / ACT 14-18
Fundamentals covered in-depth and lots of practice problems

Intermediate SAT/ACT Group Class: Thursdays, 6:15-8:15pm

For students starting with SAT 1000-1190 / ACT 19-24
Moderate pace, easy/medium/hard questions, and plenty of timing practice

Advanced SAT/ACT Group Class: Fridays, 4-6pm

For students starting with SAT 1200+ / ACT 25+
Fast-paced, covering difficult sections of the tests


Each two-hour session is $60, paid by credit/debit card, cash, check, or PayPal at the time of the session. You can also prepay for 12 classes, at a total cost of $690 (value: $720).

What’s included, and what are classes like?

All group classes are led by Mel. With a maximum of 5 students, your learner absolutely gets individualized attention in every class. All course materials are included – there’s no need to purchase additional supplies or books.

We use only official, previously released exams in our prep. In each class, we work through chunks of material in the SAT and the ACT, across all sections of the test – Reading, Writing and Language (English), Math, and Science – that have been carefully selected for each group’s score level. For example, in a recent Intermediate class we covered medium-difficulty ACT Math, a fiction passage in the ACT Reading, grid-in questions in the SAT Math with Calculator section, and an SAT Writing passage. Students work through practice problems at their own pace while Mel helps every student in turn. For questions that stump everybody, we come together for mini-lessons. Students enjoy the active learning, which is one of the best ways to learn (and retain) new material.

When can I start, and how long should I prep?

We’ve designed the group classes to be self-contained units so that no student will come in feeling “behind” the other students, so you can start anytime.

Score improvement happens over time. Think of your starting and target scores. Students with higher starting scores (SAT 1000+ / ACT 19+) tend to improve at a faster pace than do students with lower starting scores. Preparing once per week in a group class, 50 points SAT / 1-2 points ACT takes 6-8 weeks, while 200 points SAT / 6 points ACT can take 3-6 months.