SAT Test Prep

Families and students have many choices when it comes to how they want to prepare for the SAT and if they want to prepare at all. When it comes to college admissions in 2022, almost everything a student includes on their application is optional: sports, clubs, awards, volunteer activities, etc. The same can be said about including an SAT or ACT score. Doing your best on an exam and having a score to submit when it improves your chances as an applicant is what is most important.

When you tutor with Curvebreakers, you have a support system. Before selecting a package, sit with the owner, Nicholas LaPoma, to discuss any academic strengths and weaknesses and your goals for college. Curvebreakers' knowledgeable staff can help answer your questions along the way and coordinate with your tutor to ensure you stay on track to reach your goals. If you have any concerns about your student's progress, Nicholas is available for meetings on the phone or in person. 

Getting Started

One of the most frequently asked questions we are asked is how to begin the test prep process. If your student has never taken an official or practice SAT or PSAT, we recommend students start with a full-length, timed SAT exam. We can accommodate students who qualify for extended time on the exam. We also recommend that students sit for a practice ACT exam in order to compare test results and recommend the test that is best suited for the student.


Full-length Timed Practice Exams at Curvebreakers

Students who are new to Curvebreakers may take their first two tests for FREE and will receive their cumulative scores only. All students have the option to add on the Diagnostic Score Analysis for an in-depth view of their test performance.

The Diagnostic Score Analysis is a crucial part of the improvement process at Curvebreakers, which is why all students with private tutoring packages receive unlimited diagnostic practice exams at no extra cost.

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SAT Tutoring Packages

Packages are available in increments of 10 hours. Pricing is tiered based on three different tutor levels: Associate, Pro, and with the owner Nicholas LaPoma. 

What are the differences between Associate and Pro Tutors?

Pro SAT Tutors have at least five years of experience successfully preparing students for the SAT and ACT as well as previous experience working for other tutoring companies, giving them the opportunity of working with students at all skill levels. 

Associate SAT Tutors may be new to tutoring, have some tutoring experience, or have demonstrated expert knowledge of the exam and their ability to connect with students. Our Associate tutors range from full-time teachers to grad students.

All tutors have been trained thoroughly on Curvebreakers' methodologies, have been background-checked, and scored in the 99th-percentile on the SAT / ACT exams.

Which package is right for you?

Most students will sit for at least two official SAT exams. For families who are unsure about which package to select, we recommend registering for 2-3 exams with the College Board. Once you know which exams you will be taking, you can schedule your tutoring sessions around those exams.

Many students do well with starting 8-10 weeks before their first test and continue tutoring in between the remaining scheduled tests. This second part is important. It is ok to take a small break after sitting for an exam, but when students take too large of a break after an exam, it can set back their rate of improvement.

For these reasons, we typically recommend at least a 20-hour package. It offers family a better hourly rate than the 10-hour package, and any leftover hours can be transferred to another sibling or service, including college essays. There is no one-size-fits-all approach; every student has a different starting point and end goal. Please schedule a consultation with the owner if you would like guidance on which approach to take.

What are the average score increases of Curvebreakers’ students on the SAT?


Based on real student score data from the 2018-2019 school year.

About The Exam

Section# of QuestionsTime AllowedExtended Time
Reading5265 min98 min
Writing & Language4435 min53 min
Math (no calc)2025 min38 min
Math (calc)3855 min83 min
Optional Essay: 50 minutes

Tips to Improve Your Score

Tip #1: Take as many practice tests as you can! Curvebreakers offers practice tests every weekend.
Tip #2: Take more than one official SAT exam to accumulate the highest possible SAT Superscore.

SAT Test Prep: 6 Steps to Success

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