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SAT/ACT Essay Prep

Three 2-hour sessions (either SAT or ACT)
Five 2-hour sessions (both SAT and ACT)

The SAT/ACT Essay program prepares students for the optional essay, widening their possibilities for college applications. This curriculum builds a solid foundation of grammar and writing while targeting a test’s specific writing prompt. (This program does not cover any multiple-choice tests.) An essential component is real-time coach feedback—line by line. While this program focuses on the test-specific essay, it will also improve the student’s overall writing, which helps in the context of high school classes, applying to college, college classes, the workplace, and beyond.


  • Essay Overview (learning how to approach the SAT or ACT essay tests)
  • Three Essay Reviews (after the student writes an assigned essay as homework, the coach will review it line-by-line with the student, addressing weaknesses, reinforcing strengths, and finding ways to improve writing skills)
  • SAT Essay (understanding how to develop, organize, and write a rhetorical analysis on a 650-word passage)
  • ACT Writing Test (understanding how to not only evaluate multiple perspectives on a given topic but also offer a personal point of view in a cohesive essay)
  • Spice Up Your Writing (receiving an extensive list of suggested words to use)
  • Writing Phrases (creating sentences in advance with key wording to use on test day)
  • Essay Essentials (mastering thesis statements, transitions, topic sentences, supporting details, varied sentence structures, and conclusions)

Writing and Grammar Foundation:

  • Identifying Basic Parts of Speech (creating a firm foundation for grammar discussions)
  • Building the Sentence (understanding valid sentence structures, upgrading writing, and correcting errors; how to use the semicolon, em dash, colon, and more)
  • Avoiding Common Writing Mistakes (how to identify and correct them)
  • Mastering Quotation Marks (how to use them in various contexts)
  • Breaking Down the Pronoun (me vs. I, who vs. whom, that vs. which, myself, and more)
  • Understanding Confused and Misused Words (concentrating on those frequently tested)
  • Grasping More Grammar Goodies (subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, compound subjects, compound verbs, collective nouns, appositives, essential and non-essential adjective clauses, linking verbs)
  • Appreciating the Nitty-Gritty of Punctuation (the Oxford comma, hyphenation, compound adjectives, not only/but also)
  • Distinguishing between Possessive Form and Plural (knowing the difference and how to form them)
  • Grasping the Gerund (how to use it properly)
  • Understanding Conjunctive Adverbs (grouping them, knowing how to use them correctly)

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