…there’s a pretty good chance you or a teenager whose cell phone bill you pay will be taking the SAT or ACT and applying to college sometime soon. You may be feeling a little stressed by the whole process, or (more likely) you may be feeling very stressed by the whole process. After all, when did college admissions become so, well, insane?
At The Playbook, we can’t do anything about the tests themselves, but we can change the way that students approach preparing for exams and applying to college. Whether you’re looking to ace the verbal sections of the SAT, learn shortcuts for ACT challenging math problems, or craft a college application essay that will linger in the minds of admissions officers, we have a proven playbook to help you achieve your goal.
Oh, and one more thing:
We’re not boring! We realize most high school students, even ones in seventeen A.P. classes, would rather do pretty much anything other than study for the SAT or ACT. In fact, we’ve even compiled a list of 1,000 Things Most Teenagers Would Rather Do Than Prep for the SAT or ACT right here. That’s why we strive to make our courses not only comprehensive but also engaging and fun. (Well, fun for a prep class.) The SAT and ACT may be boring, but learning to ace them doesn’t have to be.
Shortcuts for tricky Math questions. Strategies for uncovering hidden clues in Reading passages. Techniques for avoiding sneaky trap answers. March into the SAT with confidence, momentum, and every key strategy fresh in your mind.Learn More
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Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Program honors students whose PSAT scores place them in the highest category of test-takers in their state: the top one-half of one percent. Our Future National Merit Scholars program maximizes students’ potential to be among the chosen.Coming Soon
The ultimate course for ambitious students who wish to go from a very good SAT Reading and Writing score to a truly elite score. Ideal for A.P. students who are gifted in STEM and capable of earning a top score in SAT Math but have yet to achieve an SAT Reading and Writing score of 750 or higher.Coming Soon
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The average SAT score-improvement for our students during the 2020-’21 academic year.
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“I got a 750!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!”
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
“It seems so easy now – I can’t believe I used to get confused by these questions. You guys did an awesome job explaining everything, especially word problems and trig. And it wasn’t boring!”
Harriton High School
“I feel like I finally understand math for the first time in my life. Thank you for being so patient with me and for the extra advice on Friday. I was still kind of nervous when I took the test, but I used all of the strategies we went over, and I didn’t feel like anything was a surprise. I actually finished the no-calculator section a few minutes early, which is amazing considering I used to run out of time. Thank you so much again. I’m really proud of my 690, especially considering I got a 550 the first time.”
New Tier High School
“I got a 33 in Math and a 35 in Reading. Thank you!”
Harriton Senior High School
“Andrew spent last summer taking an ACT course and said he learned a thousand times more in one weekend with you than in two months of that course. I was worried he wouldn’t be able to focus for an online class, but he never complained and even laughed a few times. Kudos to whoever the teacher was. You kept him fully engaged.”
Tenafly High School Parent
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Exam 1: Saturday, December 18, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET at TMLA.
Class 1: Tuesday, January 4, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Class 2: Tuesday, January 11, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Exam 2: Saturday, January 15, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET at TMLA.
Class 3: Tuesday, January 18, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Class 4: Tuesday, February 1, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Exam 3: Saturday, February 5, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET at TMLA.
Class 5: Tuesday, February 8, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Class 6: Tuesday, February 15, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Exam 4: Saturday, February 26, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET at TMLA.
Class 7: Tuesday, March 1, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Class 8: Tuesday, March 8, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Class 1: Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Class 2: Saturday, October 30, 2021, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Class 3: Wednesday, November 3, 2021, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Class 4: Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Class 5: Wednesday, November 10, 2021, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Class 6: Saturday, November 13, 2021, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Class 7: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Class 8: Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
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