Starting in March 2024, the SAT shifts to an entirely digital format.  The Digital SAT has 2 modules that test “Evidence-Based Reading and Writing” (EBRW) in order to measure students’ college readiness.  Like previous versions of the SAT, the Digital Test requires students to engage in close reading of complex passages, apply editing criteria, and demonstrate knowledge of grammar and punctuation rules. The SAT measures students’ critical thinking through questions and passages that demand careful attention, especially insofar as they differ from students’ typical high school tests and reading assignments.  One significant change from previous SAT Exams is that the Digital SAT combines Reading questions and Writing questions together in the same module.  (Previous versions of the SAT kept Reading and Writing sections separate.)


It’s true that the SAT is no longer required by most colleges. However, the “Test Optional” policy adopted by most colleges and universities allows them to continue using the SAT as a factor in admission, if students choose to share their score. In other words, colleges continue to be selective about their students, and the SAT continues to be a useful measure of college-readiness. As a result, for students applying to selective colleges, a strong SAT score can significantly boost their chances of admission.

In addition, some merit-based scholarships continue to require an SAT or ACT score. To qualify for these scholarships, students will have to submit a strong SAT (or ACT) score.


To help students achieve their goals on the SAT English, Dr. Kevin Cooney has designed an intensive SAT prep program. A 4-week SAT Group Class (running for 12 hours total) reviews the test design, strategies for reading analytically, grammar and editing criteria, as well as question/passage identification and tips on pacing. Individual Test Prep is also available to students. Through one-on-one online sessions with Dr. Cooney, students practice unique strategies designed to maximize their score.

The group class is designed to serve as an intensive introduction to the SAT English sections and key content-based strategies. Following the group class, students will have a comprehensive knowledge of the SAT Reading and Writing sections: they will know the basic test design, the types of questions they will face, and a range of content-based strategies. Following the group class, students may choose individual test prep to develop higher-level skills and unique strategies for the exam.

Of course, everyone has a different learning style and methodology. Some students learn better in one-on-one interactions; others feel more relaxed in a group with their fellow classmates. And that’s why students have the flexibility to choose the best option for them. Whether the group class, individual prep, or a combination of both works best for you, we look forward to getting to know you and helping you develop strategies to maximize your score.


Write Start Prep and Dr. Kevin Cooney have an excellent record of success with students at all levels of performance on the SAT.  While student scores can plateau and drop slightly between one test and the next, more than 90% of our students increase their scores.  On average, our students see their scores on the SAT English rise by 40-50 points.


The 3 key factors in making a decision are the student’s SAT score, learning style, and amount of preparation time. If it is 3 months or more before your test date, it may be best to begin with the group class and then pursue individual tutoring. For these SAT scores, we often recommend the following programs:

SAT English below 540The Group Class. It is a quick and cost-effective way to learn the key concepts and best strategies.
SAT English 540-630The Group Class (if time) or Individual Test Prep
SAT English above 630Individual Test Prep. This will help students to identify areas for improvement and learn customized strategies to maximize their score.

SAT GROUP CLASSES are the most cost-effective way of studying for the exam. The classes focus on the English sections and consist of 8 hours of instruction over the course of 4 weeks.  Classes include 6 to 10 students per group.

  • Analytical Reading Strategies
  • Grammar and Editing Criteria
  • Question/Passage Identification Tips

SAT INDIVIDUAL PREP is the most direct method of improving student scores on each exam.  Creating strategies uniquely suited to each student, Dr. Cooney guides students one-on-one to reach their full potential.

  • Analytical Reading Strategies
  • Grammar and Editing Criteria
  • Question/Passage Identification Tips
  • Individual Strategies and Progress Reports
  • Package Deals Available

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