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The ACT has become more popular in recent years. In fact, in 2012 more students in the United States took the ACT than the SAT for the first time. The ACT is shorter than the SAT, and you can take the test several times and choose which score to submit. The ACT has English, Reading, Math, and Science sections, and in 2005 an optional essay was added. Some colleges and universities may require that you take the essay, so be sure to find out about the requirements of the schools you’re applying to before you take the test. Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes, but add on the 30 minute Writing Test and the total time is 3 hours and 30 minutes. A composite score between 1 and 36 is given based on the average of 4 sections.
The SAT is a 3 hour and 45 minute standardized test used to rate applicants to undergraduate programs in colleges and universities. Almost all 4-year schools require an SAT score or an ACT score from a student to be considered for admissions. The SAT is offered 7 times per year, and there are 3 sections: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing. Each section is scored from 200 to 800. The lowest possible score on the SAT is a 600; the highest possible score is a 2400.
AP (Advanced Placement) Tests are administered during the first half of May. The 34 subject-specific tests, from Music Theory to Macroeconomics to German Language and Culture, are scored on a scale of 1-5, and many colleges and universities award credit toward graduation for scores of 4 or 5. Many of Tutor Tango’s talented staff tutors have taught AP courses themselves and, as such, are experts at planning and implementing tutoring plans to meet the specific need and time constraints of AP students.
There are 20 SAT II Subject Tests, administered on various Saturdays throughout the year (more or less frequently depending on the popularity of each test). Some colleges require or recommend that you take one or more subject tests, each of which is a 1 hour multiple choice test. The subjects span the range of English Literature, History, Math, Sciences, and Foreign Languages. The College Board (the company that also administers the SAT and AP Tests) proudly points out that “These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your achievements and interests.” Tutor Tango has a team of highly-skilled staff tutors ready to custom-design a preparation plan for almost all 20 tests!
The SSAT, or Secondary School Admissions Test, is required for admissions to many independent schools, and is offered to students in Grades 3-11. The 2 hour and 35 minute test is administered on 8 Saturdays throughout the year or, through “Flex administration,” on a specific date chosen by an individual or group. According to the SSAT Board (SSATB), the test “emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are critical for academic success,” and it measures students’ abilities in three areas: reading, quantitative analysis, and basic verbal (including an essay). Tutor Tango offers tutoring for the SSAT to students taking the Middle Level test in grade 7, and to students taking the Upper Level test in grades 8-11.
The SHSAT, or Specialized High School Admissions Test, is administered on a few select dates in late October/early November to students in grades 8 and 9 by the New York City Department of Education for admission to elite and specialized high schools in the city, such as Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, and Brooklyn Tech. The test is 2 hours and 30 minutes long, and includes two multiple choice sections – one on verbal, and one on math.
The ISEE, or Independent School Entrance Exam, is administered throughout the year (usually on dates specified by the schools that require the exam). The Educational Records Bureau (ERB), the non-profit organization that runs the test, breaks the exam down into three parts as follows: (a) carefully constructed and standardized verbal and quantitative reasoning tests that measure a student's capability for learning; (b) reading comprehension and mathematics achievement tests that provide specific information about a student's strengths and weakness in those areas; and (c) an essay section. It’s worth noting that the essay section is not scored (although copies of the essay are sent to the schools to which a student has applied). Tutor Tango offers tutoring for the Middle Level test in grade 7 and the Upper Level test in grades 8-11, both of which take 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Many of our tutors have the qualifications and experience to prepare students for a wide range of other exams, such as the C-NET, GED, the GRE, the Hunter College High School Entrance Exam, the NLN PAX, the LSAT, the MCAT, the OLSAT, Regents Exams, the TACHS, and the TOEFL.
If you’re looking for a custom- designed plan to get ready for one of these tests, let us know: testprep@tutortango.com.
From high school admissions tests to college admissions tests, our Test Prep tutors are indeed experts. They have the extensive training and experience necessary to assess your test-taking strengths and weaknesses and custom-design the study plan that will maximize your results on any of the following standardized tests: ACT, AP, ISEE, SAT, SAT II Subject Tests, SHSAT, SSAT, and more.
All students have different test-taking strengths and weaknesses, and, therefore, no single approach to preparation works for all students. That’s why we firmly believe that custom-designed plans for Test Prep are the key to each student’s success. We have the best Test Prep tutors around and we rely on their expertise. They have the experience and depth of knowledge to choose the best materials and custom-tailor the perfect preparation plan for students of diverse backgrounds and academic abilities. We trust our Test Prep experts, and so will you.
Students seeking Test Prep tutoring through Tutor Tango have two options:

(1) Sign-up for 1 to 10 hours of customized preparation for the test of your choice (more hours can be added at any time)

(2) Choose from one of our custom-designed ACT, PSAT, or SAT packages:
The Calculator: 15 hours of math prep
The Author: 20 hours of verbal and/or writing prep
The Bachelor’s: 25 hours of prep for all sections of the test
The Master’s: 40 hours of prep for all sections of the test
The Doctorate: 60 hours of prep for all sections of the test

All packages begin with a 1 hour diagnostic, during which time the tutor assesses the student’s test-taking strengths and weaknesses, chooses preparation materials best-suited to both the student and the test, determines an appropriate course of action for the duration of the package, and prepares an initial diagnostic report. Throughout the test preparation period, the tutor advises the taking of practice tests at strategic points before issuing, scoring, and analyzing a final practice test. Along the way, the tutor generates session summary forms that update the student and his/her parent(s) on test preparation progress. Upon the conclusion of the package, the tutor prepares a detailed final diagnostic report. If you’re preparing for another test, such as an AP Test, the ISEE, SHSAT, SSAT, or SAT II Subject Test, our tutors efficiently and effectively diagnose your test-taking needs and determine the best course of preparation for you. You can start by signing up for 1 to 10 hours and go from there–depending upon your specific needs and/or the tutor’s expert recommendations.

Need to know when your test is offered? Check out our 2016-2017 Testing Calendar below.

Need help deciding on a test prep package? Send us an email: testprep@tutortango.com

Need help preparing for a different test? Let us know: testprep@tutortango.com
2016-2017 Testing Calendar


Oct. 1st (Register by: Sep. 1st)*
Nov. 5th (Register by: Oct. 7th)*
Dec. 3rd (Register by: Nov. 3rd)*
Jan. 21st (Register by: Dec. 21st)*
Mar. 11th (Register by: Feb. 10th)*
May 6th (Register by: Apr. 7th)*
June 3rd (Register by: May 9th)*



Sep. 10th (Register by: Aug. 7th)*
Oct. 22nd (Register by: Sep. 16th)*
Dec. 10th (Register by: Nov. 4th)*
Feb. 11th (Register by: Jan. 13th)*
April 8th (Register by: Mar. 3rd)* Jun. 10th (Register by: May 5th)*


Oct. 19th
Oct. 22nd


AP Subject

May 1st - May 12th


SAT II Subject

Certain Subject Tests are offered on the SAT dates above except for Mar. 11th. To find out about a specific test go to sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-subject-test-dates


Oct. 22nd-23rd
Oct. 30th



Oct. 15th
Nov. 12th
Dec. 10th
Jan. 7th
Feb. 11th
Mar. 4th
Apr. 22nd
Jun. 10th


* Note: there are late-registration deadlines, but you’ll pay a higher fee.
On-going. Contact your local
testing site.