Santa Cruz  Learning Center

2560 Soquel Avenue Suite 200Santa Cruz CA 95062  |   831-331-5611  |

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SAT/ACT Prep Courses

Our next course will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from

6:00pm to 8:00pm and on scheduled Saturdays or Sundays

(individual schedules). We will decide on which weekends based

on the schedules of those who have signed up. If weekends are

completely unavailable to you then we can schedule the practice

tests as needed during the week. This class is in preparation for the following SAT and ACT tests. 

If you are taking this class for the February ACT or March SAT test, please register for the test now on College Board. 

Class Schedule:

January 14th - February 8th

ACT Test Day: February 9th

February 11th - March 8th

SAT Test Day: March 9th

March 18th - April 12th

ACT Test Day: April 13th

April 22nd- May 3rd

​SAT Test Day: May 4th

We also have private tutoring available for the SAT general and subject exams and the ACT.

Register for this upcoming class!

Don't forget to sign up for the SAT test through the College Board and the ACT through ACT Registration before the priority deadline. 

Course price

Once you sign up for SAT preparation, we don't let you go!  We are committed to your success.  You can join us for as many courses as you want for the one initial payment (even the late-summer boot camp).

Course Description

The SAT Prep Course at the Santa Cruz Learning Center includes at least 16 hours of instruction. Because the English portions of the exam differ greatly from the math (and science) portion(s), the course is taught by two different instructors.

Practice Exams

There will be at least two practice exams scheduled during each course designed to simulate the real thing. We will correct the exams and review the strengths and weaknesses with each student.  

Intensive Practice 

Our students get the most out of this class when they continue to practice on their own.  It is hard for everyone to find time to practice at home so we are implementing a new aspect of the course which includes scheduled supervised practice time at the center.  Students will be asked to come to the learning center and practice an additional 1-3 hours per week to practice the two weeks prior to their exam day.  

Test Anxiety

We will teach specific strategies to work with multiple choice exams as well as the 30-second meditation to deal with test anxiety. Because our class sizes are relatively small (2-6 students), we spend time highlighting the strengths of each individual student. 


Our course curriculum consists of lecture, group work and homework. In general, we work with students on strategy AND content. Some students need specific help in one area over the other. We highlight these needs early on in the course with our first practice test and we alternate between math and English each week. We will go through strategies for completing the essay on-time and with the most points. They will learn how to "grade" an essay so that they can actively find ways to increase their score. Since some students are moving along to Pre Calculus, Statistics and Calculus next year, we realize that it has been a long time since they may have seen geometry, arithmetic and algebra. We go over these skills while helping them learn the best approach for their test-taking style. We will show them when and when not to use a calculator, when and when not to omit a problem, and other strategies to save time and get the best possible score.  

Many clients ask us which test they should take, ACT or SAT? We suggest you purchase an inexpensive ACT and SAT prep book and take a full-length practice test for each. When you take the practice tests, make sure to proctor the exam as if it were the real deal. Use a timer and set aside an entire 4 hour block of time so you can include breaks and such. We can also arrange to have you take a proctored practice exam with us.  

*Signing up for the exam: Once enrolled in the course it is very important that you register for the exam. The only place to register for the SAT is at the college board website the deadlines to register are pretty strict and, depending on the date of the exam, test sites can fill up. For ACT, go to the ACT Registration site. If you have learning differences and plan to request additional time for the exam, contact your school counselor to help you do this. Note that this request can take multiple months so be sure to plan ahead.