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SAT/ACT Test Preparation:

Students who desire to attend most colleges are required to take the SAT exam or the ACT exam. Some students take both tests and submit their best scores. Kaplan Tutoring Services can help you reach your best score on either test. Improvement over PSAT and prior tests is almost always significant (for 98% of our students) and sometimes dramatic (increase of 300+ points). Whether you are an athlete who is being recruited by colleges, a student with learning differences, an excellent student who just does not test well on standardized tests, or an average student with unrealized potential, you will benefit greatly from the test prep KTS provides.

Additional information about private tutoring, test preparation, and Zoom tutoring appear below and throughout the website.

Parent Testimonials About KTS SAT/ACT Prep:

“The one-on-one attention given to my daughters made the world of difference. Mrs. Kaplan’s knowledge of their individual strengths and weaknesses was key to taking the ‘fear factor’ out of the test. The thorough evaluation of practice tests was also invaluable.” Classical High School Parent

“My daughter’s SAT scores jumped 230 points as a result of tutoring with Cindy Kaplan. Cindy knows how to engage a teen. She helps defuse test taking anxiety, and she breaks the tutoring down into manageable pieces so the student doesn’t feel overwhelmed. Best of all, the tutoring enhances the student’s grammar, vocabulary, writing, and math skills and teaches test taking strategies, leaving the student better prepared for college and beyond.” Providence Country Day Parent

“I wanted to thank you very much for helping my daughter to prepare for her exams. She feels that she got a lot more out of her sessions with you than with the SAT classes she took.” St. Mary’s Bay View Academy Parent

“We have been exceedingly pleased with our student’s KTS experience. Because of Skype technology, our child was able to continue working with the same wonderful tutor after he moved out of state. Such a supportive longitudinal relationship has been very beneficial–educationally and emotionally–and we are grateful to KTS for facilitating it.” Parent of a private high school student in Providence

“We cannot thank you enough for the help and confidence you provided.” Barrington High School Parent

SAT and ACT Test Formats:


  • Beginning in March, 2024, the SAT became a digital exam, only offered on the computer; it became “adaptive,” whereby students take the same first half of the exam (Module 1) for both Reading/Writing and Math, but the second half of the exam (Module 2) for both Reading/Writing and Math is determined by how well the student performed on Module 1; those who performed well will take a harder version of Module 2 and those who performed less well will take an easier version of Module 2; harder questions will be worth more points
  • Module 1 (Reading and Writing) will consist of 27 multiple choice questions (25 will count while 2 will be experimental for future tests); total time 32 minutes
  • Module 1 (Math) will consist of 22 questions (20 will count while 2 will be experimental for future tests); 75% will be multiple choice while 25% will be student produced; calculators are permitted; total time 35 minutes
  • Reading and Writing and Math Sections for Module 1 will be combined into one score (200-800 points)
  • At this point, the computer will determine which Module 2 tests will be given to the student
  • Module 2 (Reading and Writing) will be identical in format to Module 1, but some students will have easier questions, while others will have harder questions
  • Module 2 (Math) will be identical in format to Module 1, but some students will have easier questions, while others will have harder questions
  • Reading and Writing and Math Sections for Module 2 will be combined into one score (200-800 points)
  • Scoring: Final score is the total of Reading/Writing and Math sections of both modules (maximum of 1600 points)


  • English Section (45 minutes)
  • Mathematics Section (60 minutes)
  • Reading Section (35 minutes)
  • Science Section (35 minutes)
  • Essay (40 minutes) (optional; not part of composite score)
  • 0-36 each section, Composite Score is the average of the four sections (maximum of 36)
  • Essay score: 0-36
  • ELA score: Average of English, Reading, and Essay scores (0-36)
  • STEM score: Average of Math and Science scores (0-36)


  • Review & practice of test-taking strategies
  • Review of all math concepts and formulas
  • Vocabulary building
  • Reading comprehension practice
  • Complete review of grammar and punctuation
  • Critique of practice essays
  • Practice of graph & diagram interpretation (for ACT Science)
  • Complete (4-hour), timed practice tests
  • Extra attention devoted to area(s) of greatest need
  • Extra practice for vocabulary can be found at www.freerice.com.
  • SAT Question-of-the-Day can be found at www.sat.org.

SAT SCHEDULE 2020-2021

Test Date           Registration Deadline   Late Registration  
                         (without penalty)

Aug. 29, 2020                    07/31/20            08/11/20
Sept. 26,2020                    08/26/20            09/15/20
Oct.  3, 2020                    09/04/20            09/15/20
Oct. 14, 2020 (Wed.) (for all RI public high school seniors)
Oct. 14, 2020 (Wed.) (PSAT for all high school juniors)
Nov.  7, 2020                    10/07/20            10/27/20         
Dec.  5, 2020                    11/05/20            11/17/20        
Mar. 13, 2021 (no subj. tests)   02/12/21            02/23/21
Mar/Apr?,2021 (free for RI public high school juniors)         
May   8, 2021                    04/08/21            04/20/21         
June  5, 2021                    05/06/21            05/18/21

PSAT: Wed., Oct. 14, or Sat., Oct. 17, 2020         

To register, go to www.sat.org.

ACT SCHEDULE 2020-2021

Test Date                Registration Deadline (without penalty)      Final Date to Register
Sept. 12, 2020                      Aug.  14                                Aug.  28
Sept. 13, 2020 (Sunday)

Sept. 19, 2020

Oct.  10, 2020

Oct.  17, 2020
Oct.  24, 2020                      Sept. 18                                Oct.  2
Oct.  25, 2020 (Sunday)

Dec.  12, 2020                      Nov.  6                                 Nov. 20
Feb.   6, 2021                      Jan. 8                                  Jan. 15
Apr.  17, 2021                      Mar. 12                                 Mar. 26
June  12, 2021                      May   7                                 May  21
July  17, 2021                      June 18                                 June 25

To register, go to (www.act.org). It is not necessary to sign up for the ACT WITH Writing.


Our SAT and ACT Prep students have received acceptances into many public and private colleges and universities. They have been accepted into honors, engineering, liberal arts, business, communications, animation, musical theater, marine biology, nursing, pharmacy, scientific research, and fine arts programs. Some have received full or partial merit scholarships. A partial list of these institutions is included below.

A number in parenthesis next to a school indicates the number of KTS students who chose to be in the 2020 or 2021 entering class.

Public Universities:

Universities of:
Rhode Island (1)    Mass.(Amherst)(1)   Connecticut (1)        Calif. (UCLA)(1)
Michigan State(1)   Arizona             Calif.(Berkeley)       Arizona State 
Michigan            Vermont (2)         New Hampshire (1)      Wisconsin 
Delaware            Utah                Washington             Nebraska
Kentucky            Maryland            Toronto                SUNY (Binghamton)
Florida State       Penn State          Central CT State U.    SUNY(StonyBrook/Purchase)
Texas (Austin)      West Virginia       Indiana (1)            Georgia
Pittsburgh          Maine               United States Military Academy (West Point)
North Carolina      South Carolina(1)   United States Naval Academy (Annapolis)
Colorado(Boulder)(3)Colorado State      United States Air Force Academy
Oregon (1)          Alabama             New Jersey (Rutgers)   St. Louis
CA State U.at Monterrey Bay             Ohio State (1)         Cincinnati
California (Santa Barbara)              N.Carolina(Wilmington) Mass.(Dartmouth)
VA (Bridgewater)   Texas A & M          City U. of NY (CUNY)   Denver                
Montana State      Tampa (2)            Minnesota               Jacksonville
California (San Diego) (1)              San Francisco (1)        

Private Colleges and Universities:

SAT Subject Tests are no longer required or offered.

**UNIVERSITIES**                            **COLLEGES**
Harvard University                          Dartmouth College
Princeton University (2)                    Vassar College (1)
Yale University                             Williams College
Columbia University (1)                     Middlebury College
Stanford University                         Bowdoin College (1)
University of Pennsylvania (2)              Wellesley College (1)
University of Chicago                       Claremont McKenna College
Duke University (1)                         Haverford College(1) 
Johns Hopkins University                    Bates College
Brown University (5)                        Mt. Holyoke College (1)
Northwestern University                     Hamilton College(1) 
Cornell University(1)                       College of Wm & Mary(1)
University of Notre Dame                    Barnard College  
Emory University (1)                        Smith College 
Vanderbilt University                       Union College (1) 
Washington Univ. in St. Louis               Boston College 
Georgetown University                       Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. (RPI)(2)
Tufts University(1)                         RI School of Design(1)
University of Rochester                     Davidson College
Brandeis University (1)                     Connecticut College
George Washington University (1)            Hobart & William Smith Colleges
University of Southern Cal. (USC)(1)        Trinity College (2)
Wake Forest University(1)                   Babson College 
Boston University (4)                       Grinnell College
New York University (2)                      
Carnegie Mellon                             Berklee College of Music 
Seton Hall University                       Macalester College
Lehigh University                           Skidmore College 
University of Richmond                      Colby College
Case Western University                     Bentley College
Clemson University                          College of the Holy Cross (3)
University of Miami (2)                     Gettysburg College 
Bucknell University (1)                     Kenyon College
Northeastern University (1)                 Worcester Polytechnic Inst. (WPI)
Colgate University                          Wesleyan College(1)
McGill University (Canada) (1)              Dickinson College 
St. Andrew's University (Scotland)(1)       Colorado College 
University of Edinburgh (Scotland)          Roanoke College
Furman University                           College of Charleston (2)
Yeshiva University                          Occidental College
American University                         Ithaca College 
Georgia Tech                                Lafayette College 
Catholic University (1)                     Oberlin College
Elon University(1)                          Springfield College
Tulane University (1)                       St. Mary's College of Maryland
Chapman University                          The New School 
Sacred Heart University                     Rollins College 
Syracuse University (2)                     Providence College (1)
Villanova University(1)                     Simmons College
Loyola Chicago (1)                          Bryant University (1)
Loyola New Orleans                          Westmont College (CA) 
Loyola Maryland (2)                         Allegheny College
Fordham University (1)                      Franklin & Marshall College
St. Lawrence University                     Emerson College
Old Dominion University (1)                 Marymount Manhattan 
Miami University (Ohio)                     Savannah College of Art & Design
Clark University                            Pratt Institute 
James Madison University (1)                Stonehill College (2) 
Fairfield University                        Rhode Island College (1)
Purdue University                           Massachusetts College of Pharmacy 
Marquette University                        Baldwin Wallace Conservatory 
Howard University                           New England Conservatory
University of Denver                        Assumption College
Sewanee--The University of the South        Lewis & Clark College
Drexel University                           Endicott College 
Temple University                           Lynchburg College
Norwich University (2)                      St. Michael's College
Bryant University                           Siena College
Hofstra University(1)                       Marist College
Quinnipiac University                       Hartwick College (nursing)
Ohio Wesleyan University                    Washington College in MD
Adelphi University                          Wentworth Institute of Technology
Virginia Tech(1)                            Hampshire College
De Paul University                          Eckerd College 
Denison University                          Bard College
San Diego State (1)
Salve Regina University(1)                  Wheaton College 
Pace University (1)                         Lesley University (1)
Xavier University(1)                        Rochester Inst. of Technology
Duquesne University                         Manhattan School of Music
Monmouth University                         Lasell College
Western New England (engineering)           Regis College
Roger Williams University                   Saint Anselm College 
Suffolk University (1)                      Assumption College
Florida International U.                    Emmanuel College 
Loyola Marymount University (CA)            Hood College
St. John's University                       Curry College
Palm Beach Atlantic University              Maryland Institute College of Art 
Alvernia University (PA)                    Maine Maritime Academy 
Clarkson University                         Massachusetts Maritime Academy 
Fitchburg State University                  Nichols College
West Chester University                     Sch. of the Art Inst. of Chicago 
University of Indianapolis                  Savannah Institute of Art
Castleton University (VT)                   Colby Sawyer College
University of New England                   Flagler College (FL)
Johnson & Wales University                  Guilford College (NC)
University of New Haven                     Dean College
Husson University (ME)                      Lyndon State College (VT) 
Stevenson University (MD)                   Iona College
Medical School in Valencia, Spain(1)        Comm. Coll. of RI (CCRI)(1) 
Keene State University(1)                   Landmarck College(1)
Robert Morris University 
St. Edwards University (Austin)
Queens University of Charlotte