Estelle Finkel SAT and PSAT Prep Courses

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The Estelle Finkel SAT and PSAT preparation courses are powerful tools to help students find and focus on the study strategies that maintain strengths and strengthen weaknesses. Estelle Finkel’s strategies and programs have helped many students to increase their SAT scores 100, 200 points, and more!

Our tutors provide:

  • Individualized, one-on-one tutoring to prepare you based on YOUR needs.
  • Feedback after EVERY individual session to help keep students and parents in the loop.
About Our Courses

Critical Reading

The Critical Reading program emphasizes test-taking strategies and practice in all test areas:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Analogical Reasoning
  • Sentence Completion
  • Vocabulary in Context

Course content includes: reading improvement; word-building knowledge–roots, prefixes, suffixes; pacing; guides to successful guessing.


The math curriculum covers:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Logic and Insight
  • Mathematical Equations

Course content includes: arithmetic skills, algebra concepts, geometry definitions and formulas; development of reasoning and logic; improvement of problem-solving efficiency; pacing; “gridding;” guides to successful guessing.

Writing Writing skills instruction covers:

  • Identifying Sentence Errors
  • Improving Sentences
  • Improving Paragraphs
  • Essay Writing

Course content includes: grammar; usage and structure; choosing effective revisions to sentences and paragraphs.

Writing Workshops

In hands-on Writing Workshops, students learn how to engage an issue critically and develop a point of view in a thoughtful, cogent essay, under timed conditions. Our Writing Workshops not only prepare students for the SAT I essay; they also help students improve their writing in current and future coursework!

Simulated SAT Exams

The Estelle Finkel program features simulated exams, with actual SAT I content, proctored and administered under true timed test conditions. Scores are analyzed to diagnose each student’s strengths and weaknesses. Practice tests to do at home also are provided.

Expert Teachers

We have state-certified Reading Specialists as teachers, not college students. Our math teachers are also experts in both content and SAT test strategies, embracing time management, handling test anxiety and point scoring guidelines. All are trained in the Estelle Finkel method of SAT test strategies and solutions. They teach you to identify the questions that are best for you to answer in the limited time you have.

Small Groups

Classes are usually limited to 5-to-15 students. There is a high degree of individualized instruction. Class instruction and dates are as scheduled.

An All-Around Boost One final note: every Estelle Finkel SAT preparation course helps the student immeasurably in developing knowledge and test-taking strategies to use in all academic areas.

Private Instruction
As an alternative to group instruction, private one-on-one instruction is available by appointment. Phone our office, 973-994-4665, or contact us for information.
Test Dates

SAT & Subject Test Dates 2016-2017:


PSAT Test Dates for 2016-2017:


The SAT vs. The ACT

The ACT is an achievement test that measures what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude test that assesses reasoning and verbal abilities.

The ACT has up to 5 parts: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and includes an optional Writing Test. The SAT has only 3 parts: Critical Reasoning (Reading), Mathematics, and a required Writing Test.

The SAT has a penalty for guessing which means they take points off for wrong answers. Conversely, the ACT is scored based on the number of correct answers with no penalty for guessing.


The PSAT (or Preliminary SAT) was designed to be a practice for the SAT. It is now also used as an assessment tool to gain acceptance into National Merit Scholarship programs and known as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). The PSAT assesses the same areas as the SAT does but does not have an essay section. The “Writing” section assesses grammar by way of sentence completion and sentence editing. Register for our PSAT course >> more.