Update for Target Tutoring’s current juniors

November 26, 2017


The autumn flurry has finally abated, giving us time to look ahead to 2018.

Many of Target Tutoring’s current juniors have completed a significant portion of their SAT and ACT test prep. The remaining work involves fine-tuning and some upkeep until students achieve their target scores.

The December 9th ACT is around the corner. Students should plan to take at least two full practice exams before then. Scores from the December ACT should be available beginning December 19th. Meanwhile, the 2017 PSAT results will be available on December 13th. So, by mid-December, students will have clarity regarding which test will likely yield the better result: some students will focus on either the SAT or the ACT; some will continue to work on both tests.

The first ACT of 2018 will take place on February 10th. The next two ACTs will take place on April 14th and June 9th. The first SAT of 2018 will take place on March 10th. The next two SATs will take place on May 5th and June 2nd. For many students, May 5th is problematic, since they will have AP tests around that date; also, they may be taking SAT Subject Tests on that date.

After the ACT scores come out on December 19th, I will want to make individual plans for continued fine-tuning. The hard work, for the most part, will be done. That leaves second semester relatively free for students to excel in their junior year coursework – a crucial component of college admissions. It also allows students to develop their extracurricular profiles.

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For students who are just beginning their prep at Target Tutoring, we have a complete array of courses for both SAT and ACT beginning in January.

Core Curriculum I – SAT
SAT Math Fundamentals or SAT Math Intensive
SAT Wordsmith Workshop™
SAT/ACT Core Grammar
SAT Doc Class – Abridged

  • SAT Math Intensive
    Tue Jan. 23rd, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    Tue Jan. 30th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    Tue Feb. 6th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    Tue Feb. 13th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    Tue Feb. 20th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    Instructor: William
    Cost: $1100

  • SAT Wordsmith Workshop
    Sat, Jan. 20th, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
    Sat, Jan. 27th, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
    Sat, Feb. 3rd, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
    Instructor: Patricia
    Cost: $750

  • SAT/ACT Core Grammar
    Sat, Feb. 17th, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
    Sat, Feb. 24th, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
    Sat, Mar. 3rd, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
    Instructor: Patricia
    Cost: $600

  • SAT Doc Class – Abridged
    Wed, Feb. 14th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
    Wed, Feb. 21st, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
    Wed, Feb. 28th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
    Wed, Mar. 7th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
    Instructor: William
    Cost: $850

Core Curriculum II – ACT
ACT Intensive
ACT Math Fundamentals or ACT Math Booster
ACT Science Primer

  • ACT Fundamentals
    Sat, Jan. 20th, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
    Sat, Jan. 27th, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
    Tue, Jan. 30th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
    Sat, Feb. 3rd, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
    Tue, Feb. 6th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
    Instructor: Patricia
    Cost: $1200


    ACT Intensive
    Thu, Jan. 11th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
    Thu, Jan. 18th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
    Thu, Jan. 25th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
    Thu, Feb. 1st, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
    Thu, Feb. 8th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
    Instructor: William
    Cost: $1200

  • ACT Math Booster
    Mon Jan. 8th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
    Mon Jan. 15th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
    Mon Jan. 22nd, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
    Mon Jan. 29th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
    Mon Feb. 5th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
    Mon Feb. 12th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
    Instructor: William
    Cost: $1000

  • ACT Science Primer –
    Option A

    Instructor: William
    Sat Jan. 20th, 4:00pm to 7:00pm
    Sat Jan. 27th, 4:00pm to 7:00pm
    Location: Coconut Grove


    ACT Science Primer –
    Option B

    Instructor: William
    Sun Jan. 21st, 12:00pm to 3:00pm
    Sun Feb. 4th, 12:00pm to 3:00pm
    Location: Coconut Grove



    January 2, 2017 


    As prospects for the New Year beckon, I would like to update you on SAT/ACT prep plans for 2017. Many students have already undertaken substantial preparation through Target Tutoring for this year’s testing cycle; given all of the hard work, I am happy to report that 2016 PSAT scores have come in very strong, with a record number of Target Tutoring’s juniors likely to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Likewise, ACT results so far this academic year clearly demonstrate the value of our thorough and intensive approach. Next up, the January 21st SAT and the February 11th ACT!

    Some students are just starting with Target Tutoring. For juniors, there is still enough time to prepare for the March 11th SAT and the April 8th ACT, but plans should be solidified without delay.

    General Plan for Juniors:

    For those who have already completed Target Tutoring’s Core Curriculum, we are offering the following courses to fine-tune students’ skills in the lead-up to the January 21st SAT:

    • SAT Wrap-Up – a comprehensive review of Target Tutoring’s Impeccable Technique™ for the reading, grammar, and math sections of the SAT. The cost of this two-day course is $400.Saturday, Jan 7 11am-2pm (Fundamentals) or 3-6pm (Intensive)
      Saturday, Jan 14 11am-2pm (Fundamentals) or 3-6pm (Intensive)
      Instructor: William
    • SAT Vocabulary Accelerator – This course adds nuance and depth to the concepts introduced in the SAT Wordsmith Workshop; it also provides a highly structured platform for students to finalize the vocabulary preparation necessary for top SAT scores. The cost of this two-day course is $400.Tuesday, Jan 10 6-9pm
      Tuesday, Jan 17 6-9pm
      Instructor: Patricia
    • SAT Essay Seminar – This one-day course will offer students a framework for handling the SAT Essay with confidence; the cost is $200.Sunday, Jan 15 11am-2pm
      Instructor: Patricia

    For the students who are just beginning with Target Tutoring, we have a new round of courses focused on the Core Curriculum to prepare students for the March 11th SAT.

    • SAT Math Intensive – This course includes a review of key geometry and algebra topics, along with select trigonometry, pre-calculus, and statistics problems. The SAT Math Intensive also introduces techniques and strategies to help students make the most of their math knowledge. The cost of this five-day course is $1100.Tuesday, Jan 24 6-9pm
      Tuesday, Jan 31 6-9pm
      Tuesday, Feb 7 6-9pm
      Tuesday, Feb 14 6-9pm
      Tuesday, Feb 21 6-9pm
      Instructor: William
    • SAT Wordsmith Workshop™ – Over three sessions, the SAT Wordsmith Workshop will elucidate those aspects of vocabulary necessary for success on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections as well as on the SAT Essay. Students will gain insights into the vibrant and sometimes confounding nature of words. The cost of this course is $750.Saturday, Jan 28 3-6pm
      Saturday, Feb 4 3-6pm
      Saturday, Feb 18 3-6pm
      Instructor: Patricia
    • SAT Writing Module – This two-day course expands upon the lessons embedded in the SAT Wordsmith Workshop by providing a comprehensive structural approach to English grammar. The SAT Writing Module will exploit Target Tutoring’s proprietary adaptation of sentence diagramming to help students better grasp the underlying anatomy of complex sentences. The cost is $400.Saturday, Feb 25 3-6pm
      Saturday, Mar 4 3-6pm
      Instructor: Patricia
    • SAT Doc Class™ – The SAT Doc Class will focus primarily on helping students fathom less accessible texts that feature on the SAT. We will delve into seminal historical documents such as the Declaration of Independence, George Washington’s Farewell Address, and Thomas Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address as well as political treatises by Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Martin Luther King, Jr. We will also examine excerpts from literary works by authors such as Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, and Aldous Huxley. The SAT Doc Class will present Target Tutoring’s strategies for the SAT’s Evidence-Based Reading section, including our proprietary Couplets™ method. This course, which will take place over four three-hour sessions, costs $1000.Tuesday, Feb 28 6-9pm
      Thursday, Mar 2 6-9pm
      Tuesday, Mar 7 6-9pm
      Thursday, Mar 9 6-9pm
      Instructor: William

    With respect to the ACT, Target Tutoring is offering the following Core Curriculum to prepare students for the April 8th ACT: ACT Fundamentals, ACT Math Booster, and ACT Science Primer™.

    • ACT Fundamentals – This course will cover techniques and topics for all sections of the ACT exam (English, Math, Reading, Science, and Essay). The pace of the class will allow students adequate time to develop the skills and confidence needed to maximize performance on the ACT. The cost of the ACT Fundamentals course is $1200.Option A
      Saturday, Jan 28 11am-2pm
      Saturday, Feb 4 11am-2pm
      Saturday, Feb 18 11am-2pm
      Saturday, Feb 25 11am-2pm
      Saturday, Mar 4 11am-2pm
      Instructor: PatriciaOption B
      Tuesday, Feb 28 6-8:30pm
      Tuesday, Mar 7 6-8:30pm
      Tuesday, Mar 14 6-8:30pm
      Tuesday, Mar 21 6-8:30pm
      Tuesday, Mar 28 6-8:30pm
      Tuesday, Apr 4 6-8:30pm
      Instructor: Patricia
    • ACT Math Booster – This course includes a review of key geometry and algebra topics, along with select trigonometry, pre-calculus, and statistics problems. The ACT Math Booster also introduces techniques and strategies to help students succeed on the time-pressured ACT Math test. The cost of this six-day course is $1100.Thursday, Feb 9 6-8:30pm
      Thursday, Feb 16 6-8:30pm
      Thursday, Mar 16 6-8:30pm
      Thursday, Mar 23 6-8:30pm
      Thursday, Mar 30 6-8:30pm
      Thursday, Apr 6 6-8:30pm
      Instructor: William
    • ACT Science Primer™ – Target Tutoring’s innovative ACT Science Primer helps students tackle the tricky and often intimidating ACT Science test with confidence. This two-day course introduces students to a variety of relevant science topics and provides a systematic approach to navigating the ACT’s most open-ended and unpredictable section. The cost of the ACT Science Primer is $400.Option A
      Saturday, Jan 28 3-6pm
      Sunday, Jan 29 3-6pm
      Instructor: WilliamOption B
      Saturday, Mar 18 3-6pm
      Sunday, Mar 19 3-6pm
      Instructor: William

    General Plan for Sophomores:

    The plan for sophomores revolves around two principal goals:

    1. Ideally, students will have worked through Target Tutoring’s Core Curriculum by the time of the 11th grade PSAT (which takes place mid-October).
    2. They will be fully prepared to take their first official ACT by December of junior year and their first official SAT by January of junior year.

    Why do I recommend that most students take the December ACT and the January SAT rather than reversing the order of testing? Both the December ACT and the January SAT are published exams; in other words, about two months after taking the tests, students will receive a copy of the exam itself and the answers they chose (provided that they order the Test Information Release service, or TIR, for the ACT and the Question and Answer Service, or QAS, for the SAT). These services are only available on published tests. The ACT publishes its December, April, and June tests, whereas the SAT publishes its January, May, and October tests. The information gleaned from these published results is invaluable as a diagnostic tool. Having access to the published SAT is particularly important over the next year or two, since the new SAT is still in its early stages.

    Of course, the plans laid out above represent a general guide. All prep plans at Target Tutoring are tailored to the individual student. In addition, please keep in mind that preparation for standardized tests is a dynamic process, contingent upon many variables.

    To register for courses or to explore a plan for your son or daughter, you may call us at 786-431-5420 or email me at You may also use our contact form.

    Please remember that those who start this process early generally garner the best results.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best regards,



    January 3, 2016 

    Beginning in January 2016, Target Tutoring will offer an exciting lineup of small group classes designed for the new SAT. Parents and students should expect that the test will be just as challenging as its predecessor. In response, Target Tutoring has updated its flagship classes (SAT Wordsmith Workshop™, SAT Math Intensive, and SAT Precision Practice™) and has created engaging new courses (SAT Doc Class™ and SAT Writing Module).

    Although there will be significant changes, the core of the SAT will remain. For better or for worse, many of the same tropes, prejudices, and obsessions will continue.

    Perhaps the greatest misconception about the new SAT is that there will no longer be a focus on vocabulary. The SAT has stated, to the contrary, that there will be an emphasis on words that will be useful to students in college work. It is true that the SAT will deemphasize esoteric words such as pulchritude or effete; however, words such as anecdotal, empirical, conflate, and so many others will remain important. Moreover, the College Board has stated that it will rely more heavily on documents such as The Declaration of Independence and other key historical and literary works. There is no way to understand such writings without a formidable vocabulary.

    The new SAT will differ from the old SAT in several key ways:

    1. The new score will have a maximum of 1600 instead of 2400.
      • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (out of 800)
      • Math (out of 800)
      • A separate trio of essay scores (each out of 8)
    2. Instead of nine relatively short sections, the new SAT will consist of five longer sections.
    3. The essay will change dramatically and increase in length to 50 minutes. The essay will be analytical in nature and will not require students to use outside examples or to judge the validity of the claims made in the selected passage.
    4. Math on the new SAT will focus more heavily on core areas such as linear functions, proportional reasoning, and practical applications of math knowledge. However, trigonometry and pre-calculus will also be tested. Calculator use will be deemphasized; in fact, of the two math sections, one will disallow calculator use.

    Core Classes:




    January 26, 2014 

    A recent study published by Business Insider ranked Ransom Everglades 21st among the high schools with the highest SAT / ACT scores in the nation.

    Congratulations to Ransom Everglades students for this outstanding achievement!

    Congratulations, in particular, to all of those Ransom students who completed Target Tutoring’s test prep curriculum and contributed to this accomplishment with their own stellar scores.