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test dates as they come in.


The mothership.  The College Board creates and administers the PSAT, SAT and SATIIs.  Contains information on test dates, registration, special accommodations, and much more.

ACT – American College Testing

All the information for this alternative to the SAT, including registration, test dates, special options, etc.

GRE – Graduate Record Examination

Everything you need to know about the GRE

GMAT – Graduate Management Admission  Test 

A complete guide to the test, and the schools that accept it


Remember to check which schools require which test!

ISEE – Independent School Entrance Exam
SSAT – Secondary School Admissions Test
HSPT –  High School Placement Test
COOP – Cooperative Admissions Examination
TACHS – Test for Admission to Catholic High Schools
SHSAT –  Specialized High School Admissions Test

The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd edition

The Official SAT Study Guide
... or what we tutors call BIG BLUE.
If you’re going to buy an SAT book, get the one by the people who create the SAT itself.
Runner Up:
Kaplan SAT: Strategies, Practice & Review

The Real ACT Prep Guide: The Only Guide to Include 3Real ACT Tests

The Real ACT Prep Guide  
... yes, we call this BIG RED.
Comprehensive, well thought-out and presented, with 3 practice tests.
Runner Up:
Kaplan ACT: Strategies, Practice & Review

Kaplan SAT Subject Test Mathematics Level 2 2010-2011 Edition

Kaplan SAT Subject Tests   (fill in the blank)   

Kaplan publishes separate books for each test.
Runner Up:
The College Board Official Study Guide for All SAT II Subject Tests

Princeton Review: Cracking the SSAT & ISEE

Princeton Review: Cracking the SSAT & ISEE

Instruction and Practice Tests for all 3 levels of the SSAT and ISEE.
Runner(s) Up:
Does NOT have Lower Level material and known to be easier than actual tests; Barrons is opposite: harder and presented badly.

Barron's New York City SHSAT

Barron's New York City SHSAT

The newest edition just hit bookstores. Covers everything possible.
Runner(s) Up: Kaplan
Probably just as good as Barron’s, but other editions didn’t include everything students needed to know. Also brand new edition.

Kaplan Catholic High School Entrance Exams

Kaplan Catholic High School Entrance Exams

Covers all three: HSPT, COOP and TACHS



Used by students with learning issues: great programs, exercises and material to download or practice online


Written by a dear friend and colleague, a great resource for anyone dealing with Performance Anxiety, whether a student, performer or CEO


iphone apps for students – scroll down – see the one for SAT VOCABULARY?


A great site with vocabulary lists and exercises galore, created by other test takers and published here for anyone interested in adding to their repertoire. Covers academic subjects as well.


WNYC’s site for News, Data and Conversation about schools in New York City


Overview of NYC’s private schools

Schools.NYC.gov - NYC Dept. of Education

Everything you want to know about the city’s public school system – districts, ratings, extra programs, and the 9 specialized schools


Online guide to services, specialties, articles and blogs


A great non-profit that has relationships with many schools in the city and can answer questions about almost anything (including finding a great tutor!)


A wonderful site for those in need of support and information as they navigate the world of severe developmental disabilities



A great community site dedicated to all things college – applications, admissions, anxiety attacks … nothing is left out of the conversation.

Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart? (NYTimes Magazine)
3 Tips for Parents to Help Their Kids with SATs (USNews)
Summer Activities Build Resume For College (Education Week)
Most Students Lack Writing Proficiency (Education Week)
New College Application Questions Encourage Creative Thinking (LATimes)
Kids Speak Out On Student Engagement (Edutopia)
Students Short on Study Savvy (Education Week)
Room For Debate: Why More Students Rely On Tutors (NYTimes)

If you have any recommendations,
Alex would love to hear about them. 
The more information the better!


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