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About Jake

jake-headshotJake Berman has been preparing students on Long Island for the ACT and SAT for over 10 years. He has taken these standardized tests over 80 times, tracking patterns and developments in the questions for his own customized preparation materials.

His students benefit from the fact that Jake teaches not only techniques for specific kinds of questions, but also the deeper principles that underlie them. These skills are relevant no matter what curveballs the College Board throws our way.

As a result, when the SAT changed dramatically to emphasize grammar and new math concepts in 2005, he adapted his materials and approaches seamlessly. Now that they have just revised the SAT again in 2016 to focus on evidence-based reading and introduce Common Core math, Jake is bringing his expertise on not just what the College Board tests, but how and why, to this new iteration of the exam.

While many other test prep instructors are teachers in their day jobs, Jake has dedicated his entire professional life to preparing students for these exams. His holistic approach to student preparedness involves training for not just difficult exam questions, but the many anxieties and stresses of test day.

Quick Facts about Jake

  • Most frequent SAT score 1600
  • Most frequent ACT score: 36
  • Holds a BA in psychology from Tufts University: Go Jumbos!
  • This is his favorite web comic
  • A former competitive runner, Jake’s PR for the 800m is 1:58
  • Uses Twix to motivate his students
  • Uses Twix bars to motivate himself