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jake-headshotJake has been preparing students on Long Island for the ACT and SAT for over 19 years. He has taken these standardized tests over 95 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. When the College Board revised the SAT again in 2016 to focus on evidence-based reading and introduce Common Core math, Jake brought his expertise on not just what the College Board tests, but how and why, to that iteration of the exam. And now the SAT is going it’s third redesign since Jake began teaching, only this time the SAT is going digital. While that might seem like a drastic change, this is actually the least significant redesign in terms of the content that gets test. For the first time in the last 30 years, there are no new math concepts being introduced on the new version of the SAT. For the slight changes in strategy and approach needed, Jake is on top of it just as he was in 2016 and 2005. 

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