Whether it's your first time taking the SAT or ACT, or you have already taken an intensive test prep course elsewhere, The Short List can give you the tools you need to help you boost your scores by hundreds of points in the SAT, or five points or more in the ACT. Our test prep team is led by one of New York City's finest tutors, who has almost 20 years of experience coaching students to higher achievement on their SATs and ACTs.

SAT or ACT? Which one is right for me?

You can't answer this important question until you take a full-length timed version of each test. Our experienced consultants can analyze your mock exam results and help you make the decision that's best for you.

Techniques and Strategies

Our unique test prep programs for the ACT and the SAT are tailored to strengthen your composite scores as much as possible, as quickly as possible. We don't spend time teaching you techniques to answer questions you already know how to do. We focus on your weaknesses, and give you specific step-by-step methods with which to approach those questions that you find most challenging.

Our programs include:


  • Proven methods to improve comprehension, speed and accuracy
  • Intensive vocabulary program


  • Personalized in-depth content review
  • Step-by-step strategies for every question type


  • In-depth review of grammar rules tested in the multiple choice sections
  • Clear guidelines for maximizing your essay score

ACT Science

  • Powerful techniques to boost comprehension and maximize your score
  • Methods to quickly read tables and graphs for what you need
...And more!

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“Just want to share that our son has shared very positive things with us regarding his lessons and how he is so glad he is not taking lessons with the large test prep centers.”

—Ethan’s mother, Hong Kong

“On behalf of our whole family, we want to thank you for helping us through this process. We are still in shock that Maddie will be starting Harvard in the fall!”

— Maddie’s mother, Buffalo

“I quite literally cannot imagine myself anywhere else on earth right now than in my sixth floor dorm room at Middlebury College on my roommate's and my own inflatable couch (his idea,) and I think you played quite a massive role in me ending up here.”

—William, Ohio

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