Duke Graduate • 18 Years Experience • Over 1500 Students
A Video Message From Michael
Does your child need to improve his or her standardized
SAT test scores?
Are you looking for a master ACT test tutor in Palo Alto, CA and outlying areas who requires no homework and guarantees results?
I can help. Working with high school students for over 18 years, I have developed a philosophy supported by skills and techniques proven to result in superb ACT and SAT test results in Palo Alto, CA and Bay Area.
We all move through the world with a self-image that sets what we believe we are capable of. This self-image often under serves our potential because it has been formed by a hodge podge of experiences, some encouraging and affirming, others anything but. The sense of self is malleable particularly in young people.
I work to expose their doubts and fears as more imagined than real and to convince them that they are much more capable than they realize. This serves the all-important self-image in a very powerful way. It not only results in vastly improved standardized scores but also recalibrates the belief in what’s possible.
As I work with my students, I never lose sight of my real objective. I may be helping them ace their standardized tests, but ultimately I am elevating more than just a score.
My program is not a traditional “one on one” tutoring situation. I have learned from my almost two decades of experience that there is a better and less painful way to prepare kids for these tests. Students meet with me three times during the course of a 2-hour session. We spend approximately 20 minutes of that time one on one.
The value of each 2 hour session is multi faceted:
- Self timed sections in a group environment similar to the actual testing environment
- Immediate correction of mistakes and tutoring to specific content or errors
- Test taking strategies given as they arise during test taking, making them more relevant and easier to remember and apply
- Confidence building with every interaction
- Session by session readjustment of areas of focus based on observable progress
Investments of time and money vary from student to student. Regardless of ability, students that complete the number of sessions we agree to upfront have a great chance of meeting or surpassing their test prep objectives.
Our son Enzo took classes from Michael Romano in 2009/2010 when Enzo was attending Gunn High School. Enzo was a very dedicated student but his SAT score needed to be higher. He started a series of sessions with Michael Romano, which were amazingly effective. His score went up by 34%. Not only did Michael Romano increase our son’s confidence in test taking, but he also helped boost his determination in conquering his fears. Michael does not improve only numbers and scores. He is a great human being, an inspiring role model, an amazing mentor, and has become a friend.
Parent of Gunn High student, Class of 2011
Oberlin College, Class of 2015
Coming to Mr. Test prep was one of the best decisions I made throughout my high school career. After struggling with SAT preparation at a pervious tutoring center, I came here hoping to get some real answers on how to improve my SAT score. On my first visit, I realized that the unique approach seemed very promising. I really loved how Michael frequently tracks your progress during each session, and how his tips are tailored to your individual needs. It was really easy to balance SAT preparation with my busy schedule, since his unique approach of having you come for a 2 hour session once a week allows you to easily budget your time amongst all your obligations. Most of all, he is very optimistic and motivating, and the fact that he firmly believes in each student’s ability to perform well on standardized tests gave me so much more confidence as I approached the actual test. My score improved by almost 300 points, and I could not be happier! Michael is more than just an awesome tutor, but more so a mentor and friend who is sure to give you the best tutoring and advice! Definitely come to Mr. Test Prep- you will be glad you did!
Mira Diwan (Atherton, CA)
Menlo School, Class of 2015
Santa Clara, Class of 2019