Test prep classes are currently conducted via the online platform Zoom. The length and the cost of the online test prep classes are the same as the regular in-person test prep classes.
Now, the student will not work in groups, but he or she will work from home. Instead of having a session with me me in person, he or she is going to do so online.
As before, sessions will continue to be scheduled at http://www.mrtestprep.acuityscheduling.com
The scheduled online SAT/ACT test prep appointment confirmation emails are going to have the Zoom meeting details.
When it is time for a practice test, it will be taken at home and then reviewed in our test prep sessions.
You will be billed via email.
This too shall pass hopefully sooner than later. Meanwhile, stay safe and calm amid the chaos.
Mr. Test Prep, Michael Romano, describes himself as making a “genuine connection with each student”. That’s truly what makes him special. He really ‘gets’ his students. He’s so cool he even hit the basketball court with my son and his friends! This chemistry enabled Michael to be both encouraging and direct with my student, like the best kind of coach. Michael set high but achievable goals, and nudged my student forward when he saw more potential. My son began working with Michael in the fall of 11th grade, prior to the junior year PSAT. As a result of that early practice and confidence building with Michael, my son received a high enough score on his PSAT to qualify as a National Merit Scholar Finalist. His top 1% PSAT test scores, followed by high ACT scores, absolutely and measurably opened college doors for my son. We appreciated that Michael had our son try both the SAT and ACT, and actually take both the SAT and ACT exams. Michael has been doing this long enough to have a data centered approach as to why he has students try both tests; he knows what he’s doing. Ultimately, my son was accepted to his dream school UCLA.
Parent of a Palo Alto High School Student 2021
(hopefully, the first and only 100% online class in Paly history)
UCLA, Design Media Arts, 2025
Michael’s methodology is unlike any other tutor I’ve worked with before, and the results I got with him were unmatchable. The group setting allowed me to go back and forth between working on my own just like a testing setting AND breaking down my sections while they’re fresh in my mind. While many other tutors believe in using homework as a studying tool, whenever I would attend my next session with them, I couldn’t remember why I chose the answers I did. By confining my work to my sessions with Michael, I was able to evaluate my thought process for each answer and correct my mistakes MUCH more efficiently.
Rather than most tutor’s standard lesson plan (even for one on one sessions), Michael tailors each session to what that individual student needs. My best sections were tested less frequently, and more time was spent on the sections I struggled with.
Michael understands the interplay between testing and his student’s mindset. As someone who struggles with anxiety, I have had extreme difficulty performing well on exams even when I know the material front to back. After two meditation sessions, I meditated every morning and night about a week preceding each of my SAT exams (as well as actually during my SAT) I felt less anxious, more at ease and extremely more confident.
What it boils down to is Michael truly understands his students and creates a relationship and bond with them like NO other tutor. He creates a completely safe space where mistakes aren’t scrutinized, they’re looked at as a place to improve. I improved my SAT score by about 350, but, beyond that, I can look back at my sessions with him and only have positive memories. Going to Michael was one of the best decisions I made. I genuinely looked forward to my sessions with him, and no other tutor can match that.
I stand by the fact that almost any student can improve their score to the level he or she is seeking with the Mr. Test Prep sessions. I am so convinced that I provide my students with a score satisfaction guarantee, which allows them to keep attending Mr. Test Prep, free of charge, if they are unhappy with the results.
Adjusting to the Coronavirus Pandemic: Trial Sessions Now Moving Online
We are currently conducting all our free trial sessions and test prep online.
Once someone has scheduled a trial session, we will be meeting using the online platform Zoom.
To be able to get the most out of the trial session, it is best, if the student can remain uninterrupted for the duration of the two hour trial session.
Once you book a free trial session, the Zoom link and instructions will be sent along with your confirmation email.
I am going to be in contact within the first 15 minutes of the trial session.
Next Step Following The Trial Session
After the trial session, a parent and I will have a follow-up phone call to talk about my test prep recommendations.
In case your trial session is on a Saturday, I am going to call you between 6 pm and 8 pm on the following Monday. If the trial session takes place on Sunday, I will call you between 6 pm and 8 pm on the following Tuesday.|If your trial session takes place on a Saturday, I am going to call the parent between 6 pm and 8 pm on the following Monday. And in case your trial session takes place on Sunday, I will contact the parent between 6 pm and 8 pm on the following Tuesday.
Let me know in case we have to make other arrangements or if you have questions you would like to discuss.
If needed, you can schedule a phone call at another time by clicking on this link.
Until further notice, test prep sessions are conducted through the online platform Zoom. They are going to last as long as our regular in-person test prep classes and will also cost the same.
Now, the student will work from home, as opposed to studying within a group. And instead of sitting together with me in the same room, the student will meet with me online.
Sessions will continue to be scheduled the same way at http://www.mrtestprep.acuityscheduling.com
The Zoom link and instructions will be included in the scheduled appointment confirmation emails.
When practice tests are recommended, they will be taken from your home and then evaluated in our test prep classes.
You will be billed via e-mail.
This too shall pass hopefully sooner than later. In the meanwhile, be safe and calm amid the chaos.
Mr. Test Prep changed my life. I recently graduated from Duke University, and I am STILL thinking about how grateful I am to have had private tutoring sessions in high school with Mr. Romano. It’s a fact that my SATs improved by around 350 points after tutoring, and I believe that this drastic improvement is a large part of what helped me get into my dream school. His Skype sessions were informative and effective. He was a great teacher that intimately knew the material, and he adapted his lesson plan to what I needed most to work on while still reinforcing the concepts with which I was comfortable. I was never bored or falling asleep, and I learned many tools to help deal with not only the test but also test-taking. It’s now six years later, and I know that tutoring with Mr. Test Prep was worth it.
Cardinal Gibbons 2013
Duke University 2019
Unfortunately for me, I am one of those people who do practice tests perfectly but score badly on actual tests. I just get jitters whenever I get to the testing room. Micheal realized this after my diagnostic test and recommended I meditate before taking the SAT or ACT. I was apprehensive during our practice sessions but I diligently practiced meditation at home. Finally, when it got to testing day I was unusually calm. Never beforehand was I that tranquil before taking a test, normally my heart pounds, my hands get sweaty, and I can’t think. On that day I felt as if everything was a walk in the park, everything came to me and nothing felt rushed. In the end, I was able to score a 35 on the ACT stress-free. What also helped my nervousness was Michael testing room. It was a perfect place to practice the SAT and ACT: full of students, quiet, and distraction free. It allowed me to simulate how it would feel like in a testing center without the hassle of going to one. In all, without Michael I probably wouldn’t have gotten the score that I got.
San Mateo High School 2020
I stand behind the fact that the Mr. Test Prep program can help almost any student improve their scores to the level he or she is aiming for. I am so confident that I provide my students with a score satisfaction guarantee, which enables them to continue to attend Mr. Test Prep, free of charge, if they aren’t completely happy with the final results.
Test Prep Classes Currently Online During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Until further notice, we are conducting all our free trial sessions and test prep sessions online.
For the trial session, we will be meeting via the online platform Zoom.
Each student will need a place to work where he or she will remain undisturbed for two hours.
Once you book a free trial session, all the information needed to access the Zoom meeting will be included in your confirmation notification.
I am going to be present for the first 15 minutes of our session.
Next Step After The Trial Session
After the trial session, I will connect with a parent and will discuss my test prep recommendations.
If the trial session takes place on Saturday, I will call you between 6 pm and 8 pm on the following Monday. And if the trial session takes place on Sunday, I am going to contact you between 6 pm and 8 pm on the following Tuesday.|If the trial session takes place on a Saturday, I am going to call the parent between 6 pm and 8 pm on the following Monday. In case your trial session takes place on Sunday, I am going to call the parent between 6 pm and 8 pm on the following Tuesday.
In the event you have to make other arrangements or have any questions or concerns, make sure to let me know.
If needed, you are able to schedule a phone call by clicking this link.