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Private SAT Services Online Palo Alto, CA

Does your child need to improve his or her standardized SAT or ACT test scores?

Are you looking for a master SAT/ACT test tutor in the Northern California Bay area who requires no homework and guarantees results?

I can help. Having worked with high school students for 25 years, I developed a philosophy supported by skills and techniques proven to result in superb SAT Tutoring and ACT test results.
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.

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My program is not a traditional “one on one” tutoring situation. I have learned from my more than two decades of experience that there is a better and less painful way to prepare kids for these tests. Over the course of each 2-hour session, students meet with me for three private, one-on-one conferences (totaling about 20 minutes per student, each session),
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.

Best results with our online SAT and ACT test prep sessions in Palo Alto, CA

In March 2020, we had to switch our SAT and ACT test prep sessions to an online format and we have seen our best results since. Because of that, test prep classes continue to be offered online, as well. See further down on this page for more information about how our online format works.



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.
Jennifer Mutz
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.

Jaime Furlong
Palo Alto High School 2019
University of Washington 2023



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SAT/ACT Test Prep Sessions Online – How does it work?


  • Instead of working in a group setting, he or she will work from home. Instead of sitting with me in person, he or she will meet with me online.
  • Sessions will continue to be scheduled the same way at http://www.mrtestprep.acuityscheduling.com
  • Your online SAT/ACT test prep session appointment confirmation notices will have the zoom meeting info.
  • When practice tests are recommended, they will be taken at home and reviewed in our test prep sessions.
  • You will be billed via email.



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Trial Sessions Online
Our free trial sessions will be conducted online, as well.
For the trial session, we will be connecting via Zoom. The student will need a place to work where he or she will be undisturbed for two hours.
When you register for your free trial session, the Zoom link and instructions will be provided.
I will be in touch within the first 15 minutes of our session.

After The Trial Session
A parent and I will have a follow-up call to discuss my test prep recommendations.
If your trial session is on Saturday, I will call you between 6 pm and 8 pm on the following Monday. If your trial session is on Sunday, I will call you between 6 pm and 8 pm on the following Tuesday.
Let me know if we need to make other arrangements or if you have any questions.
If you would like to schedule a call to discuss, you can do so by clicking here.

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