Clearly how much time, energy and money you want to invest in SAT prep depends on the student and his or her background and goals.
A straight-A student from a good high school may be able to get to the 97th or 98th percentile just by working their way through The Official SAT Study Guide all on their own. The Guide has answers to all of the questions in the back of the book — so this is possible.
Students with really weak math backgrounds may need to spend 6 months doing Kumon math or Mathnasium before even starting SAT math prep.
Most students, however, will benefit greatly from the support and help that they can get from classes and/or tutorials. Students who are willing to put in the time and effort can improve their SAT scores, and at the same time improve their academic foundations.
Parental support and commitment really, really helps. But it is student diligence and commitment that is utterly essential. At the end of the day, it is the student who has to put in the time and effort.
The effort that students are willing to invest, and the desired outcome, will vary from student to student. My goal is to get individual students to where they want to go.
My hope is to encourage and inspire students so that they aim for greater heights and come out the other end of working with me not just with higher SAT scores, but also with the increased confidence that comes with a stronger academic foundation.
I want students who work with me to end up with a better mastery of mathematics and the English language. I want them to enter college more prepared and with a stronger academic background.