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Tutors of Oxford NYC - SAT tutoring

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SAT tutoring and test prep in Manhattan

The SAT is the oldest and probably the best known college admissions tests and is particularly popular for college admissions offices from East and West Coast schools. Most schools accept SAT scores for admissions and also use them to award scholarships.

Private SAT lessons with Dr. Donnelly are available either online via Skype for those students who live outside of the New York City area or in-person at our office located at 1460 Broadway, Suite 15017 in Manhattan.

Details of the SAT exam are summarized below:

Recent SAT students' testimonials

5 star review - Anne L., Manhattan, NY

"Hello Dr. Donnelly, I just wanted to let you know that Lev, your student, was admitted to Harvard this fall. Your contribution was invaluable. Many thanks."


5 star review - Confrence G., Brooklyn, NY

"Doctor, Eijiro was just offered a place at Cornell! Thank you so much for all of your help in tutoring her and for helping her to prepare for her SAT exam. I don't think she would have made it without you."


4 star review - Neelu., Manhattan, NY

"The fundamentals I learned from Dr. Donnelly were very helpful. I received the one-on-one attention that I did not receive in the Kaplan prep test. I did not feel embarrassed to ask basic questions. Dr. Donnelly was very patient with explaining concepts in detail until I understood. Additionally, he was always available via email or phone."


5 star review - Richard V., Houston, TX - (online student)

"Just wanted to update you and say thanks again. I managed to get a 710 on the SAT Physics exam!"


5 star review - Jacqui S., Manhattan, NY

"Dr. Donnelly's private tutoring stands apart from other mainstream/commercial review programs because he isolates an individual's weaknesses and tailors a successful review and test-taking strategy that conforms to an individual's needs -- rather than those of the masses. Dr. Donnelly was able to quickly understand and dissect my thought process in order to help me break old habits and establish stronger test-taking skills so I could get that higher score I wanted."


5 star review - Vaishivi J., Manhattan, NY

"I want to start with saying that you are an amazing tutor! My composite went from a 29 the last two times I took the ACT to a 33! You helped me achieve a 11 point jump on my science section, and a full 4 points on my composite in the two months you tutored me! Thank you so much, I will recommend you to all my friends, and hopefully in a few years be back in your office for help on the MCAT's. Thank you again"


5 star review - E. H. Clements, Head of Mathematics, French International School, Hong Kong

"Dr. Donnelly has shown himself sensitive to the needs of his students, responding to their questions, offering reassurances, when necessary, and challenging pupils to consider the subject matter in depth. I recommend him to you without hesitation."


5 star review - Mike H., Greenwich, CT

"Dr. Donnelly has a real knack for explaining topics in plain English and for making them come alive with real-life examples. I would encourage anyone who needs to get up to speed in their preparation for undergraduate or graduate studies to give Dr. Donnelly a call. You won't regret it!"


5 star review - Jodi B., Manhattan, NY

"Dr. Donnelly was patient, kind and willing to work with me in various areas to help improve not just my score but my understanding of the questions. His schedule is flexible and he is willing to work with you to give you what you need. My score went up dramatically and I would recommend Tutors of Oxford to anyone."


5 star review - Pauline E., Brooklyn, NY

"Dr. Donnelly is patient and supportive and is clear when explaining questions that were challenging to me. He also urged me to work out questions on my own, which was extremely helpful. He created an atmosphere in which I looked forward to the challenge of each section on the practice tests, and I definitely felt more confident taking the test. If I need to prepare for another standardized test, I will definitely contact Dr. Donnelly."


Overview of the SAT

An Overview of the New SAT


Most colleges require the SAT for admissions. Scholarships are also awarded based partly on SAT scores.


The SAT is given 6 or 7 times per year
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  • There is now no penalty for wrong answers
  • Math is scored from 200-800
  • Evidence-based Reading and Writing is scored from 200-800
  • Total score ranges from 400-1600
  • Optional essay scored separately


3 hours, or 3 hours and 50 minutes with optional essay


Register online at www.collegeboard.com

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SAT - section by section

  • 80 minute section
  • 58 questions
    • No calculator allowed for first 20 questions (25 minutes)
    • Calculator allowed for remaining 38 questions (55 minutes)
  • Emphasis on
    • Problem solving and data analysis
    • The Heartof Algebra
    • Passport to advanced math
    • Real-world probem solving
  • Both multiple choice and grid-in questions
Evidence-Based Reading Test
  • 65 minute section
  • 52 questions
  • 5 reading passages or paired passages
    • 1 U.S World Literature passage
    • 2 Social Science/History passages
    • 2 Science passages
Writing and Language Test
  • 35 minute section
  • 44 multiple-choice questions
  • Tests "Expression of Ideas" and "Standard English Conventions" through passages relating to Careers, History/Social Studies, Humanities, and Science
  • All questions pull from extended prose (400-450 words)
  • Essay is optional and is scored separately
  • 50 minute section
  • Analyze a 650-750 word document and write an essay
  • Tests reading, analysis, and writing skills; requires students to analyze a source document and explain how the author builds an argument

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2017-2018 SAT Test dates & deadlines

Sat Exam Dates Regular Registration Late Registration
January 21, 2017
December 21, 2016
January 10, 2017
March 11, 2017
February 10, 2017
February 28, 2017
May 6, 2017
April 7, 2017
April 25, 2017
June 3, 2017
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August 26, 2017
July 28 , 2017
August 11, 2017
October 7, 2017
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September 22, 2017
November 4, 2017
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October 20, 2017
December 2, 2017
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November 17, 2017
March 10, 2018
February 9, 2018
February 23, 2018
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April 20, 2018
June 2, 2018
May 4, 2018
May 18, 2018


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Standardized Tests Do you need to improve your standardized test scores? With our professional guidance you will learn how to master each topic and how to select the correct strategy for each section of the exam - greatly improving your chances of success. (Click to learn more).

History of Tutors of Oxford The original Tutors of Oxford was founded in Hong Kong by Dr. Donnelly in 1993 before relocating to the Upper East Side of Manhattan, NYC in 1998. (Click to learn more)

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