Fishing boats in Port Jefferson harbor

How two of my childhood friends made perfect SAT scores

Posted on 17th May 2011 in Tampa PSAT Tutoring, Tampa SAT Preparation

I grew up in Port Jefferson, New York. You can’t hear any New York in my spoken English, but I went to grade school and Junior High School in Port Jeff.  A few years later, two of my Junior High classmates made perfect scores on their SATs. In those days, the SAT had only two parts, so a perfect score was 1600: 800 Math and 800 Verbal.

When I first met Andrew and Eddie, I didn’t know them well enough to understand why they were the best students in the school’s they attended.

Once, I became friends with them, I learned exactly how they did it.

Fishing boats in Port Jefferson harbor

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Their father was a professor at SUNY Stoneybrook. When the bell rang on the last day of school in June, I snuck off to play golf, play sandlot baseball, and fish for snapper.

Andy and Eddie reported for a private summer school that covered all of the material they would learn in the coming school year. It was taught by their father and kept them busy until early afternoon every day of the summer.

If you have aspirations for your child to excel on the SAT, I can help you. I’m teaching a private course this summer that will cover the critical reading and writing portions of the SAT.I can refer you to some of Tampa’s most capable SAT math tutors.

The summer before last, I worked with a few students to prepare them for the PSAT. All three of the students who worked with me scored well enough to be considered for National Merit Scholarships (the top half of the 99th percentile). They went on to excel on the SATs last year because of the foundation that they put in place over the summer.

I offer one-on-one, private SAT tutoring in home or at the local library. There is no requirement to prepay or to sign an agreement for a set number of SAT tutoring sessions.

If you would like help preparing your son or daughter to excel, call me at 813.787.8959 or e-mail He I have tutored students from Wharton, Sickles, Berkeley, Jesuit, Academy at the Lakes, and King High School’s International Baccalaureate Program.


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