PSAT Scores are In!

Posted on 19th December 2014 in Tampa PSAT Tutoring

I just got some great news from one of my PSAT tutoring students. He just recieved his PSAT score and did fantastic on the writing section. He and I did worked diligently to improve his score.

We don’t know yet, but he is likely to make the cutoff to be considered for a National Merit Scholarship. If he makes it, he will be my third student to do so. The other two became National Merit Scholars, so I have high hopes he will also.

Need help preparing for the PSAT or improving your writing? Contact Tampa English Tutor Eric Anderson @ 813.787.8959. Affordable in-home tutoring without contracts.

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New SAT Delayed for One Year

Posted on 10th December 2013 in Tampa PSAT Tutoring

Parents of students who are planning to take the SAT in 2015 should know that they will not be taking the new SAT. Its arrival has been delayed until 2016.  One of the best articles on the SAT delay and the reasons for it is by Scott Jaschik and appears at Inside Higher Education.

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I think the delay makes sense because it will allow students to take a redesigned PSAT before they take the redesigned SAT.  The new PSAT starts in 2015.

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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.

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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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Tampa PSAT Tutor’s Student Makes National Merit Scholar Cutoff

Posted on 23rd September 2010 in Tampa PSAT Tutoring

I got some great news the other day. One of my students worked extremely hard preparing for the PSAT. When he got his scores, we thought that he had missed the cutoff by one point based on the projected cutoff given shortly after the test.

However, he heard that he made it and can at least make a run for semi-finalist and finalist!

I’m so proud of him for the time that he invested to make dramatic gains in the vocabulary section of the PSAT reading and in each kind of question in the writing sections of the PSAT! It was not an easy climb.

Eric Anderson is a PSAT and SAT tutor in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel. If your student needs help preparing for a college admissions exam, call Eric at 813.787.8959 or email him at tampa tutor at tampa bay dot rr dot com.

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Tutoring Student Makes National Merit Semi Finalist

Posted on 22nd September 2010 in Tampa PSAT Tutoring

A student that I worked with on the reading and writing portions of the PSAT has become a semi finalist in the race for a National Merit Scholarship.

How cool is that?

He started out brilliant and out-worked the competition. I wish him the very best of luck and pray that he becomes a National Merit Scholar.

On the same day that I got some bad news, this bit of good news really gave me a lift.

Eric Anderson is a writing and reading tutor in Wesley Chapel, FL. Reach him at 813.787.8959 or at Tampa tutor at Tampa bay dot rr dot com.