ACT & SAT Preparation

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
– Benjamin Franklin

Katherine Miller Education
These two college admissions tests have never been more similar. Recent changes in the SAT have brought the structures of both tests closer than ever. There are, however, clear differences. I can provide insight into the fit of a particular test, given a student’s strengths, weaknesses, learning styles and timeline.

“By developing a personal relationship with students and their families I am able to tailor my very structured program to meet the individual needs of each student. I prepare students academically and mentally for the rigors of these tests. By the time they hear my “Game Day” speech, they are ready to go!”
Katherine Miller

  • Serving students from 20+ different high schools
  • Success with students of all abilities
  • Specializing in students with test anxiety, ADHD, learning disabilities and special needs
  • Structured weekly lesson plans
  • Program builds on success and gradually moves to full tests
  • Conscious pacing for test day peak performance
  • Regular feedback and score tracking


The ACT is a college admissions test offered by the ACT and consists of four sections, and an optional fifth section, which is the essay.

Sections 1-4: 2 hours and 55 minutes
Section 5: 40 minutes

Section 1: English – 75 questions, 45 minutes
Section 2: Math – Calculator permitted – 60 questions, 60 minutes
Section 3: Reading – 4 Reading Passages – 40 questions, 35 minutes
Section 4: Science – 6-7 Passages – 40 questions, 35 minutes
Section 5: Optional Essay – 40 minutes (Students are asked to take a position on an issue)

The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

The SAT is a college admissions test offered by the The College Board and consists of four sections, and an optional fifth section, which is the essay.

Sections 1-4: 3 hours
Section 5: 50 minutes

Section 1: Reading – 52 questions, 65 minutes
Section 2: Writing and Language – 44 questions, 35 minutes
Section 3: Math – No Calculator – 20 questions, 25 minutes
Section 4: Math – Calculator permitted – 38 questions, 55 minutes
Section 5: Optional Essay – 50 minutes (Students are asked to analyze the structure of given essay)

Sara did her ACT prep on Saturday, in keeping with the plan you put in place with her. She has benefited enormously from working with you and is really trying to take the bull by the horns with her academics and time management.

Thank you, Katherine, so grateful for your positive influence and supportive role in her life (and our lives!)

– Parent, Conestoga High School

I don’t know if Emma has been keeping you in the loop, so I thought I would write myself to give you an update and to say THANK YOU for all your work with her.

I can’t thank you enough for making our first college testing and application process so smooth. No fights and no need for us to nag — you handled the tough love and we got to enjoy the results and excitement. Emma’s test scores improved significantly with your help and she hit her goal on the first try out of the gate. That took so much pressure off of her and let her focus on her schoolwork.

We will continue to sing your praises to friends who ask about our tutoring/coaching experience. Again, many thanks.

– Parent, Harriton High School / University of Miami

Thanks so much, Katherine! We will heed your advice. I have to tell you, Kate is SO happy that she is meeting with you rather than taking any of the SAT prep courses that several of her friends are taking; she is really getting a lot out of your sessions, and I just can’t imagine her in a 3-hour nighttime class with a mixed-level group of kids – she would be miserable. You are absolutely a gem. Many thanks again.

– Parent, Haverford High School / Villanova

Thank you for all of your (continued) hard work with Noah! I keep telling everyone that this is the year that Noah FINALLY learned to study (for more than 20 minutes), and he learned it from you. [We] could not be happier, not specifically about his recent SAT scores, but about the ways in which Noah has changed as a learner/”studier” and the study skills that he has learned from you.

I actually think that Noah is your biggest fan. He never complains about his appointments with you, and he is always exhausted afterwards!

– Parent, Lower Merion School District

Thank you for all of your help! I was literally jumping for joy when I first saw my score report online! I couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you for keeping me focused during the summer when I was mostly focused on baseball, and for instilling confidence in me after I received a score that I was very unsatisfied with when I took the ACT for the first time […].

When we first talked about my goals for the ACT […] receiving anything above a 32 or 33 seemed unrealistic. But a 34….. WOW!!!! It still hasn’t sunk in. […] Thanks again for all of your help!

– Student, Haverford High School

Had I known I could have had my children and then get them to you for all the math/SAT/College stuff I would have had more!

– Parent, Radnor High School/Cornell

I’ve been waiting and waiting through the tortuous process of college decisions and it’s finally come to an end. A few days ago, I was accepted into MIT! I’m really excited to go and the whole situation is very dream-like still.

But without your help with the essays, the resume, and “golden” ideas, I don’t know where I’d be right now. Your help hasn’t been limited to essay writing and organization of resumes — I also think that the time we spent together allowed me to look back on how far I’ve come, and it has been a part of my transition from a silly high school kid to the mature person I am today. So I want to sincerely thank you for the hard work and tireless effort you put in to make my dreams possible. Thank you so much for everything, and I’ll be sure to do my best in college to utilize what our efforts have achieved.

– Student, The Haverford School/MIT

IS KAYLA A ROCK STAR, OR WHAT?! She is so excited at how well she did on her ACT (as is the whole family!).

THANK YOU SOOO MUCH for all your work with Kayla. Her scores are everything we could have hoped for her and to have that part of the college process done as she is starting her Junior year is such a fabulous feeling. It will take so much pressure off her both emotionally and in terms of time commitment. Thank you for suggesting that she take the test in September and for preparing her so well.

Thank you again. We have sung your praises to many of Kayla’s friends, but if you ever want a reference for someone else, don’t hesitate to ask!

– Parent, Harriton High School