SAT & ACT preparation

Professional coaches who understand students
Vince Lombardi said, “Success demands singleness of purpose.” Hammer is the only company in San Diego with a team of professional tutors for the SAT and ACT. Three important details about the tutors on our team.

  • We hire less than 1 percent of tutor applicants.
  • Tutors must be able to score in the 99th percentile.
  • We require 75 hours of training before starting with a student, plus weekly meetings with our master trainer.

Expert guidance: we’ll walk you through the process and make sure nothing is missed
A critical part of testing success is plan design. Before starting preparation, we spend several hours getting to know a student and his or her goals. We will help students:

  • pick between the SAT and ACT.
  • create a testing calendar based on individual goals.
  • research colleges and understand testing requirements.
  • pick SAT Subject Tests, if necessary.
  • find additional education assistance based on our referral network.

Personalized curriculum to make the most of your time
There’s nothing more valuable than time. Every second of every session is focused on exactly what a student needs, which means higher scores in the shortest amount of time.

Proctored practice test every week
Students can join us for any of our proctored practice tests. Tests are available on Saturday and Sunday mornings throughout the school year.

Communication that would make Dr. Phil proud
We keep parents informed at every step. We have an online system to track results; we provide notes after each session; we offer consults whenever necessary.

Test taking skills that work on all tests
Our strategies and study methods focus on four key areas of academics: mindset, reading, problem solving, and critical thinking. Students learn how to:

  • eliminate silly mistakes
  • read actively and critically
  • prioritize question selection
  • use homework to learn concepts

A simple guarantee that’s easy to understand
We guarantee the best available test preparation so each student can maximize his or her college opportunities. No gimmicks. No misleading point guarantees. Just effective test preparation.