S. took the SAT course with Bud Pollak and Rob Brown and then took the SAT in March. Her scores were solid but she wanted to do better (she got 800 in Writing, 760 in Math, and 680 in Reading).
She had decided to take the ACT test (for the heck of it, really) in April, and didn’t study AT ALL. Miraculously, she got a 35! She was shocked. She thinks the SAT course she took definitely prepped her well for this ACT test, and feels she would not have done nearly as well had she not taken the SAT class.
H.S. (Larchmont, NY)
K. was accepted to Georgetown!! She is over the moon excited! Many thanks to you and your amazing staff for all your help and support! Your SAT tutors are fantastic and so supportive. I will certainly be recommending you to my friends and clients.
Thanks again and all the best, S.C. (New Canaan, CT)
Last week when S. got in the car after class, she said, “John Harrison is some kind of History genius!”, and “I’m really beginning to like History.” And then this Sunday when I picked her up she said, “I love History!…I really do enjoy it”. I never thought I would hear those words uttered out of her mouth. Thank you so much for opening her eyes to this whole new world and inspiring her to appreciate what history has to offer!
- J.B. (Greenwich, CT)
R. will be attending UMass Amherst in the Fall. He was also accepted into their honors college. He will be studying Engineering. He was also accepted to UConn, Northeastern, and Boston University.
Also, I know his SAT scores of 2120 helped him get into his choice of colleges. Thank you again to Duane Smith and Amelia Clark for helping him reach that. Especially his writing score, which was a 780!
Thank you again. – M.D.
Wow! David Heyman must be spectacular. K. got so much out of the class last night. She was so energized and couldn’t stop talking about what she learned. As always, thank you. The response from my kids regarding Carnegie Pollak courses continues to be really positive.
- M.B. (Rye, NY)
Our daughter received outstanding scores on her first try at the SATs. The Carnegie Pollak classes and one-on-one coaching were definitely a factor and we could not be more pleased. Bud Pollak and Rob Brown were terrific in the classroom, and Anya Liftig was completely knowledgeable in both the material and strategies of the test. Many Thanks! -L.C. (Pound Ridge, NY)
C is going to Dickenson College and her ACT score helped qualify her for a $30k scholarship from the school!
I’ll be back with you again with her younger sister. Thanks, J.S. (Port Chester, NY)
ACT Blast with David Heyman and Austin Lehn
We want to thank you for the time and dedication you put into these courses. While we can’t speak for everyone, our experience from both a parent and student perspective was stellar. N remained engaged throughout the process and really enjoyed speaking with Bud [Pollak] on a weekly basis. My hat off to you for making a difference in our children’s lives – you should be very proud of what you do each day.
All the best, A.L.S. (Rye, NY)
I wanted to share with you the great news on R.G.’s PSAT scores. He scored a total of 227, with a 70 in Critical Reading, 80 in Math, and 77 in Writing. These scores are a 52 point increase from his PSAT last year, where he scored 58 in reading, 59 in math, and 58 in writing. Please pass this on to Peter Scotch and Austin Lehn, who were his PSAT teachers. Robert is thrilled at the results. I was glad that he went into the PSAT feeling confident and prepared.
Thanks again! A.G. (Greenwich, CT)
Hi Linda (McDonald)!
I just got home from the SATs and had to tell you how it went! I literally got to the Math part and thought, “ I can’t wait to tell Linda” ! It went SO well; I felt so prepared thanks to you and really reviewed all the packets and Light Bulb Hints all week and I couldn’t have felt better about it. Math is usually my weakest area, and I never thought I was going to find Math SAT questions to be easier than the English! I hope I don’t jinx my test scores by saying I think it went well but I just wanted to email you and say THANK YOU for all your help and all the extra help you gave on Thursdays at GCDS! I’ll let you know my scores when I get them! Thank you so so so much!
Sincerely, B.E. (Rye, NY)
Dear Bud (Pollak) and Elise (Ryan),
I just wanted to let you know that I am a National Merit Semifinalist. Thanks so much again for all of your help on the PSAT; I really appreciate everything you did. You guys are awesome!
G.Z. (Riverside, CT)
I just got my January SAT scores back, and they jumped 280 points! My December SAT scores were 1800 (680 in Math, 550 in Writing and 570 in Critical Reading). In January, I got a 2080 with 710 in Math, 720 in Writing, and 650 for Critical Reading.
Thanks for all the help. – M.S. (Harrison, NY)
Thank you so much for your comprehensive SAT and ACT prep courses. Our daughter’s SAT instructors, Jeff [Wasserman] and Rick [Columbo], were terrific and were continuously available to her for questions and encouragement. Austin [Lehn] and David [Heyman] did a great job with the ACT Blitz course. Our daughter said that both courses really helped her approach studying in such an organized and manageable way that she felt very prepared going into both exams. The proof, of course, is in the results — 700 on the Writing, 710 on the Critical Reading, and 760 on the Math. Her composite score on the ACT was 34!
Thank you again, L.M.
David Heyman has made a weeknight AP World review course interesting and fun! Our son M. not only enjoys going, he looks forward to the classes and says the time flies when he is there! He says he has learned more in the last few weeks than in the entire school year! We are so thrilled, knowing M. will be well prepared for the test! Bravo to David for being an outstanding teacher!
K.S. (Harrison, NY)
Thank you for making room in your Sunday morning review class in U. S. History with Bruce Desandre. My son actually enjoyed the review sessions and found Bruce to be a very engaging teacher. The test results speak for themselves: AP 5; SAT II 800.
Thank you for providing this excellent service.
This past Spring, you were so kind to arrange for my daughter to take Sarah Subach‘s AP Bio prep course at Greenwich Country Day School. She received her grade this week - a “5.” She is – and we are – thrilled. Thank you so much for your assistance.
It goes without saying that I will be highly recommending Sarah’s course – and your entire organization – at any and every opportunity.
Dear Bud [Pollak], Austin [Lehn], Robert [Shapiro], and Marshall [Spooner],
As some of you know, although I was really happy with my January SAT score, I decided to take the SAT again in May because I thought I could improve my math score. I got my score back today – 2400! I am beyond happy, and wanted to share the good news, because all of your help made that score a possibility. Each one of you taught me somewhere along the way, whether it was in a PSAT or SAT class, and I thank you all for helping me achieve the perfect score!
Thanks so much, C.T.
My daughter came bursting through the door on Monday night after her first AP World History prep class and declared: “Mom, that was the best money you ever spent!” She was absolutely ecstatic about the course and the teacher David Heyman. It was amazing to see such enthusiasm following a full day of classes, a golf match, dinner on the run, and two and a half hours of World History! From my perspective, the best outcome was that she is now eager to take the subject test in World History.
Please be sure to share this feedback with David Heyman. Not only is he keeping the students’ interest for two and a half hours, he is also building their confidence and enthusiasm for what is, for many, their first AP exam.
Thanks again, J.K.
Hi Austin Lehn and Bud Pollak,
I just wanted to thank you again for all your help with the SATs. Austin, getting an 800 in Math was awesome! Those killer packets and plug-in-number strategies were great practice and I did not have any surprises during the test.
Bud, I can honestly say I learned more grammar in the ten weeks of your course than I did in the last eleven years of school. You were terrific at motivating me and getting me to study “vocabulary, vocabulary, vocabulary.”
Thanks again for making the SATs less stressful. – J.S.
Hey Marshall [Spooner],
I thought the test went better than I expected it to be. With math, I felt like I knew how to approach every single question I saw. I believe 9 out of your 10 hints were on the test. The only thing I didn’t use was the hippity hop (I was upset no bunny). But I think the extra helps and just doing as many problems as I could really helped me.
Hey Austin [Lehn],
So turns out I didn’t make any of those stupid mistakes on the math section for the SATs! I got an 800!!! Thank you so much for everything!!! J.M.
Dear Lynn and Marshall [Spooner],
Last night, my son J came home from his final SAT2 class, he was literally grinning from ear-to-ear. Yes, he had had a practice test score of 800 and that is terrific! But what I liked most was he was soaring with confidence.
J is a confident kid in general, but he was practically giddy last night, he looked like a massive weight had been taken off of his shoulders. So thanks for the higher score of course. But thanks even more so for building my son’s confidence, it is a true gift!
All the best, G.B.
I would like to thank you so much for the preparation that you gave me for the math SAT. With your help on the challenging “killer” packets, I earned a 750 with only two questions wrong! I would recommend this course to anyone because you help every student succeed significantly.
Thanks again! D.N.
Hi Robert Shapiro,
I am writing to you very excited and thankful. I got a 2340 on the March SATS: 790 CR 790 Math and 760 Writing. I doubt I’ll retake, and I’m hugely thankful I’m done with this process. I was so surprised at my CR score because I got a 66 on my PSAT and 720 on the practice; Thank you so much – your course really did make all the difference, and even though those Saturdays were long it was definitely worth it.
Thank you! M.Z.
Thanks for all your assistance over the years. The good news for us is that [my son] scored well and was accepted early to Dartmouth. He was just notified that he is a National Merit Finalist. He took the SAT twice as his calculator didn’t work the first time he took them and he didn’t like his 690 in math. So he got 800 both times on the Critical Reading, Math 690 then 770 and Writing 740 to 760. I think Rick and all your staff helped – no question.
Best from a proud father, G.I.
SAT Course with Robert Shapiro and Rick Columbo
Hey Marshall [Spooner] -
I felt really confident on the math sections. I thought the easy problems were really easy, and the harder ones were extremely manageable if you plugged in numbers. Thank you so much for all the help these past 10 weeks!
p.s. There was one question in particular that I looked at and immediately felt bad for kids who didn’t have you and wouldn’t think to plug in numbers.
My oldest son took your course to improve his first SAT scores. The second time around he scored a perfect 800 in Math and dramatically improved in writing and reading as well!! Needless to say, I enrolled my second child BEFORE he even took the SAT for first time and was very pleased with his scores as well.
I can’t say enough about your program… the results we got simply speak for themselves! I would suggest this course to anyone and everyone. Totally worth it! A.K.
Hi John Harrison,
My daughter was in your Sunday afternoon class. She enjoyed your class and teaching style and is convinced you are the best history teacher in the world.
Thanks, C.B. (Greenwich, CT)
Thank you for your help in math!!!! My score went from a 680 to a 750! I am so happy and so grateful for your help.
Thank you again, M.R.
SAT Subject Test, Math Level 2 Course with Marshall Spooner