Progressive SAT Tutoring

Fees: $200/hour

Location: 4626 River Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20816.


In home tutoring is available for an additional fee.


For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation, please call (301) 320-3634.

SAT Tutoring FAQs

Additional Information for Education Professionals



Progressive SAT Tutoring
Now available worldwide via Skype!

Recommended Lead Time: 8-12 months (what’s this?)

AVE’s Progressive SAT Tutoring
Standard SAT Tutoring
Learn to SOLVE the hardest problems.
Learn to SKIP the hardest problems.
Learn to solve problems directly, efficiently, and with confidence.
Learn inefficient and unreliable techniques like plug-in, backsolve, and process of elimination.
Use a mix of advanced texts and AVE’s proprietary training materials. Practice with material harder than the actual test.

Practice with material that is often easier than the real test.
Become better at reading, math, and writing in general. Do better in school and college classes. Improve your cognitive abilities.
Learn gimmicks that only apply to standardized tests. There will be no gain in academic skills. In fact, techniques like backsolve and plug-in can actually make your algebraic reasoning skills atrophy.
Learn to solve every problem quickly and surely.
Learn to use an unreliable process of elimination and guesswork.
Get Overprepared.
Never learn to solve the hardest problems.


The SAT is the most important test of your life. You already know that colleges use it as a critical part of their admissions process. But did you know that many of the most competitive companies, including investment banks and consulting firms, will look at your SAT scores if you apply for a job or an internship? Did you know that many scholarships and summer programs also look at your SAT scores?

You have two options when preparing for the SAT. If you want to spend a few weeks learning how to use the process of elimination and unreliable guesswork, there are multitudes of companies and tutors that can help you. But if you want to spend a few months actually improving your math and language skills, and actually target the 2300+ SAT scores that can open so many doors, you may find that AVE’s progressive tutoring programs have what you are looking for.

First, let’s dispense with the myths. Despite was a lot of mass-market SAT companies want you to believe, there are not simple “test-taking strategies” that will miraculously guarantee a high score. If there was anything that simple, everyone on earth would get a 2300+ SAT score. The hype about “test-taking strategies” is just that: hype. Test taking strategies are easy to teach, and it is easy for mass-market companies to hire staff that can teach them (in fact, many companies actually hire college students to teach their SAT courses.)

On the other hand, that does not mean that if your current SAT score is a 1700 that you cannot earn a 2350. It just means that to get there, you will have to train hard with the right system and under the right guidance.

At AVE you will not learn to use “back-solve” and “plug-in” to avoid basic algebra. You will not learn better ways to guess. Instead, you will build your math skills, so that while your peers waste their time using plug-in, you will sail through problems, answering each one quickly and surely. And while your peers try to make better guesses, you will answer each question accurately and confidently. If you want to see what types of solutions you will learn, look at this free sample of SAT Math Cognition.

The methods that Arvin Vohra teaches are the same ones he used to earn perfect scores on the GRE and GMAT. (The GRE and GMAT are standardized tests similar to the SAT that people take after college. They are both much harder than the SAT.) He finished the GMAT 1 hour and fifteen minutes early, and he finished the GRE one hour and a half early.

There are the methods that most people use, and then there are the methods that only the best know about. An excellent SAT score can open a lot of doors.

Fees: $200/hour. Initial Consultation: Free.

For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation, please call 301-320-3634.

You may also want to consider: SAT Math Cognition; Vocabulary Synapse


Frequently Asked Questions

Are diagnostic tests given as part of the process?
The primary method of determining a student's current level is direct observation of a student's problem solving methods. This method allows deeper insight into the student's cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and provides the information necessary to tailor an appropriate strategy. Sample SAT tests are used as backup diagnostics, to catch anything that may have been missed during direct observation.

What teaching materials are used?
Texts vary based on the student, and may be selected from a wide variety of SAT preparation books and related materials designed by AVE and others. Advanced students often use training materials designed for the LSAT, GRE, or GMAT. When needed, additional materials are developed for the student.

How early should SAT tutoring begin?
This depends largely on a student's starting level; a larger gap between the starting and desired levels necessitates more time for preparation. In most situation, a few months are necessary, but this can vary dramatically. It is not necessary (or even preferable) to schedule tutoring to stop right before the actual test. AVE's methods target fundamental cognitive skills, and lead to long-term and pervasive changes. Thus, they are not easily forgotten, and it is advisable to allow some extra time for complete integration of new methods.

Do students learn basic facts and formulas as part of the process?
Students learn fundamental facts and formulas as part of the process. This part of the process is vital; without basic facts, no level of cognitive ability will be sufficient.

Do students learn vocabulary?
The tutoring process incorporates Vocabulary Synapse, the text developed by AVE specifically for SAT and GRE preparation.

Can SAT tutoring be done in a shorter time frame?
Any amount of time can be used to develop students' abilities and scores. Students often see results after one or two sessions. However, the full realization of a students potential takes time.

Will students learn test-taking strategies?
Students will learn test-taking strategies. However, this process is much simpler than the development of fundamental problem solving and reasoning skills. Thus, although test-taking strategies are thoroughly covered, they are not the primary focus of the process.

My child really struggles with standardized tests. Will tutoring help?
Several issues can cause a student to struggle with standardized tests. Insufficient familiarity with the information, inefficient cognitive methods, and anxiety are some of the more common causes. In most situations, AVE's SAT tutoring methods are appropriate.


Additional Information for Education Professionals

Because SAT tutoring works with so many different aspects of learning and cognitive development, a comprehensive description of methods is not practical. Instead, this section focuses on situations in which students test scores and school grades are differ dramatically. These situations are often of particular interest to educators.

Success in school tests generally comes from a combination of mastery of fundamental principles and a knowledge of detail. A sufficiently high level of the latter can compensate for weakness in the former. For example, a student can memorize twenty formulas for a math exam instead of learning the small number of fundamental principles.

When students learn in this way, they often forget large amounts of this memorized information. Exam performance is often weaker than quiz and homework performance. Sometimes, when a student is sufficiently disciplined, exam performance is at the same level as quiz and homework performance.

Success in school that comes through knowledge of detail is possible because there is a limited amount of information. Even a math final exam has a finite number of problem types to choose from. Thus, the student can memorize formulas, facts, and rules of thumb to succeed in school. Each year, he can memorize new information, and succeed to some extent in his classes.

The SAT, however, has an inordinately large number of potential problem types. Memorizing enough to do well is basically impossible, and success requires an understanding of fundamental principles.

In general, the longer a student has relied on memorization as a substitute for understanding, the more intensive SAT preparation will have to be. Long-term calculator use, when combined with reliance on memorization, can be especially damaging to mathematical reasoning.

SAT tutoring addresses these issues by building fundamental knowledge and cognitive skills. Drills are uses to build basic skills, and challenging problems are used to build much of the required reasoning. Development of problem-solving skills is often accomplished by making students make connections and intellectual leaps on their own. Problems are often broken down into smaller components to make this possible; additionally, the student's attention will be directed to the part of the problem that requires the intellectual leap. This method is often preferred to more traditional methods of direct instruction; however, both are used as appropriate. This applies to math, reading, sentence completion, and even certain grammar problems.

Please note that situations in which SAT scores are significantly lower than what school performance predicts make up just one of the many types of circumstances in which SAT tutoring is appropriate. SAT tutoring is available for all levels of students, ranging from those struggling with the rudiments to the most advanced students. Educators with specific questions can contact AVE directly at


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