Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where are your PSAT, SAT and ACT prep courses offered?

A: We currently offer our PSAT, SAT and ACT prep courses in the following states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island (NY, NJ, CT, MA, & RI). To find the location nearest you click on the “Locations” link and select your state and county. If you do not find your location, please contact our office at 1-800-866-SATS (7287) and a college prep sales representative can assist you.

Q: What does the ACT test entail?

A: The ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests in English, mathematics, reading, science and an optional writing test.

Q: When is the ACT given?

A: The ACT is administered in February (except in New York state), April, June, September, October and December.

Q: If I have already taken a PSAT and an SAT can I still take the ACT?

A: Absolutely, the vast majority of colleges accept both tests. For students taking both the SAT and ACT, the college will usually count the highest test score towards admission.

Q: When are the SAT, PSAT, and ACT group courses offered?

A: SAT, PSAT and ACT preparation courses are offered throughout the year during the spring, summer and fall semesters. Most spring and fall classes meet in the late afternoon, evenings or on weekends. Summer classes are offered either on weekday mornings/afternoons or in the evenings depending on the location. We recommend calling us toll free at 1-800-866-7287 (SATS) to get the most up to date course availability for your area.

Q: How do I find a Lentz & Lentz SAT, PSAT or ACT preparation course near me?

A: If you have not already received information regarding SAT, PSAT or ACT classes in your area, please click our “Locations” link in the navigation toolbar to find the state, county and town closest to you. For the most immediate and up to date information and to confirm the best SAT, PSAT or ACT prep location for you, please call our SAT, PSAT and ACT preparation sales representatives at 1-800-866-7287 (SATS).

Q: How long has Lentz & Lentz been running PSAT, SAT and ACT review courses?

A: For over 42 years throughout the Northeastern United States

Q: What is your approximate class size?

A: On average 10-18 students per class.

Q: Who teaches your class?

A: All teachers at Lentz & Lentz SAT Prep have academic degrees in English or math or related areas and have classroom teaching experience at the high school and/or college level. In addition, all teachers have been specifically trained in both PSAT, SAT and ACT preparation.

Q: How does your course compare to other more costly preparation groups?

A: Lentz & Lentz SAT Prep is a “mom and pop” organization, not a giant franchise or bureaucracy. We use our own copyrighted curriculum plus supplementary material. We also offer audio aids for review, live make-up sessions, free review lessons and a better program at a fraction of the price of our competition. The quality of our program has justified its longevity.

Q: What increase can I expect after taking this program?

A: A lot depends on individual effort. Many of our students have increased their scores several hundred points after taking the course.

Q: Can a student with a learning disability and/or IEP or 504 classification benefit from this class?

A: Absolutely, our program offers specific learning aids that supplement every part of our curriculum, designed to be used in the comfort of your own home. Extra help is also available by appointment.

Q: Can a student with a really high PSAT, SAT or ACT score benefit from our program?

A: We find that students with high averages and previously high PSAT, SAT or ACT scores actually show the most dramatic improvements.

Q: What if a student has a conflict with the class schedule or simply cannot attend a lesson?

A: Most classes have live make-ups which are offered at various locations. Please contact us directly to schedule a make-up at a location near you.

Q: If I take the SAT more than once, will admissions counselors frown upon that?

A: Every admissions office has its own special rules. If you are not sure, the best solution is to contact the college admission office directly or speak with one of our advisors. There is no limit to the number of times a student can take the SAT. Most colleges will actually consider the highest combined score from each test.

Q: What if a class is cancelled due to inclement weather?

A: Make-up dates are incorporated into all class schedules. For the most up to date information on school cancellations, please call our 800 number to check for a cancellation. In most cases, students would be emailed in the event of a cancellation.

Q: When is the PSAT given?

A: The PSAT is only given in October.

Q: How can I register for the SAT?

A: You can register directly at or by submitting the application obtainable through your guidance office or online at

Q: What months are the SATs given?

A: October, November, December, January, March or April, May and June, seven months throughout the year.

Q: Do I pay extra for instructional materials?

Q: Do I pay extra for instructional materials?

Q: Outside of the time spent on subject matter questions, and on skills and strategies, what other topics do you address in class?

A: Time management skills, the ability to rank questions by levels of difficulty, and familiarization with testing formats and processes in order to lessen test-taking anxiety.

Q: I've heard that colleges aren't interested in the writing score. Is this true?

A: That depends on the college. It may also depend on what the student says when interviewed by an admissions officer. If, for instance, the student expresses a desire to study journalism, the writing score might become a factor. Check with the college admissions office to be sure.

Q: Do you give homework?

A: Yes, the student is expected to complete approximately 35 minutes of homework per subject per week. The instructional booklets also contain additional practice exercises which are not assigned as homework, but which are available for students who wish to further refine their skills.

Q: My youngster already took the PSAT as a sophomore. If he or she takes the PSAT again in his junior year what's the point?

A: The junior year PSAT is the one that counts as the criterion for the National Merit Scholarship. Taking the test early enables the student to get extra practice and hopefully do better as an eleventh grader.

Q: What does the SAT test entail?

A: The SAT has 4 sections, excluding the essay. A total of 3 hours without the essay and a total of 3 hours and 50 minutes with the essay. The reading section consists of 52 questions with passages relating to literature, social studies, science and a dual passage. Students have 65 minutes to complete the reading section. The writing and language section consists of 44 questions relating to grammar and effectiveness of expression. Students have 35 minutes to complete the writing and language section.

The SAT has two math sections. The first math section does not require a calculator and consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 grid in questions. Students have 25 minutes to complete this section. The second math section requires a calculator and consists of 30 multiple choice questions and 8 grid in questions. Students have 55 minutes to complete the second math section.

Q: Now that the new SAT is essay optional, do you recommend that I take the test with the essay?

A: Yes, many colleges will require the essay. If the student takes the test without the essay and the college requires it, the student may have to take the test again to include the essay on his or her college transcript. In addition, we feel the skills that are being taught for the essay are an intrinsic part of college readiness. Therefore, we believe it is in the student’s best interest to take the SAT with the essay.