Unique Benefits of Norman Prince's Programs

My 16-hour, comprehensive program (eight 2-hour sessions) will improve your reading, writing, math, and test-taking skills.

You will gain:
  • Greater comprehension and concentration
  • Increased grammar, vocabulary, and math subject matter knowledge
  • Optimal results on future tests
  • Better writing, revising, and editing skills


How much could your SAT/ACT score go up?

Fully participating students typically raise their SAT/ACT scores:

  • Average starting—(1200/24) 75th percentile
  • Average finishing—(1400/30) 93rd percentile
  • A third reach—(1520/33) 98th-99th percentile

How quickly can your scores go up?

Students who learn and apply my key strategies see improvement within the first few sessions.

Highlights of some ACT and SAT students:

  • ACT—From bottom 17% (14) to top 17% (26)
  • ACT—From top 32% (22) to top 3% (33)
  • ACT—From top 9% (29) to top 1% (35)
  • SAT—From top 46% (1030) to top 11% (1340)
  • SAT—From top 11% (1340) to top 2% (1520)
  • SAT—From top 8% (1330) to top 1% (1580)—Perfect score on SAT Reading & Writing!

Get in touch!

Please contact me to schedule a FREE 30-minute consultation to:

  • Get answers to your questions
  • Learn about my programs
  • Discover how we will work together to acomplish your goals

Personalized Programs

I tailor my cost-effective programs to meet your needs, ensuring that you will be fully prepared. Using my proven methods and materials, I will customize your program and guide you through every step to meet your goals.

Get better scores in less time than other programs by following my time-tested, 8-step technique:

  • Analyze previous test results
  • Assess your strengths and weaknesses on test sections
  • Discover and apply your strongest intelligences—ways you learn best
  • Design a program to maximize your improvement in a shorter time frame
  • Set improvement goals
  • Improve your math, grammar, writing, and vocabulary knowledge with my guide and the best official and supplementary books
  • Learn to reduce anxiety, prepare nutritionally, and concentrate better
  • Carry out the program

Program options include:

  • Work only on your choice of test sections
  • Transition from one test to another—e.g., from PSAT to SAT
  • Prep for two test—e.g., ACT and SAT
  • Work on speed-reading followed by test prep—especially for ACT since it has 30% less time per question than SAT

Additional features of my comprehensive programs:

  • No time wasted taking test after test!
  • Learn and apply strategies and meet improvement goals

Additional Info

I mostly tutor college entrance exams. However, my unique programs can be tailoreed to many standardized tests.

I send detailed progress summaries for all SAT and ACT sessions to parents and counselors.

My Exclusive Guides

Over three decades as an educator, I’ve written comprehensive guides that produce optimal results in my intensive and comprehensive programs. These guides are only available to my students. I continually update them based on the latest client feedback, research, and professional reading.

These guides:

  • Enable you to save time otherwise spent taking notes
  • Feature specific strategies for:
    • Every section and sub-section
    • All passage- and question-types
    • Pacing for time management
    • Doing the passages that are quickest and easiest for you first
    • Doing the questions that are quickest and easiest for you first
    • Comparing and eliminating answer choices
    • Guessing the best answers

They also include:

  • Grammar materials, strategies, and examples to boost your score and improve your writing
  • Strategies that will help you improve on all future exams
  • Reading and study strategies that will make you a better learner


I’m unique in test prep, reading, and learning skills because of my extremely diverse experience, including:

  • More than 10,000 hours of tutoring
  • Tutoring many adults, professionals, and graduate students
  • Designing and writing exclusive guides for ACT, SAT, PSAT, SSAT, and sevevral other programs
  • Having taught reading and study skills at college and high school levels, including 20 years as assistant professor of English at Skyline College
  • Delivering test prep, reading, and study skills workshops for:
    • USC School of Education
    • Gonzaga University Graduate School of Business
    • Stanford University

Let me apply my passion for teaching to maximize your scores on any tests including:

  • SAT, ACT, PSAT, SSAT, CBEST, CSET including MSAT, GRE, and others

Individual Options


Tutoring is personalized to maximize test scores.

Please contact me to schedule tutoring or with questions.



Noe Valley, San Francisco

Remote Tutoring

Online tutoring via Zoom.

Contact me for details at 415-821-6595.

Time frame

How long is the program?

Typically 16 hours over 8 weeks. Sessions are 2 hours long—other session-lengths and time frames are possible. For maximum benefit, spend a similar amount of time on homework, applying my strategies to official test sections.

Other Programs

I also offer programs on speed-reading, study and note-taking skills, grammar, writing, and/or vocabulary, some of which can be combined with test prep.

Hourly and Program Rates

Please contact me for details including pricing and rate reductions for individuals.

Payment can be made by PayPal, check, money order, or cash.

More on Policies.

Check out Testimonials.


Norman is an incredible tutor. In one short series of sessions my daughter increased her SAT scores to be able to consider schools she had thought might be beyond her reach. Norman teaches reading and reasoning skills, not just "how to take the test", as compared to places like Elite, which we found useless and a waste of money. Norman formulates an individual plan with which he works with the student one on one, not only increasing skills but also increasing confidence. Friends we've sent to Norman were quite pleased. He is highly recommended!"
Wendy R.