web analytics

Welcome to Reason Prep!

On this site you'll find over 450 videos with over 55 hours of content  covering all aspects of the SAT, ACT, and more.

Where to Start

SAT Math Videos

SAT Math Bootcamp - This series covers all the basic skills & concepts you need to conquer the SAT. If you need lots of help with the math section, start here!!

SAT Math Tactics - These videos apply what you learn in the Bootcamp on real SAT problems. These video cover dozens of strategies for using your math knowledge to improve your SAT math score.

Math Diagnostic Test - Take the diagnostic test and determine which areas you need to focus on to improve your score. Includes video answer explanations.

SAT Critical Reading Videos & Word Lists

SAT Critical Reading Bootcamp - The most in-depth SAT Critical Reading resource you'll ever find. These videos cover every nook and cranny of the reading section - sentence completions and passage-based reading questions. I also work through hundreds of practice reading problems in these vids.

SAT Vocab List - Get this vocab list (2000+ words) organized by priority - this list both common words you'll see on your SAT as well as the difficult vocab that you need to solve the hardest reading questions.

SAT Writing Videos

SAT Grammar Bootcamp - This video series covers all the grammar you need for the writing section. Know these rules and you're well on your way to an amazing Writing score.

SAT Grammar Tactics - These videos apply what you learned in the Bootcamp on real SAT grammar problems. I cover over 150 practice problems, divided into the major error categories and show you the best ways to tackle these questions.

SAT Essay Bootcamp - What makes a great SAT essay? This video series covers everything, from how to write your thesis to how to pick great examples. I also write a real SAT essay live in one of the videos so you can see how it all comes together.

Grammar Diagnostic Test - Take the diagnostic test and determine which grammar rules you need to review to improve your score. Includes video answer explanations.

ACT Videos

ACT English Bootcamp - All of these videos are available FREE on Youtube. I cover the major grammar rules & reading/writing skills you need to crush the ACT English test. I also work through four full practice ACT English tests.

ACT Math Bootcamp - A comprehensive overview of the math content, formulas, and strategys for ACT Math mastery. I also work through four practice ACT Math tests - that's 240 practice problems.

ACT Reading Bootcamp - Having trouble with ACT Reading? This series is for you. Learn how to manage your time effectively, how to approach the passages, and how to zero in on the right answer. I work through four practice ACT Reading tests - that's 16 passages and 160 questions.

ACT Science Bootcamp - In addition to reviewing important scientific literacy skills and information, I show you the most effective and efficient ways to navigate the ACT Science test. I also work through four tests - 28 passages and 160 questions - question-by-question.

Practice ACTs - Download the four tests I use in the Bootcamps here.

Other Resources

SAT Chemistry Review - 225+ videos covering the Chemistry Subject Test in-depth.

Downloads - Lots of free stuff to help you with your SAT!

Practice SATs - Download four official practice SATs here.

Online Tutoring - Learn about my tutoring service here!

Youtube Playlists - Find other SAT video series that I post on Youtube here.

Reason Prep's SAT eBook - If you prefer reading to video, check out this eBook, which covers how to prepare for the SAT in detail. I've also integrated relevant videos into the text.

SAT Encyclopedia - Lots of articles on various topics related to the SAT.

Leave A Reply (72 comments so far)


  1. Guy

    Hey,

    When will the critical reading bootcamp be available?

    How much will it cost to view those videos?


    • Rob

      I don’t have an ETA on the Reading Bootcamp because I’m still working on the SAT Mastery CORE articles. Hopefully within a few months at most. As for price, still being figured out, but perhaps something on the order of $20/month to start, though this will be for more than just the Bootcamp…


  2. Sean

    Hi Rob ,
    which books should I be buying form The SAT 1 . I have exactly 2 months to prepare form the . My Goal is to reach about a 1900 ( this will be my fist attempt ) .
    My aim is to reach a 600 in CR , 650 Math and and 650 in writing.

    Thank You !


    • Rob

      Hey, definitely get the SAT Blue Book (Official SAT Study Guide, you can find it on the sidebar) for 10 real tests. As for prep material, I’m biased but I’m going to recommend not only my free videos but also the new SAT Mastery Pro Membership on this site. I should have a bunch more videos up on it before you take your SAT.


  3. Su

    Thank you for making these videos and the CORE! These are extremely helpful to me. I took a practice SAT and my writing section score went from a 540 to 630 from watching your videos! Your tips on pacing and how to “learn” the test are the best things I have ever read. Thank you so much for making this because I am now confident I can get my desired SAT score!! Thank you!!


  4. Rob

    Hi Su,

    Great to hear the videos have helped! Keep up the hard work and you’ll definitely hit your score targets. Let me know if you have any more questions.


  5. Su

    What would you recommend for those taking the ACT resource wise?


    • Rob

      I actually know little about the ACT, so unfortunately I’m not sure what to recommend to you. I suppose you couldn’t go too wrong with one of the big companies, like Princeton Review or Kaplan. The ACT is much more content oriented so I don’t believe you’ll have the difference in quality with ACT review materials as you do with SAT stuff.


  6. Su

    I hope you don’t mind me asking all of these questions but do you have any recommendations for Subject Test? Specifically Biology?


    • Rob

      No problem! SAT IIs are tougher to study for because the College Board is stingy with released tests. It’s hard to find them. I’d definitely pick up the Official Study Guide for SAT Subject Tests so you can at least see what a real Bio test looks like. The College Board actually has released an Official Study Guide for Math 1&2, but none such for Bio I’m afraid. So you’ll have to stick with 3rd party resources. Barron’s is usually pretty good – comprehensive and filled with practice problems & sample tests.


  7. Su

    Will you make more math tactic videos that are more geometry and coordinate based?


    • Rob

      I’ve already made those kinds of videos and others in the Tactics series, they are in the Members Area though.


  8. Enrique

    Hi
    Is it possible to get individual tutoring with you? If it is how much would it cost?


    • Rob

      At this time (February 22 2013) I’m not taking on new students, but I’d definitely recommend the Members Area to you. It has all the information I’d give you in tutoring session in 300+ SAT prep videos that you can watch at your convenience, all for a price less than what you’d pay for an hour of my tutoring time. Let me know if you have any questions.


  9. Susie

    Would advice would you give for people who are about to take the test in less than one week. I’ve been using your videos as my SAT prep and am going to take it this Sat. did you have any last minute tips?


  10. Y. Fujii

    I am thinking of enrolling my son as a member in June. I am also interested in your online tutoring for him after he has watched your videos.

    I just wanted to be clear that $97 includes access to the videos (eg. the Critical reading bootcamps, SAT essay bootcamps)

    We live in Tokyo, so is online tutoring available to oversea students?


    • Rob

      Yes, the $97 cost includes access to all videos and resources in the Members Area. Online tutoring is also available for overseas students assuming that times can be arranged. I’ve worked with students from your time zone before so it shouldn’t be a problem. I’ve also e-mailed you this response.


  11. Sam

    Hey! I am along the SAT for the second time in October I’m extremly nervous as I got a 1500 the first time an want to reach in that 2000 zone! I am so nervous and scared as I only have a few more months please give me advice on what I should do to get this score please. I have motivation and can put the time in. I just need to know that it is possible to go from a 1500 to the 2000 range? and how so if you only have a few months to prep? PLEASE HELP SOS.


    • Rob

      It’s definitely possible to raise your score in a few months, though it’s hard to say how much without knowing more about your situation. In any event, check out http://reasonprep.com/how-to-achieve-from-1500-to-2400/ for a detailed guide on how to reach your score goal. Also click on “Enroll” in the navbar above to learn about the Members Area of this site where you’ll find hundreds of videos covering every aspect of the SAT.


  12. Aya

    Heyy. I’m planning on enrolling in your course very soon. I just have a few questions. One, how much time do I need to my significantly improve. Two, right now I’m at 1620, my goal by November, the latest, is 2000-2100 . Is that possible? Like if I follow and commit to your videos, will that be enough? I’m also taking Testmasters online course, so do you think that would be enough?


    • Rob

      Big score gains are possible if you commit to consistent practice and use the videos diligently. While no one can guarantee large score gains in a short period of time, you’ll definitely improve with my videos. But again, the most important thing is practice. Commit to two or three 1.5 hour blocks of study time every day during the summer and one or two blocks during the school year and you’ll see some gains.


  13. Haleema

    What do you think about the Barron’s vocabulary list? I’m aiming to get a 2200+ score but the thing is that I’m bad at the writing part and ok-ish at the critical reading. I was planning to appear in November(can also take the test in december..but the thing is that it will be my one and only chance then –no second chances and I really have to get a 2200+ score.) Also I will also be giving 3 subject tests in december. What do you suggest?


    • Rob

      I don’t know much about Barron’s Vocab List but I doubt it’s any kind of magic bullet. Vocab is important but the majority of the questions on the Reading are based on your reading skill. Of course reading skill is somewhat vocab based, but it’s also a skill that you can improve. So I’d say focus on the most important vocabulary words (such as those on my Vocab List, Levels 1-3) and then spend most of your time practicing reading. The Critical Reading Bootcamp should be helpful for you here.


  14. Haleema

    Do you think that a student can get the desired score(the average score of the 6-10 practice tests) in the first attempt?!


    • Rob

      It’s possible, though sometimes weird things can happen when you take the real thing. Some students score better than their average practice test score, some score worse. I believe nerves/stress is the major cause of this discrepancy.


  15. Ed Helbling

    Please give me any suggestions on how to improve my scores. I’ve taken the diagnostc tests for both math and grammer and did well. I’ve also looked at all the videos for the others sections. however i’m still getting mid- high 500′s on all the section im taking the test in october. Do you have any ideas to boost my score. im trying to get a 1800.


    • Rob

      There’s a lot of reasons why your scores could be flat. You say you did well on the diagnostic tests, but if you’re missing a good chunk of questions, there is likely some content that you’re missing. Is there a common question type you are missing? A rule that tricks you consistently? These are the kinds of things we need to know in order to figure out what you need to do next. Feel free to e-mail me ([email protected]) and we can discuss it further!


  16. Peter

    Hi!

    First of all, I want to thank you for uploading such resplendent videos!

    I did subscribed, I do watch your SAT prep videos and I have to say they are incredibly effective!

    So far I have been studying SAT but something just came up to my mind- TOEFL

    My parents want me to study TOEFL as well… Thus I want to ask if you provide any TOEFL prep videos as well.
    If not, do you know any other website where I could find such brilliant prep videos like yours?

    Thank you in advance
    Peter.


    • Rob

      Thanks for the kind words! I’m not familiar with the TOEFL so I don’t believe I can help with that, nor do I know of any similar websites that review that test. A good start might be to search Youtube and see if you can find any TOEFL channels, which may then lead you to TOEFL prep websites.


  17. Joel A

    Hi Rob, My son Braxton has been working hard using your tools. His is taking the SAT next Saturday OCT 5th. Which of the Math Videos mostly cover Level 3 difficulty.. they seem to be the ones giving him the most trouble.


    • Rob

      The videos aren’t organized by difficulty, only by problem. The best thing he can do is go through each of the math sections in the four practice tests available on my site and do the following questions:

      20 Q section: 7-14
      18 Q section: 3-6, 12-16
      16 Q section: 6-13

      These are most likely to be the “medium” questions that Braxton needs to practice. If he has any questions on these problems, check out the videos or e-mail me and I can direct him to the relevant videos for those problems.


  18. Nadia

    i want to get 800 in each section,if i watch all your videos ..will i get and a score of 2400?


    • Rob

      Perhaps! There’s no way I can guarantee any score, especially since I don’t know your starting scores. But I can guarantee that my videos are comprehensive, and students have used them, in conjunction with a rigorous study schedule, to increase their SAT scores.


  19. Edward

    I took the SAT in October and I didn’t get my scores yet. It just says ” not yet available”. All my friends got their scores. Why is collegeboard taking so long to grade my test?


    • Rob

      There could be a number of reasons…perhaps they didn’t get a chance to finish all the grading, or there was some paperwork issue, or something like that. Other times I hear they delay scores when a student increases his or her score significantly compared to a previous test. Your best bet is to call the College Board and ask!


  20. Chris

    Hey Rob,

    I just wanted to thank you for this awesome web site. I studied all summer using Reason Prep and my score jumped from 1820 to 2160 on the October SAT. Thank you so much, you saved my college application!


    • Rob

      Wow what great news! Congrats! Your hard work paid off. Good luck with your apps. :)


  21. Saad

    Hi Rob,

    I took the SAT for the first time this October and got 1980(670M,650CR,660W) , which is not quite the 2000+ I was looking for. I am taking it again on Dec 7, so any final tips and advice, because I really need to break the 2000 barrier.

    Thanks!


  22. Drasti Chaudhari

    Hey,
    I just found your website/videos and was reading over some students responses. I think this is exactly what I was looking for. Can you please email me back? I really want to score at 1800-1900 on the SAT. Please email me back.
    -Thank you!


    • Rob

      You got it!


  23. Quinn

    Hi, I am retaking the SAT in May and am trying to juggle school work. Yet, I do not want to be unprepared on test day. Can you make a recommended study plan for members if they have the test in 3 to 4 months? Or perhaps write a blog post or something about how much to study the SAT per week so the skills are still sharp. Thanks for listening! :)


    • Rob

      Hi Quinn – I talk about the best study methods in these posts:

      http://reasonprep.com/your-sat-study-plan/
      http://reasonprep.com/how-much-should-i-study/
      http://reasonprep.com/how-to-achieve-from-1500-to-2400/

      The last link offers you study guides for each score goal so that you know what to focus on in your studies. To sum up these articles: focus on working a little bit each day (perhaps 1.5 hrs of studying each day) rather than cramming a lot on single days or weekends. The more you can spread out your practice, the better. So spending your day watching some of the videos in the Members Area and/or completing a practice section is a great use of your time. Commit to consistent practice over the next three to four months and you’ll greatly benefit.


  24. ChristaCersosimo

    I enrolled on monday jan 6 2014 and i come back to the site and I’m logged in but it doesn’t give me access to all the videos


    • Rob

      Please e-mail me so we can get it sorted out. You should have access to everything in the Members Area. Please let me know which videos in particular don’t work for you.


  25. PJ

    I have a few questions:
    Is this a scam because it doesn’t seem like one?
    If I pay $97 do I get everything (like even the chemistry stuff or are their extras?)
    I have been getting 1700-1780 on practice tests, can I improve my score with this tool to around 2100 by March 8?
    How much time will I need to spend to get to a 2100?


    • Rob

      Nope, not a scam :) You can see comments from many customers & potential customers throughout this site and on my Youtube channel. Yes, the $97 includes everything listed on the Enroll Page – there are no add-ons or hidden fees. The only thing not included in the Members Area is online tutoring – that’s a separate service.

      I can’t say whether or not you can get those kind of gains in a short period of time, but the videos can certainly help you structure your practice sessions effectively and give you the best strategies and information to answer the questions as efficiently as possible. Without knowing more about you, I can’t tell you how much time you’ll need to spend to get gains, but I usually advise my students to dedicate an hour and a half per day to practice & review. It’s important to be consistent rather than to cram sporadically.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!


  26. Gigi

    Hi, I was wondering about the payment. So for $97 we get access to ALL videos, yes? And we have access to them for as long as we like? Can international students also buy this program?
    I have about two months until my first test and I really want to do well. Thanks!


    • Rob

      Yes, $97 gets you access to all the videos currently in the Members Area as well as any videos I add in the future. This is a one-time fee; pay once and you have access to the site forever. International students are absolutely welcome! I’d say at this point I have more international users than American users.


  27. dan

    Hi Rob, the hardest section for me is the reading one. i tend to skip a lot of the vocab completions and I make a lot of dumb mistakes on the reading passages. Time is a problem for me because I feel rushed and can’t think as clearly but when I take the practice test with no time, i get almost every single one. I feel if i can get 95% of the reading passage answers correct my score will improve. It was a 490 and is now up to a 580. I’m trying to get somewhere in the 1800′s for my total SAT which would require me to try to get at least a 600 on CR. Any recommendations?


    • Rob

      Part of your study program should likely be dedicated to some vocab studying. Check out my vocab list & study Levels 1-3.

      For the passages, it depends on how exactly you are using your time. If you are reading the passage before you answer the questions, this is probably not an efficient use of your time. Instead, you’ll want to do the question as you read the passage. I demonstrate this strategy in the Critical Reading Bootcamp. Video #7 might be helpful for you.

      If you’d like to chat more about this, feel free to contact me by email! Click the contact button.


  28. dan

    Hi Rob, i just took 3 practice sections for math and i got a total of 38 correct 1 incorrect on the multiple choice, 3 incorrect on the free response, and omitted 12. what would that be out of the 800 scale?


    • Rob

      It depends on the test, but that would likely be somewhere around a 590.


  29. dan

    Hi Rob, for the math i keep on getting all the easy right and most of the mediums but i tend to skip all the hard ones and a few hard mediums. out of the 20 question one, i got 15 right but omitted 5. what can I do to answer maybe 2 or 3 more of them? time is not a problem. i just simply don’t know how to do them. the test i took was the the 2005 practice SAT. it was a PDF file on your website. section 2. I’m scared omitting that many will make my score go down below a 600.


    • Rob

      It’s great that you’re getting all the easies & most of the mediums right. So now it’s time to focus on the hards. The best thing to do there is practice as many hard math questions as you can. Start with the tests on my site & watch the relevant Tactics videos for the answers to those questions. Make sure you understand how each question works, and feel free to send me an e-mail if you want more help. Then move on to the Blue Book and other sources of OFFICIAL SAT questions (don’t use fake questions from other companies). Practice those until you understand them completely. Dedicate yourself to the hards and you should begin to build the “muscles” needed to answer them. Focus especially on those questions 15-18 (20Q section), 12-14 (16 Q section) and 5-7, 13-16 (18 Q section)


  30. Camilo hozman

    Hello Rob I’m camilo and I has taken 2 times the sat. The university where I’m applying is just going to look the reading and math part I’m expecting to get 650 on each section. My latest score was 380 on math and 340 on my reading. I would like to joking your web side but I don’t understand how to do it. I know how to pay bit after I don’t know if I will have an account to have access to all the videos. I’m planning to take the sat on May an June and them will be my lastest opportunities for me. I appreciate your help.

    Thank y


    • Rob

      To join, go to the Enroll page: http://reasonprep.com/enroll/

      Click the add to cart button and fill in your payment information. Once you sign up, you’ll get an e-mail from my site with your username and password. If you have any problems or questions, you can always email me!


  31. Wren

    Hey Rob,
    This is Wren. I was wondering if you would answer some questions about the membership and enrollment via e-mail. Thanks so much. :)


    • Rob

      You got it!


  32. dan

    Hi rob, other than the blue college board book which I already completed, is there any other book available that covers SAT math critical reading and writing and if so which one would you say is the best one to get?


    • Rob

      If you’re looking for more real practice tests, I recommend the College Board’s Official Online Course. That will give you 9 more tests to work with (the 10th is one already included on this site).


  33. dan

    I’m trying to get a 600 for writing. if my essay is between 8-10, about how many can i get wrong on the 2 writing sections?


  34. Maggie

    Hi.
    Do u have videos for other sat test subjects or offer tutoring for them? Esp. US History, literature and maths 2?
    Thanks!


    • Rob

      I don’t do US History or literature at this time, but I do tutor the SAT Math 1 & 2 Subject Test.


  35. dasani

    Hi Rob,
    I looked at the syllabus and a paper of the ACT and it seems a lot easier than the SAT. I asked a couple of teachers and students in school, and they told me that it is easier but colleges know that so they don’t really consider it much, and the SAT has a lot more value…is that true?


    • Rob

      It used to be that way, but not anymore. Colleges look at SAT & ACT equally at this point. Note, though, that if the test is easier overall (I think it is), it’s easier for everyone, so you won’t get any special advantage. But if the test is easier for YOU personally, then you might find some value in trying it out. My recommendation is to download a practice ACT from my site, try it out (in test-taking conditions), and see how you do. If your score is significantly better than your SAT score, you might consider giving the ACT a closer look. But I do recommend focusing all your efforts on one test rather than splitting your attention on both.


  36. Etsehiwot Negash

    This is really cool!! Reason Prep really helped me understand the SAT’s more.


    • Rob

      Great to hear!


  37. AnnajimuAwwal

    Rob,
    I working improving on my overall ACT score but particularly my essay. I just wanted to know if the SAT essay tips apply for the ACT and if not where they deviate?


    • Rob

      I’d say the fundamentals are the same: write a clear, specific argument; support it with reasoning; organize your essay clearly; use varied sentence structure & appropriate vocabulary; and write a lot. That’s just “good writing.” However, I wouldn’t follow SPECIFIC advice I offer just for the SAT Essay beyond those basic facts. I’m going to create an ACT Writing video series eventually, but I’m not ready to produce that quite yet.

  38. Piece of writing writing is also a fun, if you know then you can write or else it is complex
    to write.