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Orinda's best 
SAT and ACT Prep Tutor
Philip Hawes SAT, PSAT , and ACT Prep Tutoring will solve all your problems,
no matter how difficult they may be.
I am Orinda's best SAT Prep tutor because I specialize at SAT prep and because I have the test wrapped around my little finger.

​I have an official SAT score of 2390 (out of 2400) on the new SAT.  I took the new SAT I in early 2009, even though I had tutored for many years, first working at a tutoring center and then for Ivy West and Kaplan. Now I tutor on my own.  After all these years of tutoring, I can honestly say that I have tutored hundreds of SAT and PSAT prep students.

I have all of my students use "The Official SAT Study Guide" (2nd edition)" by The College Board, the maker of the SAT test.
Any serious SAT student studies vocabulary words for hours and hours.  There are many good books and flashcards available.


My other pages have helpful and insightful information on the SAT and other tests, as well as the college admissions process.


Here is some information which is crucial but not on my other pages:
U.S. News and World Report has invaluable info on the college admission's process.  It shows the 25th and 75th percentiles for SAT and ACT scores and GPA​.  But like I stated on the other pages, GPAs don't mean much because almost every kid nowadays has a great GPA (thank "grade inflation" for that one).  A high GPA won't help much but a low one will probably greatly reduce your chances of getting in a good school or getting a merit scholarship.


Interesting links:

Lafayette, CA SAT tutoring page
This is my Lafayette, CA SAT and PSAT tutoring page

Moraga, CA SAT tutoring page
This is my Moraga, California SAT and PSAT tutoring page