Marin SAT Prep


My name is Adam Piacente, teaching professional and founder of Marin SAT Prep, an educational service that specializes in preparing students for college admissions exams.

Combining long experience in instructional course design with a comprehensive analysis of both the SAT & ACT, I have developed a highly effective curriculum that significantly improves student test scores.

And your scores will improve too!

Since 2006, Marin SAT Prep has tutored some of the highest scoring students in the Bay Area, but you don’t have to be a top scorer to see the benefits of our test prep programs. 

Students at every level of ability typically enjoy out-sized improvement over previous scores, while those who struggle with test anxiety or learning issues often benefit most from our services.


Founder of Marin SAT Prep, Adam Piacente is a retired attorney who designed and taught some of the very first law school courses in online legal research. He is the author of a number of textbooks on the subject as well as author and co-publisher, with Lexis Publishing, of the official launch guide for the legal research service.

After deciding to transition from law but continue teaching, Adam took a position as a private test prep tutor and soon began developing new methodologies that proved so effective, Adam started his own education company in 2006.

Over the past 15 years, Marin SAT Prep has helped thousands of students achieve significantly higher scores on both the SAT & ACT, with Adam himself personally tutoring over 800 individual test candidates.

In addition to private tutoring, Adam also assists educational and non-profit organizations in finding innovative ways to provide college aspirants from all backgrounds access to quality, affordable test preparation, and currently teaches specially designed programs to disadvantaged students at both Huckleberry Youth and San Rafael High School.

Adam also presents on admissions testing, speaking to groups at local high schools, libraries, and other institutions.  He is available to speak with your group. Please contact us for more details.

Students and Families Say . . .

"Yesterday I found out that I got into Stanford.

You were such a big part of the process for me,
and without your help I would never have done
well enough on the tests to make it."
"I have kids not believing that I made a
300 point leap and asking how I did it.

I told them about you so expect
more juniors to be coming your way."
"(My home school student) scored
800 on her SAT Math II Subject Test
to go along with a 36 on the ACT!

She will be attending MIT in the Fall!"
"(My daughter) absolutely loved working with you.
She said that you were very structured, organized
and your calm mannerism spoke very well to her.

She truly never minded going to see you,
even after a long day at school."
"Your work with (my daughter) really paid off!

She was accepted early decision to Dartmouth!"
"(My son) did better than he’s ever done
on standardized testing.
He credits you!"
"Another success story for Marin SAT Prep!

(My daughter) just ended her College Apps work
with the word from Columbia University.

Off to NYC in the Fall!"
"You’re worth every penny."
"Just wanted you to know that (my son)
was accepted to Cornell today.

His 34 ACT and 800 Math II scores
I am sure played a big role!"
"I’m so happy for and proud of (our niece).
We can’t thank you enough.

You delivered what you promised!"
"(My 12 year-old daughter) did extremely well
on her SAT tests and was named a
Caroline D. Bradly Scholar
by the Institute for Educational Advancement."
"I just got my score!

"I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for your
guidance and knowledge you’ve shared with my son.

(He) was able to raise his ACT score from 28 to 33.
Thank you so much for helping him achieve his potential."
"You are the greatest!

(Our daughter’s) higher SAT Math score
undoubtedly made a critical difference
in her gaining admission to UCLA."
"(My son) got a 790 out of 800 on SAT Math.
It was amazing.

Math was what we were zeroed in on for
engineering schools and you did a phenomenal job."
"You’ve vindicated my daughter’s
faith in herself, my faith in her,
and my initial judgment that you were DA MAN.

Amazing improvement due to your counsel!"
"(My daughter) ended up being
a National Merit Commended Scholar.

Tufts University in Boston it is!"
"We are so thrilled and grateful.
Thanks again!

I hope it does the trick for college.
Oh, what a tough year it is out there."


Targeted review of all test content utilizing professionally written course materials and supplemented by official practice questions.


Proven test strategies, useful tips, and efficient time management plans that maximize scores.


Effective test day techniques to sharpen focus, improve endurance, and relieve anxiety.


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