My name is Adam Piacente, teaching professional and founder of Marin SAT Prep, an educational service specializing in private tutoring for the ACT & SAT.

Combining long experience in instructional course design with a comprehensive analysis of these tests, I have developed an extremely effective curriculum that significantly improves scores.

And your scores will improve too!

Presentation by Adam Piacente of Marin SAT Prep at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library October 22, 2022.

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 student to see the benefits of our test prep programs. Students at every level of ability typically enjoy out-sized improvement over previous scores, with those who struggle with test anxiety or learning issues often benefiting most from our services.

Our success in improving scores is not limited to students from Northern California. Over the years, Marin SAT Prep’s online tutoring has extended our reach to students as far away as Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Jose, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Boston, Calgary, Vancouver, Sydney, Edinburgh, London, and even Bogotá Columbia!

For your free consultation, please contact us by phone or email. Hope to hear from you soon!

~Adam Piacente



Targeted content review with our exclusive online materials and official practice questions.



Proven strategies, special guessing tips, and efficient time management plans for each subject.



Free practice tests and valuable test day techniques to sharpen focus and relieve anxiety.

Course Content

ACT or SAT Basics

Learn the fundamentals of test structure, timing, scoring, percentiles, and why studying for college admissions tests is so important. Primary standardized test strategies emphasized.

Students are taught effective strategies for efficiently reading and annotating passages, answering various question types, and properly managing difficult, ‘double passage’ question sets. Also includes an easy and effective technique that systematically targets the fundamental reason students most often miss reading questions.

Students review all grammar and structural language rules while learning valuable tips for answering each question topic. Contextual analysis emphasized for maximum score improvement.

We cover every math topic tested while discovering how to quickly identify the most efficient solution for each type of question. Students work progressively from easier to more difficult math questions – building confidence and developing the problem recognition and reasoning skills they need to succeed.

ACT test takers develop skills for efficiently identifying the relevant data points and properly interpreting results. Also included are crucial pacing strategies for this time-challenged section and tips for answering various types of ‘scientific method’ questions.

Students learn valuable test day tips to improve focus and concentration while reducing test fatigue and anxiety. What to eat, what to wear, and much more!


Private tutoring for the ACT & SAT.

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

For more than 15 years, Marin SAT Prep has continued to help 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 local high schools and non-profit organizations with innovative ways to provide college aspirants from all backgrounds access to quality, affordable test preparation.

Adam is available to speak with your group about college admissions testing. Please contact us for more details.

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ACT & SAT Lesson Options

Programs (below) are taught prior to the first ACT or SAT test sitting.
Follow up lessons available for additional sittings.

  • Complete Course: 12-16 lessons
    Covers every subject and topic tested on ACT or SAT.
  • Basic Course: 8-10 lessons
    Covers all subjects of ACT or SAT in an abbreviated format.
  • Procrastinator’s Special: 5 lessons
    Basics overview featuring test strategies and tips.
  • Verbal or STEM only: 6-8 lessons
    The Complete Course for either Verbal (Reading & Writing/English)
    or STEM (Math/ACT Science) only.
  • Long Term
    Regular weekly tutoring on an open ended schedule.
  • Custom Training
    We can always tailor a test prep program to your individual needs. 
    Please call for details.


  • +1 415-578-5760
  • info@marinsatprep.com

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