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About SAT Prep

The Johns Hopkins SAT Prep Program aims to provide Baltimore City Public School students with free, high-quality SAT preparation. This program is an intensive eight-week commitment designed to assist high school students prepare for the SAT through small group and one-on-one tutoring sessions. SAT Prep tutors will teach content and strategies for each section covered in the exam so students will be better prepared for taking the SAT. By connecting high school students and college students in a collegiate environment, our program aspires to give high school students access to valuable mentorship opportunities and other insights into college life.

The SAT Prep Program is a biannually run program (fall and spring) that pairs Johns Hopkins undergrads with one to two Baltimore City Public School students. It offers individualized help with SAT content and test-taking strategies. This program prioritizes students currently enrolled in their junior year of high school with a strong foundation in math and verbal skills seeking test prep support. A holistic review process that evaluates a student’s academic (e.g. test scores, classes taken, grades) and personal background (e.g. socioeconomic status) will be used for selection into the program.

For more information about SAT Prep call (410) 516-7673 or email

Get Involved

Having been in the SAT Program since 2015 and understanding the vital role that the SAT plays in college admissions, I really like how the SAT Program provides personalized instruction and feedback for students. I enjoyed seeing my own students improve over time and would recommend this program to any high school student who wants to improve their SAT score! ~Tutor, Jin Lu ’19

High School Students and Parents


This program is only open to Baltimore City Public School students and is located at Johns Hopkins University. Priority is given to students in their junior year. To be eligible for participation in this program, students must attend all scheduled tutoring sessions, including the pre and post diagnostic exams, and complete all required forms. View the “Important Dates” tab to see all of the scheduled tutoring session dates and times.

In addition to completing all three forms below, we require every student to agree to the SAT Prep Program Conditions of Participation as outlined below.

The SAT Prep Program Conditions of Participation

As the participant, I acknowledge and agree to adhere to the following Johns Hopkins SAT Prep Program Conditions of Participation:

  • I will attend the scheduled pre and post diagnostic exams and all scheduled tutoring sessions unless I am sick.
  • I will call the Johns Hopkins SAT Prep office, (410) 516-7673, if I will be absent. Failure to do so may affect my ability to remain in the program.
  • I will arrive on time for each scheduled session, no more than ten minutes late. Two violations of this rule will count as an absence and may affect my ability to remain in the program.
  • Two absences, excused or unexcused, will result in removal from the Johns Hopkins SAT Prep Program.
  • In the event of snow, SAT Prep will follow the Johns Hopkins University weather-related schedule changes that can be found at or by calling (410) 516-7781. If the University is closed, or closes early, there will be no tutoring that day. If the University opens late, there will be tutoring as usual.
  • I will contact the SAT Prep Program office if any of my contact or emergency information changes.
  • I agree to submit all required paperwork to participate in this program, including but not limited to, a release and indemnification agreement and image waiver form.


Registration and Forms

All forms – SAT Prep Registration Form, Release and Indemnification Form, and Image Waiver Form – must be completed in order for a student to take the pre-diagnostic exam. Failure to complete all three forms will result in the student not being able to participate in the program this semester. NOTE: completing the required forms below does not guarantee a spot in the program. We will follow up via email with participants who are accepted to the program.

Required Forms

  1. Complete and submit the SAT Prep Registration Form (form will be available in August). NOTE: this form requires uploading a student’s PSAT Summary Score Report and first quarter report card. PDF Document: Learn how to get a copy of the PSAT Score Report.
  2. Complete and submit the online Release and Indemnification Agreement Form (form will be available in August).
  3. Complete and submit the online Image Waiver Form (form will be available in August).

Important Dates

SAT Prep will run two concurrent sessions in the spring 2020 semester. Enrollment will be based on when the student is scheduled to take their official SAT.

Session A will run from January 29 – March 14:

  • Wednesday sessions: 6pm- 8pm
  • Saturday sessions: 11am-1 pm

Session B will run from January 28 – April 4:

  • Tuesday sessions: 6pm – 8pm
  • Saturday sessions: 11am – 1pm

Diagnostic Exams

The pre-diagnostic exam is scheduled for Saturday, January 25. There will be a mandatory parents meeting at 9am followed by administration of the exam.

The post-diagnostic exam is based on the student’s enrollment.

  • Session A post-diagnostic exam: Saturday, March 14
  • Session B post-diagnostic exam: Saturday, April 4

Spring 2020 Schedule

*Tutors are not required to attend the pre and post diagnostic exams.

Session ASession B
Pre-Diagnostic Exam*Saturday, January 25
Saturday, January 25
Tutor TrainingSaturday, January 25 (10am-3pm)Saturday, January 25 (10am-3pm)
Spring Tutoring Session OverviewJanuary 29 - March 14, 2020

Wednesdays: 6pm - 8pm
Saturdays: 11am - 1pm
January 28 - April 4

Tuesdays: 6pm - 8pm
Saturdays: 11am - 1pm
Dates of Tutoring Sessions1/29, 2/1, 2/5, 2/8, 2/12, 2/15, 2/19, 2/22, 2/26, 2/29, 3/4, 3/7, 3/11
1/28, 2/1, 2/4, 2/8, 2/11, 2/15, 2/18, 2/22, 2/25, 2/29, 3/3, 3/7, 3/10, 3/24, 3/28, 3/31
Post-Diagnostic Exam*Saturday, March 14
Saturday, April 4

Hopkins Students

Become a Tutor

Are you a Hopkins student who remembers taking the SAT? Are you interested in helping others succeed on the SAT? Consider becoming an SAT Prep tutor!

SAT Prep tutors are provided the opportunity to:

  • assist students in improving academically and emotionally
  • develop communication and leadership skills
  • meet new people and make a commitment to helping others
  • learn about yourself by gaining confidence as a tutor and mentor
  • make a positive impact and help a student achieve their academic dreams

I enjoyed having the opportunity to help high school students prepare for the SAT while having a positive impact on the community. I think the students benefited from this experience since they were able to receive one on one training in the subjects they struggled with most and the class could be tailored to a particular student’s needs. ~Tutor, Adam Blakney ’20


There is no experience necessary to become an SAT Prep tutor. All of the essential materials, including test answers and useful tutoring techniques, will be provided for you during tutor training. Tutors are not required to attend the pre and post diagnostic exams but must attend tutor training and all scheduled tutoring sessions. The spring 2020 tutor training session will be on Saturday, January 25. View the “Important Dates” tab above or view the SAT Prep calendar to learn more about important event dates.

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Meet our Student Leaders

The SAT Prep Program is managed by Young Song, Director of the Tutorial Project and Assistant Director at the Center for Social Concern. She is supported by two student leaders and a group of energetic Hopkins students who have a passion for working with youth to help them succeed academically. Young and her team are responsible for supporting and tutoring participants to prepare them for the SAT. Read more about this year’s leaders below.

Session A Program Coordinator

Andrea Niu ’22

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Andrea Niu is a second-year undergraduate student studying Biomedical Engineering and Entrepreneurship and Management. She organizes resources to aid students’ SAT preparation processes and works alongside student tutors to help students master standardized testing concepts. Andrea is committed to helping each student grow and succeed during their SAT preparation journey.


Session B Program Coordinator

Ava Levine ’23

Ava Levine is a freshman at Hopkins from Queens, New York. Right now she’s interested in studying chemistry. Ava has been tutoring for over 2 years and is really excited to use her experience to help the Johns Hopkins SAT Prep Program. Her favorite color is pink and she is making it a personal mission to surround herself with as many pink things as she can buy. While Ava loves to drink coffee, she is very messy, so on a normal day you may find her cleaning up a coffee spill.