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

Combining long experience in instructional course design with a comprehensive analysis of the tests, I have developed highly effective test prep courses that have significantly improved the scores of students at every level of ability.

And your scores will improve too!

Since 2006, we have 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.

“I’m so happy for and proud of (our niece).

We can’t thank you enough.

You delivered what you promised!”


“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 2 Math Subject Test to go along with her 36 on the ACT!

She will be attending MIT in the Fall!

“Your work with (my daughter) really paid off!

She was accepted early decision to Dartmouth!”

“Just wanted you to know that (my son) was accepted to Cornell today.

His 34 ACT and 800 Math2 scores I am sure played a big role!”

“You’re worth every penny.”

“(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.”

“Besides teaching me all the techniques and material, you always made me feel so confident in my abilities.

Thanks for that!”

“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!”


“I just got my score!


“800 in SAT Reading and Writing!”

“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.”

“You are the greatest!

(Our daughter’s) higher 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.”

“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.”

“(My son) did well on the SSAT, better than he’s ever done on standardized testing.

He credits you!”

“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) 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.”

“(My daughter) ended up being a National Merit Commended Scholar.

Tufts University in Boston it is!”

“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 after 5 sessions with you.

Thank you so much for helping him to achieve his potential.”

“I am so thankful for everything you have done.

You helped increase my score by an insane amount!”


Focused review of all subjects with emphasis on improving weak areas.


Powerful strategies and time management plans to ensure success on test day!



Effective techniques to improve focus, combat fatigue, and reduce stress.


Expert guidance throughout the admissions testing process.

Marin SAT Prep tutors are all friendly, experienced, and knowledgeable professionals. 

We each take a personal interest in helping each of our students succeed and always strive to create a positive and supportive learning environment that promotes understanding and builds confidence.

Adam Piacente

Founder of Marin SAT Prep, Adam 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 lexis.com legal research service.

After deciding to transition from law, Adam took a position as a private tutor and soon began developing new and more effective methods for teaching the tests that proved so successful, Adam started his own education company.

Adam is the author of the comprehensive SAT guide, SAT Unlocked, and the forthcoming ACT Unlocked.  He also writes about the tests at SAT Tutor’s Blog.

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

Barry Fishman

Barry Fishman

Barry has over twenty years tutoring the SAT, ACT, SAT II’s, SSAT, ISEE and HSPT. He holds a Masters in Education from Northeastern University.  A veteran high school teacher, Barry also tutors a broad range of AP courses in English, U.S. History, World History, European History, Environmental Science, Biology, and Math including Calculus.

“I just wanted to recognize what a wonderful job Barry Fishman did tutoring our son for his recent ACT prep.  Barry was professional and an excellent communicator.  He was clear on the expectations, very thorough, and encouraging with (our son) on how to best approach this exam.”

Hayley Bubb

Hayley Bubb

Hayley tutors ACT, SAT, and Math II Subject tests. She graduated cum laude from Barnard College at Columbia University with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Physics. In her free time, Hayley enjoys hiking, playing music, and writing short stories.  Hayley also assists in development of Marin SAT Prep’s guides for both the ACT and the Revised SAT.

“Both my daughter and (another student) thought Hayley did a great job tutoring them, was extremely knowledgeable and thorough, and were quite pleased with the scores they’ve received on their SATs (much improved over the expectation based on PSATs.) So we felt like the tutoring was very worthwhile, and appreciated her expertise and enjoyable personal style!”

Cheramie Leo

Cheramie Leo

Cheramie tutors the ACT, SAT, and SSAT.  She holds a B.A. in Literature and an M.A. in Creative Writing.  When not tutoring, Cheramie teaches at Dominican University, where she was recently named Teacher of the Year.  Cheramie also assists in development of Marin SAT Prep’s guides for both the ACT and the Revised SAT.

“I want to let you know that our son did VERY well on the SATs last month. These were a great improvement over his already good PSAT scores. Thank you so much, Cheramie! You did an amazing job preparing him.”

Welcome to our Test Prep Center!

A state-of-the-art facility conveniently located at the Montecito Plaza Office Center in San Rafael (upstairs from Trader Joe’s).

Providing clasroom seating for up to 30 students AND study rooms for private tutoring!

Let’s talk about your scores!

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