The SAT was definitely a challenge. It takes a great deal of concentration and know-how to take a four-hour test and get every single question right. ACI's practice tests, which were much harder than the real SAT, developed the mental stamina and acuity needed to ace the SAT. The teachers were a big help, and their varied teaching methods such as class games allowed me to learn the SAT material in various ways. All the teachers were approachable and eager to help. They paid great attention to areas of need; often times the writing Pam Rivera would take twenty minutes to explain the grammar rule behind just one question.
Competition within the class was fierce. You often have students asking each other how well they performed on each week's practice test, and the scores are even posted publicly to give you that taste of competition. Definitely, ACI's methods give you that thirst for competition when you prepare for the SAT. However, the most memorable portion of the class was the self-confidence gained as your scores increased week by week. True, the climb upward was painful and at times frustrating, but in the end, the time invested in doing homework and showing up for tutorial and taking practice exams was worth it.
I definitely recommend ACI institute to whoever is looking for SAT help. With quality teachers, in-depth coverage of material, and fun employee staff barely older than you are, ACI does deliver its promise of aiming ever higher.