Santa Cruz High School


Course Dates: February 5, 7, 12, 26, March 5, 7

February 5, 7, 26, March 7 – 6 pm – 8 pm
February 12 and March 5- 6 pm – 8:30 pm

Practice Test:  Saturday, February 23 – 9:00 am- 1:00 pm

Location: Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz. Room 3

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Future Path Prep’s SAT Master course covers:


  • The types of questions most likely to be included on the SAT for a more focused study plan
  • How to quickly and effectively analyze SAT reading passages
  • How to identify the clues within the questions that point you to the right answers
  • Techniques to identify vocabulary in context
  • How to quickly analyze and eliminate answer options – even without looking at the question!
  • The key words and indicators that point to the places in reading passages you’re most likely to find answers – most of the answers come from just a few lines of the passage!
  • The different techniques needed for each type of reading passage included on the test – one general technique simply isn’t good enough!

Writing and Language

  • The three types of questions that make up the majority of the test
  • How to easily identify the paragraph structure used throughout the test – and to quickly determine the correct answers for these questions!
  • What the SAT actually means when it asks for evidence (Hint: It’s not always “evidence.”)
  • How to identify the clues within the questions that point you to the correct answers
  • The ways the SAT tries to confuse test-takers by phrasing answer options in a variety of ways, when they are all really asking the same thing!
  • The essential grammar concepts most likely to be tested
  • How to eliminate answer options before you even read the question!


  • The topics that make up the majority of the Math Test
  • How you can solve Math problems without using much actual math
  • Techniques for getting to the correct answers more quickly
  • Tips to help you eliminate incorrect answer options and increase your chances of getting the correct answer—even when you aren’t sure how to solve the problem!
  • Which problems you should spend the most time on—and which you are likely better off spending very little time on!
  • The most important math skills needed for success on the SAT

The Essay

  • How to quickly and efficiently read and analyze the passage you’ll have to write about
  • To identify the rhetorical devices used in the reading passage and how to include these in your essay
  • How to focus your essay and determine what you should write about
  • How to analyze the use of evidence
  • The essential vocabulary needed in order to smoothly transition your essay from one paragraph to the next
  • How to develop a game plan for the essay so you have your essay formatted before you take the test

Brett Johanson
SAT Reading, Writing and Language, and Essay Instructor

Brett Johanson is the founder of Future Path Prep. He has been a public school educator for the past 14 years. Over that time, he has worked in a range of student abilities, including the past 4+ as an AP US History teacher. His AP students have maintained a consistent passing rate of 75-84%, far exceeding the national passing rate of 50-52%. He was chosen Branham High School Teacher of the Year in 2009 and has been recognized as Teacher of the Month several times.

Brett utilized his extensive background in teaching text analysis and essay development and his knowledge of test structure and analysis to author the language portions of two test prep course manuals: Future Path Prep’s SAT Master and Edge Educational’s How to Outsmart the ACT. He has taught test prep to hundreds of students.

Andrea Hutson
SAT Mathematics Instructor

Andrea Hutson is a lifelong Santa Cruz native. She loves that she gets to work in her home community with a fun bunch of High School students every day. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Environmental Studies, a subject that she is passionate about, and she tries to incorporate it into her mathematics classroom as much as possible. Far from being a mathematical purist, she enjoys helping her students find practical applications for mathematics in the real world, and fosters the enjoyment of solving a complex problem using mathematical practices. She is excited the help students apply such an approach to the SAT Math tests. After earning her BA, she realized that she had a passion for teaching and went on to the UC Santa Cruz Masters program in Teaching. After seven years teaching middle school math locally, she is now in her 9th year of teaching at Santa Cruz High School, currently teaching Integrated Math 1 with much success. She has two young children and outside of teaching math, she enjoys travel, cooking, and music.