Students need strong critical thinking and logical reasoning skills to perform well on the SAT, so our SAT Prep curriculum incorporates clear, step-by-step processes to boost students’ reasoning and fine-tune their approach and pacing. We integrate skill building and review, so SAT prep content is interwoven with test-taking techniques.
SAT or ACT?
Juniors and sophomores will benefit from weighing the pros and cons of the SAT and ACT to determine which test might better showcase their strengths. We can help you decide the best course of action by sending us your child’s PSAT, SAT, and/or ACT or Pre-ACT/PLAN scores (full pdf score reports, please). We are happy to provide an analysis and comparison of all your child’s tests scores. We can also administer a pre-test and an analysis of the results to guide you on the right steps forward.
SAT passages draw from variety of sources and directly test a student’s ability to find the evidence to support his or her answers. Graphs, charts, and other data representation formats – something that might seem out of place on a reading test — are also tested. There is a greater emphasis on analyzing history and social science passages, especially early American political writings.
The SAT emphasizes Algebra skills above all other areas of math. No longer will geometry and arithmetic be tested to the same extent as Algebra.
- Calculator use will be prohibited on one math section
- Greater emphasis on problem solving and data analysis
- Arithmetic concepts, like ratios, percentages, and proportions, will be embedded within the larger context of an algebra problem rather than as stand-alone problems.
Students will need to carefully:
- read word problems,
- create equations and algebraic expressions
- understand linear and quadratic functions
- interpret graphs
Content knowledge is more important than strategy application than ever before. Students without a strong grasp of Algebra 1 and 2 (or Common Core Math 1-3) will not be able to reach into their strategy “toolkit” as easily for alternative approaches.
The Writing (grammar) section’s format almost directly mimics the format of the ACT English. This is the one section where preparation on the SAT Writing and the ACT English are completely transferable; studying for one will prepare a student for the other.
Optional SAT Essay
The 50-min essay is optional, so its score will not be factored into the total score. The SAT essay has been compared to an AP document-based essay question in which students must read and analyze a document that expresses a viewpoint. The student must analyze how well and in what ways the author persuades the audience to accept his viewpoint and construct a written response.
To learn more about the key changes to the SAT: