1.) Private, 1-on-1, individualized and customized instruction. Contact us for openings.
2.) Virtual Group SAT class (best suited for students with pretest scores between a 1000 and 1250). See details below.
May SAT Prep Course: Starting Sunday, January 31, 2021
Our May SAT Course is for juniors (and motivated sophomores) who plan to take the SAT on May 8, 2021. In this small online group, we will work together to hone our skills and improve our scores. Students will:
- discover their “starting point” on the SAT
- learn effective strategies to navigate all SAT sections
- review major concepts covered in the SAT Math sections
- learn and review fundamental grammar principles for the SAT Writing section
- hone their comprehension skills for the SAT Reading section
- develop consistent methods through practice and constructive feedback
- review and analyze 1 diagnostic and 2 mock tests
- become proficient in the structure and pacing of the SAT
Where: Classes are held on Zoom. Diagnostics/Mocks are held in-person at one of our offices (or at home).
When: Classes meet Sundays 3:00-5:00 pm on Zoom. Diagnostics and Mocks are Saturdays or Sundays, 9am-1pm (or at home). An SAT (and preferably an ACT) diagnostic would need to be taken before the class begins.
Instructor: Cary Director, April Koch
Cost: $700 per student; 3 students minimum needed to run the course.
Full Class schedule below:
- Sunday, 1/31 – Class 1
- Sunday, 2/7 – Class 2
- Sunday, 2/14 – Class 3
- Sunday, 2/21 – Class 4
- Sunday, 2/28 – Class 5
- Sunday, 3/7 – Class 6
- Saturday, March 13: Mock SAT #1
- Sunday, 3/14 – Class 7
- Sunday, 3/21 – Class 8
- ~No Class 3/28 or 4/4 (WCPSS Spring Break)~
- Sunday, 4/11 – Class 9
- Sunday, 4/18 – Class 10
- Saturday, April 24: Mock SAT #2
- Sunday, 4/25 – Class 11
- Sunday 5/2 – Class 12
- Saturday, May 8th: The Official SAT
We hope you’ll join us for this exciting opportunity for Winter and Spring of 2021! If you’re interested in having your student participate or if you have questions, email Heather Forgione at email@example.com, or April Koch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the SAT?
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 should weigh 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 scores. We can provide an analysis and comparison of all your child’s tests scores and administer a diagnostic, the results of which can guide you on the right steps forward. Follow this link for information about our Diagnostic course: SAT and ACT Prep
SAT Reading & Writing
SAT reading 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 are also tested. There is a greater emphasis on analyzing history and social science passages, especially early American political writings. The Writing section’s multiple-choice format almost directly mimics the format of the multiple-choice ACT English. Preparation for the SAT Writing and the ACT English are transferable; studying for one will prepare a student for the other.
The SAT emphasizes Algebra skills over geometry and arithmetic. There are no easy “tricks” to apply now that the SAT was revised to test students’ ease working with complex Algebra. While we teach students to reach into their strategy “toolkit” for alternative approaches, SAT math questions are designed to limit the use of alternative approaches.
- Calculator use is prohibited on section 3
- Emphasis on problem solving and data analysis
- Arithmetic concepts, like ratios, percentages, and proportions, are embedded within the 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, and interpret graphs. Content knowledge is more important than strategy application than ever before. A strong grasp of Algebra 1 and 2 (or Common Core Math 1-3) will be important.
Optional SAT Essay
The 50-min essay is optional, so its score will not be factored into the total score. Students must read and analyze a document that expresses a viewpoint, analyze in what ways the author persuades the audience to accept his viewpoint, and construct a written response.