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Our proven method for SAT® Preparation

We start with the goal of minimizing anxiety and keeping entrance exams in perspective. With our proven method, we've helped tens of thousands of students improve their scores and apply to schools with confidence. Our test prep experts are more than tutors; they are seasoned SAT coaches who help students with pacing, goalsetting, and managing test anxiety.

Our proven method for SAT® Preparation

  • Official Diagnostic Exams

    Students enjoy results when we start with data. First step: determine which test is better for your student! Students may take practice SAT® or ACT exams, and our detailed score report helps us to pinpoint student strengths and opportunities for improvement. And, as preparation continues, students take periodic official exams to further refine skills and gain test-taking experience.

  • Complimentary Test Prep Consultation

    The tests may be standardized, but your testing plan is not. Our expert education consultant will meet with you in your home to review diagnostic exam results and assess transcripts and post-graduate goals so we can make a targeted plan for your family! You’ll leave the session feeling confident about which tests to take, when to begin preparing, and when to sit for your first official exam.

  • One-to-One Private Coaching

    Equipped with information about your student and an understanding of your family's budget and student goals and time constraints, we will recommend a level-headed plan that aligns with your needs, whether that includes 1:1 in-home tutoring, small group instruction, or online tutoring.

  • Proven Curriculum

    We've refined our approach to test preparation over 15 years. Our workbook-based or online curricula provide an approachable guide for students, and practice on real, full-length practice tests provides at-a-glance analytics and keeps a finger on the pulse of progress.

  • Expert SAT® Coaches

    Our test prep coaches are all exceptional and bring their own particular expertise and personality to the job. We take great care to match students with the “right fit” tutor based on learning style, personality, and academic need!

About the SAT

The SAT is a standardized exam designed to measure college readiness. Most colleges oruniversities in the US require that students submit either the SAT or the ACT with their applications. The exam provides a useful metric of student aptitude and critical reasoning along with a method to compare applicants to one another.

The SAT is composed of two scored sections and an optional essay:

  • Math (Two sections: one permits the use of a calculator and the other does not)
  • Reading/Writing (Two sections: one testing Reading Comprehension and the other testing grammar and editorial skills)
  • Optional Essay

SAT® SCORING

Each section of the SAT (Math and Reading/Writing) has a possible score of 200-800. These two scores are added together for a potential total score of 400-1600. The optional essay is graded on three levels: reading, writing, and analysis. Two readers score each component on a scale of 1-4, and the two readers' scores are combined for a perfect possible score of 8/8/8.

What SAT® Score Do You Need to Get Into College?

Score ranges vary dramatically based on each college's selectivity. Ivy League applicants often earn nearly perfect or perfect scores, but many colleges accept students with score ranges between 1000-1200. No matter where you plan on applying, you will always improve your chances for admission and academic scholarships by preparing for the SAT!

Test Dates for the SAT® Exam

2017-2018 School Year

Test Date

Registration Deadline

March 10, 2018

February 9

May 5, 2018

April 6

June 2, 2018

May 3

August 2018 TBA

TBA

What Your Student Will Need to Know

Math: The SAT® Math tests focus on four specific content areas: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, Passport to Advanced Math, and Additional Topics in Math. Each area emphasizes the foundations of mathematical analysis: problem solving, pattern and structure recognition, and modeling.

Reading: The five reading passages are authentic texts from previously published sources and include literary fiction, history, social science, and natural science. Graphs, charts, tables and other pictographic information are included in two of the passages.

Writing and Language: The Writing test includes four passages with questions that ask students to correct errors in grammar and usage and to revise passages for development of ideas, sentence and paragraph organization, and effective language use. The Writing test also includes graphs, tables and other pictographic information.

Optional Essay: Students will also be presented with an optional essay that asks students to read and analyze an argument and discuss the author’s ability to persuade through use of rhetorical skills and evidence. Students receive three scores on their essays: one for reading and understanding the passage, one for their analysis of the author’s argument, and one for their ability to craft an effective and insightful essay.

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Should I take the optional essay?

Our advice: unless you know exactly which schools you will be aplying to and have thoroughly researched the essay requirements for each school, we strongly suggest that you prepare for and take the essay component of the SAT or ACT exams. Some universities require the essay, while other do not.

You can view SAT essay policies for individual colleges here

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