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SAT Prep Course Specific Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Welcome to our comprehensive SAT Specific FAQ’s page (SAT Specific Frequently Asked Questions). Here you will find answers to many questions specific to our SAT course. We also have a General FAQ’s page (General Frequently Asked Questions) that provides a comprehensive list of answers to questions on a wide range of topics.
What should I bring to my class?
Students should bring pencils, scratch paper, and a SAT approved calculator to class. Clilck here to view calculators approved by the College Board. All other materials will be provided to students on their first day of class.
Do I need to print or bring a registration slip to attend class?
No. Instructors will have you on their course roster and will verify each student with their contact information on file. In addition, instructors will call students who don’t show up within the first 10 minutes of class on Week 1.
Are instructors available outside of class?
Yes, instructors are available briefly before and after class, and they are also available through e-mail.
Should I bring a friend to class?
Yes, many students enjoy having a friend in class. Studying with a friend can be fun! We have many students who come as a group or those who bring their brother or sister.
Will you register me for the SAT exam?
No. We offer a test preparation course but do not administer the actual examination. All test preparation companies are independent of the test makers and no test preparation company can administer an official examination. Each student is responsible for registering and paying for the exams themselves. You can register for the test at: collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register
How old do I need to be to take the class?
Our SAT course is available to younger and advanced students who seek SAT preparation for special programs (e.g., the Johns Hopkins and Duke Programs). The typical class age range is 15 – 18, but we can accommodate students as young as 13. Instructors are trained to help advanced, younger students.
Do you prepare for the SAT Subject Tests?
No. We do not have prep classes that prepare for the SAT Subject Tests. Few companies offer classroom based subject test preparation. We suggest obtaining a retail test prep book from Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble. We recommend Princeton Review retail books because they are easy to understand and more entertaining than the rest.
Do you have a SAT summer boot camp?
No. We only offer six week courses. We do have a summer course that begins in July and ends in late August as a preparation course for the August SAT exam.
Can I take your SAT course to prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10?
While our SAT course is not specifically tailored to prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 it does cover all of the question types and provides students with general test taking strategies and psychology. The SAT has the same types of questions as the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 but is slightly longer in length. All tests are from the same test maker, The College Board.
Our SAT Course is a solid preparation for those seeking to qualify for a Nation Merit Scholarship, other scholarships, or equivalent recognition through PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 scores.
How do your courses compare to a local or community college program?
Our courses are of superior quality in terms of curriculum and instruction. Many local and community programs use off the shelf books and materials that are not custom tailored to the student nor provide cutting edge strategy and content review. Many of their instructors are not of high quality and read verbatim from instruction manuals with little preparation and knowledge of the SAT exam.
What is your success rate or passing rate?
Most students improve significantly. The students who improve the most have a good foundation in basic skills, pay attention in class, and complete their homework and assigned practice tests.
How will your SAT course help a student get a good score on the exam?
Our course provides all of the knowledge, practice and materials to help students achieve their best possible SAT score. We cover test content and strategy that has been proven to help students reach their potential. Students receive a structured course that guides them with structured lessons, homework, and motivation. Students practice outside the classroom with materials specifically chosen to reinforce our proprietary test strategies. With dedication and hard work, students will achieve their best possible SAT score with our course.
What level students will get the most benefit out of your SAT course?
Our SAT prep course is for all types of students and scoring levels. The instructor will adjust the class to the scoring level of the students. Our class size is small which allows instructors to provide attention to the needs of different level students. Instructors can also provide an individualized, overall plan for each student, specifically geared towards their strengths and weaknesses.
Do you cover the optional SAT Essay?
Yes. We teach essay building and how to write specifically towards the test to help students achieve their maximum essay score. Instructors introduce and teach our approach to the SAT Essay in the Week 6 class. We have a SAT Essay Writing Workshop with students working on essays with their instructor and peers.
Taking the test multiple times vs. one shot test taking. What happens if I take the SAT more than once?
We generally recommend taking the SAT only once or twice. Taking the SAT more than twice can be an emotional and financial strain. It is also very stressful and wastes time. Studying for the SAT and taking the test should be just one experience of your later years in high school; it should not consume your entire Junior and/or Senior years. Wasting too much time on the SAT can detract from valuable time needed to prepare admissions applications. In addition, many students will need time to study for other admissions tests such as the SAT Subject Tests. While there are some special circumstances that warrant a 3rd exam or beyond, we strongly suggest taking the SAT no more than twice.
The College Board’s Score Choice policy allows you to choose which scores you send to colleges. You can now selectively release your scores so institutions will only see the scores that you send. Please click here to learn more about Score Choice. Although we do not recommend it, we’ve seen some students who’ve taken the exam five times or more.
How serious do I need to be in the SAT Class?
Some students come to class on their own free-will, while others do because their parents have asked them to attend. The SAT is the single most important test you will take in high school. Your score on this test can determine many life outcomes, and you might not be fully aware of all of the ramifications of your test score.
Almost all students understand how a good SAT score relates to peer relationships, family, self-esteem, and university entrance; however, many do not consider the longer term outcomes of employment, opportunity, careers, and graduate/professional school. University stature plays a major role in all of these outcomes. A higher SAT score affords admission to more selective and prestigious institutions. In turn, a higher level university provides a wealth of opportunities. Graduation from a good college or university increases your chance of success in your future career and education goals.
Our SAT class is for serious students who want to improve. Our classes are fun yet challenging. Its simple: take your preparation seriously, exhibit a positive attitude in class, participate fully, complete all of your homework assignments and work hard — you will be successful! Our instructors are easy-going and do their best to make the SAT class entertaining and interesting. Please come to class prepared to learn.
If you put the time and effort into studying for the SAT now, you are focusing on your future.
What are the differences between the SAT and ACT exams?
Today’s SAT and ACT exams are comparably similar. In prior years there was a greater difference with the SAT being more of an analytical reasoning test compared to the ACT exam which was considered to be more of a content based test. Today they are more similar than dissimilar.
Both have questions that deal with math and verbal concepts. The SAT and ACT both have sections that encompass grammar and the logical organization of ideas in paragraphs. They both have an optional essay component.
Notable differences include: the ACT has a science section, while the SAT does not. The ACT has slightly more difficult math, but both exams have the same math concepts. The SAT provides a little more time to answer questions while students need to be (marginally) quicker in answering ACT questions. ACT questions are considered to be a little more straight-forward than SAT questions.
Schools on the East and West coasts as well as many southern schools prefer the SAT. The ACT test is preferred by more heartland schools in the mid-west and central states. Almost all schools however accept both tests.
When should I take your SAT test prep course?
It is best to determine which exam date you want to take based on your admissions cycle, and then look for a corresponding prep course start date that prepares for that examination. We have many course start dates throughout the year that prepare for all exam dates. Our courses are directly aligned with the examination dates so you will take the exam usually one to three weeks after the prep course ends. Keep in mind that there are rescheduling fees associated with each test; we are not responsible for the rescheduling fee if you need to reschedule an exam.
When is the best time to take the SAT exam when I’m in high school?
This depends upon your application schedule, but there is a general timeline and optimal dates to take the exam. The general timeline is from the summer after completion of the sophomore year to the end of the fall semester of the senior year. The summer after the sophomore year is the earliest time students should think about taking the exam. Some students start early so they can take a number of official SAT exams. The latest time to take the SAT is by the end of the fall semester of the senior year. If students take the SAT any later than that they risk missing important application deadlines.
The optimal time to take the exam is during the spring semester of the junior year. This allows students to focus on their admissions packets during the summer and fall without the worry of studying for their exam. The spring semester of the junior year is generally when students are at their greatest ability level and have the most math, reading, and writing knowledge to take the test. Students however can take the test all the way up to the spring semester of their senior year depending on each school’s admission requirements.
How do you say SAT?
The SAT test is officially called the “S-A-T.” Currently, the acronym means absolutely nothing. Before litigation, its prior meaning was the “Scholastic Aptitude Test.” Many parents call in and incorrectly refer to it as the “SAT,” such as “I SAT on a chair.”