SAT Tutoring / PSAT

Overview

The SAT has undergone another transformation.  No longer does the test consist of three sections (Critical Reading, Writing and Math).  The test has been redesigned to align with Common Core standards.  In addition, the test has reverted to the old system of having two scores (Math and Verbal), with an optional essay section.  The Verbal portion consists of what's called "Evidence-Based Reading" and "Evidence-Based Writing".  For the former, students have to read passages and use evidence to answer reading comprehension questions.  For the latter, the student will be required to improve four passages based on conventions of grammar, style and organization.  The Math section will have two primary parts: one that allows the use of a calculator and one that does not permit the use of this device.  For all multiple choice questions there is no penalty for incorrect answers.

                           Test Structure

                               Section                           Time                      Composition and Quantity                  Maximum Score

                               Math                               80 min                    58 questions                                                    800

                                                                                                                                              

 

 

                              Evidence-Based             65 min                    52 questions

                              Reading                                                          -reading comprehension                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                (combined with writing)

                                                                                                                                      

                              Evidence-Based            35 min                     44 multiple choice                                           800

                              Writing                                                          -paragraph improvement

                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                      Total   1600

                              Optional Essay:            50 min                    

                             See link for scoring criteria:

                             https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores/understanding-scores/essay

The registration fee for the SAT is $52.  Fee waivers are available for students with financial hardships.  For more information about the test or to register, visit www.collegeboard.org.

 

You must register for the PSAT/NMSQT at your high school.  The fee is generally $12-$14.  Some schools may charge an additional fee for the administration of the test.

 

Special Accommodations

The College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) site provides details for how students can receive special accommodations for the PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, SAT II and AP tests.  Visit www.collegeboard.com/students-with-disabilities for more information.

Tutoring Plan

We generate our tutoring plan recommendations based on the student’s diagnostic assessment, previous SAT/PSAT scores (if available) and the student’s higher education goals.  Students have been known to meet 2-3 days per week for shorter periods of time (1-2 months) or once per week over the course of 4 to 6 months.  Our recommendations are based on what will ensure the greatest level of success for the student.  Tutoring sessions generally last 2 hours, as this time frame allows for depth of coverage and helps the student to build stamina for the test.

 

Homework

Tutors tailor homework assignments to a student’s particular needs.  Students receive weekly assignments, which consist of practice tests and problem sets.  A combination of weekly homework and regular tutoring sessions allows students to assess their own difficulties and build momentum. 

 

Testing Plan

The diagnostic assessment, the tutoring plan and college application deadlines determine the student’s testing plan.  Testing serves two purposes.  First, taking a full-length test in the actual setting is itself a valuable part of the student’s training.  The student is able to achieve the comfort of familiarity, learn how to manage anxiety, and build the capacity for remaining alert and intellectually engaged under pressure.  Second, the test indicates the degree to which a student has mastered the material.  We consider all these factors when structuring the student’s testing plan.

 

PSAT/NMSQT

Training for the PSAT is essentially the same as that for the SAT, as all the content areas and skills needed are the same.  Typically for high school juniors, preparation for the PSAT and the actual taking of the test are integrated into the student’s overall SAT tutoring and testing plans. Note, there are two important differences between the SAT and PSAT.  The latter is out of 1520 and does not have an optional essay.  

For more information, feel free to contact us.

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