Preparing for the SAT can feel daunting, even downright intimidating. After all, this is a test that will carry with it a significant amount of weight in determining which college you will attend, and which grants or scholarships you may be eligible for. Because of how important the SAT is, students should focus on key issues that will increase their ability to maximize their SAT test score.
Set High but Reachable Goals
Every student would like a perfect SAT score, but that isn’t realistic for most students. The best approach is to take a practice SAT test to find out where you stand and then set a realistic but high target. For example, a student getting 400 Reading and 400 Math on a diagnostic test should aim at 600-650 on each section, for a 500-point total increase. That takes a lot of commitment but is doable for a student willing to work hard. A different student scoring 600 Reading and 500 Math might aim for a perfect 800 Reading and about 700 Math. Setting tough but reachable goals for each individual student encourages strong effort and maximum improvement.
Finding time for SAT prep on top of homework, household obligations and part-time jobs can be a challenge. The Center Director at Education One will work with you to create a tutoring schedule that fits your busy life while establishing a weekly routine that will drive you towards success on the SAT. Your weekly schedule of SAT prep will depend on how much study and practice you need to reach your target score, and when you’ll be taking the test. And our flexible scheduling at Education One will let you schedule SAT prep classes that work around your busy life.
SAT Prep Expert Tutoring and Independent Practice
Students can’t significantly improve their SAT scores just by doing practice tests. It takes expert tutoring by professional tutors working individually with each student to recognize gaps in knowledge and the resulting performance weaknesses. Students need to be able to ask questions and receive coaching on critical key subjects and techniques, which is impossible with self-study alone. The tutor must impart knowledge and then monitor the student’s execution of practice problems, coaching again as needed, before moving on to the next key subject matter.
Our teachers work with students in a 3:1 student to teacher ratio, which allows both individualized instruction of each student and also the independent practice necessary to cement the new knowledge and techniques learned.
The SAT test is more like a marathon than a sprint race. The two math sections, two reading and writing sections, along with an optional essay, are a test the student’s endurance and focus along with their knowledge. Just as marathon runners often practice running long distances before the big race, so too should SAT prep students practice longer exams in addition to individual practice problems.
Our SAT prep system includes timed practice exams in a realistic setting as the big day approaches. Students will take our practice SAT, receive a realistic score, and review the results with their regular tutors, in a final polishing of their knowledge and test-taking skills.
If you are interested in SAT prep services to help boost your student’s SAT score, we’re here to help. Give us a call or stop by to speak with our local Center Director to discuss our program.