We start each course with a full-length exam to gauge students’ starting scores, strengths, and weaknesses. We don’t just do this once, though; every student will take multiple diagnostics throughout the course (3, usually). By periodically tackling representative tests, students can put what they’ve learned into practice, solidifying content and strategies. In addition, each diagnostic exam comes with a detailed breakdown of student performance on specific question types and categories, giving both students and instructors valuable tools to drive improvement.
Another way to say “standardized” is “predictable.” The SAT and ACT not only test the same topics every time, they test those topics in the exact. same. fashion. We’ve spend countless hours studying and teaching these tests, which means we know exactly what’s on the test, what it will look like, and how to succeed. From broad strategies to exploitable quirks, our instructors have the inside knowledge that turns these tests from mysterious monster to conquerable foe.
We never lose sight of the individual student. One student’s “easy points” might be another student’s nightmare, so every student gets the opportunity to work one-on-one with their instructor. By supplementing group instruction with flexible 1:1 tutoring sessions, we ensure that every student finds the path to their best score.
Students in our international classes average about a 100 point increase on the SAT or 3 points on the ACT. Many improve significantly more. More often than not, it comes down to the level of dedication applied both in and out of class. We don’t view these courses as a program to “download” information into a student’s brain. Instead, real improvement comes with repeated implementation of both concepts and strategy, which means resilient self-awareness and active reshaping of habits; students need to not only re-learn subjects they struggle with, they need to modify how they approach the test. The best results come when a student engages with the instructor to identify productive strategies and to learn from mistakes, building familiarity and confidence with each diagnostic.
Most classes are held after school for ≈2 hours, 3 or 4 days a week, for 3 weeks. However, every school has a unique schedule, so be sure to check out your school-specific calendar for details. Also note that there are 3 full length practice exams on the weekends and optional (but highly recommended!) 1-on-1 tutoring opportunities throughout the week.
The short answer is “probably not.” Since the first test that even theoretically affects university applications is the PSAT NMSQT in 11th grade, it generally makes a lot more sense to wait a year or two before diving into an intensive prep course. Furthermore, Grade 9 students are often missing foundational coursework (especially in math) that is a pre-requisite to understanding content on the SAT & ACT. There are exceptions, though, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.
NO. You must register for official exams through the Collegeboard (SAT) or the ACT organization (ACT). Please refer to each organization’s respective website, and in particular navigate to the pages for international students.
Maybe! If we’ve been to your school before there’s a good chance that we’re coming back, though possibly not until the next Spring or Fall season (most of our courses occur annually). If we’ve never been to your school and you’d like to request a course, please contact us! It’s also worth noting that we offer 1-on-1 online test prep tutoring year round, which is another great way to get ready for these tests.