Congratulations! You have just taken an important first step toward ensuring not only a higher SAT score but a more relaxing and enjoyable SAT experience overall.
Study after study has concluded that the SAT is a highly coachable test, a lot like the game of bowling: that is, there are a few people who can score nearly perfect every time, out of natural ability, but most of us have a set range – short of perfect – where we tend to land; however, with a little help from others – particularly from those who have studied the game – we can improve our performance significantly.
That's where we come in. We've been studying the SAT for more than 20 years, taking tests, watching others take tests, and formulating the best ways to take tests. We know and understand the anatomy of the SAT – that is, what parts make it up and how those parts work together to challenge a person's skill and understanding on many different levels. We have incorporated these observations and experiences in designing a prep program that focuses on "transferable skills," ones which empower the test taker to solve classes of problems rather than focus on specific or individual instances. In addition, our goals include helping students develop a standardized test perspective – one which appreciates, for example, the puzzle-like nature of questions, the inter-relatedness of concepts, the fact that "true" does not necessarily mean "correct," or that the process of elimination should really be used only as a last resort.
To share what we've learned about the SAT, we offer a variety of SAT prep courses designed to match a variety of student needs. There's an S.O.S. (Save Our Scores) last minute prep, Math Only, Reading/Writing/Language Only, Combined Math/Reading/Writing/Language, Comprehensive (includes Extemporaneous Essay), and even a Comprehensive Saturdays-Only course. These are described in more detail below. Each course has limited enrollment (up to 5 participants) and combines lecture, guided practice and computer assisted testing with score projection. Click on any of the programs below to see dates and times courses are running. Course tuition includes all books and other materials. If you need more information about a specific course or would like to talk to an instructor directly, please call 540-313-4344. Also, please keep in mind that our small classes fill up quickly, so plan ahead by enrolling early.
8-hour SAT S.O.S (Save Our Scores) - 3 days, $450. This is a crash course designed specifically for those who need to jump into action at the last minute or just prefer to cram. This 3-day marathon begins on Wed (7-9), continues on Thurs (7-9), and ends on Fri (5-9), and is offered during the weeks immediately preceding the SAT. Materials provided, limit 5 students per class.
12-hour SAT Math Only Prep Course - 6 weeks, 1 day per week, $750. For those whose priority is a high score on the math portion of the SAT, this course offers a review of pertinent mathematical and statistical principles, skills conditioning, strategic use of mathematical modeling, guided practice on actual SATs, and expert feedback on test performance. Also, using our online score projection software, students are able to monitor score improvement by the hour.
12-hour SAT Reading Only Prep Course - 6 weeks, 1 day per week, $750. On a standardized test you need to read faster, read less, and read smarter. This course focuses on rapid interpretation and analysis of reading passages and related questions, development of competency in the correct use and interpretation of language, and the identification/interpolation of evidence supporting inference or conjecture. As with our math tutorial, online testing software is used to predict scores and facilitate improved performance.
18-hour SAT Combined Math/Reading/Writing Prep Course - 9 weeks, 1 day per week, $1,050. This is a two-month tutorial designed to address all parts of the SAT except the optional essay. The mathematics portion cultivates competencies in algebra, number sense and advanced computation, while the reading/writing/language part addresses reading proficiency and comprehension, correct grammar & language usage, and judicious evaluation of written arguments.
24-hour SAT Comprehensive Prep Course - 12 weeks, 1 or 2 days per week, $1,400. This is a comprehensive SAT tutorial incorporating all three branches of the test, including the extemporaneous essay. The course is designed to flex with a student's current and desired level of competence in each of the areas of math, reading, language analysis and evidence-based writing.
24-hour SAT Saturdays Only Prep Course - 4 weeks, 1 day per week, $1,550. This comprehensive class meets on four consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:15 pm. The format and pace of the course are intended to promote expert competence on all three branches of the test but on a more condensed schedule than the 12-week comprehensive tutorial option above. Enrollment limited to 3 students.
12-hour SAT Group Prep Course - 6 weeks, 1 day per week, $450. Often we learn as much from observing others as we do working things out ourselves. This is an opportunity to join other SAT-letes on 6 consecutive Saturdays for a group workout on select strategies, shortcuts, formats and formulas that promote greater confidence and higher test scores. Meets weekly 10:00 to noon.
12-hour PSAT Group Prep Course - 6 weeks, 1 day per week, $400. Juniors, get ready for the fall PSAT by enrolling now in our Aug-Sep PSAT group prep. Designed to focus on delimiting content, managing time and boosting accuracy, this course works against a backdrop of both peer input and professional guidance. Don't miss this opportunity to make a statement with your scores. Colleges are watching! Meets weekly on Mondays, 6-7:30 in Aug and Sept.