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SAT PREPARATION

Every year, millions of students across the world take the SAT.  Though their backgrounds and areas of study are diverse, these students share a common goal: to gain admission to a college or university in the United States.  At TutoringSolutions, we provide personalized learning programs for students preparing for these exams: every program is tailored to the individual abilities of each student, and the specific demands of each test.     

At TutoringSolutions, we take a multipronged approach to SAT instruction:

1) Methods of Reasoning: The SAT is a logic-based exam that mainly tests a student’s ability to evaluate information and solve problems. Though there are three subjects on the test – Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing – the reality is that each subject is simply a lens through which a student’s logical reasoning abilities are tested.  Therefore, we utilize a “Methods of Reasoning” approach to the SAT, which emphasizes that students examine the means by which they approach and analyze complex situations.

2) Mathematics Skills: Though logical reasoning is paramount on the SAT, students must also be familiar with a fair amount of mathematics content.  Based on our initial and ongoing assessments, our tutors provide students with expert instruction in the areas of mathematics present on the SAT.  This gives students a solid base of knowledge of subject matter that they can then extend with their growing problem-solving abilities.

3) Critical Reading, Grammar, and Writing Skills: Two-thirds of the SAT is English-language based (accounting for 1600 of the 2400 points on the test), and there is no limit to the range of topics, vocabulary, or styles that could be tested on the Critical Reading and Writing portions of this exam.  Therefore, in line with TutoringSolutions’ instructional philosophy, we aim to provide students with the skills that allow them to become independent learners and tackle unforeseen challenges.  Here are some of the methods that our tutors stress :

A)     Vocabulary:  An In-Context approach that utilizes the learning of Latin and Greek word roots and essential words, as well as exercises that have students determine the meaning of unknown words based on their context, and apply their knowledge of learned word roots and vocabulary.

B)      Essay Writing: Based on student writing samples and practice SAT essays, students’ writing abilities are analyzed and targeted instruction given.  Essay structure, student ability to address topics, language and grammar, and other vital areas are addressed.

C)      Common Mistakes: One way that the SAT tests students is by seeing if they fall for common traps or make common mistakes.  Some examples of how this manifests are: in the Critical Reading section, using obscure secondary definitions of common words to confuse students; testing student knowledge of common mistakes in grammar, diction, punctuation, and other areas on the multiple choice area of the Writing section; and penalizing students for making these common mistakes on their Writing section essays. Our tutors make sure that students are aware of these traps, and give them the tools to spot them and avoid taking the bait.    

4) Test-Taking Strategies: Many students with good GPAs struggle on the SAT because of its structure and time constraints.  At its core, the SAT is mainly a multiple-choice exam that employs a number of strategies in test design and content in order to ensure a broad spectrum of student performance on each exam (to ensure the grading curve).  So, our tutors provide students with SAT-specific test-taking strategies that allow them to take a tactical approach to the exam.

 

The above is a brief description of some of the methods and approaches that TutoringSolutions utilizes for SAT instruction.  If you have any questions about our methods, personalized programs, or available tutors, please contact info@tutoringsolutions.org