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College Admission Tests

For both the SAT and the ACT, we offer preparation that combines knowledgeable and supportive instructors, our specialized curriculum, and the most comprehensive practice-feedback system available.

We primarily use instructional materials that have been developed in-house, the results of thousands of hours of study and analysis of testing materials. We do not subscribe to the philosophy of one-size-fits-all testing tricks; instead, we work with individual students to identify strategies that will work for them. The last phase of preparation usually involves students taking previously administered, full-length practice tests and then reviewing those tests in detail with a tutor. We offer a proctored testing environment on many weekends in order to simulate the experience of a real test. We also provide proctoring guidelines and personalized guidance for families to create test environments at home.
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The SAT    The ACT    Preliminary Tests    SAT Subject Tests    SAT vs. ACT   

The SAT

The SAT Reasoning Test consists of four multiple choice sections (Critical Reading, Writing and Language, Math without Calculator, Math with Calculator) and one optional essay section. Though many schools do not require the SAT essay, we generally recommend that students prepare for and take the essay section in order to provide maximum flexibility during the college admissions process.

The SAT will be administered seven times during the 2016-2017 school year: once each in October, November, December, January, March, May, and June. For testing dates in October, January, and May, families can purchase a detailed score report and a copy of the test taken. As we generally consider more information to be better than less, we encourage our students to order this "Question and Answer Service" when available. This service can be ordered during test registration or up to five months after the testing date.

Additional Information on the SAT: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat
Register for the SAT: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register
SAT Essay Requirements by School: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/college-essay-policies
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The ACT

The ACT consists of four multiple choice sections (English, Math, Reading, Science) and one optional essay section. Again, though many schools do not require the ACT essay, we generally recommend that students prepare for and take the essay section in order to provide maximum flexibility during the college admissions process.

The ACT will be administered six times during the 2016-2017 school year: once each in September, October, December, February, April, and June. For testing dates in December, April, and June, families can purchase a detailed score report and a copy of the test taken. As we generally consider more information to be better than less, we encourage our students to order this "Test Information Release" when available. This service can be ordered during registration or up to three months after the testing date.

Additional Information on the ACT: https://www.act.org/content/act/en.html
Register for the ACT: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/register.html
ACT Essay Requirements by School: https://actapps.act.org/writPrefRM/
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Preliminary Tests

Most high school students will take the PSAT/NMSQT (the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) during the October of their junior years through their schools. Some students may also choose to take the PSAT 10 in the spring of sophomore year. PSAT scores provide a projected estimate of a student's likely SAT scores. Some schools may also offer the ACT Plan test—a diagnostic version of the ACT—to tenth grade students, though this exam is currently being phased out.

We can provide tutoring and coaching for the PSAT; however, as it is a diagnostic test for the full-length SAT, students will generally also be preparing for the SAT or the ACT in tandem. Students preparing for the ACT will not be at a disadvantage if they wish to take the PSAT, as there is a high degree of material crossover between the two. Our tutors can provide coaching on the few strategic differences that do exist.

Additional Information on the PSAT: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10
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SAT Subject Tests

Colleges vary in their requirements for SAT Subject Tests: some colleges do not require any subject tests, while others may require up to three. Families should consider which colleges their students might wish to attend to get a sense of whether subject tests are necessary. We have provided a link to the College Board's list of schools that use SAT Subject Tests; however, the best way to get the most reliable and current information is to contact colleges directly.

Schools that Use SAT Subject Tests: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-subject-tests/about/institutions-using

If a student does decide to take SAT Subject Tests, we can provide a consultation about which tests and which test dates might be best. We have developed our own curricula for the Math 2, Chemistry, US History, and Literature tests, and can provide support for many of the other subject tests as well. Please contact us for more information.

SAT Subject Test Dates: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-subject-tests/register/test-dates-deadlines
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SAT vs. ACT

The vast majority of colleges now accept both the SAT and the ACT for admission, and there is no obvious trend that might indicate which students will perform better on which tests. Therefore, diagnostic tests are the most helpful tools in order to determine which test is better for a given student.

We can provide and grade a previously administered SAT and/or ACT for diagnostic purposes. We then work with families to decide which test might be best. If a student wishes to take both tests officially, the SAT and ACT dates do not conflict, even if they are offered in the same month. Please contact us for additional information about choosing a test.
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