Good news — it's an open book test. Nothing will be asked that can't be answered by looking at the passage. Not-so-good news — you've got only 65 minutes to go through 5 passages that you might not find so interesting and answer 52 questions. Excellent news — we can teach you the crucial time-management skills that will allow you to sidestep reading the whole passage (we call our approach skreading) so that you focus on exactly those parts that will allow you to answer the questions most efficiently. Notice we said "efficiently," not "quickly." Racing through the material leads to carelessness.
Writing and Language
For most students, this section is the most improvable. If you got an 410, you should be getting well into the 500s. If you scored in the 500s, you should have cracked 600. And if you got a 700, that's nice, but you have it within you to get a perfect score. It's on this section where students most often think "Why did I choose D?! I never would have written that or said that. When this happens, most students tell themselves "Be more careful!" . . . and then make a similar error a few questions later. There is an art to "being careful" and we'll make sure that you master that art.
But yes, you've got to know the difference between a full colon and a semicolon. Luckily, the SAT tests the same small set of rules on every test. We'll make sure that you know these rules COLD and don't waste a precious moment studying the many rules of English that never show up on the test.
Math (2 sections)
Like the English section, the Math part of the SAT tests your ability to avoid careless errors. But it also tests a much larger set of rules. For this reason, our sessions typically emphasize math, though of course we'll customize our time together to meet your needs. We'll examine every time-saving measure possible so that you're prepared to handle even the toughest math question.
Should you even take this optional section? Let's talk about it. It's one more place where you can make a good impression — or not so good. If you do decide to take this section, we'll make sure that you know how to write the kind of essay that get high scores.