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SAT Tutoring Options for the New SAT
I recognize that the decision to invest in SAT preparation is an important and often difficult one, given all the options. And with the recent changes to the SAT, that challenge has likely increased. In light of this, my goal is to help you understand how StudyPoint's SAT tutoring is different.
If you're considering SAT classes or small group SAT prep, you should know that StudyPoint specializes in highly personalized, 1-to-1 tutoring in the convenience of your home. Though private SAT tutoring is a premium service, having a private tutor allows your child to receive undivided attention, leading to greater lesson engagement and accountability than what can be achieved in a classroom or group setting. With a StudyPoint SAT tutor your child's needs are the instructor's only focus.
If you've already decided to work with a private tutor, we want you to know that one-to-one tutoring is and always has been our only focus. Many companies offer SAT tutoring, but few actually specialize in it. From an educational perspective, 1-to-1 tutoring is a unique specialty with specific curriculum design needs. Too many companies simply take their small group or classroom SAT materials, change the covers, and hand them to 'tutors'. Developing a world class SAT tutoring operation requires focus and investment, and the quality of programming suffers when companies try to be all things to all people.
I welcome you to learn more about our SAT tutoring. We're experts in the changes to the New SAT, we're very good at what we do, and we would welcome the opportunity to work with your family.
Richard J. Enos
CEO & Co-Founder
Personalized SAT Tutoring
StudyPoint recognizes that every student's abilities and needs are unique. For this reason, we've developed one of the most innovative and personalized private SAT tutoring programs in the test preparation industry. Our SAT tutoring program adapts to your child's abilities in three specific ways:
- Practice Test Assessment
Before meeting with a tutor, your child will take an initial diagnostic exam. The results of this exam, as well as your child's performance in the first few sessions, will be used by the tutor to determine the focus of the program and teach to your child's unique strengths and weaknesses. Over the course of the program, your child will take additional practice tests to track progress and ensure that he or she is achieving the desired results.
- Personalized Homework Plans
The work your child and his or her tutor conduct during their lessons is supplemented by a Personalized Online Homework Plan that continuously adapts to your child's abilities; as your child's skills improve, he or she is presented with increasingly difficult material to ensure that he or she is challenged throughout the program.
- The Right Tutor for Your Child
We recognize that the better your child connects with his or her SAT tutor, the more motivated he or she will be during our program. For this reason, we work directly with you (and your child) to understand your child's interests, personality, and learning style and incorporate these factors into the tutor selection process. We work hard to provide your child with a tutor with whom he or she will work well and from whom he or she can easily learn.
Regardless of the specific tutor with whom your child works, you'll have the security of knowing that all of our tutors meet the following minimum requirements. Each tutor has:
- Taught or tutored for at least two years before joining StudyPoint
- Completed his or her undergraduate degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA
- Passed a comprehensive background screening, reference check, and education verification
- Passed a teaching test. Our live teaching tests ensure that our tutors have a firm grasp of the material they're teaching and that they can communicate that material in a dynamic and engaging way
- Undergone an initial 10-12 hours of training on our curriculum as well as ongoing training and professional development
StudyPoint employs some of the strictest hiring criteria in the industry; only about 5% of our tutor applicants ever go on to become StudyPoint tutors.
An Industry Leading Score Increase Guarantee
One of the core values that guides our day to day work is to Live by the Golden Rule, and to us that translates to standing behind our product and delivering on our promises. If you purchase an iPhone and it doesn't work, you take it back to the store and they make it right. To the people here at StudyPoint, delivering on what we promise is just common sense.
Where many companies offer little or no guarantee, we're proud to have always backed our SAT tutoring with an industry-leading one: if your child completes our Standard 30-Hour In-Home Tutoring Program and doesn't improve by at least 140 points from his or her junior year PSAT score (or a proctored practice test if you don't have a PSAT score), we'll provide you with an additional 18 hours of SAT tutoring for a subsequent exam for free.
And if you choose to work with one of our most experienced online SAT tutors, we'll raise that guarantee amount to 220 points. These instructors have over 2500 hours of tutoring experience with us, and are some of the most experienced test prep tutors in the industry.
In order to maintain eligibility for our guarantee, students must complete all components of their program.
These components include:
- Tutoring: Student must complete all tutoring hours in his/her program.
- Practice Tests: Student must complete all SAT Practice Tests.
- Homework: Student must complete all homework by the end of the program
- Test Date: Student must take the SAT within three weeks of his/her final tutoring session.
- Scores: Student must submit his/her official baseline and final SAT scores.
We have always believed that an education company should be willing to share their student results, and stand behind those results with a meaningful guarantee. We always have, and we know that is one of the primary reasons that more than 60% of our clients come from referrals and repeat families. If you hold up your end, we'll hold up ours and work to make sure your child leaves our program with a dramatically improved SAT score.
SAT Program Options
We offer a variety of program options to suit the unique learning needs & schedules of each student. Let us help you decide which option will best help your child succeed on test day.
Learn About The New SAT
Ready to learn more about the exam? Click on the links below to view upcoming test dates, learn more about the format of the SAT exam, or see how the SAT is scored.
2016-2017 Test Dates
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- SAT & Subject Tests
- SAT & Subject Tests
- SAT & Subject Tests
- SAT Only
- SAT & Subject Tests
- SAT & Subject Tests
- Test Date:
- Oct. 1, 2016
- Oct. 19, 2016
- Nov. 5, 2016
- Dec. 3, 2016
- Jan. 21, 2017
- Mar. 11, 2017
- May 6, 2017
- June 3, 2017
- We Recommend
- August 20, 2016
- Varies **
- September 25, 2016
- October 25, 2016
- December 15, 2016
- January 31, 2017
- March 30, 2017
- April 27, 2017
- Start Tutoring
- June 1 - July 31
- July 1 - September 1
- July 1 - August 31
- August 1 - Sept. 30
- Sept. 15 - October 31
- Nov. 15 - January 15
- January 1 - March 1
- February 1 - April 1
*The recommended tutoring start dates are suggested start times for a full-length SAT program. Actual start dates vary based upon program length, student scheduling availabilty, and other factors.
**Your child will register for the PSAT at his or her guidance office at school. Contact us to discuss your child's specific scheduling needs.
The SAT is a standardized test that measures a student's skills in two core areas: Math, Evidence-Based Reading & Writing. Students in grades 11 and 12 take the SAT so that they can submit their scores to colleges as part of the college application process.
The SAT is composed of three main sections— Math, Evidence-Based Reading, and Writing. Total testing time is 3 hours and 50 minutes. The breakdown of each section can be found in the table below.
|Section||Sub-Section||Total Testing Time & Breakdown||Number of Questions||Content/Skills Covered|
Evidence-Based Reading & Writing
|reading and vocabulary in context|
|Writing||35 mintues||44||grammar and usage|
1 55-minute calculator-optional section and
1 25-minute no-calculator section
|58||heart of algebra, problem solving & data analysis, passport to advanced math, additional topics (geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus)|
Before taking the SAT, it's important to understand how SAT scoring works. Here's the breakdown:
Scoring for the Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing Sections
- Students earn 1 point for each correct answer
- Students neither earn nor lose points for questions skipped or answered incorrectly
- Scores for each section range between 200 and 800. Total scores range between 400 and 1600
There is no deduction for incorrect answers, which means students should answer every single question. For most sections of the SAT, questions get more difficult as you work through each type of question in a section (except for Evidence-Based Reading questions). This means that the first few questions will usually be easy for most students, and the last ones will usually be extremely difficult for all but the most advanced students. The SAT is designed to challenge students at every level, so the average student is going to face a lot of tough questions in a very short period of time.
How in the world are are students supposed to answer all of those questions?
By guessing! The goal is to answer as many questions correctly as possible, but there will always be some questions so difficult that students won’t have a clue as to how to answer them.
One of the greatest advantages of taking a multiple-choice test like the SAT is that there is more than one way to arrive at the correct answer. In school, students are used to working and working until they find the correct answer or until they get frustrated and give up. On the SAT, there is another option: get rid of all the incorrect choices you can until you have just a few (or maybe even one) choice(s) remaining. It may sound strange, but identifying the incorrect choices on the SAT increases the chances of finding the correct answer.
Scoring for the Essay
The SAT essay requires students to use a passage as the basis for a well-written and well-thought out argument.
- Two readers read and score each student's essay. Essays are scored based on three categories: Reading, Analysis, and Writing.
- Each reader gives the essay a score ranging between a 1 and 4 points in each category, for a total possible score of 8 points.
ACT vs SAT: which test is a better fit for your child? Students may take whichever test they prefer (assuming there are available testing locations for both tests). If you're not sure which test your child would prefer, consider the key differences between the ACT and SAT. Some students find that the ACT caters to their strengths more so than the SAT, and vice versa.
Here's a quick side-by-side comparison of the two tests:
|content-based test||Type of Test||content-based test|
|Reading: 1, 65-min section;
Math: 1, 25-min section (no calculator) & 1, 55-min section (w/calculator);
Writing & Langauge: 1, 35-min section; Essay: 1, 50-min section (optional)
|Test Format||English: 1, 45-min section;
Math: 1, 60-min section;
Reading: 1, 35-min section;
Science: 1, 35-min section;
Writing: 1, 40-min essay (optional)
|reading, relevant words in context, math, grammar & usage, analytical writing (optional)||Content Covered||grammar & usage, math, reading, science reasoning, and writing (optional)|
|questions are evidence and context-based in an effort to focus on real-world situations and multi-step problem-solving||Test Style||straightforward, questions may be long but are usually less difficult to decipher|
|Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing are each scored on a scale of 200-800. Composite SAT score is the sum of the two section scores and ranged from 400-1600.||Scoring||English, Math, Reading, and Science scores will each range between 1-36. Composite ACT score is the average of your scores on the four sections; ranges between 1-36|
|no - you do not lose points for incorrect answers||Penalty for Wrong Answers?||no – you do not lose points for incorrect answers|
|yes – you can choose which set(s) of SAT scores to submit to colleges||Score Choice?||yes – you can choose which set(s) of ACT scores to submit to colleges|
|questions increase in difficulty level as you move through that question type in a section (except reading passage questions, which progress chronologically through the passage)||Difficulty Levels||difficulty level of the questions is random|
|arithmetic, problem-solving & data analysis, heart of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry; formulas provided.||Math Levels||arithmetic, algebra I and II, functions, geometry, trigonometry; no formulas are provided|
|with private schools and schools on the east and west coasts; however, every four-year college in the US accepts SAT scores||Tends to be more popular?||with public schools and schools in the Midwest and south; however, every four-year college in the US accepts ACT scores|
|seven times per year: January, March or April, May, June, October, November, December||Offered when?||six times per year: February, April, June, September, October, December (note that some states offer the ACT as part of their state testing requirements; these tests are not administered on the national test dates)|
|typically about four weeks before the test date||Registration deadline?||typically about five to six weeks before the test date|
Still have questions about the SAT? Contact a member of our Enrollment Team at
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