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Dear Parents,

I recognize that the decision to invest in SAT preparation is an important and often difficult one, given all the options. 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 very good at what we do, and would welcome the opportunity to work with your family.

Sincerely,


Rich 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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Security of a Guarantee

Our Guarantee: We guarantee a score increase from your child's actual junior year PSAT scores (or if not taken, a proctored real SAT test).

We offer the following guarantees:

•  30 Hour Program Increase of at least 200 points from junior year PSAT Scores
•  24 Hour Program Increase of at least 100 points from junior year PSAT Scores
•  18 Hour Program Increase from junior year PSAT Scores

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.

What We Guarantee

Students who maintain eligibility and fail to achieve the guaranteed score increase will be entitled to an additional 18 hours of tutoring free. With these additional hours, we'll provide new materials for the student to work from, and a new tutor if requested.

To learn more about our SAT tutoring guarantee, click here.


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.

SAT tutoring program options

 

 

Learn About The 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.

When's the SAT Offered?


2014-2015 Test Dates

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    On or Around *
  • Jul 13
  • Aug 10
  • Sep 7
  • Oct 26
  • Dec 14
  • Feb 1
  • Mar 8
  • Registration Deadline
  • Sep 12
  • Oct 9
  • Nov 6
  • Dec 29
  • Feb 13
  • Apr 6
  • May 8
  • Late Registration Deadline
  • Sep 26
  • Oct 24
  • Nov 21
  • Jan 9
  • Feb 27
  • Apr 17
  • May 8
  • Test Date
  • Oct 11, 2014
  • Nov 08, 2014
  • Dec 06, 2014
  • Jan 24, 2015
  • Mar 14, 2015
  • May 02, 2015
  • Jun 06, 2015
  • Online Score Release
  • Oct 28
  • Nov 25
  • Dec 23
  • Feb 12
  • Apr 2
  • May 21
  • Jun 25

* Note: 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. Contact us to discuss your child's specific scheduling needs.

What's Tested On the SAT?

The SAT is a standardized test that measures a student's skills in three core areas: Critical Reading, Math, and 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 ten sections—a 25-minute essay, six 25-minute sections, two 20-minute sections, and one 10-minute section. Total testing time is 3 hours and 45 minutes. The breakdown of each section is as follows:

SAT test format and content


How is the SAT Scored?

Before taking the SAT, it's important to understand how SAT scoring works. Here's the breakdown:

Scoring for the Critical Reading, Math, and Writing Sections

  • Students earn 1 point for each correct answer, lose ¼ point for each incorrect answer (except on the student-produced response math questions), and neither lose nor gain points for each omitted answer.
  • A student's raw score for each of the main test sections (Critical Reading, Math, and Writing) is calculated by adding 1 point for each correct answer and subtracting ¼ point for each incorrect answer (again, except on the student-produced response math questions).
  • A student's raw score for each of the three main test sections is converted to a scaled score, which ranges between a 200 and an 800, with 800 being the highest possible score. Because the essay factors into a student's Writing scaled score, the score conversion for the Writing section is a bit more complex. See the "Scoring for the Writing Test" section below for details.
  • A student's total SAT score is the total of the student's scaled scores for the three main test sections. Example: If a student scored a 550 Critical Reading, a 500 Math, and a 600 Writing, his total SAT score would be 550 + 500 + 600 = 1650.

Scoring for the Writing Test

  • Two readers read and score each student's Writing test essay. Essays are scored holistically (i.e., based on the overall impression the essay makes).
  • Each reader gives the essay a score ranging between a 1 and a 6, with 6 being the highest possible score. The two scores are added together to get a student's total essay score, which can range between a 2 and a 12, with 12 being the highest possible score. If the two readers' scores differ by more than one point, a third reader will be called in to resolve the disagreement.
  • Students receive three Writing scores: their multiple-choice subscore (ranges between a 20 and an 80), their essay subscore (ranges between a 2 and a 12), and their overall Writing scaled score (ranges between a 200 and an 800). The overall Writing score is calculated by scaling the multiple-choice subscore and the essay subscore. The multiple-choice subscore accounts for about 2/3 of the overall Writing scaled score while the essay subscore accounts for the remaining 1/3.

How Does the SAT Compare To the ACT?

The main difference between the SAT & ACT is how each exam tests a student's knowledge. The ACT is a straightforward test of a student's content knowledge while the SAT places slightly more emphasis on logic and reasoning skills.

Chart comparing SAT to ACT



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