The SAT, we are talking about is also known as SAT-Reasoning Test or SAT-1
An ideal SAT preparation should entail the following:
- You are already familiar with topics tested on the SAT, so benchmarking your performance by taking a Simulated / Mock Test, before starting your actual preparation. This should be followed by an objective critical analysis from an expert teacher to comment on issues which may not be in public domain. This helps in giving a realistic idea about the level of hard-work needed and time lines to be maintained during preparation.
- Find the right set of books and a teacher who can make your learning challenging, comprehensive, engaging and fun.
- Understanding all concepts and rules tested on the SAT and applying them on a certain number of real SAT questions until you become perfect.
- Learning and mastering the specific strategies and procedures to handle each type of question appearing on the SAT. This also entails identifying each type of question that appears on the SAT and knowing how to crack it by using its specific strategy and procedure.
- Clearing the concepts with your teacher on each and every question, in which you make a mistake and cannot realize what went wrong.
- Identifying concepts that you tend to forget.
- Identifying questions where you tend to make mistakes as you are not still using the right procedure.
- Practice questions under a time constraint to decrease your response time to handle questions. As your accuracy dips down as you work faster, so work on it.
- Take progressive tests having multiple topics.
- After you have attained a certain level of expertise, start taking Mock / Simulated SAT exams to identify test dynamics and how taking a complete exam affects your accuracy and performance. Issues such as lower accuracy when you attempt a multiple-subject and multiple-topic test, shorter attention span, low stamina to use brain actively for three hours and forty five minutes, test anxiety and nervousness, etc should be identified. Take more tests and address whatever problems you have. Keep doing mid-course corrections in your preparation based on Mock Test performance and analysis.
- Be clear about the dynamics of the test day and be completely prepared for it, in terms of mandatory breaks during the test and how you can use them to your advantage, what to eat or drink during the break, test centre procedures, proctoring procedures, documents to carry to the test centre, calculator permitted during the exam, what to wear, what to do if you suffer a test irregularity, etc.
- SAT mock tests can have a toll on your nerves. Keep yourself cool, upbeat and objective. Visualize yourself leading the football team at your dream Ivy-League college, when you get bugged or tired.
We have tried to design Class-Room based programs and 1-on-1 Personalized Attention programs which addresses these issues faced by students:
- We start with a Diagnostic Test ( Mock SAT) to benchmark a student’s performance and present position. The student receives a detailed analysis of performance to a subject, topic and question level.
- We follow a closed-feedback-loop mechanism to train you. We wouldn’t just be happy that we have taught you the right stuff, but we will ensure that you have understood and learnt it well. We would like to be a bit strict here and we will also check what you have learnt and why are you not getting a 100% score. So the program has a lot of written homework, which is checked by teachers.
- To begin the learning, the student attempts a Pre-Work assignment to increase familiarity with a topic and understand the challenges involved.
- Teacher teaches the topic in class and teaches every concept that has been tested in the previous SATs. Students are encouraged to take extensive notes during the class. Then teacher shows how to apply the each concept on sample questions that test that concept. Now students attempt a certain number of questions in front of the teacher to identify any problems that still remain. The class ends with detailed written assigned homework of two types – questions to test knowledge of concepts tested on SAT, which have been taught in class and questions to test application of concepts (real SAT questions from the Official Guide to the SAT by the College Board)
- Back from the class, at home, a student revises class notes and has to attempt stuff from a practice work book. The work book has three parts – reiterated important concepts (to be revised and learnt), Concept Tests (to identify whether you have learnt all the concepts) and Concept Application Tests (to test whether you know how to apply concepts on questions) on each topic. This is done to identify whether a certain concept is not clear or application of the concept is not perfect.
- The workbook is submitted to the teacher, who minutely checks the home work and provides remedial actions – teaching the concept again, more class work in front of the teacher or/and more homework.
- Your teacher clears the concepts on each and every question, in which you make a mistake but you are unable to realize what went wrong.
- In this manner each topic, concept and question type gets perfected. The next stage is working under time constraints to hone time management and decrease reaction time to each question.
- Now a student has to attempt practice questions under time constraints and has to decrease the average time taken per question. Attempting questions faster results in more silly mistakes also, so a greater focus under time-constraints is the learning of this stage of preparation.
- As more and more topics are taught, a student gets ready for the next level of learning – multiple topic tests or progressive tests. A student needs to develop the ability to attempt a jumbled bunch of questions, in terms of subjects, topics, concepts and difficulty levels – the way it appears on the real exam, SAT.
- The last level of learning happens by seriously taking a series of mock SAT tests. The mock SAT will point out the test dynamics at play during a real exam:
Under test conditions, you make a greater number of silly mistakes because of three reasons:
a. Test anxiety – Butterflies in the stomach is a normal phenomenon during an important exam for everyone. Preparing properly for the exam decreases test anxiety.
b. Attention span – you have an attention span of 30 minutes, but this is a three hours and forty five minutes exam, so after the first hour, you feel like taking a break to perform better later, but you are not permitted to do this.
c. Stamina – After an hour or two of testing, your brain gets tired so questions seem more difficult to understand and solve, leading to more mistakes.
The solution is to attempt a greater number of Mock SAT exams, 15 to be precise. This gives you a grip on testing and makes you immune to the pitfalls. Moreover, analysis of a test by the student followed by analysis by the teacher helps to identify the grey areas that need focus.
- We would even like to hand-hold you during the real exam, but that would be unethical and is not permitted. Luckily, you would be so prepared for the SAT that you won’t need us during the real exam.
Based on specific requirements of our students, we have designed three programs to help them effectively :
|S. No.||Program Name||Targeted Students|
|1||Class Room Integrated Batch||1. If you have three months to prepare for the SAT
2. If you can attend classes on Saturdays and Sundays
|2||1-on-1 Personal Tutoring Program||
|3||Online Training Program||1. If you cannot attend classes at our learning centers because of distance constraints.
2. If you have already prepared for the SAT but are not satisfied with your scores.