SAT & PSAT

A-List offers the very best, customised tutoring for the PSAT/SAT in London, the UK and across Europe. Learn more about these tests and our test prep programme below. Also take a look at our SAT Test Dates and Registration deadlines in this upcoming year. If you registered too late for the SAT, then see our SAT Waitlist guide, which will provide you with a thorough overview of what to do next.

Interested in SAT tutoring? Complete our get started form to provide us with more information about your student. An A-List representative will contact you to answer any questions about our programme and to get you matched with the right tutor! See our Rates & Packages. Interested in our SAT Bootcamps? Find out more here.

Why Choose A-List?


A-List surpasses the competition, providing the very best in-home SAT/ACT tutoring customized to meet the needs of individual students.
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Customised Tutoring Plans

A-List recognises that no two students are alike, and as such, every A-List student receives a custom learning plan designed by their tutor. This personalised blueprint allows students to move at their own pace and concentrate on the subjects that will help them the most. When designing a program, our tutors consider a student’s personality, … Continue reading "Customised Tutoring Plans"...

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Expert Instructors

A-List’s instructors are a group of passionate educators that all bring their own unique and personal approach to each student they teach. Each tutor is carefully vetted and put through a rigorous training program to ensure both quality and dedication. They come from diverse backgrounds, but share a love of teaching, connecting with students, and … Continue reading "Expert Instructors"...

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Flexible Scheduling

Part of having the right tutor is having a tutor that fits your schedule. Convenience and ease of scheduling are critical for families and students that juggle multiple sports, after-school activities, and the large amount of homework that students face, regardless of their age or grade. Whether your student prefers 60 minute or 90 minute … Continue reading "Flexible Scheduling"...

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Highest Score Improvements

A-List believes that it is essential for us to be transparent with our students and families.  Part of that transparency comes from us being able to provide accurate and timely score improvement data to all of our clients.  A-List measures student improvement from each of our students’ baseline diagnostic exam to their scores on their … Continue reading "Highest Score Improvements"...

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Strategy & Content Focus

A-List uses an integrated approach focusing on both strategy and content. Our curriculum and materials include a suite of tips, hints, and alternate methods for addressing questions on every exam, but we also address the underlying principles of content to impart a more holistic comprehension of exams. So, in addition to teaching all the “tricks” we … Continue reading "Strategy & Content Focus"...

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Extensively-Researched Materials

A-List provides every student with engaging study materials based on extensive research and years of teaching experience. Packed with humour and meticulously kept up-to-date, A-List’s test prep books, college admission materials, and online platforms give students all the tools they need to achieve their highest scores and pave the way to college and graduate school. … Continue reading "Extensively-Researched Materials"...

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Online Tutoring Available

Online tutoring can be a great option for students that attend boarding school, live in areas A-List doesn’t traditionally serve, or during circumstances where traditional in-home tutoring isn’t feasible (for example, during inclement weather). Each of our instructors is trained to effectively hold tutoring sessions online via Webex and Zoom.  These simple programs allow students … Continue reading "Online Tutoring Available"...

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About the Tests


PSAT

The PSAT/NMSQT is essentially a shorter version of the SAT. The PSAT is comprised of two Math sections (a calculator and no-calculator section), and two Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections. It is given only once a year, in October.

Though some high schools require it, the PSAT is typically optional. However, even though it’s optional, taking the PSAT is a great idea. It gives all students the opportunity to practice in a real testing situation and provides an accurate sense of a starting score. You’ll also receive detailed feedback on your student’s strengths and weaknesses. And, there’s no pressure: if you do poorly, it doesn’t matter—colleges never see these scores.

The PSAT can count for one thing, though: the National Merit Scholarship program. Juniors scoring around the 97th percentile of the PSAT scores in their state will get a National Merit Letter of Commendation. Those students scoring in the 99th percentile of PSAT scores in their state will qualify as National Merit Semifinalists. These are great things–they look wonderful on college applications and may help your student get scholarships. Just a quick note: only juniors can qualify for a National Merit commendation.

Starting in 2016, the PSAT will appear in grade-specific iterations. Sophomores will be offered the PSAT 10 and students in both grades 8 and 9 will be offered the PSAT 8/9. Scores for these exams are not entered into consideration for National Merit.

As students start with A-List, they will spend most of their time working through The Book of Knowledge in order to learn the content and our strategies for the test. If your student begins before the PSAT in October and might be a good candidate for National Merit, we’ll be able to help him or her prepare with the practice materials that have already been released by College Board.

THE REDESIGNED SAT

The redesigned SAT is here. According to the College Board, this change was made so that the test would better reflect high school curriculum and be an indicator of college readiness.

We have incorporated the new test material into a revised SAT Book of Knowledge curriculum and have created supplementary materials, drills and seminars with the information released by The College Board. The College Board has officially released seven full-length sample SATs in the redesigned format.

Learn more about the new test sections below.

Download A-List’s one-pager on the redesigned test here.

TEST BREAKDOWN
Component Time Number of Questions
Evidence-Based
Reading & Writing
Reading
Writing & Language
65 Minutes
35 Minutes
52 Questions
44 Questions
Math
Calculator Permitted
No Calculator
55 Minutes
25 Minutes
38 Questions
20 Questions
Essay (optional)
50 Minutes
1 Essay
Total
180 Minutes
230 Min. with essay
154 Questions
Plus optional essay

 

Consider Taking the ACT

We don’t recommend one test over the other, but as colleges look to both tests equally, you can consider the ACT as an alternative to the new SAT. The ACT is a known test: besides the addition of the optional essay in 2005, the ACT has not changed since 1989. And the ACT is just as widely accepted by colleges as the SAT. 

We encourage our students getting started to take both a practice SAT and ACT test to see if they prefer the format and timing of one over the other; and to discover if they score significantly better on one exam.

SAT SUBJECT TESTS

More and more students and colleges are focusing their attention on SAT Subject Tests. Many colleges take these tests seriously, and use them to inform their admissions decisions. In fact, most selective colleges require 1-3 SAT Subject Tests as part of their applicationOur tutors will help students prepare for the SAT subject tests that their colleges require. 

Subject Tests measure your knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, and your ability to apply that knowledge. 

Many colleges use the Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. These tests give you and colleges a very reliable measure of how prepared you are for college-level work in particular subjects. Used in combination with other background information (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a dependable measure of your academic achievement and are a good predictor of future college performance in specific subject areas. 

Subject Tests fall into five general subject areas: English, History, Math, Science, and Languages.