Case Study: Behind the Incredible Success of A-List’s 1199SEIU SAT Program

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We ran a 30-hour course in the spring from March 1st to the June SAT (2014). The course included 3 practice tests for a total of 43 hours. We then reconvened in the fall for a 12-hour course, which included 4 practice tests (1 ACT and 3 SAT) for a total of 30 hours. We started September 13th and ran to the November SAT. We ran two classes in Manhattan at John Jay College and another two classes in Brooklyn at Medgar Evers. Both classes met once a week for three hours on Saturdays.

All Practice Tests

Our results data revealed a steady increase in scores between each practice test in spring with an overall average improvement between the initial diagnostic and the 3rd practice test at 104 points. We saw a lot more fluctuation between practice tests in fall. However, the majority (70%) of students who took more than one practice test showed improvement in at least one section.

Average Practice Test Improvement

Start scores were either the real PSAT score or the initial diagnostic when PSATs were not available. The students did very well on their practice tests with an average score improvement of 147 points. As a whole, 70% of students improved 100 points or more on their practice test with 25 (32%) students soaring over 200 points, 5 students surpassing 300 points, two students achieving over 400 points with the top score improvement of 660 points. These average score improvements have increased overall from our improvements in spring.

Average Real Test Improvement

This is students’ improvement for the real SAT as compared to their PSAT score or the initial diagnostic when a PSAT was not available. This report shows score improvement across both sites. Overall, students showed an average score improvement of 211 points. The majority of students made significant score increases of 100 points or higher with 87% improving over 100 points up from 76% in the spring; 52% of students increased over 200 points up from 33% in spring; 12 students surpassed 300 points up from 6, and 6 students topped 400 points up from 3. The maximum score improvement was an astounding 700 points! We had three students whose real score was over 2000 with the highest real score as 2250 (super score).

Average Real Test Improvement By Site

This consists of students’ score improvement for the real SAT divided by site as compared to their PSAT score or the initial diagnostic when a PSAT was not available. Manhattan showed an average score improvement of 217 points with 84% of students gaining 100 points or more up from 74% in spring; 53% increased over 200 points up from 34% in spring; 7 students surpassed 300 points up from 3 in spring, and 4 students topped 400 points, which doubled from spring. The highest score improvement was 700.  In Brooklyn, students demonstrated an average score improvement of 204 points with 90% of students increasing their score over 100 points up from 85% in spring; 52% gained over 200 points up from 35% in spring; 5 students exceeded 300 points up from 3 students in spring with the highest score improvement at 480 points.

Score Improvement Between Real Tests

On average students increased their score 34 points between their first and second real SAT test. If we changed the improvement for the students with a negative value to zero then we saw an average improvement between scores of 61 points. The majority of students (65%) showed improvement when taking more than one test, and 28% of students increased their score over 100 points between tests.

Summary

Overall, we had a very successful class. The majority of students (87%) made significant score increases of 100 points or higher with the highest at 700 points, which rivals our record highest score improvement for our private tutoring clients.  The same trend was found on the practice tests with most students making substantial point gains; 70% of students gained 100 points or more. We had several students this year starting off with strong start scores, especially at the Manhattan site. Even so students showed significant gains. Across the board 41% of students scored higher than the national average with several students surpassing a 2000. Our highest scoring student started with a 2130 on her initial diagnostic and achieved a 2250 as her super score.