SAT and PSAT Tutoring & SAT Subject Tests

Customized SAT Tutoring Sessions

Is your student struggling with preparing for the SAT and is in need? A-List offers the very best in-home, customized SAT tutoring designed to keep up with changes to the test. Our tutors are patient and can adapt our teaching methods to your student’s learning style. We have developed our own extensively researched materials that demonstrate the essential elements of mastering the SAT, such as timing, EBRW training, and question strategy.  Our tutors have effective teaching methods, training, and materials in order to help your student succeed. A-List Education is committed to providing your student with the SAT help that they need and deserve. Learn more about these tests and our SAT test prep program below.

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SAT Tutoring is a Crucial Part of Test Prep

Test prep plays a very important role in the college admissions process. There are several reasons why professional SAT tutoring and SAT prep are a good investment for you or your child’s future:

Extra Accountability

Finding the motivation to start studying for the SAT/ACT can be difficult. Test prep isn’t the most interesting subject, and if you aren’t motivated, progress will never be made. A tutor is an extra source of motivation and accountability when you can’t find the determination to do it yourself.

Study Resources

When prepping for the SAT or ACT, it is crucial to use actual SAT/ACT practice tests. However, if you choose to study by yourself, it can be difficult to obtain these materials. That’s why SAT tutoring services deliver the best results because they provide certain resources that aren’t available to everyone.

Ability to Measure Progress

Knowing the proper way to measure your progress is a key factor in the success of your SAT score. When beginning your test prep, you should be taking full-length practice tests and scoring them; or if you’ve already taken one of the tests, you can use that as your starting point. By taking the practice tests, you’ll be able to see improvement or what you need to be working on. SAT tutoring is effective because the tutor should be able to identify the ways in which the student should adapt their studying method to reach their target score.

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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. Just a quick note: only juniors can qualify for a National Merit commendation. (Learn how to understand your student’s PSAT scores here!)

Section Time Allotted (min.) Number of Questions
Reading 60 47
Writing and Language 35 44
Math 70 48
Total 165 139

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.

Section Details
Evidence-Based Reading & Writing Reading · 65 minutes long
· 52 multiple choice reading comprehension questions
Writing & Language · 35 minutes long
· 44 grammar and usage questions
Math No Calculator · 25 minutes long
· 15 multiple choice and 5 grid-in math questions
Calculator Permitted · 55 minutes long
· 30 multiple choice and 8 grid-in math questions
Essay · 50 minutes long
· Essay is optional and is scored independently out of 8
Scoring · EBRW and Math sections each scored out of 800
· Scores combined to create composite score out of 1600

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

SAT Subject Tests

Subject Tests measure your knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as your ability to apply that knowledge. Subject Tests fall into five general subject areas: English, History, Math, Science, and Languages.

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 application.

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 or ACT 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.

Test Date: August October November December May June
Humanities
Literature x x x x x x
U.S. History x x x x x x
World History x x x
Math & Sciences
Mathematics Level 1 x x x x x x
Mathematics Level 2 x x x x x x
Biology E/M x x x x x x
Chemistry x x x x x x
Physics x x x x x x
Languages: Reading
French x x x x x
Spanish x x x x x
Latin x x
German x
Modern Hebrew x
Italian x
Languages: Listening
French with Listening x
Spanish with Listening x
German with Listening x
Chinese with Listening x
Japanese with Listening x
Korean with Listening x

Information available at www.collegeboard.com.

Prep for Them Both: Benefits of Combining SAT & PSAT Prep

You Can Prepare Productively

The PSAT has similar questions and tests the same knowledge areas as the SAT. If you are prepping for the SAT, you are essentially prepping for both tests! We recommend prepping smarter, not harder. Summer is the perfect time to start prepping.

Boost in Confidence

Since the PSAT and the SAT are so similar, you’ll feel a boost of confidence as you walk into the test day, knowing exactly what to expect. Students who combine SAT and PSAT prep have better endurance and overall better testing experience.

Extra SAT Practice

While the PSAT is not identical to the SAT, it is similar in structure and question types. Think of the PSAT as a very realistic practice test to the SAT. You’ll be able to dissect your results from the PSAT and see what areas you need to work on to develop a better strategy for the real thing.