A-List offers the very best, customized tutoring for the PSAT/SAT. Learn more about these tests and our Dubai test preparation program below.
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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.
Customized Tutoring Plans
A-List recognizes that no two students are alike, and as such, every A-List Middle East student receives a custom learning plan designed by their tutor. This personalized program allows students to move at their own pace and focus on their areas of weakness. When designing a program, our tutors consider a student’s academic strengths, prior test-taking … Continue reading "Customized Tutoring Plans"...
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"...
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"...
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"...
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"...
A-List provides every student with engaging study materials based on extensive research and years of teaching experience. Packed with humor 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"...
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"...
About the Tests
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|
|Writing and Language||35||44|
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.
|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
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.
|Math & Sciences|
|Mathematics Level 1||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Mathematics Level 2||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|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. So if you’re getting a head start prepping for the SAT, you are essentially prepping for both tests! We recommend prepping smarter, not harder. Summer is the perfect time to begin 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.
Lucy A., Jumeirah College, +8 ACT
My experience with A-List was incredibly helpful! Not only did Thomas teach me skills that were integral for the ACT, but I have developed my thinking skills by learning these techniques and use them in my own school work now! Thank you to everyone at A-List!
Scott S., Dubai College, + 8 ACT
Coming from a British curriculum school I did not know what to expect out of the test and was extremely unprepared, however, after just a couple months of sessions I was feeling much more comfortable with the content and material on the ACT… Overall, I would highly recommend using a-lists services as it helped me go up a total of 8 ACT points, something I don’t believe I could’ve done alone.
Mostafa K., GEMS World Academy, +6 ACT
I would like to thank A-list and my tutor for helping me achieve an amazing score on my ACTs. I know that I would not have been able to receive the same score if it wasn’t for my tutor at A list. Thomas is a great tutor who helped me with all my weaknesses and helped me develop my strengths. He gave me great and very useful advice, and the strategies he gave me came very in handy and were incredibly helpful. I would recommend A-list’s tutoring services to anyone.