Tutoring and Standardised Test Preparation
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.
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"...
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 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"...
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 Skype 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.
What Can A-List Help You With?
- SAT Subject Tests
- AP Exams
- Academic Subjects
- College Admissions & Essay Services
- GMAT, GRE
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