Should students take the ACT or the SAT or both?
Colleges are interested in getting as much data as they can on students, so we recommend that students take both the SAT and the ACT. The SAT was the preferred exam until recently; however, the ACT has overtaken the SAT in popularity and is now considered the more important of the two tests. It is difficult to anticipate which exam will present the best academic picture of a student, so this is another reason to take both.
When should students take the exam(s)?
Because the PSAT is given in October of junior year, it is wise to prepare for the SAT in the first semester of junior year. Also, there are math topics tested on the ACT that some students do not study until the second half of junior year. These topics include trigonometry, logarithms, complex numbers, asymptotes, and matrices. For this reason, taking the SAT in the fall and the ACT in the spring is advisable for many students.
How much tutoring will a student need?
The amount of tutoring a student will need depends on the scores he or she has achieved to date, if any, and what target goals we have established for him or her. The average amount of time our students spend preparing for one exam is 10 to 12 weeks; however, this varies greatly. We have found that starting early, especially with math, can help ensure that students reach their goals.
How long are sessions?
Typically, we tutor students for a total of two hours each week, one hour in reading and writing and one hour in math.
What is the cost?
We have a standard hourly rate; however, we offer discounts to students wishing to pay in advance for a set number of sessions. Please contact us to discuss.
How will I know how my son or daughter is progressing?
We carefully record students’ scores on practice tests, and either have monthly conference calls with parents or meet with them in person as needed.