SAT Prep and PSAT

 

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Dennis Schulman heads our SAT and PSAT Prep program

 

Although the purpose of the program is to help students get as high a score as possible, SAT prep and training can be a tremendous help for students in their high school and future college classes. We discuss general test-taking strategies, including using time wisely and how and when to make educated guesses. Our atmosphere in class is light, fun, focused and positive. Everyone should feel comfortable asking questions, and each student can receive individual help.

One of the most important principles of SAT prep is dynamic problem solving. It’s a skill not emphasized in many schools, but really ought to be. So much of the SAT is pre-high school problem solving.

Our program is designed to teach problem solving and other special techniques to navigate tough math and reading questions. We go over previous SAT questions, studying the content required for the test, but we also focus on how to choose the best approach under a wide range of circumstances.

The SAT has a number of questions requiring Algebra I and II knowledge, geometry too, but there are many questions that require nothing more than pre-high school math skills. Many questions are, however, unusual. Most students are not prepared for them. We call them non-routine questions, requiring problem solving techniques most students have never learned. Some discover techniques on their own, but it’s rare. Most need to be taught these skills, to grow accustomed to knowing how and when to use them.

Critical reading works the same way. Students will learn techniques that are not commonly practiced in high school English classes. They learn to read quickly and understand why the authors of the passage are communicating that particular information. They learn to read for themes and main ideas. Sometimes writers are being sarcastic and students have a difficult time picking this up.

Although we do go over the writing section, which is comprised of two sections of grammar questions and an essay, we spend less time here because colleges weight the math and reading sections more heavily.

Ultimately, students will gain the confidence and ability to be successful on the test and in their future college classes and professional careers.