Frequently Asked Questions - SAT

Without any additional preparation, PSAT scores are a good indication of how the student will perform on the SAT. Students normally take this in October of Grade 11.

Visit www.collegeboard.com for registration and information regarding testing dates and locations.

Students will usually take the SAT once in the spring of their junior year (Gr. 11), and once in the fall of their senior year (Gr. 12). We advise our students to take the SAT seriously and prepare to write it only ONCE. Statistically, students who take the test again do not improve their scores significantly, and scores may be lower.

Our proven score increases on the SAT are 180 to 400 points. Score increases are of course dependent upon the student attending all the sessions and completing all the homework. On average, a 200 point increase is typical.

While we do not offer a guaranteed score increase, we are committed to working with our families to help students achieve their goals. The starting score, the student's motivation and the amount of work put in all affect the results. If a student attends every session and completes all assigned homework and practice tests and does not realize an increase in his or her combined score following the completion of the program, please speak to one of our Education Facilitators to arrange a meeting to review results and set up a review program.

Students are assigned approximately 2-3 hours of homework per week. We feel that completing the outside homework is an essential part of the course.

Homework is a crucial part of the program as it allows the student to practice what is covered in each session. Your expectations for a score improvement should be less if all of the homework is not completed.

We understand that each student learns differently. Books are designed with the intent of being used between an instructor and a student to cater to each student’s individual needs. Books are broken down into chapters and units that cover every aspect of a test in great detail. An abundance of practice problems and questions allow the instructor to tailor the quantity and difficulty level of homework so that each student is challenged appropriately. The exercises in the books are written to match every type of question and varying difficulty used in the actual tests.

Students should find out which test is preferred by the colleges to which they are applying. If the college accepts both, students should take the test which suits their own strengths. See www.actstudent.org for information regarding the ACT.

The ACT is thought to be more aligned with what is taught in the classroom and includes science and other reading-based sections not included on the SAT. The SAT is thought to be more of an aptitude test and is intended to predict performance in college level courses.

Colleges that accept the ACT tend not to require SAT Subject Tests, or at least not as many. You should contact the college's admissions office to find out their policy.

Yes, the ACT offers an optional essay.

Generally, our SAT instructors are graduate students, business professionals and full-time teachers. Our instructors receive intensive training to give them all the tools they need to bring our test-taking expertise to PREPSKILLS® students. They also have experience writing the SAT and/or other standardized tests. For one-on-one instruction, tutors specialize their instruction based on the needs of the individual to help the student build confidence, reduce anxiety, and learn strategies crucial to test-taking. Our instructors are adept at connecting with high school students and they strive to focus on the needs of each individual student, even in the context of the class.

The average number of students in a class is 10. Students may also do the program one-on-one in the comfort of their home. This decision really comes down to scheduling and cost. Students have been successful regardless of whether they have prepared in a class or private setting.

We recommend that sessions be held weekly and that the student’s program end as close to the test date as possible to maximize the success of the program. For our 8-Session Program, you should expect to start approximately 12 weeks prior to the student’s test date. This allows some flexibility to compensate for unexpected schedule changes.

Generally, we find that eight 3 hour sessions are the optimum for most students. However, some students may require additional skill building work. In this case, we can set up a long-term preparation program or additional tutoring sessions following the regular program. Areas of concentration and number of sessions depend on what the individual student's needs are.

Yes, we can. We can send you contact names and phone numbers of some local parents, teachers or schools who have been pleased with our programs.

  • The PREPSKILLS® program is more personalized.
  • PREPSKILLS® is committed to the entire admission process so we ensure you have the right tools and support to help you complete admission applications, find scholarship opportunities and find information about the college/universities.
  • PREPSKILLS® instructors are enthusiastic, patient and effective communicators.
  • SAT course book contains varying levels of homework and in-class practice problems so that assignments can be tailored to the ability level and needs of each individual student.
  • Each student receives individual computerized test analyses for all practice tests taken as part of the course.
  • Instructors complete progress reports that detail students’ attendance, homework completion, practice test scores and progress in each subject area of the test.
  • The PREPSKILLS® Client Services Team makes follow-up calls to parents early on in the program to see if parents have questions about the course.
  • PREPSKILLS' focus on translating preparation into opportunity™ leads to success.