SAT Prep: More than School Curriculum
When it comes to SAT Prep, many students believe that relying on their school curriculum to get them to their goal score is enough. However, this is not the case.
The traditional school curriculum oftentimes does not include specific instruction geared toward preparing for the SAT. And doing well on the SAT takes more than just getting an A in Algebra.
So, what sets specialized SAT Prep instruction apart from the traditional classroom, and how does MEK prepare you for this challenging college admissions test?
Read on to find out!
The Importance of SAT Prep
The SAT is one of the most popular exams taken by students as part of their college admissions package. While there are pros and cons to the SAT, the test itself creates a level playing field for all students regardless of outside factors that may influence admissions to top colleges. The test assesses both Verbal and Mathematical skills and has been found to be a predictor of success in college and after graduation.
A nationwide study showed that students who prepared for the SAT through private tutoring or specialized group courses averaged 60 points higher on the exam compared to students who studied on their own.
So why seek SAT Prep opportunities outside of the traditional classroom?
1. True SAT Prep is not the objective of classroom instruction.
Even with the popularity of the SAT, the specific test-taking skills and strategies required to earn top scores on the test are not included in most traditional classrooms. Teachers must focus their time on the objectives outlined by the Common Core State Standards for their districts. So, students lose out on building skills and strategies specific to the SAT.
2. SAT Prep focuses on more than just Verbal and Mathematical skills.
Comprehensive SAT preparation includes practice with Verbal and Mathematical skills, but it’s so much more than that. In order to reach your goal score, you need to build strategies for time management, problem-solving, critical thinking, and logical reasoning skills. SAT Prep courses are designed to sharpen these skills, whereas teachers in traditional classroom settings are discouraged from teaching test-prep skills during class time.
3. Unlike classroom teachers, SAT Prep instructors are highly trained in specialized test-taking techniques and practices.
In order to do well on the SAT, you need to understand how the test is structured. Therefore, SAT Prep instruction is a highly specialized skill set at which not all classroom teachers are trained. SAT instructors understand the intricacies of the SAT. They help students recognize different question and passage types and train students to be aware of vocabulary patterns in answer choices to avoid traps. They also administer practice tests and review your responses in detail to strengthen your skills.
4. You receive specialized support.
Studying for the SAT on your own is a massive undertaking and can quickly become overwhelming. However, working with a trained SAT Prep instructor eases the burden, so that you can focus on what’s most important: studying!
SAT instructors guide you through the whole SAT Prep process. They create a specialized study plan specific to your needs and goals, recommend and/or provide materials, and give one-on-one support to help you with any questions you have.
What can MEK do to help you on your SAT Prep journey?
Our specialized SAT Prep Program helps you learn the essential strategies that lead to top scores on the SAT.
What value does MEK have to offer as you prepare for the SAT?
Weekly Full-Length SAT Practice Tests
One of the most important components of SAT Prep is practice. That’s why we have built in weekly, full-length, timed SAT Practice Tests to our in-person SAT Prep classes. Students receive a real test-day experience in a distraction free environment that helps build stamina and confidence. Immediately following the practice exam, students review the test they just took with their instructor.
Targeted Daily Exercises on MEK’s Canvas Platform
Whether you need an extra challenge or extra practice, our Canvas Platform has problems and exercises to help you sharpen your skills and strengthen your weaknesses. We even have a helpful guide for how to make the most of our Canvas materials during your independent study sessions. And as always, Canvas is a great way to keep track of your progress, contact your instructors, and take control of your success!
All of our expert instructors host office hours outside of class time. Office hours may be recommended for students who are struggling on their SAT Prep journey. However, students who want to refine their skills independent of their group classes can meet with their instructor one-on-one to review concepts, ask questions, and track their progress toward skill mastery.
Private Tutoring for SAT Prep
Along with our SAT Prep group classes, we also offer Private Tutoring for an experience customized to your needs. With our SAT Prep Private Tutoring, you receive all the same benefits of our group classes, but with a specialized approach, including a test-prep plan, an individualized timeline with milestones to get you to your goal score, and instruction geared towards your specific needs.
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You’ll also receive our signature, detailed score report and an initial consultation with one of our expert academic counselors. In this 30 minute virtual or in-person meeting, parents and students will bring the student’s past SAT official score. Based on their score, college goals, and school transcript, our counselors will recommend the perfect SAT Advanced course for the individual student, plus give them expert advice on setting their overall SAT goal score.
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