We understand our students have very busy schedules and we know how tough it can be to fit in SAT and ACT prep classes between academics and extracurricular activities; for some students this includes a job. That's why we offer a flexible schedule. Sessions are scheduled around your student's activities, not around us. Sessions are pre-paid and scheduled when your student is available. Students can do as many or few sessions as they desire, but we recommend 8 weeks of sessions going twice a week. This allows us time to go over each section and then re-take each a second or more times to put into practice using the information and methods they learned.
We understand all students have unique learning styles, which is why we work individually with our students. Your child will not waste time listen to explanations of questions that they already know. We focus on the individual student to make the most of the time they have with us, playing to their strengths and improving upon areas of weaknesses.
The National average score for the 2016 ACT was 21. The National average changes very little from year to year. The Illinois state average for spring of 2016 was 20.8. Illinois has typically taken the ACT, but is using the SAT as an assessment for high school juniors starting Spring of 2017. You should check with individual universities to see what their average ACT score of entering freshman.
ACT Test Prep
The SAT is a three hour test consisting of a Reading section (65 minutes; 52 questions), a Writing and Language Arts section (35 minutes; 44 questions), a math section (80 minutes; 58 questions) that is broken in to two parts: a calculator section (55 minutes; 38 questions) and a non-calculator section (25 minutes; 20 questions). There is also an optional 50 minutes writing section. The composite score has a range of 400 - 1600.
The ACT is a three hour test consisting of an English section (45 minutes; 75 questions), a math section (60 minutes; 60 questions), a reading section (35 minutes; 40 questions), and a science section (35 minutes; 40 questions). There is also an optional 30 minutes writing section. The raw test score is converted to a scaled score with the highest possible score being 36. The 4 section scores are averaged to get the overall composite score (a perfect score is 36).
The ACT Composite Score is the average of the 4 section scores. The section scores are each scaled from their raw score to a score out of 36.
The SAT Total Score is the two section scores added together (math & reading - with a range of 200 to 800 each).
How do the scores compare?
SAT Test Prep
The table below shows concordance between ACT and SAT scores. These numbers are approximate and taken from the SAT/College Board web-site.
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The National average score for the 2016 SAT was 1020. The National average score for college-bound students was 1083. Therefore, if you score a 1100 or above, you're above the national average. Keep in mind that when applying to college, you'll be compared to other students who are also applying, meaning that second average (1083) is the more relevant one.
Our ACT/SAT Test Prep program is individualized for each student. Students may schedule a mock SAT or ACT test for no charge. This gives us a starting point. If your student has already taken the ACT test, we can use their test report to get a starting point. Our test prep sessions are two hours long. The student's first hour consists of them taking one of the section tests, and then, during the second hour of their two-hour session, the student sits with an instructor going over just the questions they missed. From there, the instructor will go over knowledge the student may need to know to be successful on that particular section. Additionally, the students are encouraged to circle any questions they are unsure about to go over with the instructor. In case the student guesses correctly we want to be sure they understand why the correct answer is the correct answer. The instructor will cover what the student needs to know to answer these questions and any tips or tricks that will help them narrow down the answers to the correct choice. Timing will also be worked on.
Reading, Writing & Language, Math
ACT/SAT TEST PREP
Note: There is no research to support the idea that any group of students perform better or worse on one college entrance exam than on another.
English, Reading, Math, Science