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Just want to let you know Hannah got her PSAT score 1500: 760 Math 740 English [perfect PSAT score is 1520]. December SAT 1580: 800 Math, 780 English. Thanks for your help!!

Kevin gets 800 in May 3rd SAT reading test. In such way, he has M+R=1600. We truly appreciate your guidance and tutoring to Kevin, especially the late night session before the test. I always believe Kevin is a good reader but 800 reading is still beyond anyone’s expectation. I’d have to largely attribute his perfect scores to TigerTutor as the sessions with you and your English teacher John are the only hours he prepared for the test.

Real Life Examples of our Students’ Success

We are proud that many TigerTutor students have gotten very high SAT scores, which changed the trajectory of their lives. For example, one of our students graduated from a Math & Science Academy magnet program in northern NJ, went on to Princeton University and now works at Microsoft as a software engineer. Another student from Chapel Hill, NC scored extremely well on her SAT, was admitted to Stanford University and will be entering the medical research field. Other former students have also been admitted into top schools like MIT, Harvard and the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science and are now pursuing groundbreaking work in the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence, medical science, architecture and design.

SAT Scores matter even after graduating college. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is famous for asking any new hires their SAT scores during interviews. Other firms such as McKinsey, Goldman Sachs and Bain & Co. also review applicants’ test scores in the hiring process. These tests are not just important for college admissions. They can actually help with a student’s career as well. See full article here and here.

 

About the SAT & PSAT

The SAT is a standardized entrance exam used by most colleges in the U.S. to evaluate a student’s college readiness. It is a difficult aptitude test that tests logical reasoning and has changed over the years, which has made students have to adapt accordingly. Since 2010, we have helped our students master all subjects tested on the SAT so they are ready and confident on test day, and we are proud that over the years many of our students have achieved perfect scores. We started off teaching in classrooms, and for the past several years, we now bring the same success-oriented curriculum to students online.

Since 2016, the new SAT consists of the following sections which appear on test day in the order below:

A perfect score is 1600: 400 in Reading, 400 in Writing and 800 in Math.

Reading

For many students the Reading section is the most difficult because they have to be able to carefully analyze how the author uses reasoning and have to accurately understand passages under timed conditions. The Reading section tests a student’s ability to read five passages and be able to answer 52 questions in 65 minutes. These questions include main idea, vocabulary in context, inference, logical reasoning and quantitative analysis.

Unlike past SATs, the new SAT has new types of Reading questions. For example, students now have to be able to identify what lines in the passage best support their answers to a previous question. This makes it critical that students can justify their answers by making direct reference to textual evidence. In addition, the Reading section also now has graphs which tests students’ data interpretation. In all, students must be able to read passages that cover the wide span of fiction, history, a double passage, social studies and science.

 

Writing

The Writing section consists of four passages where students play the role of editor and have to fix each passage based on grammar usage and mechanics. Unlike past SATs, the new SAT tests students’ knowledge about style and mechanics where in addition to fixing grammatical errors students must also know when certain lines should be deleted and where to insert new lines in a passage. Students also need to know the best way to transition from paragraph to paragraph and must know how to use specific vocabulary in context. Each passage has 11 questions (a total of 44 questions) and students are given 35 minutes to complete the Writing section. The topics tested include sentence style, grammar and punctuation, words in context and command of evidence.

 

Math

Further, the new SAT now has 2 math sections (a section where students are not allowed to use a calculator and one section where calculators are allowed). Unlike past SATs, the new SAT has more word problems and does include some trigonometry. Students often share that the new SAT math is challenging because many SAT math problems do not look like the types of problems they are used to seeing in their high school math textbooks. For this reason, it is crucial that students become aware of the types of new SAT math problems that cover Algebra I & II, Geometry, Probability, Statistics, some Trigonometry and other topics. Students have to answer 20 questions in 25 minutes for the non-calculator section and 38 questions in 55 minutes for the section where calculator is permitted. For some math questions students do not have multiple choice answers to choose from and must grid-in their own answers.

 

About our SAT Prep Course

Our Live Interactive classes help our students improve in their weakest areas. We are not a franchise and do not use a one-size fits all approach to our teaching. We offer private, 1-on-1 and small group SAT prep classes throughout the year and group SAT Summer & Winter Boot Camps. We teach test-taking strategies that will help your child be more confident on test day and improve time management. Our course curriculum is designed to help students improve in all subjects (Reading, Writing and Math) and we also offer courses that 1) focus more on Writing and Reading, 2) focus more on Math or 3) focus on all subjects evenly. Full-length mock practice tests are included and homework is assigned after every class.

 

PSAT

The PSAT is an exam offered nationally once a year in October and is available to students in grades 10 and 11. A perfect score on the PSAT is a 1520 (760 Math, 380 Reading and 380 Writing).

The PSAT is used as a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship program, which is an academic competition among high school students for recognition and college scholarships. Winning this prestigious scholarship is an outstanding distinction for college admissions. Each year out of 1.5 million entrants, 7,600 National Merit Scholarship winners are chosen from across the country. PSAT scores from 11th grade are considered in this competition. For more details see www.nationalmerit.org.

10th grade PSAT scores also matter because often students apply to pre-college summer programs and applications to those programs will ask for PSAT scores since most 10th graders do not yet have SAT scores to report.

Early preparation is key whether your child wants to apply to a competitive pre-college summer program or be competitive for National Merit consideration.

 

About our PSAT Prep Course

This course is for 9th and 10th graders who want to take advantage of having more time to prepare well and get a head start on their PSAT and SAT prep. We help our 9th and 10th graders build strong foundations in their Critical Reading, Writing and Math skills and help them be test day ready for their PSATs in 10th and 11th grades. All preparation for PSAT will help prepare for the SAT as well since the content is the same. The main difference between the SAT and PSAT is that there are 15 fewer questions on the PSAT and the exam time is 15 minutes shorter on the PSAT. Longer term course packages are available for our 9th and 10th graders. Some 8th graders may qualify for our PSAT prep course. Full-length mock practice tests are included. PSAT Private, 1-on-1 tutoring and small group classes are available throughout the year and also Intensive Group Summer Boot Camps.

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Expert Teachers

Our experienced instructors have years of experience helping students raise their scores. They are dynamic and energetic professionals who keep our students focused and engaged in our live interactive classes.

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Proven Results

We are proud that our proprietary curriculum has helped hundreds of students improve their test scores.

Mentorship

We have helped many students who were the first ones to go to college in America. Parents bring their children to us because we know how to motivate and push our students to do their best when preparing for these standardized tests.

2021-2022 SAT DATES

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SAT and PSAT FAQs

1600. 400 in Reading, 400 in Writing and 800 in Math. There is 1 Reading section, 1 Writing section and 2 Math sections. The SAT has a total of 154 questions and takes 3 hours to complete.

Many of our students take the SAT the fall or winter during 11th grade. Summer is the best time to prepare as students are off from school. Students may take it in the spring but we recommend students aim to take it in the fall or winter. We recommend at least 3 to 4 months of preparation before taking the SAT. Many of our perfect scorers started preparing in 9th and 10th grade.

Yes, in addition to class time, students are responsible for completing homework assignments in between class sessions.

On average our students improve 290 points on the SAT. We have had students start with a baseline score of 980 on the SAT and after preparing with us scored a 1420 on an official test. We also have had students start with a 1440 baseline SAT score and achieved a 1580 on an official test. The score improvement margin depends on baseline scores but we have a proven track record of getting strong results.

If your child only needs to improve on the Writing and Reading sections then those are the only subjects we will focus on. If your child needs to improve in all subjects then we will focus on all subjects. We are fans of not wasting time and focusing on specifically what your child needs to improve his or her SAT scores.

We recommend students prepare well before taking the SAT for the first time. High school is busy and we want our students to prepare well so they can do well and move on to focus on AP Exams and other coursework.

While there is no official limit we recommend students plan on taking the SAT no more than 3 times.

1520. 760 in Reading and 760 in Math. Like on the SAT, there is 1 Reading section, 1 Writing section and 2 Math sections. The PSAT has a total of 139 questions and takes 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete.

It is offered to students in 10th and 11th grade every year in October. We recommend students take it both years.

Yes. Students who score very well in 11th grade can qualify as a Finalist for the National Merit Competition, which is a prestigious distinction for college admissions. This is a nationwide competition and minimum PSAT scores are required. Students should aim to score a 1490 or higher out of a perfect 1520 PSAT score to be competitive. See nationalmerit.org for more information.

PSAT scores also matter for 10th grade students who apply to attend competitive Pre-College Summer Programs during the summer before 11th grade because they will need to report a PSAT score on their applications.

Yes, the test content is the same. The only differences between the two tests are length and scoring. The PSAT takes 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete whereas the SAT takes 3 hours. A perfect score on the PSAT is a 1520 whereas it is a 1600 on the SAT.

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