Let me be the first to say "Congrats" to the College Board for making changes to the SAT ... to start in 2016!
What? Yes! You will see: optional essay, change within math and critical reading sections and the test will return to the 1600 score.
How will they do this?...all we know right now is what they are telling us, but, here is a basic rundown:
Vocabulary and math will be altered to reflect a more "real life" use for actual HS levels in these areas. This will happen all the while continuing the current use of items that include reasoning and problem solving.
RE: Vocab study - My students will be the first to tell you that the method of vocab acquisition I recommend is to internalize/gain long term memory status for words by gaining familiarity with as many words as possible. We do this by writing words, talking about them, looking at roots and, of course, using their new words, to "drive their friends and family crazy"!!
I will be adding video podcasts and updates on all subjects of concern to parents of school aged children. These will cover all school admissions at all levels and tips on how Common Core Standards will affect your child's future. Also, I will include comments of importance to all which are, of course, the regular, everyday life issues that come up as students learn and grow in their academic and life pursuits.
PSTS provides individualized test prepfor the SATs, ACTs, GREs, as well as one-on-one tutoring for SAT subject tests and New York State Regent's exams. We also tutor for all high school and middle school entrance exams such as ISEE, SHSATs, OLSAT, Nest+M, SSAT and NY state/city-wide testing (all levels). As well, there are writing workshops and academic tutorials in most subject areas available.
If you have compared my rates to others out there with the same level of expertise, experienceand success you will see that my ratio of skill to cost is one of the best you will find.
A note for parents of NYC 4th and 7th graders: In this time of economic ups and downs more and more families are seeking a great public school education for their children even if their child's older siblings (or you yourselves) went to private schools. I encourage you to consider starting ahead of time to keep your child at the forefront of the action. So many of the city's outstanding public schools depend on the test scores from 4th and 7th grade state exams and extra tutoring is key to staying relaxed in a sometimes fraught, and always competitive, circumstance. A financial investment made now, can save you thousands of dollars later: you may find academic choices not available to your child and private school, with it's sometimes steep tuition, could be the only recourse. My long time observation has been that children improve test scores and academic performance when their confidence levels increase. They learn more than testing strategies when working with me because I believe that the best approach to test prep is maintaining the very best reading/writing and math skill levels possible. The children are encouraged to develop a process of paying attention: What is the task? How do I respond? Did my response address the task? If you start early, how can you go wrong???
It is never too early or too lateto think about college entrance exams (PSAT, SAT or ACT) and High School Entrance Exams.
People often wonder: Is Prep for the ACT or SAT needed??
The simple answer: Yes! The SAT is a reasoning test andhowquestions are asked is as important as thecontentof the item. The ACT is a more content driven exam than SATs but still calls on test taking skills, like personal flow under pressure, how to trust your educated guesses, etc.
**It is never too late for a student to check in and work on the best approach to standardized test taking. **But it is never too early to develop writing skills or acquire and use new vocabulary that is consistent with the levels colleges are looking for in the work of their future students. The level of the math on the ACT/SAT is no higher than a 3rd year high school course. However, most students find it necessary to practice the problem solving skills required for the items, to review the types of questions and to practice avoidance of careless errors. Small innacuracies can account for lower scores ... often the very bright student moves so quickly thru the work that they miss "College Board style" tricks and twists embedded in the math problems. To pursue excellence: prepare & practice!!
Park SlopeTutorial Services is different than other prep programs:
The courses are individually designed for your child!!
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