The SAT, created and developed, by The College Board is a standardized test for college admission. It is one component of a student’s college application. An SAT prep tutor will cover the challenging concepts on the exam. The SAT covers Evidence-Based Reading and Writing along with Math during the 3 hours (plus 50 minute optional essay).
The SAT focuses on skills that were learned during school. The SAT Evidence-Based Reading section includes passages about Literature, History and Social Studies, a Founding Document or Great Global Conversation, and Science. The SAT Writing and Language section includes multiple-choice questions regarding identifying grammatical errors and improving usage. The SAT Math section covers questions from the following categories: Heart of Algebra (linear equations and systems), Problem Solving and Data Analysis (ratios, rates, and understanding quantitative data), Passport to Advanced Math (quadratic functions and polynomial expressions), and Additional Topics in Math (geometry and trigonometry).
The optional SAT essay is now 50 minutes long and the students are asked to write and understand the provided passage. The prompt will be very similar on each exam. However, the provided passages will be different. Students are graded on these three categories: Reading, Analysis, and Writing.
Students often ask about what are the best ways to prepare for the SAT. It really comes down to practice. We recommend taking challenging courses at your school, studying, as well as reading and writing during your time at school as well as at home.
The SAT is offered seven times per year in October, November, December, January, March, May, and June. Most students take the SAT during the spring of their junior and again during the fall of their senior year of high school.
The SAT is scored on a scaled range from 400-1600 points. The SAT has a maximum point total of 1600. Each section is scored between 200-800.
The SAT essay is reported as a separate score. Two readers will score the essay based on three categories: Reading, Analysis, and Writing. Each scorer can give between 1-4 points on each category. Students will receive a total of three scores ranging from 2-8 points for each category.
It is important to note, that the SAT is different now because there is no “penalty for guessing”. However, leaving answers blank will neither help nor hurt your score.
The SAT Subject Tests are 1 hour long and cover a variety of subjects.
Devon Review provides private in-home SAT tutoring for students in Los Angeles and surrounding areas to help them with their homework as well as to prepare for the SAT exam. In addition, during your SAT tutoring session, an SAT tutor will prepare you by focusing on the exam topics, answering questions, building confidence, and by providing an overall level of support.