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Test Prep

At Compass Education we know that preparing for the SAT, ACT, SSAT or ISEE can be a stressful time for parents and for students. And, with admissions to private secondary schools and to colleges and universities more competitive than ever, maximizing your performance on standardized tests is extremely important.  For nearly a decade, Compass Education has been preparing students to maximize their test scores on standardized tests. We use a proven, individualized approach that customizes our program to each student’s unique learning style and academic needs, and, most importantly, gets results.

 

​SAT/ ACT PREP

Compass Education’s unique SAT/ACT program combines online learning with in person coaching sessions.  Our tutors are knowledgeable in the new format of the new SAT,  as well as the content included in both ACT and SAT tests.   Coaching sessions cover all content on the test, as well as test taking skills, while our individualized software allows students to work independently between sessions, set goals, receive instant feedback, reflect on missed problems, and watch instructional videos explaining how to correct their mistakes.

Our students enjoy the interactive features of the online program, which provide instant feedback to help them boost their scores.  Students and tutors are both able to view analysis of practice tests broken down not just by section, but also by category. For example, we can see if the student is excelling at algebra questions, but stumbling on geometry ones, scoring well on vocabulary, but stumbling on grammar.   The software is designed to then generate practice questions focused on the specific areas of weakness, while the tutor also uses such information to monitor progress and guide tutoring sessions.  This process makes our tutoring sessions much more efficient and productive.

In 12 or 16 sessions, the tutor can optimize the time with a student by using data from the online software with precise content work.  The combination of tutor knowledge/experience and online learning produces the best method for students to improve their scores.

 

SSAT/ ISEE

We offer a 10 Session program to support students in preparation for the SSAT and ISEE exams for private secondary school.   Our tutors have worked with many students to successfully prepare for the SSAT and/ or ISEE.  We begin with a full length practice exam to gain a sense of the student’s “base line” score.  In ten 60 minute sessions, the tutor then reviews all content areas of the exam, with focus on test taking skills and time management.   The program is individualized to each student’s particular areas of strength and challenge.   We focus on increase content knowledge, confidence, and optimal performance.  Our students consistently go on to great results on their exams, and multiple acceptances at area schools.

 

SUBJECT TESTS

Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow students to showcase achievement in specific subject areas.  SAT Subject Tests allow the student to differentiate his/herself in the college admission process or send a strong message regarding your readiness to study specific majors or programs in college. In conjunction with your other admission credentials  (high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a more complete picture of your academic background and interests. Some colleges also use Subject Tests to place students into the appropriate courses. Based on the student’s performance on the test(s), he/she could potentially fulfill basic requirements or receive credit for introductory-level courses. There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics and science.

We offer individual sessions in preparation for all subject tests.   Students typically will schedule 3 to 5 sessions per subject test, and work with a tutor who is an expert in that particular subject area.    These sessions can be purchased separately or as part of  an existing SAT/ ACT package.

Upcoming Test Dates

We are registering students now for individual and group sessions leading up to the :

Jan 23rd SAT
Feb 6th ACT
April 9th ACT
June 11th ACT

AND NEW SAT
March 5, 2016
May 7, 2016
June 4, 2016

New SAT

The new SAT, which debuts in March 2015, will look a lot different from the current version. Here are some of the highlights: There will be two, not three, sections on the New SAT: Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. Each will be scored on a 200-to-800 scale.

There will no longer be a 1/4 point penalty for answering a question wrong, so students can increase their scores by guessing on questions they don't know. Also, the odds of guessing correctly will increase (the number of answer choices will decrease from 5 to 4).

The now-required essay will become optional. The math section will be split into two sections; one allows for a calculator and the other does not. There will be fewer sections on the test, with more problems, and students will have more time to answer each section.