Navigating through SAT
Prep options can feel almost as overwhelming as the exam itself. After-school
SAT classes, big name prep courses and SAT private tutors are probably on your
list to evaluate. Which option will ensure the highest SAT score? Which is SAT
prep option is best for my child?
While cost may be one
of the factors weighing your decision, other factors should be the most
effective learning environment, expertise of the instructor, track record and
how much hands-on exposure and attention will your child receive?
SAT Prep Courses
provide an opportunity for a student to learn in an environment they are
accustom to: a classroom. By learning side-by-side with other students
preparing to take the SAT exam, a student is able to gauge how well
they are preparing versus their peers. A little peer pressure never hurt.
Additionally, many SAT Prep classes are taught be seasoned professionals, who
have helped many students prepare for the exam and can provide unique and
up-to-date insight into the exam.
students and their parents choose to work with a private SAT tutor to receive
one-on-one test prep instruction. This is an excellent option for a student
that needs one-on-one, exclusive instruction. Additionally, if you find the
right tutor (and are willing to pay upwards of $200 per hour), your child might
be treated to some advanced strategies and methods to achieve a high score on
the SAT exam.
Best of Both Worlds: SAT Prep Course that
Includes Private SAT Tutoring
we've listened to our students and parents describe the advantages and
downsides of both SAT Prep Classes and Private SAT Tutoring. Both the class and
one-on-one tutoring provide an important element when preparing for the SAT
test, so we designed a program that includes both.
First, all students
take one of our expert instructed SAT Prep Courses, either our 5-Week SAT Prep Course or the One-Day condensed
course. After completing one
of these live, interactive online SAT prep classes, students take a
complete practice SAT exam. Results from the practice exam are formulated into
a comprehensive diagnostic report. Finally, our students receive two hours of
private one-on-one SAT tutoring with one of our
experienced online SAT tutors.
This approach combines
a full SAT course with private, one-on-one tutoring using a specific student
analysis to determine where the student is experiencing weakness on the
practice SAT exam. The private SAT tutors don't need to waste time determining
where the student is strong and where they are proficient; by looking at the
student's post-course diagnostic report, the tutor knows exactly where to
concentrate their effort, ensuring an efficient and effective SAT
Most SAT Prep
companies do not offer the post-course diagnostic report and private SAT
tutoring as part of their plan. However, at TutaPoint, we feel this is the
most important element of our test prep program. In
fact, TutaPoint does not offer any SAT Prep program that does not
include a diagnostic report and private SAT tutoring as part of the process.
Parents might be
concerned an SAT program that includes both a prep course and private tutoring
might be expensive; no worries, it is actually quite
affordable. TutaPoint's one-day prep class and private tutoring package is
only $189, and the 5-week course is just $389. (Prices listed for Fall 2012).
about TutaPoint's SAT program by clicking here or by calling (800) 390-2370 x 703