SAT Test Preparation:
Axios tutors provides highest quality SAT test prep to Pittsburgh area students. The SAT is used by colleges and universities as part of their admission requirements. It is also used to determine scholarship eligibility. The test is designed to measure a student’s reading, writing and math reasoning skills.
When to take the SAT?
The SAT is administered multiple times each year – August, October, November, December, March, May and June. The majority of students will take the SAT during their junior year at least twice, reserving a third administration for early in senior year. SAT test dates can be found by clicking here.
We advise students to register for the SAT at least 8 weeks in advance. Students may register for the SAT by visiting https://sat.collegeboard.org/register/. Each test date has its own registration deadline and choice of venues for the test. Once registered for the test, you have the option to change your test date. Collegeboard will charge a fee to change your test date.
How does SAT Test prep work?
For students looking for SAT Test Preparation in the Pittsburgh area, Axios offers different preparation options:
- Private 1:1 test preparation tutoring, available 7 days a week w/ flexible scheduling options
- Semi private 2:1 test preparation
- Small group classes – SAT Advance, SAT Comprehensive
Check out the SAT Preparation Class Schedule
SAT ADVANCED PREPARATION
Every year we have a healthy list of students who not only achieve their score goals but are also recognized by the Collegeboard for their outstanding performance on the SATs/ PSATs.
Students who aspire for such goals, we also offer a special once-a-year class, called SAT Advanced Class. This class is specifically designed for students targeting an SAT score of 1450+, including National Merit Scholarship.
SAT Advanced program gives you the right kind of preparation and rigor to score high. Enrollment is selective and is based on our intake diagnostic test. Students should be ready to put in lot of effort and take additional practice tests. Students of this program are recommended to take the October/ November SAT.
SAT COMPREHENSIVE PREPARATION
SAT comprehensive program is a demanding program that receives strong reviews and delivers results. It’s about 32 hour program (includes instruction and diagnostic testing).
- Students have the option to join the class for full comprehensive preparation OR join the class for only SAT Math or SAT R/W.
- Graduates of this class have the option to attend any future SAT Class at no additional cost.
- Students have the additional option of watching taped recording of the session in case they miss a class or want to review the session again.
What can you expect?
Irrespective of how you choose to work with us, working with us on the SAT Preparation entails:
- Discussions of strategies and techniques as they relate to different sections and question styles on the test. There are timed exercises in the session so the instructor can determine how well student(s) are implementing what is being taught.
- Homework requiring practicing specific skills/ strategies/concepts as well as full-length practice tests.
- At least two full length practice tests before the actual test. This is the only way to determine what is working and what is not. Depending upon your specific needs, you may take more than the required number of tests.
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What’s on the SAT?
The SAT is scored on a scale from 400-1600, it is about 3-hours long (without the essay) and has 4 main sections:
- SAT Evidence Based Reading (65min): focuses on Main Idea, Vocab-in-Context, Inference, Evidence Support, Data Reasoning, Technique, Detail-Oriented. Questions go in chronological order
- SAT Evidence Based Writing (35min): includes sentence structure, conventions of usage, punctuation and expression of ideas
- Non-calculator Math – 25 min
- Calculator based Math – 55min
There is no penalty for wrong answers.
Should I take the Essay?
The new SAT has an essay section at the end of the test, which is now optional. We recommend students looking at competitive schools to understand the requirements before deciding whether or not to complete the essay portion of the exam.