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About the Tests – SAT/ACT Tutoring – SAT Subject Tests – PSAT
SAT/ACT Test Preparation:
Students who desire to attend most colleges are required to take the SAT exam or the ACT exam. Some students take both tests and submit their best scores. Kaplan Tutoring Services can help you reach your best score on either test. Improvement over PSAT and prior tests is almost always significant (for 98% of our students) and sometimes dramatic (increase of 300+ points). Whether you are an athlete who is being recruited by colleges, a student with learning differences, an excellent student who just does not test well on standardized tests, or an average student with unrealized potential, you will benefit greatly from the test prep KTS provides.
Additional information about private tutoring, test preparation, and Skype tutoring appear below and throughout the website.
Parent Testimonials About KTS SAT/ACT Prep:
“The one-on-one attention given to my daughters made the world of difference. Mrs. Kaplan’s knowledge of their individual strengths and weaknesses was key to taking the ‘fear factor’ out of the test. The thorough evaluation of practice tests was also invaluable.” Classical High School Parent
“My daughter’s SAT scores jumped 230 points as a result of tutoring with Cindy Kaplan. Cindy knows how to engage a teen. She helps defuse test taking anxiety, and she breaks the tutoring down into manageable pieces so the student doesn’t feel overwhelmed. Best of all, the tutoring enhances the student’s grammar, vocabulary, writing, and math skills and teaches test taking strategies, leaving the student better prepared for college and beyond.” Providence Country Day Parent
“I wanted to thank you very much for helping my daughter to prepare for her exams. She feels that she got a lot more out of her sessions with you than with the SAT classes she took.” St. Mary’s Bay View Academy Parent
“We have been exceedingly pleased with our student’s KTS experience. Because of Skype technology, our child was able to continue working with the same wonderful tutor after he moved out of state. Such a supportive longitudinal relationship has been very beneficial–educationally and emotionally–and we are grateful to KTS for facilitating it.” Parent of a private high school student in Providence
“We cannot thank you enough for the help and confidence you provided.” Barrington High School Parent
SAT and ACT Test Formats:
- Reading Section (52 questions, 65 minutes)
- Relevant words in context; Evidence-Based reading; Analysis in science and social studies; Founding documents and great global conversations
- Writing and Language Section (44 questions, 35 minutes)
- Reading and Writing Sections will be combined into one score (200-800 points)
- Mathematics Sections (58 questions, 80 minutes)
- Divided into 2 sections: one with calculator (20 questions in 25 minutes) and one without calculator (38 questions in 55 minutes); Focus on “math that matters most;” Problems grounded in real-world contexts
- Mathematics Sections will be combined into one score (200-800 points)
- Essay (Optional; 50 minutes) Literary analysis of a passage
Scoring: Final score is total of Reading/Writing and Math sections (maximum of 1600)
- English Section (45 minutes)
- Mathematics Section (60 minutes)
- Reading Section (35 minutes)
- Science Section (35 minutes)
- Essay (40 minutes) (optional; not part of composite score)
- 0-36 each section, Composite Score is the average of the four sections (maximum of 36)
- Essay score: 0-36
- ELA score: Average of English, Reading, and Essay scores (0-36)
- STEM score: Average of Math and Science scores (0-36)
TEST PREPARATION Outline:
- Review & practice of test-taking strategies
- Review of all math concepts and formulas
- Vocabulary building
- Reading comprehension practice
- Complete review of grammar and punctuation
- Critique of practice essays
- Practice of graph & diagram interpretation (for ACT Science)
- Complete (4-hour), timed practice tests
- Extra attention devoted to area(s) of greatest need
- Extra practice for vocabulary can be found at www.freerice.com.
- SAT Question-of-the-Day can be found at www.sat.org.
SAT SCHEDULE 2020-2021
Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration (without penalty) Aug. 29, 2020 07/31/20 08/11/20 Sept. 26,2020 08/26/20 09/15/20 Oct. 3, 2020 09/04/20 09/15/20 Oct. 14, 2020 (Wed.) (for all RI public high school seniors) Oct. 14, 2020 (Wed.) (PSAT for all high school juniors) Nov. 7, 2020 10/07/20 10/27/20 Dec. 5, 2020 11/05/20 11/17/20 Mar. 13, 2021 (no subj. tests) 02/12/21 02/23/21 Mar/Apr?,2021 (free for RI public high school juniors) May 8, 2021 04/08/21 04/20/21 June 5, 2021 05/06/21 05/18/21 PSAT: Wed., Oct. 14, or Sat., Oct. 17, 2020
To register, go to www.sat.org.
ACT SCHEDULE 2020-2021
Test Date Registration Deadline (without penalty) Final Date to Register
Sept. 12, 2020 Aug. 14 Aug. 28 Sept. 13, 2020 (Sunday) Sept. 19, 2020 Oct. 10, 2020 Oct. 17, 2020 Oct. 24, 2020 Sept. 18 Oct. 2 Oct. 25, 2020 (Sunday) Dec. 12, 2020 Nov. 6 Nov. 20 Feb. 6, 2021 Jan. 8 Jan. 15 Apr. 17, 2021 Mar. 12 Mar. 26 June 12, 2021 May 7 May 21 July 17, 2021 June 18 June 25
To register, go to (www.act.org). Be sure to sign up for the ACT WITH Writing.
Our SAT and ACT Prep students have received acceptances into many public and private colleges and universities. They have been accepted into honors, engineering, liberal arts, business, communications, animation, musical theater, marine biology, nursing, pharmacy, scientific research, and fine arts programs. Some have received full or partial merit scholarships. A partial list of these institutions is included below.
A number in parenthesis next to a school indicates the number of KTS students who chose to be in the 2020 or 2021 entering class.
Universities of: Rhode Island (1) Mass.(Amherst)(1) Connecticut (1) Calif. (UCLA)(1) Michigan State(1) Arizona Calif.(Berkeley) Arizona State Michigan Vermont (2) New Hampshire (1) Wisconsin Delaware Utah Washington Nebraska Kentucky Maryland Toronto SUNY (Binghamton) Florida State Penn State Central CT State U. SUNY(StonyBrook/Purchase) Texas (Austin) West Virginia Indiana (1) Georgia Pittsburgh Maine United States Military Academy (West Point) North Carolina South Carolina(1) United States Naval Academy (Annapolis) Colorado(Boulder)(3)Colorado State United States Air Force Academy Oregon (1) Alabama New Jersey (Rutgers) St. Louis CA State U.at Monterrey Bay Ohio State (1) Cincinnati California (Santa Barbara) N.Carolina(Wilmington) Mass.(Dartmouth) VA (Bridgewater) Texas A & M City U. of NY (CUNY) Denver Montana State Tampa (2) Minnesota Jacksonville California (San Diego) (1) San Francisco (1)
Private Colleges and Universities:
Some schools require at least one SAT Subject Test. Note that some schools will accept the ACT with Writing (using the Combined Writing and Science scores) in lieu of SAT Subject tests. To be certain whether a school requires SAT subject tests, the student should check the school’s website or contact the school’s admissions office.
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