Inspirica’s Approach ToSAT Test Preparation
Inspirica has been preparing students for the SAT for more than 30 years. In those three decades, we have seen each type of question and every variation of question type. We have created our own proprietary test strategies using our vast knowledge of the test. Additionally, on a pedagogical and psychological level, our expert tutors have worked with every type of student and will know how best to inspire and motivate your child to achieve his or her personal best score on the ACT.
The SAT has recently undergone a massive overhaul. The entire test format has changed. This newly revised SAT was first administered to students in March 2016. Our professional test analysts and our tutors have pored over every bit of information that has been made available about this new test, uncovering its design and developing our own unique strategies for success. The SAT may be new to everyone, but Inspirica’s staff and tutors have become its leading-edge experts.
Our approach is, of course, personalized. Each tutor uses the initial diagnostic to craft an individualized course of action focusing primarily on shoring up strengths and giving most attention to areas that need strengthening. Our preparation has both a strategic and a psychological component because scoring well means going into the test with both a mastery of the material and an attitude of confidence and success.
As a parent, you are critically important to the process as well. Your Educational Consultant will regularly communicate with you via progress reports, answering your questions and letting you know how you might be able to help. You are one of the most important members of the team that includes your tutor, your Educational Consultant, the Inspirica staff—and, of course, your child! All of us together share the singular goal of having your child reach his or her personal best on test day, when we can all breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate!
Frequently Asked Questions
SAT Test Preparation 101
The SAT is arguably the most widely known standardized test in the world. It has been seen as a kind of gatekeeper to college admission in the minds of prospective college students for decades. Much of what was once the hallmark of the test (difficult vocabulary questions, analogies, a penalty for guessing) has been shed in the test’s recent massive revision, but the core content areas have remained relatively static: verbal reasoning (now called evidence-based reading and writing) and math. Each SAT administration is composed of four-multiple choice tests (reading, writing and language, calculator-active math, and calculator-inactive math). For the vast majority of college applicants, they may have never had to do math without the use of a calculator or had a concerted grammar lesson. Though the test is intended to measure reasoning ability more than content mastery, the content of the SAT is highly challenging. As students begin to navigate the latest SAT revision, it can be difficult to know where to start: older siblings or classmates become a less reliable source for guidance as conventional wisdom becomes dated. Your Inspirica tutor is completely up to speed on the new SAT and ready to help your child navigate it by addressing content and time management and building confidence enough to get a great score on test day.