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!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much will my child’s score improve through tutoring?
Inspirica’s tutors are experts at helping students achieve their maximum potential on the SAT. With the guidance, support, and strategies we offer, our students will be in the best possible position to succeed on the test. Specific score improvement goals will vary from student to student. Once we get to know you and your child, we can help you shape those goals and make a plan to reach them.
How much tutoring should my child complete?
The number of sessions any given student needs depends on many factors: how much time the student has until the test date, what his or her goals are, and how much work needs to be done to achieve those goals. Some students require only a few hours of tutoring, while others meet frequently over the course of months or longer. Every student is unique, and Inspirica's Educational Consultants and expert tutors will evaluate each student's circumstances in order to uniquely tailor a tutoring program to fit any situation. For a typical SAT preparation program, most students are able to achieve their goals by meeting with their Inspirica tutor once per week for two hours until the test date.
Should my child take both the SAT and the ACT?
Most students take only one test or the other. While similar in many ways, the SAT and the ACT are different enough that most students perform better on one than on the other. The best way to find out which test is more suited to your student is to take a diagnostic practice test of each kind. Once we have an understanding of your child’s skills and strengths, we can help you decide which test is a better fit and should be the focus of your preparation efforts.
When is the ideal time to take the SAT? When should my child start preparing for the SAT?
Many students take the SAT for the first time in the spring of their junior year of high school or in the fall of their senior year. Students frequently take the test multiple times. The right time to take the test and how long to prepare depend on the student’s skills, schedule, and goals. Each student is unique, and Inspirica’s Educational Consultants are happy to work with you and get to know your student’s circumstances so you can make the right choice about testing and preparation.
What is new or different about the Revised SAT?
The SAT was recently completely overhauled for the first time since 2005. The newly revised test was first administered in March of 2016. A new test means new techniques and strategies are needed. This makes the role of Insprica’s expert tutors even more crucial. Inspirica’s staff and tutors have become experts on this new test. We have analyzed all the material released by the makers of the SAT and have developed unique strategies that will allow our students to succeed.
What's a good score on the SAT?
The new Revised SAT has a score range of 200–800 in each of two categories: evidence-based reading and writing and math. These scores are combined into a total with a range of 400–1600. There is an optional essay that has a score range of 2–8. A good score depends on the goals of an individual student, target schools, and the rest of a student’s application. Once we get to know you and your child, we can help you shape those goals and make a plan to reach them.
Does Inspirica offer mock tests?
Inspirica uses full-length practice test material to administer mock tests under realistic conditions. These tests are used to help gauge a student’s progress at different points during the tutoring program. In analyzing the results, our expert tutors go beyond the numbers, talking with the student and looking at what he or she has written on the test booklet to get a full picture of the improvement level and what else needs to be done to complete test preparation.

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.