Every time I took a class at Elite, I got better. I learned so much about my academic strengths and weaknesses. Plus, I’ve made lifelong friends at Elite!
Kevin K. – Caltech
ABOUT THE SAT
The SAT is a standardized entrance exam used by most colleges in the U.S. to determine a student’s readiness for college. When making admissions decisions, colleges consider applicants’ SAT scores along with a number of other factors, including GPA, extracurricular activities, personal statements, letters of recommendation, and interviews.
The SAT is divided into four parts: the Reading Test, the Writing and Language Test, the Math Test, and the optional Essay. Students are given 3 hours and 50 minutes to complete the entire exam, including the Essay section.
There are seven SAT test dates each year in August, October, November, December, March, May and June. Students may take the SAT any time starting their freshman year. Many students take the SAT for the first time in their junior year and often retake it in the fall of their senior year.
ABOUT THE COURSE
It’s easy to be intimidated by the SAT. It’s almost four hours long and a crucial part of the college admissions process. But Elite’s proven SAT prep curriculum is designed to give you the skills you need to master it. Each week, you’ll take a full-length practice exam under realistic testing conditions, along with classes focusing on Reading, Writing and Language, and Math. You’ll become intimately familiar with the format of the SAT and learn strategies to identify the concepts being tested in each question. So when test day rolls around, there are no surprises. You can walk in with poise and confidence, ready to reach your goal.
We’re proud of our faculty, and at Elite, we only hire the best: experienced teachers who are experts in their fields and display the energy and enthusiasm necessary to engage students.
Elite’s lessons and practice tests have been developed over the last 30 years with great care and attention to detail. We’re constantly adapting our curriculum to fit changing standardized tests.
More Than Test Prep
Instead of focusing on tips and tricks to simply “beat the test” we strive to instill a true passion for learning and teach fundamental academic skills to help students excel in college and beyond.
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We offer a variety of SAT prep classes to fit your timeline, budget, and goals.
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ELITE SAT PREP FAQs
Q: Are Elite practice tests harder (or easier) than the actual SAT?
A: No, they’re not. Every practice test we create is designed to mirror the difficulty of the real SAT. We do not intentionally make our practice-test questions harder or easier than those on the SAT. Of course, the overall difficulty level of some Elite practice tests may fluctuate slightly, just as it does with real SAT tests. We also create score scales for each of our tests to report accurate scores regardless of minor differences in test difficulty. Our ultimate goal is to provide students with practice tests that are as close as possible to the real SAT.
Q: If all Elite practice tests are meant to be as difficult as the real SAT, why do my scores sometimes fluctuate from test to test?
A: While every student wants his or her practice test score to increase with each test, it’s possible that you’ll see a score go down from time to time. One reason is that every practice test has a dedicated score scale, and those scales have modest margins of error. So your score could increase or decrease slightly in the short term just based on the nature of the test and how scores are reported. But, in practice, there are many factors that could contribute to small changes in score:
- An illness or insufficient rest could decrease your score slightly.
- You might find a particular reading passage hard to understand and have difficulty with the questions.
- A reading passage could be about a topic you’re very familiar with, increasing the likelihood you’ll do well.
Out of context, score changes from one test to the next can be misleading. Over longer periods of time, these fluctuations, on average, have little net effect on scores. So, don’t be discouraged by a small decrease in your practice test score. What's most important to consider is the trend over time.
Q: What makes Elite’s curriculum better than ____________?
A: Elite’s curriculum developers go to great lengths to ensure our materials are the best available. We carefully and extensively research actual SAT tests and student performance on our practice test questions. Our hundreds of instructors, thousands of students, and hundreds of thousands of test results let us make realistic, accurate practice tests and comprehensive lessons for all types of students.
Q: Why can’t I take my practice test at home?
A: When you take the actual SAT, you will be at a desk, in a classroom, monitored by a proctor, with no access to a laptop or smartphone and far fewer distractions than are likely at home. So, while taking a practice test from the comfort of your living room might be more convenient, taking it in one of our branch classrooms under realistic, timed, and proctored testing conditions will be much more helpful when it comes to preparing you for the SAT. Additionally, exclusively offering our practice tests under standardized conditions allows us to create accurate practice score scales without letting artificially inflated scores into the mix.
Q: How do I register for the SAT?
A: You can view SAT test dates and register online at the College Board website. If you would prefer to register by mail, your high school counselor can provide you with a paper registration form. SAT registration deadlines are approximately five weeks before each test date. Also, testing centers do fill up, and certain test dates are more popular than others; if there is a particular testing center where you would prefer to take the test, be sure to register well before the deadline.
Q: Am I allowed to use a calculator during the SAT?
A: Yes, you may use an approved calculator on the Math Test—Calculator section of the SAT. You will need to put your calculator away for all other sections of the SAT, including the Math Test—No Calculator section. It’s a good idea to bring a calculator you’re comfortable with. Certain calculators, including cell phone calculators, are not allowed. For details, check out the College Board’s official SAT calculator policy.
Q: What should I bring on test day?
A: Your SAT admission ticket, photo ID, two No. 2 pencils with erasers, an approved calculator (with fresh batteries), and snacks/drinks to enjoy during test breaks. You should not bring your smartphone or any other electronic device.
Q: Are there breaks during the test?
A: Yes, you’ll get one 10-minute and one 5-minute break during the test. Use this time to get out of your seat and stretch your legs, have a little snack, take a few deep breaths, and clear your head before the next section begins.
Q: How long does it take to get my SAT scores back?
A: Your scores will be mailed to you 4-6 weeks after the test. You may also view your scores online two weeks after your test at www.collegeboard.org.
Q: How many times can I take the SAT?
A: You’re technically allowed to take the test as many times as you want. But you’ve got better ways to spend your time than taking the SAT over and over. Everyone’s situation is different, but if you plan and prepare for the SAT appropriately, two or three times should be plenty.
Q: Can I cancel my SAT scores?
A: Yes. You can cancel your scores at the test center by asking test supervisor for a "Request to Cancel Test Scores" form and submitting the completed form before leaving the testing center. You can also send the cancellation request form by mail, but it must be received no later than the Wednesday after your test date. (Note: score cancellation policies differ for other standardized tests, such as SAT Subject Tests and AP Exams.)
Q: What is Score Choice?
A: If you take the SAT more than once, Score Choice lets you select which scores you want to report, by test date. Note that some colleges require you to submit all your SAT scores. Check with the individual colleges where you're applying to learn more about their SAT score-use policies. More details are available at the College Board website.
Q: What if I’m sick on the day of the SAT?
A: Unfortunately, the College Board doesn’t offer take-home tests. If you’re sick or have an emergency and are unable to take the SAT on your scheduled test date, you can simply register for the next available test date and spend the next few weeks recovering and brushing up your skills. This is why it’s a very good idea to take the SAT at least once by October of your senior year.
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