ACT & SAT Prep Tutoring in Austin
JB Tutoring offers SAT & ACT Prep for high school students. Whether your student struggles with the reading, writing, math, or science sections, we at JB Tutoring are here to help. Our tutors recognize that earning strong test scores is crucial to gaining acceptance into an outstanding university. Our tutors will provide your students with tried and true strategies that improve scores on these exams. Contact us today to get started with our affordable tutoring service!
Austin ACT & SAT Tutoring
JB Tutoring offers personalized assistance in both SAT Prep and ACT Prep.
An initial question that many parents have is: what is the difference between the SAT and ACT exams?
The SAT and ACT differ most significantly in their scoring and approaches to Math and Science.
What to Expect in a SAT Prep Session
Tutors will start by explaining the overall format of the SAT exam. The SAT consists of 4 major sections: Writing and Language, Reading, Math (No Calculator), and Math (Calculator). A perfect score on the SAT is a 1600 and the best score you can get on each section is 400. The four scores earned on each section will be added together to create a composite final score. After the student has a better understanding of the SAT format, the tutor will start explaining concrete strategies for each section of the exam.
What to Expect in an ACT Prep Session
Tutors will start by explaining the overall format of the ACT exam. The ACT consists of 4 major sections as well: English, Reading, Math (Calculator), and Science. A perfect score on the ACT is a 36 and the best score you can get on each section is a 36. The four scores earned on each section will be averaged together give you one final score. After the student has a better understanding of the ACT format, the tutor will start explaining concrete strategies for each section of the exam.
How to Prepare for the SAT or ACT
We have identified 3 major steps when it comes to successful test prep:
1. Take a practice SAT or ACT exam. This will give your student a sense of where his or her weaknesses are and where he or she needs to improve.
2. Learn the strategies for each section of the SAT or ACT. The SAT and ACT are very predictable exams. The more familiar a student is with the format, time requirements, passage types, question types, equations, and strategies, the closer he or she will be to earning a great score.
3. Apply the strategies during practice SAT or ACT tests. One of the only ways to get better at the SAT and ACT is through practice. The nature of the content and questions featured on these tests is very different than what students typically see in school. For that reason, students must familiarize themselves with the ACT style of Science and SAT style of Reading, and then practice applying the strategies they learn in tutoring to those sections as they make their way through practice exams.
Sat/ACT Prep Timeline
Students ought to begin preparing for the SAT or ACT as soon as the summer after their sophomore year of high school, particularly for students who took Algebra II during their sophomore year of high school.
If your student has not yet taken Algebra II, the Math sections of the exams will still be a bit challenging. No matter what level of math class was taken sophomore year though, prep for the SAT and ACT must start junior year! This will be the year that many students start taking official SAT and ACT exams so that they can begin applying to colleges during the summer before senior year.