Why limit yourself to the math tutors and writing tutors who happen to be in your neighborhood? Why limit yourself to the tutor who your friend used knowing that his score only went up 20 or 50 points? Why limit yourself to the tutor your school counselor recommended — the AP English teacher or the AP BC Calculus teacher at your school? Surely these teachers may know their subjects, and surely they may be excellent at teaching it, but that doesn’t mean they know how to teach the content as well as the strategies of the SAT or ACT. Boost your SAT or ACT test scores with proven ACT and SAT tutors who consistently help our students reach their standardized testing goals.
Tutoring Students Around the World
We work with our students from across the country and around the world using Skype. The student and the tutor can see each other and chat just as if they are sitting next to each other. Our instructors use Skype’s interactive chatting function (text chat) for notes. These are mostly notes from our instructor to the student, with the intention that they may be used as study notes for the student or as a schematic review of the lesson content by the student and / or parent. While we’ve tested interactive whiteboards in the past, we have found it to be more effective for our instructors to write in bright marker on paper and hold it up to the camera. This way, it’s faster, easier to see clearly, and better matched to the paper-based test. Our instructors also send parents and students an email summary of every lesson, complete with a customized homework assignment.
Our Tutoring Results for the SAT & ACT
At CA, we offer tutoring for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT.
This is a 3-hour standardized test (with an additional 50-minute optional essay) that assesses evidence-based reading, writing and language, math, and essay writing. Each of the two sections of the SAT is scored on a basis of 200 (for signing one’s name) to 800 (for a perfect score). The essay portion of the exam is scored on a scale of 1-4 in each of three categories — reading, analysis, and writing — by two different readers for a separate score. With few exceptions, most colleges will superscore the SAT.
The SAT Subject Tests
These are one-hour subject tests that measure a student’s knowledge in the following subject areas: Mathematics Level 1, Mathematics Level 2, U.S. History, World History, Biology (Ecological/Molecular), Chemistry, Physics, and Literature. There are also Subject Tests in the following languages: Chinese with Listening, French and French with Listening, Italian, Japanese with Listening, Latin, Modern Hebrew, as well as Spanish and Spanish with Listening. Most highly selective colleges require two SAT Subject Tests, though some require three.
The ACT, an abbreviation for American College Testing, is an alternative college admissions exam that measures English, math, reading, and science reasoning abilities. There’s also an optional writing test (which is mandatory at most colleges). The test is scored on a basis of 1 – 36; 1 is the lowest score possible and 36 is the highest score possible. The Composite Score is the average of the four subtests. The writing section is scored by two readers on a scale of 1 (the lowest) to 6 (the highest) for a total of 2-12 in each of four categories – Ideas and Analysis, Development and Support, Organization, and Language Use and Conventions – which are then averaged for a final score of 2-12. The essay score is separate from the individual test scores and overall test composite score. All colleges in the U.S. will accept the ACT in lieu of the SAT and some colleges will accept the ACT in lieu of SAT Subject Tests. And some colleges will superscore the ACT. If it wasn’t clear already, Ivy Coach has no affiliation with ACT, Inc. We simply tutor students to ace their extremely coachable test.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required to be taken by students who attend high schools in which English is not the primary language of instruction. Most highly selective colleges require students to have scored between 100 and 110 on the iBT (Internet Based TOEFL).
Prep / Independent School Admissions
For students applying to preparatory or independent high schools, we offer ISEE and SSAT tutoring. There are very few tutors who are experts at these particular exams as the vast majority of students in the country don’t take these tests. But our tutors are masters at improving students’ SSAT and ISEE test scores.
The SSAT is a test required by many private or boarding elementary, middle, and secondary schools. The test is administered to students in grades 3 through 11 on three different levels. The Elementary Level SSAT is administered to students who are applying to schools for grades 4 and 5, the Middle Level SSAT is administered for students applying for grades 6, 7, and 8, and the Upper Level SSAT is administered to students who are applying to high schools in grades 9 through 12 and the PG (post-graduate) year. All three SSAT levels have four sections — verbal, math, reading comprehension, and a writing sample. The essay does not receive a grade.
The ISEE is a test required by private or boarding elementary, middle, and high schools. There are three levels to the ISEE exam. The Lower Level ISEE is for students who are applying for admission to grades 5 and 6. The Middle Level ISEE is for students who are applying for admission to grades 7 and 8. The Upper Level ISEE is for students who are applying for admission to high school or grades 9 through 12 and the PG (post-graduate) year. All three levels of the test have four components – verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension, and mathematics achievement. There’s also an essay that is not scored.
Graduate School Admissions
For students applying to graduate schools including law schools, medical schools, business schools, or other graduate programs, we offer LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, and GRE tutoring. Often times, graduate school applicants simply don’t have the time to physically meet with tutors to prep for testing. It’s one of the benefits of Ivy Coach’s tutors in that they can tutor you from anywhere via Skype.
The Graduate Management Admission Test is a test taken by applicants to business schools in graduate programs such as: business management, MBA, Master of Finance, or Master of Accountancy. There are 4 sections on the GMAT: verbal, quantitative, integrated reasoning, and analytical writing. The GMAT measures performance only on the quantitative and verbal sections. The total score of the GMAT is on a scale of 200 to 800 (with intervals of 10). The analytical writing assessment is graded on a scale of 0(lowest) to 6 (highest) and in intervals of half points by two readers, one of which may be an automated essay-scoring engine. Performance on the integrated reasoning and analytical writing sections do not factor into the total score.
ETS, the same company that owns the SAT, the SAT Subject Tests and the Advanced Placement exams, owns the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Students applying to specific graduate and business programs, as well as some law schools, take the GRE. The GRE measures verbal reasoning (scored on a basis of 130-170 in one point increments), quantitative reasoning – which includes arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis (scored on a basis of 130-170 in one point increments), and analytical writing skills (scored on a basis of 0-6 in half point increments). The GRE may be taken as often as a student prefers because, through the Score Select Option, the student sends only the highest scores.
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) administers the LSAT, or The Law School Admission Test, six times a year to prospective law school candidates. The test consists of five multiple-choice sections and a writing sample that can tilt the balance in admissions decision-making. The LSAT measures reading comprehension, analytical reasoning (A.K.A. “logic games”), and verbal reasoning (A.K.A. “arguments”). Scores range from 120 (lowest score) to 180 (highest score). Since one’s LSAT score and GPA are the two most important factors in gaining admission to law school, there is currently a movement underway by the American Bar Association to no longer require the LSAT for admission to law schools. In fact, the GRE is accepted now at some top law schools in lieu of the LSAT, though the GRE’s math section deters some law school applicants from pursuing this alternative.
For over 80 years, the MCAT, or the Medical College Admission Test, has been the test for admission to medical school. Students applying to allopathic, osteopathic, podiatric, and veterinary medicine schools also take the MCAT. The MCAT is a computer-based exam that consists of 3 sections: physical sciences (PS), biological sciences (BS), and verbal reasoning (VR). All answers are multiple-choice and there is no penalty for an incorrect answer. Scores for each of the three multiple-choice sections range from 1 to 15. A 15 is a perfect score on an individual section and a 45 is a perfect score on the MCAT.