Method

We understand that every student is different - in fact, that’s what we like about teaching - and that’s why we emphasize structure and customization in our approach to the SAT. Instead of offering a one-size-fits-all curriculum, we’ve created a highly structured yet flexible SAT program that offers everything you need to succeed on test day. Our program comprises these four elements:

  • Comprehensive coverage of all content covered on the SAT
  • Practice drilling guided by our SAT software
  • Weekly verbal regimen (including vocab building, essay writing, & regular reading)
  • Proctored practice tests using official tests from the College Board

How do we tailor all of this to make it unique to each student? Well, before you even meet with your tutor, we assess your strengths and weaknesses with a diagnostic SAT exam. Then, we’ll input these first results into our adaptive SAT software: this will be your baseline. Once you have a baseline, you’ll be ready to start practicing on your own with the help of our software. Rather than rolling out a generic program, your tutor will know exactly what content you need to cover in session, what homework will be most useful for you, and the most appropriate times for practice tests. Add our verbal gameplan into this program, and you have the most highly customized approach to the SAT available anywhere. We like to think that our SAT tutors are the smartest test preparation professionals out there. Now, we’ve supercharged their diagnostic skills with the best software, too.

Please feel free to download this overview of our program that describes our comprehensive approach to the SAT. While each program is tailored to the individual student, this document provides a detailed look at our unique approach. By the time you’ve finished working with us, you’ll not only know how to beat the passage-based reading or quadratic function questions, you might even enjoy them.

  1. Cool Teachers

    Taking the SAT is a critically important part of the college process. This intimidating, confusing test can be significantly demystified by a supremely qualified tutor. Cambridge Coaching SAT tutors understand the central importance of the SAT, but we also understand that the SAT needs to fit into your life, which (we hope!) is packed with lots of other stuff. We emphasize a highly structured and systematic study process—not just doing more problems—as the best path to a higher score. That means that, even though you will have to do a lot of work to reach your best score, we’d like to make sure you only do meaningful, score-raising work.

  2. The Best-Compensated Tutors

    Unlike other companies, we place a heavy emphasis on tutors' pay and their professional development as teachers. As far as we are aware, our tutors earn the highest compensation—and the greatest share of company revenue—of any tutors in the industry. Although it seems like common sense that tutors are the most important part of a tutoring organization, most companies shortchange their tutors in order to reap greater profits. We consider our tutors to be our most important investment, and we have found that caring about our tutors allows us to hire and retain the very best.

  3. Customized Curricula

    National tutoring companies develop generalized curricula aimed at a broad population, the so called "average students." They do not tailor their curricula to you because customization is expensive and time-consuming, so their tutors are all trained to teach the same modules, in the same order, over and over again. We believe that a tailored program is a basic prerequisite for any effective tutoring relationship, particularly for high school students navigating the SAT. We build each tutoring relationship around each unique student. Before you even meet with a tutor, you will take an official exam and input your results into our SAT software; based on your diagnostic results, your tutor will outline the content, structure and pacing of your first session.

  4. Official Practice Material

    Our primary materials consist of the official exams released by the College Board (the company that writes the exam). Unlike other companies who write their own "simulated questions," our materials prepare you for what you will see on test day. We supplement official material with problems from our SAT software, which has 3,000 questions, as well as an evolving list of the secondary sources that we view to be the best means of mastering particular methodologies. Because we don’t make money from selling proprietary materials, we prefer to cherry-pick the best materials from as many sources as possible.

  5. Practice Testing

    Finally, because we understand that there’s a big difference between doing well on practice tests in the comfort of your home, and performing under the harsh lights and stressful conditions of a testing room, our tutors devote serious attention to preparing students psychologically for test day. Not only are tutors trained to continually encourage students to visualize the adverse conditions of a testing center, we also offer fully proctored SAT practice tests at our offices, which simulate the testing environment.

  6. A Holistic Approach

    Because we know that the SAT is only one small component of your life, we think about all aspects of our students’ academic lives. In everything we do, we think about how we can help you grow and develop as an individual, finding inspiration in learning and intellectual development. At this crucial point in high school, this might mean helping you with coursework to catalyze a high score, or helping you to organize extracurriculars and community activities into a more balanced study schedule. Our tutors are not only SAT experts, but also mentors who connect all the dots, so that you can reach your best scores in the context of the bigger picture. For SAT students, we typically offer a free college consultation to help you begin thinking about the college process as a whole. For more information on our admissions coaching services, please visit our college page.

We are in the process adapting our strategies, but we’ll always offer the same things that make us the best in the business: personal attention, individual customization, state-of-the-art software, and, most importantly, the finest tutors available anywhere.

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