SAT & ACT PREPARATION
We have been helping students navigate through the SAT and ACT process since 2004. Through our personalized guidance and in-depth knowledge of each test, students from schools throughout Westchester County, nearby Connecticut and Putnam Counties and around the country have gained confidence and improved their test scores at College Planning of Westchester.
After the pandemic, test optional policies became nearly universal in college admissions. This resulted in an increase in the average submitted test scores as the majority of the scores sent in came from students with near perfect results. It is more important than ever to work with test prep professionals who thoroughly understand the intricacies of these tests. While we always try to pinpoint the appropriate test for each student, we can also prepare them to take both tests if they so choose.
The SAT test more closely resembles the ACT with more classroom-based questions in line with the common core. Although there is not a unique science section, there are now science elements throughout the test. The optional essay was just dropped. Our track record shows average increases on the SAT of between 120 and 250 points.
One of the ongoing challenges faced by ACT test takers is the ability to complete each section in the allotted time. The ACT has an optional essay format that is 40 minutes long. Our track record shows average increases of 3-4 points on the ACT.
Test Prep Steps
- Initial consultation with Neal
We start the discussion covering the student’s testing history, strengths and weaknesses, any prior experience with either the PSAT or PreACT, and preferences for either test. Some students feel comfortable taking just one test, while others choose to take both to see which one provides the best score for them.
- Diagnostic Testing
Students come in for a diagnostic SAT and/or ACT in a simulated, timed, testing environment. The time required is about 3 hours and 15 minutes. Morning testing is recommended.
After taking the diagnostic test, ACT or SAT, parent and student have another consultation with Neal to analyze the test results and plan for next steps.
- Assign Tutors & Schedule
A determination of the actual test target dates are made and a tentative test prep schedule is discussed. Student commitments for academic and extracurricular activities are taken into account. Neal matches tutors and schedules upcoming sessions.
- Learn the Content
We operate our session 7 days a week to meet the needs of students demanding schedules. We have found that most families meet student score targets with 15-25 sessions. However, these test packs are fully customizable to the needs of students who improve at a greater rate, decide to take the “other” test, or just need more time. Students will work with both a verbal and math tutor. Our sessions are one hour long. During this hour, our tutors are trained to go over practice tests and design worksheets and workbooks specific to the concepts and questions your student is focusing on. We give each of our students materials including the Official ACT Guide (the Red Book) or the Official SAT Guide too. In addition to the weekly sessions, students will receive at home assignments to be completed by the next session from their tutors. These assignments come from the test maker's official material.
- Take Full-Length Practice Tests
An important element to the testing philosophy at CPW is to first learn the content in an in-depth manner and then work on timing. Students come in to test about once a month, however, this measure depends on your student’s progress and goals.
- Take First Official Test
Students take the actual test, ideally at a nearby school that is familiar and comfortable for them. Most of our students obtain their best scores by taking 2-3 actual tests.
- Assess Results & Plan for Additional Tests if Necessary
Once the student has received their scores, another meeting with Neal is made. The test plan is reviewed for a final look and additional tests are planned.
We look forward to meeting you! Schedule your free 1-hour consultation with Neal today!
NEW PSAT RESULTS
The PSAT is given to HS Juniors and often to sophomores at both public and private schools.
Looking for information about your actual SAT or ACT test taken? Then consider signing up for either the SAT or ACT appropriate services
Question Answer Service includes a copy of the test you took and is typically available for the October, March, and May test dates.
Test Information Release is typically available for the April, June and December ACT test dates;