Covers sections of reading and language/writing, the ratio of class hours for SAT: ACT is 3:1. Students will learn to prepare for the test from perspectives of learning patterns of questions, expectations of the answers, as well as to identify trap questions. The sections of reading and lang/writing for both SAT and ACT are identical.
Wish to systemically learn and summarize Math’s knowledge point in SAT;
The course will cover 2 sessions of science.
Register for both Math+Science (12 sessions) if wish to take ACT or both SAT + ACTPlease Contact Us First When you Choose to register for Math section (6 sessions) only if wish to take SAT;
Why This Course?
Students who will apply to top American or British universities in recent couple of years can still submit SAT or ACT scores as an application plus, and this is nearly an unspoken rule for asian applicants. The problem is SAT has been constantly canceled by nearly all test centres in Canada due to COVID pandemic since 2020 March, so the ACT computer-based test turns into a flexible alternative. From a teacher's perspective to design a course, SAT and ACT co-prep course is also feasible as their Language and Reading sections are 100% the same that students will not waste time on learning either one regardless of the preferable test they will take. The difference lies in the fact that ACT is more time-restrained but the questions are easier, and also students need to prepare for the science section in ACT. Thus the SAT/ACT co-prep course seperate English with Science parts to customize students’ needs of learning.
SAT Course Series
Kate Language’s SAT course is based on the Official Guide from the College Board, guiding students to practice on Khan Academy tests and tests from past years. Students will focus on logical reading skills, language & writing rules, and Math. The course is designed with three stages: Foundation, Advanced, and Crash levels. Foundation level covers language skills like reading structure, reading for thesis statement, scanning for evidence, syntax, diction, and cohesion. When students are equipped with solid skills, they are ready to learn test-taking skills based on linguistics and assessment science in Advanced level. For those high achievers who aim at 1550+, Crash level is suitable to sharpen their skills to tackle weakness.
Grade 9 ~ Grade 12
Although the SAT is not a language test, its basic assumption is that all candidates have reached American students' language level in grades 10-11.
SAT requires candidates to read articles of all genres and subjects, understand the text in the logic and rhetoric, interpret the implied information and emotions, and master the writing structure. Therefore, it takes time and effort for candidates to improve on reading for evidence rather than for meaning, and it’s a holistic skill set students should acquire.
Critical Thinking Skills
SAT is challenging mainly because it requires two skills in thinking: depth and breadth. Depth means students should conduct in-depth analysis of each sentence, paragraph, and passage, as SAT questions are barely about the literal meaning in text, but about the analytical or inferential information. Meanwhile students should have experience of reading and writing in breadth, a variety of genres, to comprehend precisely.
Not necessarily. Practicing on tests will be helpful only when candidates have found their weakness and known the right method to improve, otherwise they simply repeat the same mistake even though the reading speed may be increased. Therefore, the key is to know how SAT questions are designed, learn the hidden language related rules, get instructed with the test-taking strategies, and then practice on tests.
SAT: The test that American high school students must take to enter American universities. In recent years, many American universities set it test-optional.
SSAT: American High School Entrance Examination for private high schools in the United States, Canada, and many other international top private schools.
SAT: The SAT consists of three sections: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Language & Writing.
SSAT: The test has four sections: Verbal, Reading, Math, and Writing. The first three parts are scoring items. Although the writing part won't be scored, it will be sent with a copy of the official SSAT score to the school students apply for, so it is equally important.
SAT: Full score: 1600
SSAT: The full score for the middle level is 2130, upper level 2400
The SSAT has a separate Verbal section testing synonym and analogy, but the SAT doesn’t. In fact, many SAT candidates do not need to focus on vocabulary anymore if they have experience with SSAT, as the vocabulary required in SSAT is only 3000ish less than that in SAT. Also, there are vocabulary questions in the reading part of SAT and SSAT. This question often does not test the common meaning of the word itself, but examines the contextual meaning, which requires the examinee to know the strategy of doing the question very well.
SSAT reading passages are usually short, but those on the SAT are about 3-5 times longer. Both exams attach great importance to novels and historical and political essays.
SAT: The duration of the test is 3 hours 45 minutes (225 minutes).
SSAT: 155 minutes