ACT, SAT, PSAT Test Prep Classes

PSAT/SAT Workshops

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  • Baylor classes are located at Baylor School in the Chapel Lecture Hall.
  • The BDC is located at 100 Cherokee Boulevard, Suite 315, Chattanooga, TN 37405.
  • GPS clases are located at 205 Island Ave., Chattanooga TN 37405.
  • 10 hours of additional prep material.
  • Includes workbook.
  • Bring a calculator, two Sharpened pencils, and a sack lunch.

Workshops are designed to help students take an individualized study approach to the new SAT and PSAT tests. An actual retired SAT/PSAT test will be given to students to show strengths and weaknesses in all areas tested. This class offers a review of Critical Reading skills, Math and Writing Skills and in-class problem-solving and strategies. Test-taking strategies will be covered for each required testing point. Students will leave with a per- sonal study plan, including a vocabulary workbook and explanatory answers to each test question. (This course is for enrichment.)

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River City Workshops
811 Brynwood Drive
Chattanooga Tn 37415

The tables below compare the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT to the 2014 version. It is important to note that while the information in these tables represents our best understanding of the nature and features of the redesign, some specific elements, such as timing, length, and reported scores, are subject to revision based on ongoing research.

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Major Features Compared

Comparison of the Major Features: Pre-March-2016 SAT and New SAT

Category

Pre-March-2016 SAT

New SAT

Total Testing Time

3 hours and 45 minutes

3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the Essay [optional])

Components

  1. Critical Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Mathematics
  4. Essay
  1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
    • Reading Test
    • Writing and Language Test
  2. Math
  3. Essay (optional)

Important Features

  • Emphasis on general reasoning skills
  • Emphasis on vocabulary, often in limited contexts
  • Complex scoring (a point for a correct answer and a deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)
  • Focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success
  • Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact
  • Rights-only scoring (no penalty for guessing)

Essay

  • Required and given at the beginning of the SAT
  • 25 minutes to write the essay
  • Tests writing skill; students take a position on a presented issue
  • Optional and given at the end of the SAT; postsecondary institutions determine whether they will require the Essay for admission
  • 50 minutes to write the essay
  • Tests reading, analysis, and writing skills; students produce a written analysis of a provided source text

Score Reporting

  • Scale ranging from 600 to 2400
  • Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Critical Reading; 200 to 800 for Mathematics; 200 to 800 for Writing
  • Essay results scaled to multiple-choice Writing
  • Scale ranging from 400 to 1600
  • Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; 200 to 800 for Math; 2 to 8 on each of three dimensions for Essay
  • Essay results reported separately

Subscore Reporting

None

Subscores for every test, providing added insight for students, parents, admission officers, educators, and counselors

Test Length and Timing Compared

Comparison of Test Length and Timing: Pre-March-2016 SAT and New SAT

Pre-March-2016 SAT

New SAT

Component

Time Allotted
(min.)

Number of Questions/
Tasks

Component

Time Allotted
(min.)

Number of Questions/
Tasks

Critical Reading

70

67

Reading

65

52

Writing

60

49

Writing and Language

35

44

Essay

25

1

Essay (optional)

50

1

Mathematics

70

54

Math

80

58

Total

225

171

Total

180 (230 with Essay)

154 (155 with Essay)