SAT Tutoring

SAT Tutoring

Improve your score and open-up a world of opportunity at the best US universities.

Why FirstPoint SAT Tutoring?

Our tutors scored top marks on the SAT and are now studying at the best US universities – and they’ll help you do the same!

FirstPoint SAT tutoring works because it’s completely customised to you.

You start by taking an initial Diagnostic Test which will gauge your current level of ability and identify the specific areas you need to work on. This enables us to match you with the most appropriate tutor – one whose biggest strengths are your weaknesses.

Tutoring sessions are tailored to your ability level and your individual learning plan is designed to enhance fundamental reading, writing and mathematics skills where necessary as well as SAT “test-specific” skills.

What is the SAT?

The SAT is one of two standardised tests you can sit in order to apply to US universities. The alternative exam is called the ACT but it isn’t quite as popular.

In 2016, the SAT got a facelift. The new SAT exam consists of four sections: Reading, Writing and Language, Math with calculator, and Math no calculator. There’s also an optional essay section.

All of the sections (minus the essay) are multiple choice and each section features at least one graph or table.

 

What is a good SAT score?

A good SAT score depends on which university you wish to attend.

Most top universities, such as the Ivy Leagues, look for students whose scores range between 1410 and 1600, out of the maximum 1600.  However, for those wishing to compete in college sports, the minimum requirement for NCAA and NAIA competition is approx. 900 out of a maximum 1600 score.

For many institutions that offer academic scholarships, a SAT score of 1200+ may be enough to meet the eligibility requirements for additional financial support.

Keep in mind that US universities place a lot of emphasis on other application factors, such as extracurricular activities, so a perfect score won’t necessarily get you in (but it does help!). Additionally, not all universities have such high average SAT scores.

SAT vs ACT: Which one?

The ACT is much tighter on time, which makes it harder to complete all the questions.

Some people work well under such strict time constraints while others struggle.

There’s no harm in taking both exams once, seeing which you prefer, and then retaking that exam. Or, simply sit a few practice exams to figure out which exam is best for you.

Most universities don’t prefer one exam over the other, so it’s best to sit the one that plays best to your strengths and test-taking style.