Crimson Review is the trusted source for quality SAT essay tutoring in West Chester, PA. The essay section of the SAT underwent a drastic transformation in 2016. A new set of rules requires careful preparation and strategizing, which is exactly why Crimson Review stands ready to help students improve their SAT essay scores.
Geared towards unlocking each student’s full potential, Crimson Review offers an SAT tutoring program that addresses roadblocks hindering your student from receiving top scores. No two students are alike, which is why our private SAT tutors will help high school students living in West Chester, PA build a curriculum that’s customized to his or her score goals, strengths, study habits, and personality.
Decoding The SAT Essay
The SAT recently underwent some changes. What was once a required component of the SAT exam is now an optional section for an additional $17.00 fee. The new 50-minute SAT essay requires students to examine an excerpted article from noteworthy publications like Time Magazine. Students then analyze stylistic, rhetorical, and logical elements of the text within a 650-800 word essay.
Two readers then read and score your student’s essay. Each scorer awards 1-4 points for each dimension: reading, analysis, and writing. After adding the two scores for each dimension, students receive three scores, one for each dimension, ranging from 2-8 points. Our result-oriented test prep program will equip students in West Chester with the tools to need to earn the top SAT scores. Come find out why students in the Main Line area all choose Crimson Review for best-in-show SAT essay tutoring.
Nurturing Better Writers and Improved Scores
From brainstorming topics and developing drafts to reviewing grammar and vocabulary, Crimson Review has an extensive treasure trove of resources for high school students living in West Chester and the nearby towns. With dedication, hard work, and practice, your student can nail all three areas of the SAT essay section.
We aren’t your average run-of-the-mill SAT & ACT tutors. Crimson Review’s team consists of dedicated individuals with a passion for teaching and inspiring students to realize their dreams. More importantly, Crimson Review SAT tutors hold mastery in their subject areas, hailing from some of the nation’s top universities. We want to ensure that each West Chester student performs to the best of their ability, which is precisely why we have tutors who can adapt to their style and personality, bringing out the best in each student.
ACT Test Prep in West Chester and Nearby Towns
Just the mere thought of preparing for the ACT causes a cataclysmic increase in stress levels for the typical high school student. While intimidating, earning higher ACT scores allow an easier entryway into the nation’s top universities and academic programs. By utilizing test strategies, time management skills, and proprietary study materials, Crimson Review’s ACT test prep program releases students’ full potential. Our astute ACT tutors place your child first by delivering a self-paced ACT lesson plan that fits seamlessly into any student’s schedule. Our educational approach sets us apart from other tutoring centers that frequently deliver recycled curricula and test strategies. Crimson Review’s #1 goal is to transform your student into a test-taking master, so he or she can excel on the ACT and beyond.
Part of what can make the ACT so challenging is the pacing. Test-takers must answer a large number of questions in a short period of time. How can students improve, with out becoming speed readers? The answer lies in teaching students to consistently get to the right answer by identifying the question type and applying the correct strategy. Once a student can identify what exactly they are being tested on, they can then confidently approach how to get the question right. Of course, this does take practice, and we provide our ACT students with a variety of materials to help them do so. As an independent test prep company, we are free to choose the best materials, regardless of source, in addition to what we have developed on our own over many years of teaching the ACT.
Taking the SAT versus the ACT
A frequent question we are asked, is it better to take the SAT or the ACT? Our general recommendation is that students should take both – at the beginning of their test prep, in a simulated environment. Most students score similarly on both tests, but some students do much better on the SAT, and some do much better on the ACT. For those students looking to maximize their test scores, we recommend they check up front if one test happens to be better than the other. We run frequent practice tests for students to test their abilities on both tests, and are able to analyze the results to see if one test is better than the other for a specific student.
Parents and students should beware of “mini-diagnostics” that take 30 or 60 minutes to complete – in our experience they are just not that accurate and it’s at best a guess. There is no substitute for taking full-length tests to replicate the concentration and pacing of each of the tests. Even when students score similarly on both tests, they often feel more comfortable with one or the others. So, for a small investment of time up front, students can find which test fits them best and possibly even raise their scores substantially just by taking a different test!
All four-year colleges in the U.S. take both the SAT and ACT equally, so there is no disadvantage to taking one or the other. It really can be whatever a student does best on.
With two convenient locations in Wayne and Malvern, the Crimson Review team can meet the SAT & ACT needs of students across the Main Line area including Radnor, Chester Springs, and West Chester, PA. Despite the complete format overhaul, the SAT essay is still very straightforward. We also offer one-on-one tutoring programs focusing on the SSAT and ISEE. Give us a call at (610) 688-6441 to find out what we can do to help your West Chester high school student.