SAT/ACT

SAT Prep Course Description

SAT prep at APLUS is renowned for its highly qualified teachers. Students are grouped based on their pre-test score to ensure effective teaching and learning. Average class size is 7-8 students. All SAT prep courses include twelve 3.5-hour sessions, nine of which are instruction sessions and three are practice tests. Each instruction session is comprised of 1.5 hours for mathematics and 2 hours for verbal. Verbal will cover both reading comprehension, grammar, and writing strategies. Students will also have an opportunity to practice their writing which will be graded by a writing teacher based on College Board guidelines.

The writing section becomes optional effective March, 2016. However, students are advised to take the writing section.

APLUS SAT prep course is structured to effectively raise the students’ SAT score. To achieve the highest potential, students are expected to complete their classwork and homework as assigned by our instructors. On the average, students can expect to increase their SAT score by 265 points after completing our SAT prep course.

Our Students

Since 1998, our program has helped many students achieve their best SAT score and resulted in many acceptances from colleges, such as Stanford, Yale, Swarthmore, University of Pennsylvania, Duke, Georgetown, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, University of California at Berkeley, University of Maryland, Northwestern, and many others.

Fee & Refund Policy

The total tuition fee is $1,200 for 12-week prep, including materials. Three practice tests are also included. If you decide to withdraw after the first class, a deduction of $150 will be applied. There is no refund after the second class.

Our Teachers

A team of highly experienced SAT teachers has distinguished our SAT prep course from others. Our SAT teachers are professional teachers with extensive SAT teaching experiences.

  • Dr. DĂ©lice Williams joined APLUS Learning Center in Fall 2013. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Washington University in St. Louis and has taught writing and literature at both high school and college levels for over 10 years.

  • Ms. Jennifer Marks began teaching for Montgomery County Public Schools in 1998. Since then, she has taught at Watkins Mill and Richard Montgomery High Schools, at all levels including AP and IB. For the past 15 years, she has worked as a tutor with all grade levels, K-12 and college. Ms. Marks earned her B.A. in English from Cornell University.

  • Mr. Charlie Yeh, M.A., is the Founder and Director of APLUS Learning Center. He has over two decades of experience in teaching math and statistics at the K-12 level.

  • Dr. William Wuu has taught Algebra, Geometry, AP Calculus BC, Multivariable Calculus and various high school and college levels of physics. Dr. Wuu earned two M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Applied Math as well as his Ph.D. in Engineering at Brown University

Comparison between SAT and ACT

SAT ACT  
1. Description
SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing verbal abilities, critical thinking and problem solving. An achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. ACT is content-based.
2. Content Comparison
How many components? Evidence-based Reading; Writing; Math; Optional Essay 5 components, including Math, English, Reading, Science, and optional Writing
Math Including Algebra 2 Including Trigonometry
Vocabulary More Less
Including science section? No Yes
Grammar? Grammar usage and word choice in writing section Include English grammar
Multiple choice questions? All multiple choice questions, except that math sections include 5 (No calculator) + 8 (Calculator) grid-in questions. All multiple choice questions. English, reading, and science section, each includes several reading passages with 5-15 questions per passage, and math section includes 60 questions with 5 possible answer choices.
Penalty for incorrect answers No No
3. Time for testing
Reading: 65 minutes
Writing: 35 minutes
Math (No calculator): 25 minutes
Math (Calculator): 55 minutes
Optional Essay: 50 minutes
Total: 3 hours and 50 minutes (Including Optional Essay)
English: 45 minutes
Reading: 35 minutes
Science: 35 minutes
Math: 60 minutes
Writing (optional): 30 minutes
Total: 3 hours and 25 minutes
4. Test dates
January, March, May, June, October, November and December September, October, December, February, April and June
5. Score Scale
A perfect score is 1600 Composite score range: 1-36
6. Acceptance by most schools?
YES YES
7. Which should I take? SAT or ACT?
1. You did great on PSAT SAT
2. You are good in vocabulary SAT
3. You can ace grammar SAT
4. You find it easier to write essays that use illustrative examples rather than argument SAT
5. You consider yourself quick-thinking SAT
6. You had a PSAT or SAT score inconsistent with your academic performance in school ACT
7. Your vocabulary is not as strong as your reading ACT
8. You are great at writing papers but haven't had formal grammar instruction ACT
9. You prefer to write essays that are argumentative, persuading with ideas even if you lack perfect recall of facts and figures ACT
10. You are more academic than "test savvy" ACT
8. Your decision?
The SAT is designed more for documenting a student's ability and knowledge in how to take a test while the ACT is more of an observation of what you have learned in high school.

Based on this, it seems that if you have the book smarts and do a great job in class, then shoot for the ACT. If you're the type who picks up fast and can take a test without too much studying, then the SAT has your name on it. Think about which skill set you want to show to colleges and make your decision; the bottom line is what kind of intelligence you think you have.
9. Still have questions
Call 301-838-9668 for more information
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