The Fahim Abbasi’s test Prep SAT Preparation Program is a challenging ten-week course of study in which students receive specialized training and guided practice to develop the skills needed to excel on the SATs and ACTs. Students are taught both the content on the test and the strategies that will optimize their scores. With lessons, analysis, exercises, and numerous practice tests, students gain the skills and confidence to achieve their full potential.
SAT will have only two sections: reading/writing and math, each of which will be scored from 200-800, for a total of 400-1600. New sub-scores will record more detailed
Information about how the student does on different topics and various kinds of math. The essay will not be included in the composite score, but will likely be required by colleges. The reading section will also feature graphics and histor- ically-important texts and speeches. It will incorporate vocabulary-in-context, rather than the more “archaic” words tested by the old SAT. Wrong guesses will no longer be penalized.
- No Penalty for Wrong Answers
- Use of Founding Documents and Global Conversations
- Analysis in Science, History, and Social Studies
- Work with and Command of Evidence/Data
- Using Relevant Words in Context
- (Optional) Essay that Analyzes a Source
- Fewer, but longer sections
SAT Preparation Program
The SAT Our ten-week program will help students develop the necessary skills to do well not only on the SAT, but also in their academic careers. After our course, students take a step further in not only comprehending difficult texts, but also in writing more clearly, cohesively, and coherently to demonstrate their critical thinking, reading, application, and analytical abilities.
Materials and Methods
We will provide exposure to and techniques for analyzing difficult, higher-level texts in science, history, government, philosophy, and social studies. Students will also learn fundamental grammar, orthography, syntax, and common mistakes and error types, and be able to apply such know- ledge to test questions.
Students will revise and edit a variety of academic and real- world texts, and learn how to find, analyze, and use evidence/graphical data. And lastly, our classes will also teach how to understand vocabulary in context, and see how diction affects meaning and tone; through further analysis, we will glean authorial intent, rhetoric, and agency.
Practice tests will be given regularly to track students’ progress.
Our Pedagogical Approach
Our pedagogical approach to the evidence-based reading, writing, and essay sections of the Redesigned SAT has been formulated based on five of what the Collegeboard notes as the new test’s “eight key changes”: relevant words in context, command of evidence, essay analyzing a source, analysis in science and in history/social studies, and founding documents and global conversation. And as the test has become more geared towards the American high school curriculum, we will be incorporating content from academic courses into our lessons.
While the Redesigned SAT no longer contains a sentence completion section with “obscure” words, the new test still requires that students have a strong command of vocabulary usage and comprehension. Instead of rote memorization, stu- dents will create word associations and word maps to help them more readily recall and more clearly understand the meanings and precise usages of words for the relevant words in context questions. They will present their assigned word associations to not only add to the collaborative learning environment of class, but also to be accountable for their peers. Lastly, vocabulary quizzes will be administered to ensure and track students’ progress.
Writing and Grammar
Students will improve their writing and grammar skills by studying grammar rules and completing pertinent worksheets. The course will contain lectures on parts of speech, identifying parts of sentences, combining sentences, and identifying common errors. We also aim to allow students to participate in workshops, where they will edit their peers’ essays and arguments. This will improve students’ critical thinking, writing, editing, and revising skills. The optional essay will require students to analyze a passage and develop an argument based on the author’s rhetoric. Students will engage in discussions and will practice passage maps and writing timed essays for this section.
The skills necessary for the reading questions are contingent to the skills needed for the essay analyzing a source. Our course will focus on teaching students how to conduct close readings, develop and analyze rhetoric, and synthesize information. Students will be able to locate corroborating evidence, analyze and think critically about information, and work closely with difficult texts. Students will practice with contemporary issues and critical theory readings, and will be able to identify question patterns. Throughout the course, students will be given a variety of questions that accompany the lessons. These tests will serve as a means to track students’ progress and learning.