Thank you to all of the parents who attended our seminars regarding our improved SAT Prep program on Saturday, January 13th! We hope the presentations in Closter and Palisades Park provided a lot of exciting information about what it means to effectively prepare for college entrance exams.
The Spring 2018 SAT Prep program renovation emphasizes clear analysis of student errors to monitor consistent progress. But how did we get there?
The Beginning: Late 2015
MEK Review began developing its first full-length Redesigned 2016 SAT simulation test while using the October 2015 PSAT as a baseline. The test was then completed in time for our January 2016 Test Event, where it was used as our initial evaluation for incoming SAT Prep students.
Important Takeaways for the 2016 SAT
- Emphasis on multi-step problems/questions and comprehensive skills (rather than testing skills in isolation)
- Reading passages utilize complex structure and vocabulary in context
- Foundational math skills have become more important
- Focus on reasoning and critical thinking skills in all sections
Who Takes Our Simulation Tests?
Every prospective SAT Prep student at MEK Review is required to take our first simulation test as an initial evaluation. We have used their results to make our program more effective! To read our complete analysis of 2017 test-takers’ performance, please click HERE.
Reaching 1250: A Crucial Starting Point
We have found that 1250 is a very important starting point for students working toward their goal scores. This is where students can begin their rigorous SAT test training using full-length simulations to fine-tune application skills.
Common Weaknesses on Initial Evaluations
Even as we divided students into three separate score groups for our analysis, they still shared similar error patterns and testing weaknesses.
What are these common weaknesses, and what are the steps we are taking to address them?
- Reading Section: Unlike other score groups, top performers do not show a dip in the Rhetoric category. This demonstrates that students with stronger overall reading skills do better in Rhetoric.
- Writing Section: As we expect, most students perform best in the Standard English Conventions category and worst in the Expression of Ideas category. Students also struggle with Punctuation and Pronouns questions.
- Math Section: Lower scoring students have weak algebra foundations, so they perform poorly in Passport to Advanced Math and Additional Math Topics categories.
Old vs. New Course Structure
The updated College Admissions Exam Prep program now features…
- More reading skill practice
- More focus on building and learning (rather than just reviewing) important algebra skills
- More grammar rules and punctuation practice
SAT B: Foundational Skill Building (1100-1300)
SAT A: Test Training (1300+)
Course Modules: SAT B, PSAT Core Reading & Writing, and our NEW Optional Essay Writing course all feature modules. These modules focus on specific skill sets to help students pinpoint their unique weaknesses and learn the best methods to address them. Depending on the program, a course module lasts anywhere from 12-14 weeks!
Detailed Error Analysis Reports
While our score reports have always been great for showing student weaknesses by section, our NEW analysis reports break down errors by section AND question/passage/problem type. This gives students a much clearer starting point when pursuing their goal scores.
Want to Learn More? Attend the Next Parent Seminar!
We are dedicated to finding innovative and efficient methods to guide your children to SAT and ACT success, and we love sharing our newest plans with you.
If you missed our January seminar, join us for our next one on February 10, 2018! We plan to hold similar events on the updated SAT program each month of the Spring 2018 semester. Call (855)-346-1410 to find out more about SAT Prep with MEK Review today!