How is the SAT changing?

It's important to note that the SAT will be reformatted in March 2016. Click here to read about the differences between the old SAT and the new SAT.

Who are LogicPrep’s instructors?
Our instructors are all masters of their disciplines and have degrees from prestigious universities, such as Harvard, Duke, Yale, Princeton, and NYU. The curricula that our teachers use are comprehensive and well-researched, and all LogicPrep instructors undergo extensive training and shadowing experience before taking on their own students.

How long does the LogicPrep test prep process usually take?
The following factors determine the length of the prep process:
- student aptitude
- prior knowledge
- anxiety
- maturity
The initial 70% of score improvement usually happens in first 3 to 4 months, while the final 30% takes more finesse and can take another several months.
The primary hindrances to reaching a student’s goals are careless errors and insufficient grasp of the content. Eliminating the incidence of careless errors can take a different amount of time based on the student’s maturity and openness to change. Each student also has a different amount of content that they have been exposed to and are able to learn.

How can a parent maximize his/her investment in test prep?
-Make sure that your child is able to devote 2-6 hours of studying a week. Students are encouraged to schedule time to study in the LogicPrep Mind Gym. The faster a student is able to learn vocabulary, memorize equations, and strengthen his/her reading skills, the less time it will take to reach his/her target scores.
-Encourage your child to attend practice tests. Students who attend the most practice tests and work on their ability to remain confident and focused will likely score the best and improve the most.
-Start preparing for your child’s weakest subject first. Getting a head start on your child’s weaker subject will likely reduce the total number of hours spent preparing.

Why is it so important to attend LogicPrep’s practice tests?
Students should attend as many practice tests as possible. There is a direct correlation between number of tests attended and score improvement. In addition to helping build stamina, the tests help students, instructors, parents, and test prep advisors track students’ progress. The practice tests can also help alleviate test anxiety by familiarizing students with testing conditions.

Who should take SAT Subject Tests?
Generally, only students seeking admission to schools that require or recommend SAT Subject Tests should take them. These tests are meant to demonstrate an applicant’s strength in specific subject areas. If a school doesn’t require them, then only students that expect to perform well (600-800 score range) should take them.

What is score choice?
Score choice allows students to take an exam multiple times and only show their scores from the date(s) that they wish to share with the colleges. This alleviates the fear of having a bad test day. The ACT has always followed this policy. Most colleges allow score choice for the SAT as well, though there are some exceptions. The student cannot send individual sections of different dates, but must submit completed test dates.

How many times do most people take the SAT or ACT?
Students usually take the SAT or ACT two or three times. However, in rare cases, a student may take the exam four times.

How is each test scored?
SAT: raw score determined by: 1 point for correct answers, 0 points for omitted answers, and -.25 points for wrong answers. Raw score is then placed on a scale from 200-800.
ACT: raw score determined by: 1 point for correct answers and 0 points for incorrect or omitted answers. Raw score is then placed on a scale from 1- 36.
SAT Subject Tests: raw score determined by: 1 point for correct answers, 0 points for omitted answers, and -.25 points for wrong answers. Raw score is then placed on a scale from 200-800. Each exam is one hour and you can take up to three in one day.

When is the best time to take the SAT or ACT?
Students most commonly take the SAT and/or ACT during the spring of their junior year. Stronger students may choose to take these tests slightly earlier (in the late fall and winter of their junior year), so that they can focus on AP exams and SAT Subject Tests in the spring. Alternatively, some strong students may choose to take some SAT Subject Tests during their freshman and sophomore years. Although a number of students will take their final standardized tests in the beginning of their senior year, we recommend that they leave this time open to focus on college applications. Regardless of whether students end up sending all of their scores to colleges, they will be more comfortable with the tests if they take them several times.

How can students get a copy of their test booklets?
For SAT: The only tests that are released and can be ordered are October, January, and May. To order a copy of your test, fill out a score-and-answer service sheet and mail it in.
For ACT: Students can order the April, June and December tests for $18 by going to www.actstudent.org/scores/release.html. The test must be ordered at the time of registration or within three months of the actual test date.

Why is Junior year so important?  Is it really as big a deal as people make it out to be?
Colleges place the greatest emphasis on students’ junior year academic performances. For students who struggled in the first two years of high school, 11th grade provides an opportunity to show intellectual growth and increased maturity. For students who have done well in the first two years, it is important to avoid a drop in performance as the academic rigor increases.

How many colleges do most students apply to?
Most students apply to between 9 and 13 colleges: 3-4 safeties, 4-5 targets, and 2-4 reaches.

What is the difference between Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA)?
An Early Decision (ED) plan asks the student to apply months before the Regular Decision deadline. This is a binding decision; if accepted under an ED plan, the student must attend the school. As a result, a student may only apply to one school under an ED plan. However, unless otherwise stated, a student can apply Early Decision to one school and Early Action or Rolling to others. Admissions decisions are normally made by the end of December. If accepted, the student is required to withdraw his/her applications from all other colleges or decline any acceptances he/she has already received.

An Early Action (EA) plan also asks the student to submit his/her application before the Regular Decision deadline. The distinction is that EA is non-binding, so if a student is accepted to a school under an EA plan, he/she is not obligated to attend. Unless otherwise stated, a student may apply to more than one school, and may also participate in ED/Rolling plans. This is not the case, however, for Single Choice or Restricted Early Action, which prohibit simultaneous applications.

What is the student responsible for submitting? What about the high school?
Students are responsible for submitting their applications (including any supplements), the application fees, as well as official score reports of their standardized test scores. Students may also choose to submit an art/athletic supplement. Early Decision applicants must also sign the ED Agreement online (along with their parents and guidance counselor).

The high school is responsible for sending the transcript, secondary school report, midyear report, and teacher/counselor recommendations. When applicable, the counselor must also send a signed ED agreement.

It is also incumbent upon the student to ensure that his/her Naviance page is up to date and the high school is aware of where he/she is applying.

What is the Common Application?
The Common Application is an online portal that allows students to submit applications to over 400 member institutions. Students enter their background information one time. The Common Application also requires that students respond to one of its five essay prompts. Individual supplements for all member schools are accessible through the Common Application as well.

What are the Common Application essay prompts?
You can view the 2016-2017 questions here.

What is the most commonly asked supplemental question?
Most often, a college will ask why the student wants to attend that school. This is your opportunity to show off – you want to demonstrate that you did your research and that you understand why the school would be a good fit intellectually and socially. Think beyond the generic reasons why a school is appealing (the beautiful campus, school spirit, etc.) and really hone in on how you can take advantage of its academic and extracurricular offerings.

What other kinds of essay questions can I expect?
Many schools will ask you to think outside the box. Some examples include: “tell us about yourself,” “find x,” “what is your favorite ride at the amusement park and why?,” “what fictional or historical character would you choose to be your roommate?,” and “what books have you read in the past year?”

Do colleges offer interviews? If so, what kinds of questions can I anticipate?
Some schools offer on campus interviews, and others arrange interviews with local members of the alumni community. It is the student’s responsibility to check each school’s policy; occasionally, a student will be responsible for initiating the interview, while in other cases, the interviewer will reach out to the student once the application has been submitted. At some schools, students must submit their application by a certain date in order to be eligible for an interview.

You should be prepared to talk about why you want to attend that school and how you feel you can take advantage of the opportunities it offers.

What is score choice?
Score choice allows students to take the SAT/ACT multiple times and only show their scores from the date(s) that they wish to share with the colleges. This alleviates the fear of having a bad test day. The ACT has always followed this policy. Most colleges allow score choice for the SAT, though there are some exceptions. The student cannot send individual sections of different dates, but must submit completed test dates.

What is superscoring?
Super scoring refers to the policy that some schools have of taking a student’s best scores on each section of an exam, regardless of test date, and combining them to form a new composite score. To be clear on a certain school’s policy, the best idea is to call the admissions office.