We do not believe in simply teaching to a test. Instead, our research-based approach applies a proven mix of both content mastery and test-taking strategies that yields optimal results for our students. Courses are taught by expert instructors who bring more than just high scores to their positions. Instruction is student-centered and interactive; we engage students by making relevant connections to what they already know, both inside and outside of the classroom. Class sizes are limited to allow maximum participation and individual feedback throughout each course. At the core of IST’s test prep curricula are the IST Learning Legends™, characters with unique learning personalities designed to help students better navigate through the exam. Fast Eddie™, Sammy and Samantha Smart™ (“The Smarts”), Lucky Lucy™ and Bea Reddie™ strategically appear throughout each program of study, offering students helpful tips and revealing creative methods to break down complex information and retain key facts.
College Entrance Exams
The SAT is a reasoning skills test designed to measure how well a student can think critically and analytically when questions may not be presented in a straightforward manner. The three sections on the SAT include math, critical reading and writing. IST’s no-nonsense approach to SAT prep combines the content and strategies necessary for significant score increases. Our six-week course includes 36 hours of interactive instruction, four diagnostic assessments with detailed score reports and all course materials. We recommend that students take the SAT in the spring of their junior year.
Students who enroll in our SAT course typically increase their scores by 150-260 points on the actual test. Students enrolled in the SAT course can earn Incentive Bucks™—one dollar for every point (up to a maximum of $150) that exceeds the combined test score goal set at the end of each session.
Private tutoring for the math, critical reading and/or writing sections of the SAT is also available. Please allow for up to 10 weeks of tutoring (twice a week) prior to the exam.
Get great SAT Test Day Tips from the IST Learning Legends here.
SAT Subject Test Prep
Many competitive colleges and universities require up to three SAT Subject Tests (in addition to the SAT) to assess a student’s skills in specific areas like math, history, physical sciences, literature and foreign languages. Private tutoring is available with IST’s subject matter experts, who help students master the exam content and learn key test-taking strategies. We recommend that students take the SAT Subject Tests as soon as possible after they complete the course related to each test (normally at the end of junior year or the beginning of senior year).
The PSAT is designed to give younger students a preview of the SAT in a scaled-down format; it is also used to determine a student’s eligibility for merit-based scholarships (11th grade only). The PSAT is offered once a year in mid-October. Our intensive three-week PSAT prep course is offered to rising 9th-11th graders in the summer and early fall only. Tuition includes 24 hours of interactive instruction, three diagnostic assessments with detailed reports and all course materials. Private tutoring is also available.
The ACT is a subject-based test designed measure academic ability in math, science, English and writing. While the ACT is a lot more straightforward than the SAT, the ACT requires students to draw from prior knowledge about information that may not be contained in the test. We recommend that students take the ACT in the spring of their junior year. Due to the nature of the test, we offer ACT prep as a private tutoring option only.
Get great ACT Test Day Tips from the IST Learning Legends here.