Summer is fast approaching, and while that means the end of the school year for some, it’s also a fantastic opportunity for high school students to make strides in the college admissions process. This being just the time to prepare for high-stakes exams such as the SAT, Hale is offering two intensive SAT Boot Camps: one over six weeks beginning July 16 and another over four weeks beginning July 30. With online and in-person options, the camp will allow students to significantly boost their scores.
SAT scores are more important now
Students who devote their energies to studying over the summer often see greater improvements than students who take the SAT in winter and spring. Traditionally, the SAT is required for virtually all undergraduate programs in the US and Canada, but anyone who has been following the US admissions news over the past few years will have heard that some institutions have gone “test-optional,” meaning students don’t have to submit test scores.
On the face of it, many students take this to mean testing is no longer important. However, on the contrary, testing is now more important than ever.
First, good test scores improve the competitiveness of an application. Grades in classes are the single greatest indicator of academic potential, but how is a university able to distinguish between two students in different curricula at different schools? A very high math score on the SAT, for example, will help a student stand out.
Second, in making admissions decisions, universities will compare the applications of students from the same high school and region.
Hale Education Group test preparation instructor Andre Langevin, who brings over 14 years of teaching experience, says it is best to take the SAT in August.
If most of your peers have submitted test scores, some universities may infer that you chose not to submit your scores because they were lower than expected.
How do you prepare for the SAT? What to keep in mind? How do you plan your studies for this test?
This summer, Hale Education Group is offering a comprehensive SAT Boot Camp to prepare students for the exam on August 27. Hale has online and in-person options for both the six-week (60-hour) and four-week (40-hour) courses.
These exhaustive Boot Camps are designed to fully prepare students for the official SAT exam: you will practice math questions on just about every topic, you will gain a solid understanding of all the English grammar you will need, and you will not only learn key reading comprehension skills, but you will also be exposed to the American history topics that the SAT expects you to know.
When should you take the SAT?
“August is the best time to take the SAT,” says Langevin. “During August, students are often stuck at home in a summer lull before the start of the upcoming school year, with minimal distractions to prepare. Rising freshman, sophomores, and juniors should aim to sit for the SAT on August 27.”
Hale’s Boot Camps come with weekly open-office hours, unlimited diagnostic exams, and a state-of-the-art curriculum. What’s more, Hale’s SAT program is KHDA certified, and the SAT instructors feature Andre Langevin, a graduate of the University of Washington – Seattle. He has over 10 years of teaching experience and a solid track record of helping students, specifically from the Middle East.
If you would like to try for yourself beforehand, Hale is also offering free SAT diagnostic tests on June 19 and July 6, followed by a one-on-one meeting with the instructor on your strengths and weaknesses.