SAT Program FAQ
SAT: Test FAQ | Classes/Tutoring
ACT: Test FAQ | Classes/Tutoring
I understand the SAT is changing in 2016. Do your classes prepare students for the
current or new SAT?
We can prepare students for either the new or the current SAT tests. With private tutoring, simply
let us know which you’d like to work on. For the courses, be sure to select a course that specifically
indicates “New SAT” in the course title. Currently, only the Intensive Course for Grades 8-10 covers
the material on the new SAT. None of our courses are designed to cover the material of both tests.
What is Ivy Global’s track record?
In our programs, students have improved an average of 200 points on their
SAT scores. Overall, you can expect our students to improve anywhere between
100 – 400 points.
What are the class sizes?
Class sizes are typically 5-10 students. For larger classes, in addition to our primary instructor, we provide additional support with another instructor to ensure the student-teacher ratio is never greater than 10:1. Please follow this link for a
current list of SAT classes.
Who are your instructors?
We hand-pick instructors who combine high-academic achievement with a passion
for teaching. Many of our instructors are graduates of top US colleges and
experts in writing and teaching standardized tests. Meet some of our SAT
instructors and tutors here.
What if I miss a class session?
We highly encourage students not to miss any classes. However, if you have to, please call in to discuss your options with us. This will be by a case-by-case basis up to the discretion of Ivy Global. Refunds will not be given.
Do classes run on holidays?
Unless otherwise noted, classes that are scheduled through a national holiday
will run on that day.
When and how can I sign up for a course?
Click here to view
our course schedule. In order to ensure a space in our classes, we generally
recommend you sign up for courses at least one month in advance of the start
When is payment for the course required?
We require payment for a course within 5 business days of your online registration
in order to secure your space in the class.
How did Ivy Global develop its curriculum?
Our team of curriculum designers collaborated with Ivy Global’s most
experienced instructors to develop a flexible, yet rigorous curriculum for
our SAT classes. We use the most effective strategies, tips, methods, and
materials on the market to ensure that every student taking the class knows
how to tackle the SAT.
Can I sample a class?
Students can arrange to drop in and observe one session of a currently running
course in their location, as long as this is authorized by our office. Please
call to schedule.
Do I get to choose my tutor?
We try to accommodate the student's request but the match depends heavily
on the student's and the tutor's schedule. Regardless, we can assure you that
our tutors are experienced, have exceptional academic credentials and a deep
commitment to seeing their students succeed.
How much homework is given for each class? What if I am unable to
complete all the assignments and homework?
The amount of homework assigned varies for each course, but in all cases
there is significant flexibility. The instructor will always assign a “bare
minimum” amount of homework with additional work optional. If a student
is unable to complete the “bare minimum” work before class, the
instructor will work with the student to devise a catch-up schedule. We understand
the hectic nature of the student life, and our instructors and courses reflect
What makes Ivy Global's program so unique? What makes it more effective
than other programs?
There are several factors that distinguish Ivy Global from other test prep
Teacher quality: Our instructors are knowledgeable, experienced,
and committed to helping students maximize their test scores.
Individualized approach: Our classes are customized according
to the needs of every student. At too many prep agencies, instructors rely
on scripted material. Our instructors engage directly with students, answering
questions and responding to concerns as they arise. Our prep programs offer
flexible homework assignments to suit students with varying schedules.
Close teacher-student rapport: Our instructors gain a
deep understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, and personality of each
student. This understanding allows the instructor to shape the class according
to the needs of students.
Selective prep material: The prep books and practice tests
employed in our classes have been chosen after a rigorous evaluative process.
Unlike many other test prep agencies, which utilize material from only one
source, we use the best materials from a variety of the most effective sources.
Real practice tests: Many other test prep agencies utilize
unrealistic practice tests that have not been written or approved by the
actual test-makers. Our courses rely on real practice tests from the test-makers.
What is the ACT?
The ACT is a standardized college entrance exam. The test covers the following
subject areas: English grammar, math, reading, science, and writing (which
is optional). The majority of American colleges accept either the ACT or SAT.
See below for more information about the ACT (and how it compares to the SAT).
Should I take the SAT or ACT?
Previously, the ACT was the test preferred by colleges in the Midwestern
United States, while the SAT was preferred by schools on the East and West
Coasts as well as in the Northeast. However, an increasing number of schools
are now accepting the ACT; in fact, at present, the majority of colleges in
the United States will accept the ACT in lieu of the SAT.
This is excellent news for students, who can now choose between these two
distinct tests in accordance with their particular skills. Here are some ways
in which the two tests differ:
- Unlike the SAT, the ACT test includes a science section.
- Unlike the ACT, the current SAT has a guessing penalty.
- Unlike the current SAT, the ACT tests trigonometry.
- The vocabulary on the SAT is more difficult than that on the ACT.
- The New SAT will not have a guessing penalty
- The New SAT will include trigonometry
Ultimately, the best way to tell which test is better for you is to try writing
each test. Of course, before you commit to either the ACT or SAT, check the
application material from your schools of interest to ensure that they accept
the test you plan to take. When trying out each test, be sure to write the
appropriate SAT test (current or the new test in 2016).
Should I take an SAT class or private tutoring?
Both our SAT classes and private
SAT tutoring services offer thorough preparation in terms of the strategy
and substance of the SAT. The private tutoring option is best suited for those
who work best in a one-on-one context. These students might include those
with special learning needs or those who want to focus on only one of the
three sections of the SAT. The class option is an excellent choice for those
who enjoy the classroom environment. Teamwork, friendly competition, and laughter
are important aspects of our classes.
If I need SAT tutoring, do I need to sign-up for the complete tutoring
No. We offer tutoring per session in addition to the complete tutoring package.
We recommend tutoring per session for those students who are unsure about
how many sessions they need and also want to just try out tutoring to see
if it might be effective for them.
What are the main differences between Ivy Global's SAT classes?
At Ivy Global, we offer three types of classes: the three-week summer course,
the one-week crash course, and the eight-week course.
The three-week summer course (60 hours total) offers the most intensive,
detailed test preparation, with ample time for students to practice writing
in true test conditions. Both the content and strategies of the SAT are covered
in depth. Students take four full practice exams during the three-week course.
Daily homework assignments are given, with options provided to busier students.
This course is also available for students taking the new SAT in 2016.
The one-week crash course (24 hours total) offers a condensed introduction
to the most successful SAT strategies. The class meets every day and includes
a review of the substantive material tested on the SAT. Students take a mini-diagnostic
SAT as well as one full practice test during the weeklong course.
The eight-week course (32 hours total) covers the same material as the one-week
crash course, with more practice time built into the classes. Given that this
course often runs during the school year, homework assignments are flexible,
with a minimum core amount of homework and optional additional homework assigned.
Students take a mini-diagnostic SAT at the beginning of the course and finish
with a full test on the last day.
Learn more about our classes.
Will the student be taking practice exams during classes?
Yes. Experiencing the test under accurate test conditions is an integral
element of test preparation. In each of our classes, students take practice
exams and also write a substantial number of practice sections in true test
conditions. Our longer courses (the three-week summer courses) offer more
What is a typical class like?
A typical class consists of a combination of lecture-based explanation, individual
practice sections, and collaborative discussion. Our small classes make it
possible for teachers to respond directly to student concerns about particular
questions or concepts. Our instructors maintain a relaxed atmosphere. A typical
class ends with our famous vocabulary game, fueled by friendly competition
Will students forget some things they learned in class between the
course and the test?
It is certainly vital for students to review course material after the course
has ended until the date of the test. However, in general we recommend that
students take the course early in their test prep schedule, to allow for maximum
time to practice strategies and test-taking techniques. Students may find
that they can continue to improve upon their weaknesses by reviewing, drilling,
and writing additional practice tests while utilizing the strategies they’ve
learned in our prep courses.
My son or daughter needs particular help with one section of the
SAT. Does your program address individual needs?
All of our SAT prep classes strive to respond to the particular needs of
our students. The instructors are trained to maximize class time according
to the individual student's strengths and weaknesses.
Nonetheless, for a student who has truly mastered two of the three sections
of the SAT I (Math, Reading, and Writing), one-on-one
SAT tutoring may be the optimal choice.
What if I need more help after an SAT class?
We recommend taking one-on-one private SAT tutoring
sessions if you need additional help. This provides a tailored curriculum
for the areas you need particular help with.
Can I take your SAT courses to prepare for the PSAT?
Yes. The material on the SAT is very similar to the material on the PSAT.
What is your registration and cancellation policy?
We do offer partial refunds for cancellations made at least 1 week prior
to the class start. For refunds involving any of our services, a 5% administration
fee will be applied. View Full
Do you offer other services for students interested in applying to
In addition to our SAT prep program, we also offer education consulting services.
Our consulting services are comprised of both long-term strategic consulting
(for younger students) and also application packaging (for senior high school
students commencing the college application process.)
See here for more
information about our consulting services.