The PSAT & SAT Turbo Workshops provide college-bound students with a comprehensive overview of the most effective approaches to the PSAT and SAT. These are ideal options for students with little time to prepare prior to a test. The Turbo Workshops are typically offered shortly before the PSAT or SAT. Students work with rigorous practice tests to ensure they are practicing the skills they will need to have the day of the test. Since the PSAT and the SAT are so similar—the PSAT is slightly shorter than the SAT and does not have an essay—taking either Turbo Workshop will prepare students for either test.
In a typical class, we start by asking students which sections they would most like to cover out of Reading, Writing and Language, and Mathematics. Based on the unique needs of the students in the class, we devote more or less time to particular areas. For each test section we start with strategy and content instruction, followed by teacher-modeling of problem solving. Students then do targeted mini-practice to become familiar with the test questions and comfortable with timing. We also review ways that students can prepare independently going forward, particularly on doing quite a bit of independent reading. Students need only bring a calculator and a pencil – all other materials are provided.
Each of our SAT courses can be taken separately or as part of a sequence—they all use different materials. The Turbo Workshop can be a helpful introduction to the SAT prior to the SAT Intro or SAT Advanced, or it can serve as a good review for students who have already done other classes or tutoring.