The New SAT

Beginning in March 2016 the format of the SAT will be changing.  In many ways it will be similar to the ACT.  Instead of many short (25 minute) sections, there will now be longer sections – one reading section of 65 minutes, a writing and language section of 35 minutes, a math, no calculator, section …

Is it fair to provide prep classes that not everyone can afford?

I did have a problem with this issue, so I began offering scholarships for my classes, both partial and full, depending on financial need. I’m sad to say that in the twenty years that I’ve offered these scholarships, only a handful of students have applied for them. About ten years ago I was hired by …

What makes a great teacher?

One time a few years back I was considering hiring teachers to expand my SAT prep business. I was thinking of what qualities I would look for and which I would emphasize if I were to train teachers. Knowledge of the subject and the ability to communicate clearly are of course important. But what came …

Can taking the SAT be fun?

I assume most people would answer no to this question. I will grant you that it wouldn’t be fun the way going to Disneyland is fun, but there are many types of fun. It would fit more in the category of playing chess, or doing crossword or other word puzzles or sudokus, for example. People …

Why take a prep class?

A class can help a student in many ways. Many students (or their parents) buy review books and rarely if ever open them. It’s difficult for students to have the motivation to read through the material in the large, daunting books and also take practice tests. Even if they are able to do this, most …

Why take Schulman’s SAT prep class?

Why take Schulman’s SAT prep class?

Parents sometimes ask me what the difference is between my class and some other class (usually the name of a big company).  I say the difference is me. I’m often surprised how adults can forget their own experiences in school. By far the most important element in the success of a class is the teacher. …

What do we do in a SAT prep class?

What do we do in a prep class?

Most of the time in a prep class is spent going over techniques to solve math and reading questions. We go over previous questions and when solving them we learn the content required for the test as well as the best approach to the questions. In math, there are a number of questions requiring Alg …

How much do students improve by taking my class?

This is a question that many parents ask. Unfortunately it is impossible to predict. Many test prep companies include in their advertising: “guaranteed 100 (or 200?) point improvement!” I put a similar statement on my first class brochure. A student came up to me the first day of class and asked if I could really …