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SAT Preparation

The Summa SAT Test Preparation program emphasizes a strategic test-taking approach and individualized, focused learning to get you the best possible test scores.

Our Approach Includes

  • Familiarization of test formats and question types
  • Test Edge™ strategies for improving test-taking techniques
  • Strategies for solving every type of test problem
  • Comprehensive reading, writing, and vocabulary review
  • Simplified, easy-to-learn method for writing high-scoring essays
  • Individualized homework to target specific areas of weakness

Current Class Schedules

SAT & SSAT Preparation Courses

SAT Reading Foundation

SAT Standard

SAT Intermediate

SAT Advanced Math & Writing

SAT Advanced Critical Reading

SSAT

In this class, students read and discuss high school essays and SAT passages to develop critical reading skills. Vocabulary is an important component of the class. This course is appropriate for students who need to build a strong reading foundation before enrolling in SAT Standard Level.

TARGET SCORE: 380-490
COURSE DURATION: 62 hours

This course offers an introduction to SAT Math, Critical Reading, and Writing. It is designed to help students build fundamental academic skills and become familiar with the test’s format and timing. Standard Level is appropriate for students who need to address specific weakness areas and increase their overall score before moving to SAT Intermediate.

PRE-REQUISITE: 380+ on Critical Reading
TARGET SCORE: 1300-1690
COURSE DURATION: 62 hours

This course covers the three tested subject areas of the SAT: Math, Writing, and Critical Reading. It focuses on developing academic skills and test strategies for solving all varieties and levels of questions students will encounter on the exam. Students will practice test-taking techniques and build confidence for the test. Upon completion of the course, students will have all of the necessary skills to perform at a high level on the SAT.

PRE-REQUISITE: 1300+ on SAT and 450+ on Critical Reading
TARGET SCORE: 1700-2200+
COURSE DURATION: 62 hours

This course is an extension of SAT Intermediate and is designed to help students achieve scores of 700-800 on both the Math and Writing sections. It provides an extensive review of over 1,000 higher-difficulty Math and Writing questions categorized by type. Students will master each question type by learning common patterns and corresponding strategies. Regular practice tests are given to gauge improvement and refine test-taking skill and timing.

PRE-REQUISITE: 600+ on Math and 550+ on Writing
TARGET SCORE: 700-800
COURSE DURATION: 47 hours

This course is an in-depth examination of the Reading Comprehension section of the SAT. Course material is drawn exclusively from SAT reading passages, with approximately 70 passages, 500 questions, and 800 vocabulary words being covered, analyzed, and explained. Students will become familiar with both analytical and narrative style passages, and overall reading comprehension skills will be improved.

PRE-REQUISITE: 550+ on Critical Reading
TARGET SCORE: 600-700+
COURSE DURATION: 62 hours

For students currently in grades 8-11. This course focuses on math strategy, vocabulary, critical reading, and writing skills that will be tested on the SSAT Upper Level exam. Students will learn efficient test-taking strategies and take two full-length practice exams, which will help relieve test-taking anxiety and allow students to achieve high percentile scores.

STUDENTS: Grades 8-11
COURSE DURATION: 62 hours

Reading and Writing
Enrichment

The Reading and Writing Enrichment Program focuses on similar goals for all classes. The difference between the classes lie in the difficulty of text, the complexity of questions assigned, and the degree of sophistication expected in written responses. Each class meets between three and four hours per week. The length of the class is one full academic year. Students can join at any time during the school year. A teacher/student meeting will take place a minimum of once every 10 weeks or upon parent request to discuss student progress.

Year 6/7 Enrichment

Year 8/9 Enrichment

College Reading & Writing Enrichment

» This class is designed primarily for students in the 6th and 7th grade. However, exceptions can be made depending on student skill level.

» In the class, students will be exposed to rigorous and engaging texts. Students will read from a variety of sources, including novels, newspaper articles, and short stories.

» Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they’ve read. This stresses critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in high school, college, career, and life. Students will respond to questions in both discussion and written format.

» Students will increase sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax, to the development and organization of ideas.

» This class is designed primarily for students in the 8th and 9th grade. However, exceptions can be made depending on student skill level.

» Students will be exposed to rigorous and engaging texts. Students will read from a variety of sources, including novels, newspaper articles, and short stories.

» Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they’ve read. This stresses critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in high school, college, career, and life. Students will respond to questions in both discussion and written format.

» Students will increase sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax, to the development and organization of ideas.

This course is designed to emulate a college freshman English class. Readings include short stories, poetry, criticism, and one or two novels. Students will write various types of essays, including one research paper. By the end of the course, students will have improved the critical reading and writing skills necessary to perform well in a variety of college courses.

COURSE DURATION: 30 hours

College Admissions Essay

This course focuses on the reflective essay, which is the essay students write for their college applications, as well as for many college classes. Class readings are used to examine the various components of the essay and its artful execution. Students will also learn a revision process designed specifically for English learners. By the end of this course, students will have written two to three essays that they can submit with their college applications. 

COURSE DURATION: 30 hours

Academic Tutoring

Summa instructors are available for private tutoring on all general high school subjects.