More Than SAT Tutoring—The RRLS Strategy

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SAT preparation at Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space in downtown Toronto is taught by real certified teachers with years of experience teaching one to one and in classrooms, as well as coaching students for standardized tests. Many of our test prep specialists have studied in the US, and have taken the SAT themselves. All members of our test prep team have subject specialties, and are highly skilled in not only teaching test strategy, but meeting students at their academic levels.

We maximize preparation time by assessing students’ in-test performance baselines, and planning lessons to address their specific strengths and challenges. Teachers adapt test-taking strategies and the content of lessons to the needs and skills of each student. Our SAT prep is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, as students need to learn the strategies and content that will work best with their learning styles.

 

What Sets Us Apart?

Instead of focusing on the typical blanket approach to test preparation, our program approaches preparing for the SAT in a unique way. Students begin their preparation with a full SAT practice test. After an in-depth analysis of the results, our test prep team creates an individualized plan for each student that focuses on:

 Their unique strengths and areas for improvement
 An in-depth review of the material on the exam
 Test-taking strategies and tips

 

SAT students receive:

Professional, knowledgeable teaching in a one-to-one or group setting
Timed practice tests that simulate the actual SAT experience (RRLS uses official SAT tests)
Thorough, in-depth written analyses of practice tests detailing specific strengths and areas for improvement
Practice test follow-up consults with the test prep director
30, 16, or 10 hours of teaching (additional hours can be added to plans)
A copy of ‘Princeton Review’s Cracking the SAT study guide, including practice tests and drills
 Supplementary drills, reference sheets, and practice tests specific to the needs of the student
Extensive lessons on common questions that appear on the SAT
Personalized test-taking strategies
 Thorough review of practice tests
Guided practice essay-writing techniques for the new SAT essay format (as of Fall 2015)
Support in time-management and organization with SAT/school/extracurricular commitments

 

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 SAT FAQ

The SAT is a standardized test designed and administered by the College Board, a non-profit organization in the United States. The SAT tests a student’s skills and aptitude in critical reading, writing, and mathematics through a series of multiple choice and written response questions. The test lasts roughly 3 hours and 45 minutes. Students can write the SAT anytime between grades 10 through 12, although most write it in grade 11 or 12. The test is used by most American post-secondary institutions as part of their admission process to determine whether a student’s academic performance meets their admissions criteria. Click here to learn about the changes to the SAT.
Both the ACT and SAT are used by admissions departments of top American colleges. Tests differ in format and content, and some students prefer writing one or the other. Learn more about the differences here.
High SAT scores can greatly improve students’ chances of acceptance into the American post-secondary institutions they prefer.
Thorough test preparation is vital for SAT success because strong test-performance is different than strong content knowledge; it is a learned skill.  Comprehensive test preparation familiarizes students with the exam material and effective test-taking strategies, enhancing confidence, and providing a competitive edge. If a student enters unprepared, there is a high risk that they will become overwhelmed or frustrated while writing the test, and thus perform poorly.
We hire REAL teachers, who have taught in Ontario and international classrooms. Our teachers are highly experienced in teaching both the SAT and Ontario Curriculum Expectations, and understand the prior knowledge that Toronto students will have when preparing for this American test. Teachers are selected, not only for their skill level, but the ability to relay information in a warm and encouraging manner.
The course is designed for high school students who are planning to attend American post-secondary institutions. Students who need to prepare for the SAT will find this course provides the most up-to-date, detailed, and relevant information for the test. This course is particularly beneficial for students who are intimidated by standardized tests and are unfamiliar with test-taking strategies. We also have significant experience preparing students with learning differences, ADD/ADHD, and Executive Functioning issues.
There will be homework and/ or timed practice sections assigned between lessons. Students are strongly advised to review and complete the homework in order to be successful. Students should discuss their schedules with their Learning Specialist to devise a homework plan that is realistic and effective, and takes into consideration exams, school assignments, and extra-curricular commitments.
Yes. We offer private, semi-private and group classes. In the case of group classes, we partner with Princeton Review.
Lessons are usually 1-2 hours and are scheduled around a student’s personal timetable and his or her official SAT test date. Students should plan to schedule a minimum of two lesson hours per week.
Private and semi-private classes are held a Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space, 720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 504, Toronto. Group classes are held at various Princeton Review locations throughout the GTA.
You can find information on registering for the test, including deadlines and instructions for creating a profile for the test here.
Many students take the SAT between March and June of their grade 11 year. The test is held at various locations. Many students take the official SAT more than once. For more information on test locations, please visit the official site.
The SAT has two main portions: Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. Each of those sections are scored similarly, where every correct answer equates to one point, and both skipped questions and incorrect answers count neither for or against the score. This “Raw Score” is then converted to a “Scaled Score.” The scaled score for both the Math and the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections will fall between 200 and 800. The maximum total combined score is 1600.

The essay portion of the SAT is also scored, with results in three areas (reading, writing, and analysis). The scores from the separate areas are not added together as a total score. The essay score does not count for or against the score out of 1600 from the other two combined sections.

For more information on scoring, please visit the official site.

 

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