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College admissions have grown increasingly competitive due to a dramatic increase in the number of applicants. High school students have the option to take new AP classes in subjects such as Chinese Language and Culture, Economics, and Environmental Science. College coursework on a high school student’s transcript has now become standard fare on applications to the most competitive colleges. But A1’s commitment to helping our students maximize their academic potential and realize their educational dreams has not changed. A1’s faculty and staff are true to the principle that the success of our company relies on the success of our students.

A1 OFFERS : • SAT/ACT/PSAT • Academic Tutoring (5th-12th) • The Great Books Program • GPA+ • SSAT - ISEE - HSPT Preparation • Individualized Tutoring • Leadership Development • CHSPE, GED

All sessions at A1 take place in a distraction-free private classroom; sessions include one on one private tutoring along with other sessions with a small group of students with a student teacher ratio of 3:1, which will definitely increase the work environment dramatically.

A1's distinct advantage is the customized and individualized instruction that each child receives from our tutors. Tutors work with only a few students at a time, and all of our classes adapt to our students’ learning speed. The material is presented to support our students’ individual interests, strengths, and learning styles.

Some students take the SAT in 7th or 8th grade in order to apply for certain talent-identification programs. If you take the SAT this early, however, you will need to retake the test in high school, even if you do very well, as colleges expect a relatively recent score to indicate how good a student you are now.

It depends what you mean by preparation. It's never too early to build fundamental academic skills. Reading a large number of books is the best way to get a head start on learning vocabulary and critical reading. Very young students will not benefit much from memorizing vocabulary lists, however, or from drills with actual SAT questions. Unless you need to take the test early for a scholarship program, wait at least until you have completed Algebra-I and Geometry. Most students start studying for the SAT by the fall of junior year.

It's often to your advantage to guess. The quarter point deduction for multiple-choice questions adjusts for the chance that you may randomly guess the correct answer to a problem. So random guessing is unlikely to raise or lower your score significantly. In other words, random guessing usually has the same effect as leaving the question blank. However, if you can eliminate any answer choices because you are confident that they are wrong, you should guess from the remaining choices. Each eliminated answer choice increases chances you will get the right answer. In non-random guessing, you will, on average, gain more points for correct guesses than you will lose for incorrect ones.

There is no limit to the number of times you can take the SAT, but students who take the SAT many times often find their scores do not improve significantly with each retake. If you have already taken the SAT several times, it may make sense to retake it if you have been studying hard and improving your basic skills. If you are simply hoping to get lucky and raise your score a little, you're probably wasting your time and money.

That depends on where you're planning to apply. At the most selective schools, SAT Subject Tests can be just as important as the SAT or ACT. Each college has its own guidelines regarding Subject Tests. For example, Caltech, Columbia, Harvard, MIT, and Princeton all require at least two Subject Tests. Other schools (and particular programs within those schools) recommend or strongly recommend certain SAT Subject Tests. Many schools don't require or explicitly recommend them, but will consider Subject Test results when making their admissions decisions. If you're planning to apply to the University of California, you should know that each UC campus has different recommendations and requirements, so be sure to carefully check the admissions requirements and recommendations for every school you're considering. Generally speaking, you should take two or three SAT Subject Tests in the areas that will showcase your talents the most. Do you think you'll score best in Chemistry and Physics? Add those to your list. If you're planning to major in English or Pre-Law, the Literature and U.S. History Subject Tests might be good choices. Take the SAT Subject Tests that you will score the best on, and the ones that fulfill the requirements of the schools to which you're going to apply.