The Advanced Start™ Program for 7th or 8th graders is built upon several foundational elements that all work together to help students achieve maximum success. The program consists of Lessons, Workshops, Practice Tests, and Instructor-Led Test Reviews.
Many families choose the Advanced Start™ Program for high-performing 7th or 8th graders to achieve one or more of the following:
- To get an early start on preparing for the PSAT/NMSQT® and SAT® tests
- To challenge students with early exposure to advanced curriculum
Please Note: Advanced Start students will participate in activities alongside high school students, working on high-school-level material specifically for the SAT test. The Advanced Start Program generally runs from June-April each year.
Let’s take a look at everything that’s included in the Advanced Start Program.
New students take an initial diagnostic test to establish a baseline score to help track progress throughout the program and in some cases help place the student into a class section with similarly scoring students. This would be done one time before attending the initial set of lessons.
During the registration process, students and their families choose a live online orientation session to attend before beginning their initial set of lessons.
Understanding the program is the key to a student’s success and in turn leads to the highest score increases. Plus, it’s a great time to ask questions! Families also will attend grade-level specific college planning seminars each year for additional guidance and resources (see “College Planning & Guidance Seminar” below).
This course includes one set of unique lessons for the PSAT and SAT tests.
These two-hour, lecture-style classes use our proprietary curriculum, updated every year to reflect changes in the national testing environment. Lessons teach students content and concepts from the national tests, how to approach question types, and how to apply specific strategies to get answers quickly and confidently.
There are 14 scheduled class times: six math lessons, six verbal lessons, a post-lesson diagnostic test, and a post-lesson diagnostic test review.
Please note: Advanced Start™ students participate in activities alongside high school students.
Advanced Start students will also have access to the KD Student Portal for extra instruction, practice, and registration for various program activities.
Each lesson contains 30-45 minutes of homework specific to that lesson for extra practice. Homework answers and explanations are found within the student portal.
Students are also given a vocabulary workbook, created by the KD curriculum team.
Advanced vocabulary is found on both the reading and writing passages of the tests and often makes answer choices more challenging. Continued vocabulary practice makes navigating those parts of the tests more effective. We recommend students complete two units per month.
Advanced Start students will have a total of 24 unique vocabulary units available to them.
Instructor-led workshops provide year-round, targeted practice and mastery of content and strategies for the tests’ most challenging material. From the beginning of their program, we recommend students attend at least four hours of workshops every month for as long as they are enrolled at KD. Students joining Advanced Start Program will NEVER see the same curriculum twice during their time at KD.
Our workshops feature new curriculum weekly, and bonus workshops are available during SAT and ACT test weeks and holidays.
Full-length practice tests for the SAT test help students build mental endurance and put it all together.
After taking a practice test, students receive a detailed test analysis identifying their strengths and weaknesses.
Instructor-led reviews for each practice test allow students to learn what was missed, why they missed it, and how to avoid similar mistakes on future tests. Each test is followed by an instructor-led review.
Advanced Start™ students will focus on the SAT test only since that will be the first test they might see in middle school or early high school.
What payment options are available?
- Pay in full: $899
- Pay in installments:$500 down plus one monthly payment of $419
- Total Cost of $919
You may choose to pay online during registration, over the phone, or in person at one of our campuses. Payment must be received before attending orientation or any activity.
A $50 nonrefundable administrative fee is included in the cost of all programs.
A $50 shipping fee will apply for out of area students or those who choose to have materials shipped (covers shipping for the duration of the program). Fee will be automatically added if you select the virtual campus at checkout.
We accept cash, check, or credit card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover).
(if paid in full) — Includes a nonrefundable $50 administrative fee.
* An installment plan option is available at checkout. A $50 shipping fee will apply for out of area students or those who choose to have materials shipped (covers shipping for the duration of the program).