We offer personalized test prep programs for the SAT® test taught by passionate and experienced instructors. Choose to attend classes live online or in person at one of our four tutoring centers located throughout Dallas-Fort Worth.
Why Take the SAT Test?
The SAT test is used for admission and scholarships by colleges across the country. The test has two sections: Math and English-Based Reading and Writing (at KD, we call it “verbal”). The test covers reading comprehension, grammar, and math concepts and is scored on a scale ranging from 400-1600.
KD College Prep offers three options for students looking for online or in-person preparation for the SAT test: test prep courses, individual tutoring, or a combination of the two. To discuss the best fit for your teen, sign up for a free consultation with our college prep experts.
What Is a Good SAT Score?
A perfect score on the SAT test is a 1600, but you don’t have to be perfect to get into your dream college. Your score goal will depend on where you want to apply to college. The average national score is about 1060. But if you want to go to a highly competitive school like Harvard, you will need a score in the 1470-1570 range. Read more about what is considered a good SAT score.
Test Prep Courses for the SAT Test
Since 1992, KD College Prep has helped students prepare for the SAT test. We offer a variety of in-person and live online test prep programs for 7th-12th grade students. KD students typically see a 100-400+ point score increase after going through our programs.
Learn content and strategy for the SAT test in instructor-led lessons that include strategic reading, passage analysis, grammar and usage, algebra, data analysis, geometry, trigonometry, and more. Our degreed, experienced instructors will use our proprietary curriculum to coach students to their highest possible SAT test scores.
Get extra practice, gain confidence, and work toward mastery in instructor-led workshops. Verbal and Math Workshops are offered weekly with new material introduced each Saturday.
Test-week workshops provide additional practice for the question types and pacing found on the SAT test. These sessions are presented in a “quiz-and-review” format and are offered before each national SAT test date.
Practice Tests with Instructor-Led Reviews
Maximize improvement by taking full-length practice tests and reviewing each test in an instructor-led, small-group session.
By analyzing performance and missed questions, students are able to learn from their mistakes and improve performance on future tests.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Students should generally wait until the 11th grade to take the official SAT test. Preparation for the test can begin as early as 9th grade, although some high-performing students are ready to begin in 7th or 8th grade. Our goal for all KD students is to be finished with national testing by the end of the 11th grade. Ideally, this allows students time to spend on the college admissions process before they begin 12th grade. However, students may need to continue to test into their 12th grade year for a variety of reasons. KD works with students until they achieve their testing goals or until high school graduation.
There is no limit to the number of times you can choose to take the SAT test, but we recommend students plan to take the official test at least twice. Students should also take the PSAT test for extra practice whenever it is offered at their school. The PSAT test that’s administered in 11th grade is the only test that counts towards National Merit® consideration. We also offer full-length practice tests to our student to simulate the testing experience, help build endurance, and give a good estimate of how they will perform on test day.
The highest possible score on the SAT test is a 1600, and the lowest score is 400. The test consists of two main sections: Verbal (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing) and Math. Each section is scored from 200-800 points, and the section scores are combined to give you your total score.
The SAT test is about three hours long and consists of a total of 154 questions. The verbal section is divided into two components, Reading and Writing & Language. The math section is also made up of two parts, one with no-calculator and one with calculator. Here’s what to expect:
- Reading: 65 minutes, 52 questions
- Writing & Language: 35 minutes, 44 questions
- Math – No Calculator: 25 minutes, 20 questions
- Math – Calculator: 55 minutes, 38 questions
The best way to improve your test score is to sign up for a test prep program that best meets your needs. We’ve created our test prep programs based on nearly 30 years of helping students reach their SAT test score goals. You can choose to attend in-person or live online test prep classes, prep at your own pace, or sign up for one-on-one tutoring. Sign up for a free consultation with an advisor to create a test prep plan that works best for you.
The SAT and ACT® tests are both widely accepted by most colleges, and the major differences between the two tests are their scoring methods, timing, and test formats. The SAT test is scored out of 1600 points, while an ACT score ranges from 1 to 36 points. You have more time per question on the SAT test. The content on the ACT test is slightly different as it includes a science section, and students may see some higher-level math questions.
Overall, the tests have more similarities than differences, and we typically recommend that a student take both tests to find out which one best aligns with his or her strengths.
The amount of time you set aside to study for the SAT test will vary depending on your schedule. Some students dedicate time daily throughout the school year to prepare for tests, while others decide to prepare on the weekends, during summer break, or during extracurricular off-seasons.
Consistency is key. In general, each student should devote at least five hours per month (but this can vary depending on your score goals and grade level). In the months before a test, you should increase time preparing to as many as 10 hours per month (about 2.5 hours per week). At KD, we help students come up with a test prep timeline that works best for them.
Most students won’t see a significant score increase if they only spend a few weeks preparing for the SAT test. That’s called “cramming,” and waiting until the last minute usually creates more anxiety and chaos than it’s worth. For this reason, we recommend that students begin preparing for tests as early as possible to maximize their chances of reaching their test score goals. Planning early usually leads to the best results.