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The SAT Success Formula!

SAT stands for Scholastic Aptitude Test and is a widely used entrance exam for college


Why should your student take the SAT and how will it benefit them?

In a word, SCHOLARSHIPS! Doing well on the SAT can qualify students for scholarship money from colleges and universities. Many academic scholarships are renewable with continued good grades, so scoring well on the SAT could mean shaving quite a bit of money off a four- or six-year degree.

In addition, a good SAT score can help a student get into the college of their choice. Universities are looking for well rounded individuals who have proven leadership abilities, solid grades, and a consistent work ethic. Good students will have all those attributes so a better-than-average SAT score can help highlight current academic achievement and predict a student’s future success.

Another reason to take the SAT when your student is a spring junior as well as when she is a summer/fall/spring senior is college choice. Your student may be thinking she wants to attend junior college, so the SAT doesn’t apply to her. It does! Notoriously speaking, people change their minds a LOT! Your student may ultimately decide to go through with an application to a four-year school. Taking the SAT will expedite the process. Completion of SAT will also allow your student to gauge her score with the published average score of the college she has applied to.

Taking the SAT is important for your student’s resume. Universities, as well as employers, are always looking for students who are mindful of their future and prepare for success. Part of the educational journey is goal setting. Setting the goal of registering, studying, taking the test, and applying for college is a fundamental part of your student’s educational experience. If your student is disappointed with the score report of her first testing, no problem! She does not have to submit those scores. One of the great advantages of the first exam is this: Now you know what to expect. Get in a study class, enroll for the next test date, and take the test again.

When your student takes the SAT, colleges come looking for THEM!

They should opt-in to Student Search Service which allows them to receive free information on scholarships as well as offers from schools. It’s always a self-esteem boost when students realize universities see their value and want them to attend their school. I heard SAT has changed for 2024.

What are the changes?

In the iconic movie, Field of Dreams, a portion of James Earl Jones’s poignant monologue to Kevin Costner is this:

“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball…

Well, it’s not. In our fast paced, ever-changing world, I’m inclined to side with the Greek Philosopher, Heraclitus who said,

“The only constant in life is change.” And SAT is no different. It has changed for 2024. SAT has gone from pencil and paper to all digital.

Here are the other differences between past and current SAT formats:

  • Students can bring their own computer, or they will be given a computer at the

testing site. Please check your registration site for further information regarding computer usage, borrowing, and app requirements.

  • Past SAT exams were designed by sections; the new digital SAT is divided into modules.

  • The test will be shorter – from 3 hours and 45 minutes to 2 hours and 14 minutes. There are now only two modules: Math and Reading/Writing.

  • Each module has performance based, adaptive testing which means that students’ performance on module 1 determines the questions for module 2. Every exam will be different.

  • Each module will contain shorter, more concise questions. Reading passages will be succinct.

  • Scores will be reported quicker – students will only wait a few days compared to weeks.

The new, all-digital SAT format is a reflection of life in 2024: a streamlined experience, shorter time period, direct questioning, computer generated, access to digital tools, and fast result reporting.

How do I best prepare for SAT?

  1. Take practice tests! College Board has released practice exams for the new digital SAT. Plan to take a test weekly or once every two weeks in the months leading up to test day to strengthen your skills, understand which types of questions you should study, and to get familiar with the new format.

  2. Purchase an up-to-date, comprehensive, test prep book which is specific to the SAT digital exam.

  3. Coaching! Thousands of dollars can be spent on voice lessons, guitar lessons, sports coaching, and other athletic endeavors in a young person’s formative years to achieve great results. SAT coaching is no different! Test prep classes offer insightful tips, one- on-one and small group instruction, and employ educators who can answer specific questions. A great teacher, knowledgeable about SAT can be an invaluable resource.

What makes Excel Learning’s SAT Test Prep Course different than all the others?

Excel Learning boasts exceptional, degreed educators who have spent years in their own classroom. Our teachers know the test taking strategies particular to SAT and we teach them to our students. Encouragement, wisdom, and stellar teaching has helped prepare students for their SAT experience for the past four years. Our students tell us they feel empowered by what they learn in our SAT Test Prep Course and the results speak.

Every student who has ever taken our SAT Test Prep Course at Excel Learning has raised their score!

Excel Learning’s SAT Prep Classes are offered strategically through the year. They are a set of three-sessions on held Tuesday nights and include The Princeton Review Digital SAT Book for students.

Call us today for more information on ways we can support your student’s academic success. Let us help your student EXCEL their learning!

To enroll your student, go to or call (817) 754-1011.

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