Test Prep Courses

How our SAT and ACT Courses Work

  • Classroom courses for 9th, 10th, and/or 11th graders meet once or twice per week for 24 or more hours of instruction
  • Our highly trained, expert instructors teach the classes at your school
  • Course includes three, full-length practice SAT or ACT tests similar to the most up-to-date exams
  • Class begins in the fall or 2-3 months before the test
  • Your choice of flexible scheduling, including during or after school, or on Saturdays

Data-Driven Instruction Raises Test Scores

Academic Approach applies the research-based, data-driven instructional cycle to its test preparation courses   

Assessment – Each class begins with  a diagnostic assessment of each student

Analysis – Results are analyzed to design a custom syllabus for each class

Action – Instruction of skills-based curriculum is implemented to be responsive to student needs

Repeat – Assessment, analysis, and customization of curriculum continue to ensure students experience increases in test scores and improvements in achievement in high school, college, and throughout their careers  

Academic Approach is constantly innovating the best ways to maximize student achievement through direct instruction to students and ongoing teacher support. In Chicago, New York, and Boston, Academic Approach partners with schools to bring our robust, skills-based curriculum to a large student audience in the form of prep courses for the ACT, SAT, PSAT, and High School Entrance Exams.

Each of these standardized tests assess content taught over multiple school years. Often, students have either forgotten many of these skills or never mastered them to the right level of rigor, so Academic Approach classroom courses provide the lesson refreshers and rigorous content your students need. Students walk away with increased confidence, mastery of high-impact skills, and personalized strategies to use on test day.

Each course begins with a diagnostic test, which provides data to customize the course syllabus for each specific student cohort. Students then receive instruction on the group’s most common and immediate needs, focusing on both skills and strategies for success on college-readiness exams.

Our test prep courses include:

Content Expertise

  • Expert instructors with comprehensive knowledge of the ACT, SAT, PSAT, and High School Entrance Exams
  • Academic Approach proprietary course books that include lessons, practice tests, and differentiated practice for every student
  • A diagnostic test and up to 3 practice tests for all students
  • Introduction, review, and practice of essential skills and strategies necessary to meet and exceed vital college-readiness standards

Data Analysis

  • Detailed academic skills analysis of practice tests for each student
  • Aggregated reports with data broken down into skill areas, Common Core State Standards, SAT Domains and Dimensions, and College and Career Readiness Standards for each faculty member
  • A customized syllabus designed for your school and detailed, skill-based reporting for students, faculty, and administrators

Customization

  • Flexible classroom design and program length to fit your school’s needs
  • A variety of scheduling options, including during or after school, or on Saturdays, or during summer session

Every Student is Different

We know our students; each one is unique. That is why our ACT, SAT, and Middle School test prep is customized to each student and school partner.

We improve your students’ standardized testing by tailoring our research-based, expert instruction and curriculum to your needs.

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Every Student is Different

We know our students; each one is unique. That is why our ACT, SAT, and Middle School test prep is customized to each student and school partner.

We improve your students’ standardized testing by tailoring our research-based, expert instruction and curriculum to your needs.

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