Students often complain that they feel lost and ignored in big classes that lump together individuals with different capabilities. The embarrassment of slowing down the class and the frustration of having to go too slowly for others are a waste of your time and investment. Rather than fit a student into a pre-existing category like big firms do, MAP takes the time to view every test-taker as a unique individual, building a customized program around each student.
Most tutors with big companies shuffle through the revolving employment door every few months. Their loyalty is not to these companies, and that means their commitment to you is minimal. They have nothing to benefit from developing a long-term relationship with you and thus have no incentive to ensure you succeed with your work. Not so with MAP. Our tutors are profoundly devoted to each student’s success and we take as much pride in a student’s work as we would take in our own. Our dedication is, in a word, personal.
The specialist tutors for any given exam (eg, SAT, SAT IIs, ACT, etc) communicate with one another regarding each student. For example, the ACT/SAT tutor will talk to the Chem tutor, ensuring that each tutor is aware of any given student’s learning styles and weaknesses. The specialists share the same vision and continually provide useful feedback in order to make the most of the student’s experience. The result is a team of professionals coordinating their efforts so you can achieve all your goals.
The SAT is a multiple-choice test with four sections: Reading, Writing and Language, Math-No Calculator, and Math-Calculator. It also includes an optional essay. The Reading and Writing sections are scaled together, as are the two Math sections. Students receive a Verbal and Math score, each ranging from 200 to 800. The total score ranges from 400 to 1600. The essay is scored separately. It measures three skills, each scored from 0 to 8. (Note that the SAT was recently revamped and these scoring standards are current as of March 2016. Students with test scores earned prior to March 2016 will have three sectional scores and a total possible score of 2400.)
The ACT is a multiple-choice test that covers four subject areas: English, Math, Reading, and Science. There is also an optional Writing section. The test runs about three and a half hours. Each of the four sections is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, and students receive a Composite score, which is a simple average of the four sectional scores. The optional Writing (essay) section is scored from 2 to 12.
Colleges use SAT Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to help students determine course selection. Formerly known as SAT II Subject Tests, these exams measure a student’s knowledge and skills, as well as their application, in various academic subjects. There are five categories of subject tests (Mathematics, English, Language, Science, and History) that cover a total of twenty tests, each an hour long.
With Advanced Placement Exams, students can earn college credit or advanced standing at most of the nation’s colleges and universities. Strong scores on these exams can also offer a competitive edge when applying to college. There are 37 courses and exams spanning 22 subject areas. Exams are scored on a 1 to 5 scale; a 3 is required to pass, although a higher score may be necessary to earn college credit (individual colleges will have their own policies, most of which are available for view on the College Board’s website).
The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is an exam for entrance into private elementary, middle, and high schools, grades four through twelve. It consists of three levels: an Elementary Level (for students currently in grades three and four), a Middle Level (for students currently in grades five through seven) and an Upper Level (for students currently in grades eight through eleven). The Elementary Level takes about two hours, while the Middle and Upper Levels last about three. The SSAT consists of multiple-choice questions and an unscored writing sample. The multiple-choice questions are divided into four sections: two math, one verbal, and one reading comprehension.
The Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) is a three-hour exam for entrance into private middle and high schools, grades five through twelve. It consists of three levels: a Lower Level (for students currently in grades five and six), a Middle Level (for students currently in grades seven and eight), and an Upper Level (for students in grades nine and above). The ISEE consists of multiple-choice questions and an unscored writing sample. The multiple-choice questions are divided into four sections: Mathematics Achievement, Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension.
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a three and a half hour test for admission to graduate-level business programs. The test, offered only on computer, includes four sections: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative (Math), and Verbal. The Quantitative and Verbal sections are both scored on a scale of 0 to 51. The Analytical Writing section is scored on a scale of 0 to 6, in half-point increments, while the Integrated Reasoning section is scored from 1 to 8 in single-digit intervals. Total score is reported on a scale of 200 to 800 and is based solely on the Quantitative and Verbal scores; Writing and Integrated Reasoning do not affect total score.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a three hour test for admission to graduate school. The exam includes three sections: Quantitative (Math), Verbal, and Analytical Writing. The Quantitative and Verbal sections are scored on a scale of 130 to 170. The Analytical Writing section is scored on a scale of 0 to 6, in half-point increments.
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a three and a half hour test for admission to law school. The test includes three sections: Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, and Analytical Reasoning. It also includes a Writing section, which is not scored but is sent with the application to law schools. The test is scored on a scale of 120 to 180.