The SAT focuses primarily on logical reasoning and abstract problem solving. For this reason, it is considered to be a "strategy-based test," because students can boost their scores significantly by implementing specific strategies.

Here are a few important differences between the ACT and SAT:



Speed Test

More questions, less time per question

Straightforward questions, similar to school testing

Four Sections: math, reading, writing and science

Math: all calculator

Optional essay offered

Total time (without essay): 2 hours and 55 min

Total available points: 36


Power Test

Fewer, wordier questions

Requires more critical thinking and analysis

Two sections: reading/writing and math

Math: part calculator and part no calculator

No essay offered

Total time: 3 hours

Total available points: 1600

Our Approach to SAT Test Prep

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  • Diagnostic Test - The student completes a full-length diagnostic test. (Helpful but not always necessary.)
  • Tutor Selection - Educational Connections' test prep tutoring specialist hand-selects a tutor who will best-suit the student's academic needs and personality.
  • Assessment - Educational Connections and your tutor determine the student's strengths, weaknesses, and areas for greatest improvement using a computerized analysis of the diagnostic test results.
  • Program Creation - A custom-designed program with goals is created to enable the tutor to target the areas in greatest need of improvement.
  • Session Structure - Instruction and homework target three key areas: content review, test taking strategies, and simulated test practice.
  • Streamlined Feedback - Parents receive progress reports after each tutoring session, and have access to our online portal, which provides practice test scores and feedback, homework assignments, and scheduling information.

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Educational Connections is the premier provider of virtual and individualized test prep in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. During COVID-19 lockdowns, we’re bringing that superior, one-on-one experience to online platforms for a safe, reliable way to start or continue test prep. Our highly credentialed tutors customize each lesson using research-based strategies for building and strengthening test-taking skills. The caliber of our tutors and the proven approach they use help students prepare, not just better but, faster.

Instead of a generic, one-size-fits-all program, Educational Connections' tutors quickly assess strengths and weaknesses. Since no time is wasted on what students already know, each session targets areas where improvements will have the greatest impact on test scores. In addition, our experienced tutors know how to use test prep strategies that play to the strengths of each student's learning style.

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