Ivy Bound PSAT Class
Ivy Bound is dedicated to helping students reach National Merit recognition. Ivy Bound’s PSAT sessions are primarily for those who studied for the ACT and now want to score well on the PSAT. This class specifically targets the PSAT 11 (the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). Students concerned with only the PSAT 10 or PSAT 9 will be aided by learning at this level, but Ivy Bound recommends enlisting a tutor for at least one session devoted to the PSAT 10 or PSAT 9.
For private tutoring, sessions can be scheduled any times. For group classes, we offer a three-Saturday progression: Sept 26, Oct 3 and Oct 10. We meet from 10:00am – 3:00pm EST, with a 20 minute break. On each date, the first 175 minutes are for practice testing and scoring. This will be via Zoom with a countdown clock visible on each student’s computer. After the break, we then review difficult questions from the test and examine strategies to complete the questions.
Ivy Bound’s PSAT teachers are hired for their clarity, enthusiasm, empathy, and high test knowledge. All hold top 1% scores on SAT or ACT, and are versatile with online delivery. As a firm, Ivy Bound is known for its students’ success. Ivy Bound’s ACT students report on average 13.6 section-point improvements. 20 to 28 section-point improvements (5 to 7 composite points) are very realistic for hardworking participants. On the SAT, Ivy Bound’s diligent students report 140 point average improvements, and 200+ point improvements are very realistic.
If PSAT students wish to continue practice testing for the SAT in November or December, they are welcome to join us for two additional full-length practice tests on subsequent Saturdays. The reviews of these SATs are held on Sunday nights from 9:15 to 10:45pm on Zoom.
SAT Materials, Licensing, and Enlistment.
The bulk of the ML&E covers intellectual property – Ivy Bound does not sell its SAT materials to anyone but its clients. The problem sets and the strategies therein are unique and highly helpful for students.
The other components are:
Practice Tests – these are held 2 or more weekend times each month.
Practice Test reviews – Online conferences each Sunday night following a Practice Test.
Zoom Reviews – 50 minute sessions 2x a week with a tutor who explains home study questions.
This product, ML&E, is strongly encouraged. Ivy Bound’s tutors are versed in the strategies herein and in many of the practice problems. It plays to the tutors’ strengths. Also, the Zoom reviews are a component of the Guarantee Agreement.
The PSAT in GENERAL
The PSAT does not enter in college admissions evaluations. Its sole use is as the qualifying test for $2500 National Merit Scholarships. These are awarded to the top 0.5% of students in each state.
The PSAT can impact a student as early as high school. Students will be placed in honors courses based on their PSAT score, and some college coaches will view a PSAT score to help fill out the recruiting class’ “go to” list. Some merit scholarships are still based on the PSAT as well. These often exceed the $2500 National Merit amount.
Students who want to excel on the PSAT but who did not take the ivy Bound ACT class should take the complete SAT class. See those schedules at https://ivybound.net/test-prep-classes/college-test-prep/
The ACT / SAT in Comparison to PSAT
Far more than the PSAT, the ACT and SAT are what count. Admissions are greatly based on these tests and larger scholarships are driven by high scores on the SAT/ACT, not the PSAT. While PSAT awards cap at $2500, the merit-based scholarships given by colleges based on a good GPA and a high ACT or SAT score can exceed $25,000 and are renewable for four years. (Ivy Bound’s students earn on average over $100,000 in four-year awards.)
Thus, PSAT study should be at the end, or in the middle of, serious study for the SAT or ACT. The skills tested on the PSAT are exactly those given on the SAT, and close to those given on the ACT. So PSAT study is not a detour; it’s almost certainly an enhancement to a student’s SAT and ACT success.
The SAT / ACT covers a large amount of material that students learn in high school, but also includes questions, topics, and skills not demanded in high school. Because these are highly published standards, they are also highly coachable.
Our ACT/SAT tutors are excellent test takers themselves, who know the tests inside and out. An ACT/SAT tutor is able to help you learn both the material that is on the test and the proper strategies for learning how to answer correctly. Tutoring sessions are generally split between learning how to read the test and reviewing the material that students have to learn to be competent on the test.
The best part of working with a tutor is the individual attention to your progress. In full length courses, Ivy Bound tutors masterfully work with students. They learn their student’s strengths and weaknesses to use that information so they can make a relevant tutoring sessions. ACT/SAT tutors at Ivy Bound focus on content, and where needed, add test-taking and time management strategies to help students on test day. When working with an Ivy Bound tutor in full-length courses, we expect our students to become confident and have the skills to get the score they desire.
Current Ivy Bound students can get a $75 discount if they sign up today!
Ivy Bound Private Tutoring
Private tutoring is Ivy Bound’s most requested service. Students everywhere love private tutoring because it offers four benefits to your learning:
1) a tutor can meet you on a flexible schedule
2) session length is also flexible, 1-3 hours is standard, but we work with your needs
3) a tutor can tailor the work to your abilities and interests
4) a tutor can pace the learning at the pace YOU want.
In addition to the confidentiality, private tutoring allows the student to learn in their own style. The tutor is there to lead them along their path to academic greatness. Try one of our private tutors today and see results in the classroom and on exams!
Ivy Bound Classes
Do you work better with having a class agenda? Would you prefer a set time every week for an additional class? Then try out an Ivy Bound class! Our classes meet on different schedules, but choosing one that works for you is very simple. Classes meet with a teacher and complete a full agenda to help you with whatever subject you need.
Our classes are advantageous for three types of students:
1) those who want a lower price for great academic results
2) one who is more comfortable with dynamic group work
3) those who like a “classroom” setting.
Our online classes are conducted formally with strict starting times and break times. The structure keeps our staff and students consistent. Is your student shy when asking questions in the classroom? Fear no more! The online classroom experience allows for questions to be asked anonymously, so there is no pressure if a student is having a difficult time learning a specific topic. In the online classroom setting, all students have the ability to be active and learn effectively.
Ivy Bound Groups
Can’t make our class times? Do you learn better with a group dynamic? Then try out one of our group sessions! Groups meet every week at a designated time. Pay a monthly fee to drop in for any of our group meeting times and receive help from an Ivy Bound tutor! Our groups span four consistent dates each month. Students are able to attend for 90 minutes on each group date.
Can’t make a predetermined group meeting time? Then start your own group! Ivy Bound allows students to form their own group and choose what time they would like to meet. Simply tell us how many students you have, when you would like to meet, and Ivy Bound takes care of the rest.
Let Ivy Bound tutors help assist you in achieving academic success!