After extensive research the College Board has decided to make changes to the SAT for those taking it in 2016. However, you shouldn’t be worried one bit because Sapneil Tutoring has you covered! We’ve been aware of these changes and have already prepared lesson plans to adjust to those students taking the SAT in 2016. Please be aware of the following major changes:
- No penalty for wrong answers. Students will want to answer every question on the SAT since there will no longer be a penalty for wrong answers. Currently, students are unfortunately penalized 1/4 points for every wrong answer.
- The essay portion will become optional. Many colleges will likely require that students complete the essay, but technically, it will be optional.
- Also, the type of essay students are asked to write will be different than the type of essay students are currently asked to write. In the words of the College Board, “students will read a passage and explain how the author builds an argument. They’ll need to support their claims with evidence from the passage.” The actual essay question (what the College Board calls the “essay prompt”) will be “shared in advance and remain consistent.” What will change
If you’re confused about whether you should look into private tutoring versus group tutoring for your standardized testing needs, then look no further. At Sapneil Tutoring, our niche is private 1-on-1 tutoring and we’ll explain why. After years of research into our own student’s performances, we found that private 1-on-1 tutoring was the most effective tool in attaining the highest scores possible.
We were founded in 2010 on Sapneil’s belief in disruption and being apart of large educational movements that encourage and empower students and parents of all backgrounds. A student himself, Sapneil found that through all his years of schooling and his own need for test prep, private tutoring was the way to go. A victim of the big box tutoring companies, Sapneil found himself in his earlier years stuck in these large classes of about 30-40 students with no accountability from the tutor, let alone the tutoring company. How can one class focused on tutoring broadly cater to the individual student? Well, it doesn’t.
For those of you that did take a group tutoring class with one of these big box companies, did you ever take a diagnostic exam BEFORE the class began? Of course you didn’t. Your …Read More
In the wake of a decision to redesign the SAT, top admissions officers from around the country emphasize that the test is only a small part of what gets a student accepted.
Admissions officers at top-ranked universities do not use the SAT to determine whether a student is college-ready.
Instead, SAT scores help colleges interpret students’ overall academic performance in relation to the national applicant pool.
“Generally speaking, the SAT is not very important,” said Marilyn McGrath, director of undergraduate admissions at No. 1 ranked Harvard College. “It helps us calibrate a student’s grades.”
Jarrid Whitney, executive director of admissions and financial aid at the California Institute of Technology (No. 10) said that although many of Cal Tech’s admitted students have high test scores, those are not the primary factor considered in the application process.…
A Look at 2013 College Admissions Statistics
For parents and students making their college decisions, some data compiled by The New York Times may add some perspective to the college admission process.
The Choice published its 2013 listing of college admission statistics at a range of institutions. Click on the link to see their numbers.
Among the trends in college admissions 2013:
1. Applicant pools are growing larger. The University of Southern California received applications from 57,000 students. That’s 10,000 more than they received just two years ago.
2. Colleges are becoming more selective. In some of the more extreme examples, at Harvard, the admit rate dipped to 5.79 percent. At Yale, 6.72 percents of 29,600 applicants were accepted. Stanford accepted 5.69 percent of its more than 38,800 applicants. The University of Chicago accepted only 8.8 percent of its more than 30,300 applicants.
3. Holistic college admissions make acceptances and rejections a vastly more complex and unpredictable process.
4. Colleges are more concerned about their rankings and, as a result, are working to appear more selective. It’s a trend that reeks of negativity, but the more students a college rejects, the more appealing they look.
5. (In defense of the
Attention Parents: Changes to Florida Scholarships
Changes to Florida Scholarships : Please call Sapneil at 305-968-6364 if you have any questions/concerns about the new criteria:
Breaking News Impacting Florida Residents: Changes to Bright Futures Scholarships Criteria Make Them Harder to Get
From: ICC (International College Counselors)
Florida’s Bright Futures recently released new test score requirements for its scholarships. Students entering college in fall 2014 will need much higher ACT or SAT scores than in the past.
Under the new rules, the minimum ACT score required to get the scholarship will increase to 26 from 21. Alternately, students must have an 1170 SAT score, up from 980 (for two sections, Math and Critical Reading).
The 3.0 GPA requirement remains the same, but 4.0 students won’t qualify if they don’t score high enough on the ACT or SAT college entrance exams.
The law was designed to cut some of the $300 million Bright Futures Lottery-funded budget. This year, 132,447 students received the scholarships. Next year, the expectation is that 20,000 fewer students will receive them.
There are bills currently in the Florida House and Senate that would stop the tougher requirements from going into effect, but it’s unclear how much support they …
Sapneil Provides SAT, ACT, PSAT, PLAN Tutoring/Consulting in Miami FL
Sapneil Tutoring offers free initial diagnostic consultations to ensure that we can transform your current study circumstance from frustration to freedom. Every student that first contacts Sapneil Tutoring Inc. is given a free, no-strings attached initial consultation from our office here in Miami, FL. Whether its asking about Sapneil’s elite test preparation programs, small group courses or just a general question about the college admissions process in Miami and surrounding areas, Sapneil has the right answer for you and if he doesn’t, someone from his team of expert tutors, college faculty and college counselors has the right answer for you. Sapneil Tutoring Inc. is committed to providing accurate information that can help your child succeed and become the best student possible. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 305-968-6364 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.…Read More