Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We did some review of mathematical concepts, and then focused on fractions, percents, and decimals. I gave the student some practice sheets for fractions."
"Today the student and I continued with our verbal review, and also began some studying for the quantitative sections. He has managed to pace himself better, but he still needs to contain his desire to rush a bit more. In terms of the analogies, he showed consistently better improvement in identifying the relationship and selecting between appropriate answers. By the time we switched to quantitative, we had reviewed 7 exercises of which 3 had only one or two wrong answers and 1 had none - a considerable improvement over our initial meeting. Quantitative has also shown improvement. Extrapolating his point score (18.25) from the practice section score, his test score for quantitative would have been about 730, passing our goal of 725. We have raised our goal to a score of 755. He had trouble converting percents into fractions and decimals and vice versa, as well as solving percentage questions (such as the percentage increase of a number x to get to a number y and y expressed as a percentage of x). Because of this, I asked him to do more in chapter exercises and review that section, as well as complete the chapter end quantitative section in order to gauge his overall grasp."
"This was the student's last session before his exam. We worked on the remainder of the practice test, and he finished the reading comprehension and the second half of the quantitative section. We scored his exam once he was finished and then talked about the portions that he missed. On the verbal section, he correctly answered 45/60 questions, resulting in a raw score of 41.25, which translated in the tables at the back of the book to a score of 725, near the 87th percentile. On the quantitative section, he scored 19/25 and 3/25 on the two portions. This corresponds to a score of 614, which puts him in the 18th percentile. On the reading comprehension section, he correctly answered 29/40 questions, which translated to a score of 662 (57th percentile). His performance on this practice test roughly corresponded to a score of 2001, which is over 100 points better than his best performance on the SSAT so far."