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If you're a junior or senior in high school, Varsity Tutors can help you get set up with Raleigh-Durham SAT preparation. After all, chances are you may have begun to think about the college application process, including how to get started with admissions test prep. We can connect you with resources for Raleigh-Durham SAT preparation. Sometimes getting a little extra help in Math, Reading, or Writing and Literature can give you a shot of confidence as you head into the test. Even if you're not preparing to take the SAT this academic year, connecting with an instructor who knows the materials can help you to improve your understanding of the academic topics you're learning in school.

Raleigh-Durham students, including those who attend Durham Academy or East Chapel Hill High School, may have to take the SAT as their college entrance exam. This test is about three hours long and includes three main sections: Reading, Writing and Language, and Math. There's also an optional Writing section. Score ranges in the three main sections start at 200 and go up to 800, although the Writing and Language section and the Reading section scores are merged to come up with a score in the range of 200-800. The composite score ranges from 400 to 1600. If you take the optional Writing Exam, the score range is between 6 and 24.

What can I expect from Raleigh-Durham SAT preparation?

There's a three-hour time limit for the three main sections of the SAT, and an additional 50 minutes to complete your essay. The exam is comprised of multiple choice questions, and your score comes from the number of correct answers that you get. There's no penalty for guessing, and no deduction of points if you get a question wrong.

The Writing and Language Test measures how well you understand sentence structure, and how much you know about punctuation and grammar. Passages focus on how well you decipher context and how that affects your comprehension. You'll be given passages to analyze and then you'll be asked to explain the relevance of different arguments or even to rewrite an argument to strengthen it.

In the Reading section, you'll be asked to read and evaluate written passages from multiple sources from literature, the founding documents of the United States, science-related passages, and a selection from the social sciences. There are 52 questions to answer. This section is meant to measure how well you can use evidence, use context to determine meaning, make your own conclusions, and provide analysis in history, social studies, and science. While these subsections are scored individually, the Writing and Language section and Reading sections are merged to get a score between 200 and 800. Admissions boards will look at your combined scores from Writing and Language and Reading to determine whether you're a good fit for their academic programs.

The Math section includes 58 questions, including some questions where calculators are allowed and some where the use of calculators is prohibited. These questions focus on algebra, problem-solving, data analysis and advanced math skills. This section tests your mathematical fluency, how well you understand linear equations and their graphs, and how well you use math to solve real-world problems.

If you choose to take the SAT Essay section, you'll have an additional 50 minutes to complete this final section. You'll be asked to read a passage and critique the examples meant to support the author's claims, analyze how the author uses reasoning to develop ideas, and how an author uses other elements to make the passage more powerful. The section requires that you write an essay evaluating the argument, citing at least one example of the author's use of reasoning or use of emotional or stylistic elements. You won't be asked to give your opinion, just to critique the author's argument.

How can Raleigh-Durham SAT prep help me?

There are two methods you can choose from for Raleigh-Durham SAT preparation. You can join a group Raleigh-Durham SAT prep course, or you can choose to work one-on-one with a private academic coach. No matter which method of instruction you choose, you'll have the option to connect with your Raleigh-Durham SAT tutor with Varsity Tutors' Live Learning Platform, which uses the internet to bring the classroom to you.

In a Raleigh-Durham SAT prep class, you'll connect with other students and an instructor over the internet, in real time. There's no worrying about joining a class that's already in session because new classes start every single week. Some classes run for two weeks, and others are four weeks long. Working with other students in a collaborative environment means that you can get feedback and tips that you might not get in one-on-one interaction. You can also learn from other people's perspectives and from their struggles, whether they're talking about problem-solving in Math or working on organization skills to shape your responses in the Writing and Language test, for example.

If private, personalized attention is more your style, connecting with a Raleigh-Durham SAT tutor might work better. They'll create a personalized plan of study that you and your tutor can change as you find necessary. There are two ways you can work with an academic coach: in the same physical location, or through the Live Learning Platform. If you have a certain section that you struggle with, perhaps the Reading or Math sections, your Raleigh-Durham SAT prep may include focused instruction on those areas, a variety of study aids that address section-specific concepts, or practice exams.

What can I do to connect with someone for Raleigh-Durham SAT prep?

No matter when you're taking your college entrance exams, you can easily connect with an academic coach if you reach out to Varsity Tutors. Our educational consultants are happy to help set you up with Raleigh-Durham SAT prep. If you're not sure whether you want private instruction or a Raleigh-Durham SAT course, our educational consultants can discuss the benefits of each and help you come to a decision. We look forward to helping you prepare for your college entrance exams!

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