BWS Education Consulting


SAT & PSAT Group Classes

The PSAT & SAT Turbo Workshops provide college-bound students with a comprehensive overview of the most effective approaches to the PSAT and SAT. These are ideal options for students with little time to prepare prior to a test. The Turbo Workshops are typically offered shortly before the PSAT or SAT. Students work with rigorous practice tests to ensure they are practicing the skills they will need to have the day of the test. Since the PSAT and the SAT are so similar—the PSAT is slightly shorter than the SAT and does not have an essay—taking either Turbo Workshop will prepare students for either test.

In a typical class, we start by asking students which sections they would most like to cover out of Reading, Writing and Language, and Mathematics. Based on the unique needs of the students in the class, we devote more or less time to particular areas. For each test section we start with strategy and content instruction, followed by teacher-modeling of problem solving. Students then do targeted mini-practice to become familiar with the test questions and comfortable with timing. We also review ways that students can prepare independently going forward, particularly on doing quite a bit of independent reading. Students need only bring a calculator and a pencil – all other materials are provided.

Each of our SAT courses can be taken separately or as part of a sequence—they all use different materials. The Turbo Workshop can be a helpful introduction to the SAT prior to the SAT Intro or SAT Advanced, or it can serve as a good review for students who have already done other classes or tutoring.

Dublin Recreation Center

Coming in the Fall of 2017.

The PSAT Introductory Class provides college-bound students with in-depth instruction on all parts of the PSAT. This is an excellent course for students who are looking for a thorough introduction to the PSAT. Students will learn the latest proven strategies as they work with practice tests created by PSAT, as well as rigorous practice exercises created by Brian Stewart. Given the similarity of the PSAT to the SAT, taking the PSAT Intro class will prepare students for the SAT as well. The course fee includes the practice workbook—students need only bring a pencil and a calculator.

In a typical PSAT Intro, we begin by asking students what areas of the SAT—Writing and Language, Reading, and Math—students would most like to review. The class is then customized based on the unique needs of the students in the course. With twelve hours of class time, we are able to go much more in-depth into strategy and content instruction, as well as allow students plenty of opportunities to ask individual questions about their personal concerns.

Our PSAT courses can be taken separately or as part of a sequence—they all use different practice materials. The PSAT Intro builds on what is taught in the PSAT Turbo, and lays a solid foundation for students interested in the SAT Advanced class.

PSAT Test Preparation Class

Monday, July 17th - Thursday, July 20th, 1-4 PM each day (12 hours total instruction). Price: $315 for New Albany residents, $365 for non-residents. Class held at New Albany High School.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER and select the "PSAT Test Preparation Class." For questions regarding the on-line registration system please contact Annie Looker at 614-413-7103 or looker.2@napls.us.

At last, a group class option exists for highly motivated students who have already done significant SAT test preparation. The SAT Advanced Course is designed for students who have already scored at least in the 1200s on the SAT or on the PSAT, and have ambitious goals for score improvements. We move at a faster pace and focus on more difficult questions than we do in the SAT Turbo and SAT Intro. Students will be given the practice book and strategy sheet—they only need to bring their own pencil and calculator.

The SAT Advanced Class begins as all of our group classes do—we ask students what SAT areas out of Reading, Math, Writing and Language, and the Essay give them the most difficulty. We then design the course syllabus accordingly to give students the targeted test preparation and strategy review they need. This class offers students ample chances to ask personal questions about issues from college admissions to test anxiety. The workbook we use in the class is comprised of questions that are designed to be more difficult on average than what students will face on the actual SAT and PSAT, thereby pushing students to their intellectual limits and helping them develop comfort with challenging questions.

If students have done other test preparation with BWS or with other companies, this class gives students a unique opportunity to work on advanced strategies and difficult content with like-minded classmates. The SAT Advanced Class can be done independently, but it can also be done in addition to the SAT Turbo and the SAT Intro.

Dublin Recreation Center Classes

Monday, August 7 – Thursday, August 10, 5-9 pm. Cost: $390 for Dublin residents.

Click here to contact the Dublin Recreation Center or call 614-410-4550 to register.

We are happy to work with you in developing a customized SAT or PSAT test prep class for your group. Students who have similar abilities and academic backgrounds are well served by an SAT group class format.

  • Are you a high school principal, superintendent, or guidance counselor who would like to have an SAT class for your students?
  • Are you a parent or coach who has a group of students in the same after-school activity and could use a flexible scheduling option?
  • Are you a school district or high school that would like to have SAT Professional Development for your staff?
  • Do you work with a community organization or charitable foundation that would like to sponsor a PSAT or SAT class for an underserved population of students?
  • Do you live in a city outside of Ohio, such as New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Washington, Miami, Boston, Chicago, or Los Angeles, and would like to have company President Brian Stewart fly to you for a customized class?
  • Are you a private boarding school administrator or a college admissions professional who would like to partner with us to provide world-class SAT test prep to your students?
  • Do you live outside of the United States—countries like Korea, Canada, China, Japan, Brazil, or Britain—and you would like an online SAT class for your group?

Please contact us and we can discuss the possibilities for your particular situation.

What is the SAT?

The SAT is an college admissions test accepted by all universities throughout the United States. It is a general test of the critical thinking and academic skills that students should have to be well prepared for college.

What is the PSAT?

The PSAT is a shorter version of the SAT that is given in October of the junior year to help students become familiar with the SAT, and to determine eligibility for National Merit Scholarship recognition.

What skills and knowledge does the SAT cover?

The SAT has 4 majors components that assess different areas of academic development:

  • Reading--Answer questions about passages from literature, historical documents, social science, and natural science.
  • Writing and Language--Demonstrate knowledge of grammar and editing skills
  • Math--One section allows a calculator, one does not. The math focuses heavily on Algebra 1 and 2, with a bit of geometry and precalculus.
  • An optional 50 minute argument analysis essay

When is the SAT?

In 2016-2017 the SAT test dates are:

  • October 1
  • November 5
  • December 3
  • January 21
  • March 11
  • May 6
  • June 3

In 2016, the PSAT is given on Wednesday, October 19.

When is it best to take the SAT?

Most students find it best to take it once in the fall of Junior year, once in the spring of Junior year, and once in the fall of Senior year. Students who are trying to earn a National Merit Scholarship should take the SAT in October shortly before the actual PSAT—this will help them rehearse the skills necessary for success in the National Merit competition. Individual circumstances vary, so contact us for a recommendation based on your individual situation.

How do I register for the SAT?

Go to http://sat.collegeboard.org/register. If you are eligible for extended time due to an I.E.P. or 504 Plan due to a learning disability like ADD, ADHD, dysgraphia, dyslexia, concussions, or traumatic brain injury, please go to here on the College Board website: http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/for-students-with-disabilities.

How do they score the SAT?

The SAT is scored on a bell curve that is adjusted on each test date so that results from one SAT test compare fairly to those of another SAT test. It is scored from 400-1600 points, with a 1600 being a perfect score. The national average SAT score is around a 1000. Many schools do not consider the optional essay in their admission decisions. The PSAT is scored along a bell curve just like the SAT—-however, the score range is between 320 and 1520.

What are the SAT Subject Tests?

These are tests required by Ivy League and other selective schools in a variety of academic areas. Find out detailed information about the Subject Tests here: http://sat.collegeboard.org/about-tests/sat-subject-tests. We are able to tutor students for most SAT subject tests, including Math Level 1, Math Level 2, U.S. History, World History, Literature, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

Can I order a copy of my SAT test booklet?

For certain test dates, you can do so with this order form: http://sat.collegeboard.org/SAT/public/pdf/sat-answer-verification-services.pdf. Students can access their PSAT scores and questions through their online accounts at no charge.