Work with the Digital SAT Experts.
Company President Brian W. Stewart is the author of the best-selling Barron’s Digital SAT Guide Premium. In addition to personally tutoring students, Brian has thoroughly trained every one of our Digital SAT associate tutors. When you work with BWS Education Consulting, you are working with nationally recognized experts in the field.
From the moment the College Board announced the change from a paper-based SAT to the Digital SAT, we have learned everything possible about the new test so we can help our students do their very best on this important exam.
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Personalized Digital SAT Instruction
Working with students one-on-one enables us to meet their individual learning needs. What works for one student to prepare for the Digital SAT or Digital PSAT will not necessarily work for another. Among the factors we consider in customizing our test prep:
- How has a student done previously on the PSAT, ACT, and/or SAT?
- What is a student’s baseline knowledge of English grammar, SAT Vocabulary, SAT math concepts, or other key Digital SAT test content?
- Does the student receive testing accommodations, such as extended time, due to an IEP or 504 Plan?
- Does the student struggle with test anxiety?
- What are the student’s goals for National Merit Scholarship recognition, a Digital SAT score, and college admissions?
Your registration form will tell us what we need to know to match your child with the best tutor for their overall situation. Our tutors continually tailor their instruction by communicating with parents, seeking student feedback, and evaluating student performance during each tutoring session.
Digital SAT Tutoring Pricing
Tutoring with an associate tutor is currently $90 per hour for individual Digital SAT or Digital PSAT tutoring. Learn more about our associate Digital SAT Tutors.
Digital SAT tutoring with company President Brian Stewart is currently $180 per hour.
Associate tutors can work with pairs of students who have similar goals and ability levels at a per-student per-hour rate of $63 ($126 total for the hour for both students.) Brian can work with pairs of students who have similar goals and ability levels at a per-student per-hour rate of $126. ($252 total for the hour for both students.) We do not have a list of students waiting to be placed to work with other students in pairs. If you form your own pair, we can try to accommodate you.
If you would like to arrange a customized group package for 3 or more students, please email us for details.
Scheduling Your SAT Tutoring
Based on your registration information, we will match you with a tutor whose schedule and location matches yours. Our tutors are generally available on afternoons, evenings, and weekends, but not all tutors are available at all times and locations. Online tutoring works especially well for the Digital SAT since the test will be administered on a computer.
We recommend approximately 10-30 hours of tutoring leading up to a particular Digital SAT or Digital PSAT test date. Some students may want and need more than this. If you are not sure as to how much tutoring would be helpful, we recommend scheduling an initial session. At the end of the appointment, you and your tutor can discuss a plan going forward.
Digital SAT tutoring sessions are typically 1.5-2 hours in length to allow for enough time to go into the material in-depth.
Where Does BWS Offer Digital SAT Tutoring?
We work with students from all over the world via online SAT tutoring. We have had clients in the United States from many states including New York, Virginia, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Texas. We have also worked with many international students, including students from China, the United Kingdom, South Korea, India, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, and Canada. Our online sessions are equal in quality to our in-person sessions, especially after two years of offering exclusively online sessions to students during the pandemic. The Digital SAT lends itself especially well to computer-based online teaching since the test is given in a computerized format.
We offer in-person tutoring to students in the Columbus, Ohio area. Students who live in Columbus and the Franklin County Suburbs of Bexley, Upper Arlington, Dublin, New Albany, Worthington, Grandview Heights, and Hilliard can schedule in-person Digital SAT tutoring with us. We meet students in-person at public locations, like libraries and coffee shops. Students doing Digital SAT tutoring in person should plan on bringing a laptop or tablet so the tutor and student can easily use material from the Bluebook app together.
What are the BWS Tutor Qualifications?
Some people are terrific test-takers, while others are great at explaining concepts. We only hire instructors who are exceptional at both. Company President Brian Stewart personally evaluates and trains every Digital SAT tutor. Before we offer candidates an interview, they must have test results in at least the 95th percentile and extensive instructional experience. Prior to working with students, tutors must complete a rigorous teaching evaluation to demonstrate that (1) they can explain any question students might have on the practice tests and (2) they can offer customized Digital SAT and PSAT content instruction and strategic advice to students. No wonder less than 4% of our applicants are hired. For more information, please check out our Testimonials and Staff Intros.
What Materials Do You Use for Digital SAT Tutoring?
How Much SAT Tutoring Will My Child Need?
Prior to a particular Digital SAT test, we recommend that students schedule between 10-30 hours of tutoring. Many ambitious students like to schedule weekly tutoring over several months leading up to their Digital SAT test date. Those students who are working towards National Merit Scholarship recognition often like to work quite a bit leading up to the October PSAT in their junior year. Students usually meet for 1–2-hour sessions depending on their attentiveness and schedule, so if a student can schedule a few weeks in advance of a test, we can typically accommodate the needed hours. Unlike other many other tutoring companies, we do not require you to purchase a large package of tutoring in advance—your student can do as much or as little tutoring as your schedule and budget allow.
FAQs about the SAT
The Digital SAT is a college admissions test accepted by most universities throughout the United States. It has its initial administration in March of 2024 in the United States. The Digital SAT is a general test of the critical thinking and academic skills that students should have to be well prepared for college and is broken into two halves:
- Reading and Writing–Questions that analyze a variety of texts, including science, social science, historical documents, fiction, and poetry. Question types include Words-in-Context Vocabulary, Purpose, Main Idea, Comparative Text, Graph and Textual Evidence, Inference, Punctuation, Verb and Tense, Misplaced Modifiers, and Rhetorical Synthesis.
- Math–Progressively more difficult math questions, mostly multiple choice with some fill-in questions. The math focuses heavily on Algebra 1 and Algebra 2, with a bit of geometry and precalculus.
The Digital SAT is adaptive, meaning the later test sections change based on the performance on the first section—i.e., students who perform better on the first Reading/Writing module will have a tougher second Reading/Writing module. The same adaptive format applies to the Digital SAT math modules.
The Digital PSAT is a 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. Under the new Digital PSAT, the format and timing of the Digital PSAT will be the same as that of the Digital SAT. The Digital SAT is scored out of a total of 1520 points. For ambitious students aiming for National Merit, taking the Digital SAT can be one of the best ways to prepare for the Digital PSAT.
Upcoming Digital SAT test dates this year are:
• March 9, 2024
• May 4, 2024
• June 1, 2024
• August 24, 2024
• October 5, 2024
• November 2, 2024
• December 7, 2024
Some school districts will offer the Digital SAT on additional dates during the school day.
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 be sure to practice with the Digital SAT before taking the actual Digital 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.
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. You may also be eligible to take the Digital SAT in a non-adaptive paper-based linear format.
Many students improve on the second time that they take the SAT, so students should try the SAT at least twice. Since many schools “superscore,” i.e., take the best score from each individual section over multiple SAT test dates, it can be advantageous to retake the Digital SAT to improve upon either section. So, taking the SAT 3-4 total times during the Junior and Senior years of high school is quite reasonable.
The Digital 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 Digital SAT score is around a 1000. The Digital PSAT is scored along a bell curve just like the SAT—however, the score range is between 320 and 1520. The Digital SAT and Digital PSAT will utilize item response theory in developing the precise scoring parameters; not all questions will be worth the same number of points.
This depends on the college to which a student is applying. You can search for average SAT scores for particular colleges through googling or going to the school’s admissions website. SAT score averages are typically reported as a range from the 25th to the 75th percentiles of admitted students. Here are some score ranges for well-known colleges:
Harvard University: 1,460 – 1,580
Ohio State University: 1,210 – 1,430
Ohio University: 1,050 – 1,250
Most students like to prepare in the junior or senior year for the Digital SAT. We can typically review PSAT scores to see where students may want to focus their Digital SAT preparation. Whatever schedule works best for your student, we can develop a customized Digital SAT tutoring plan.
While it can be fine to “cram” the night before many tests taken in school, this will not work for the Digital SAT. Students should rest and relax so that they have maximum energy to think clearly on test day. They should also ensure they have downloaded the Bluebook application on their computer or tablet and that their device is fully charged.
Students should bring a laptop or tablet with the Bluebook application already installed, an approved calculator, a watch (not one connected to the Internet or one that makes noise), real pencils (not mechanical), a drink/snack to have during the break, a photo identification, and the admissions ticket.
The ACT is about twice as long as the Digital SAT, has a science section, and tests more advanced math concepts. The Digital SAT has some question types not found on the ACT—rhetorical synthesis, poetry analysis, fill-in math questions, textual evidence, and quantitative evidence. The Digital SAT is an adaptive test given on a computer, while the ACT is a non-adaptive test usually given on paper.
It means that while the school may want students to submit Digital SAT test results, they are not required for an application. Other items, like letters of recommendation, lists of extracurricular activities, and additional essays are often also “optional,” but worth submitting to improve your chances for admission. Test-optional is different from the much less popular “test-blind” admissions, in which the school will not consider test results. If you can score at least in the 25th percentile for admitted students to a particular school, submitting your Digital SAT test scores will likely help your overall application.
The Digital SAT represents the most significant change to the SAT test in the entire history of this exam. New strategies for this digital, adaptive format are needed—what has worked on previous tests won’t necessarily work on this test. Our Digital SAT tutors provide expert guidance:
- Targeted review of grammar and math content knowledge
- Tailored strategies for time management and question analysis specifically for the updated problem types on the Digital SAT
- Helping students develop a Digital SAT test-taking strategy that is most suitable for their personal situation
- Counseling students on how to minimize test anxiety and maximize test day focus
- Utilizing the most cutting-edge Digital SAT practice materials
- Giving the structure and accountability for students to get the work done to see better test results