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The SAT is changing in 2016

If you are planning on writing the SAT in the spring of 2016, or any time later, make sure you prepare for the NEW test. More information can be found on the College Board website. Please be sure that you are prepping for the correct test.

SAT and ACT Preparation for Canadian and International Students

Unlike other test-prep centres there is no required minimum number of appointments. There are no upfront fees. Students are free to book as frequently as they wish.

We are flexible in accommodating all schedules and are open daily from 10 am to 10 pm. We are open through the summer and can easily work around a student’s busy summer commitments.

What is the SAT?

The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is a standardized test of Critical Reasoning, Mathematics, and Writing.It tests your knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, writing, editing, numbers, algebra, functions, geometry and data management.

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What is the ACT?

The ACT (the American College Testing program) is an achievement test with up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test.

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What is the difference between the ACT and the SAT?

The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school.

The ACT is scored based on the number of correct answers with no penalty for guessing.

The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test.

The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities.

The SAT has a correction for guessing. That is, they take off points for wrong answers.

The SAT has only 3 components: Critical Reasoning, Mathematics, and a required Writing Test.

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Is the SAT just for US students?

No. Increasingly, Canadian and other non-U.S. students are preparing for and writing the SAT tests to gain admission to American colleges and universities. This is especially true of high school athletes who want to take advantage of the many college athletic scholarships offered in the United States of America.

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Do I need to take the SAT/ACT?

The SAT is for any student applying to college or university in the US, and particularly those who are seeking athletic scholarships or admission to top US schools.

Also, the SAT is now commonly used by Ontario universities for homeschooled applicants who do not have a provincial high school diploma.

The ACT is more widely used in the Midwestern and Southern United States, while the SAT is more popular on the East and West coasts, although recently the ACT has been gaining more use on the East Coast.

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How do I prepare?

Prepare for the SAT by targeting your own strengths and weaknesses.

A proper study plan for the SAT includes an initial diagnostic assessment (by writing a practice test) to identify your strengths and weaknesses, regular self-assessment to know whether you're on target to meet your goals, and practice, practice, practice.

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How can Mostly Math help me prepare?

  • Find out your approximate score first, before you write the test.
  • Learn test-taking strategies so that the format is easy to handle.
  • Discover exactly where you need to improve so you can target your own weaknesses.
  • Work at your own pace in your own private study session with your own personal tutor.
  • Make a flexible study schedule that's convenient for you.

We know that international test takers can be at a real disadvantage when it comes to SAT preparation. Most local high schools know very little about the SAT, and are unable to provide assistance or information about writing the SAT, preparing for the SAT, or even registering for the SAT. You might have very little knowledge about the SAT test itself, unlike American students whose high schools all provide extensive SAT information.

Even the large SAT prep course companies have a very small presence outside the U.S.A., and finding adequate SAT preparation from experienced, knowledgeable professionals can be difficult.

That's where we can help. We know that the SAT was designed in another country, for students of another country, and we can help you make sense of it.

Mostly Math is one of the few Toronto area locations with experienced SAT tutors.

We offer help during the school year and over the summer to students preparing to write standardized tests, both general and subject.

We can help with all sections of these tests.

Our staff has excellent credentials, ample experience and we offer one-on-one help in identifying a student’s areas of strength or weakness and in developing a personalized, flexible study schedule based on effective test-taking strategies.

As with our math and science tutoring, one of the unique features of our test prep is that we work on an as-needed basis and students can work at their own pace in a private setting. We maintain a quiet, calm environment conducive to learning and we share a large library of resources.

We are proud of our bank of knowledge resulting from our combined education and experience and are dedicated to sharing our skills to best benefit each student.

Lower Your Stress, Raise Your Score:

  • Students who are confident and well-prepared can handle test-taking with ease. A test prep tutor reduces your anxiety and helps you perform to your highest potential.
  • Not sure when to take the test, or how to register? Worried you're not prepared? The sooner you call us, the calmer you'll be.
  • Just need a "check-in" every now and then? You may need just a little bit of quality time with a personalized instructor. We offer convenient, flexible appointment-based scheduling. Come only as often as you need, and be sure that the time you do spend with a tutor is devoted to your exact needs and goals.
  • Learn at your own pace, in your own style. Individualized lessons allow you to move quickly through material you already understand and more slowly through the things you need help with. Why sit through someone else's questions when you already know the answer? Why worry about feeling lost when the rest of the class knows what's going on? Individualized test prep moves at the pace that's right for you. Once you experience a session that addresses your own needs and goals, you'll be surprised at how natural and easy learning can feel.
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Read more about the ACT registration and test dates

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see the College Board's website for SAT registration and test dates