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SAT Crash Course Outline

Ivy Global’s Crash Course provides a condensed review of the Reading, Writing, and Math content on
the SAT, plus an introduction to the most effective strategies for each section. Daily homework exercises
are assigned to provide practice opportunities and reinforce new material. In-class practice tests include
a shortened SAT exam on the first day of class and a full-length practice test on the last day of class.
Students work with the instructor to develop a longer-term study plan for their preparation beyond the
end of the class.


Total class time: 20 hours
Class schedule: 4-hour classes, weekly on Saturdays or Sundays during the academic year, or
one week (Monday-Friday) during the summer
Approximate homework time: 3-4 hours per day (with optional extra homework)

Course Format
Ivy Global’s SAT courses are designed to provide a balance of guided instruction, collaborative
discussion, small group and teamwork, and realistic practice opportunities. Students work both
collaboratively and individually as they apply new strategies, with the instructor serving as an
approachable mentor. As the course progresses, there are increasing opportunities to practice applying
skills in realistic test conditions.
Each class includes:



Engaging lecture, to introduce strategy and new content
Collaborative problem-solving, to tackle difficult problems early in the course
Realistic mock test-taking, to ensure that students are well prepared for true test conditions
Team-based competition, to make vocabulary memorization a little less tedious!

Students receive the following evaluations and feedback:





A 2-hour initial diagnostic test: a shortened version of an official SAT exam
A 4-hour final diagnostic test: a full-length official SAT exam
Daily vocabulary quizzing, in the form of a written quiz or team-based competition
Thorough analysis and grading of a minimum of 5 essays
Regular math and grammar quizzes
Individual final reports to help students plan their studying after the end of the course

Course Syllabus
Ivy Global’s Crash Course provides a concise review of both the content and most effective strategies for
all three sections of the SAT (Reading, Writing, and Math).

Days 1-2 • • • • • Initial diagnostic exam (shortened 2-hour SAT test): assessment of individual strengths. introduction to vocabulary building Introduction to the Math section: strategies for multiple-choice and grid-in questions Introduction to the Writing section: strategies for grammar multiple-choice questions. a handbook of strategies. and vocabulary lists The College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide. with 10 real practice tests Barron’s SAT (26th Edition). Each student receives the following course materials: • • • Ivy Global’s SAT Study Guide. and goals Introduction to the Reading section: strategies for sentence completion and passage reading. weaknesses. reference material. Writing. and Math skills Team-based competition and games to review and prepare for final diagnostic exam Final diagnostic exam (full-length 4-hour SAT test): assessment of progress through the course and recommended strategies for further study Course Materials Ivy Global uses only the best explanatory texts. with thorough math and grammar review as well as 5 practice tests . Bank of Examples method for essay preparation SAT math review of arithmetic and algebra Days 3-5 • • • • • • Vocabulary building through daily quizzes SAT grammar review SAT math review of algebra and geometry Group and individual exercises to practice Reading. essay structure. chosen from the full range of SAT materials available.