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Private lessons with Dr. Donnelly are available either online via Skype or in-person here in New York at our Midtown Manhattan-based office conveniently located just south of Times Square.

Over the years, Dr. Donnelly has helped numerous students to improve their PSAT and SAT scores significantly and achieve their goal of getting accepted into a top-tier program. We are confident that he can do the same for you.


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About the SAT

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The SAT is the oldest and probably the best known college admissions tests. Most schools accept SAT scores for admissions and also use them to award scholarships. The SAT Test serves a similar purpose as the ACT Test.

The SAT measures a student's capabilities in the core areas of reading, writing and mathematics. SAT Test Scores range from 200 to 800 for each of the sections, for a total potential score of 2400. The SAT also includes an optional essay.

Students typically take the test in the spring of their junior year and/or the fall of their senior year. There are seven SAT Test Dates for the U.S.

Click on the relevant link below to learn more:

  1. About the SAT
  2. Contact Dr. Donnelly about SAT lessons
  3. Read our SAT students' reviews
  4. The SAT - Section by Section
    1. Evidence-based Reading Section
    2. Writing and Language Section
    3. Math (Calculator & No Calculator Sections)
    4. Essay Section (Optional)

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Overview of the SAT

Section by Section

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The SAT Exam

There are two main sections on the SAT: the Mathematics Section and the Critical Reading & Writing Section. Both of these sections have scores ranging from 200-800, hence, your total potential score on the SAT is 1600. In addition to these scores, you will also receive an essay score (ranging from 2 to 12). The test last 3 hours (without essay) or 3 hours 50 minutes (with essay).

Your main scores on the SAT are derived by giving you 1 point for a correct answer and subtracting 1/4 point for an incorrect answer. Any questions that you skip are not counted towards your score. This raw score is then converted into a scaled score (in the range of 200-800) by a statistical process referred to as "equating".

The test itself includes four timed sections. Click on links below to learn more about.

i. Evidence-based Reading,

ii. Writing and Language,

iii. Math (Calculator & No Calculator Sections),

iv. Essay (Optional).

Evidence-Based Reading Section of the SAT

Evidence-Based Reading Section of the PSAT<

The Evidence-Based Reading section of the SAT lasts 60 minutes and contains 52 questions. Your score on this section will range from 100-400 (half of the available score for the Critical Reading & Writing Section).

This section has questions based on paragraphs and graphics: one passage is chosen from world or U.S. classic literature. The second passage is either from a U.S founding document or may be taken from the Great Global Conversation. The third paragraph is related to topics such as economics, sociology, and psychology. The last two paragraphs are usually science-based.

Command of evidence questions will provide 4 excerpts from the passage and ask you to determine which one provides the best evidence for the previous question. Questions about words in context will focus on secondary word meanings.

Some SAT Reading Test questions will ask you to examine hypotheses, interpret data presented in a variety of ways, and conduct other analysis that is based only on what is either stated or implied in the passage.

Writing and Language Section of the SAT

Writing and Language Section of the PSAT

The Writing and Language section of the SAT lasts 35 minutes and contains 44 questions. Your score on this section will range from 100-400 (half of the available score for the Critical Reading & Writing Section).

This section tests your ability to identify and fix grammatical errors as well as revise words and phrases to improve text. Some of the topics within the Standard English Conventions topic include verb agreement, punctuation use, and parallel construction. In the Expression of Ideas category, you'll be tested on the placement of sentences and the purpose of transition words or phrases within the text.

Math Section of the SAT

<strong>Math Section of the SAT</strong><

The Mathematics section of the SAT lasts 80 minutes and contains 58 questions. Your score on this section will range from 200-800. This section is split into 2 parts: one that allows calculator use and one that does not.

There are both multiple choice questions with 4 answer choices and short answer grid-in questions with answer choices that include digits 0–9, the period/decimal point (.), and the division/fraction bar (/). Some questions include 2 related parts where information from the first part is used to answer the question in the second part.

i. Math (No Calculator)

This section last 25 minutes and contains 20 questions. It contains both multiple choice and grid-in questions.

ii. Math (Calculator Allowed)

This section last 55 minutes and contains 38 questions. It contains both multiple choice and grid-in questions.

Essay Section of the SAT

Essay Section of the SAT

The Essay section of the SAT lasts 50 minutes. Students are given a substantial passage (600–700 words) and will then be asked to analyze how the author built their argument; students will need to understand the techniques authors used to write persuasively. Essay prompts no longer ask for the student's personal stance on the subject.

The essay is scored on a scale of 2-8. This is not combined with the Reading and Writing section score of 800.

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