If selected, you will have the opportunity to work with Ray Dass, the nation's leading expert in PSAT & SAT preparation. He is credited with helping students increase their scores up to 600 points. Every year, Ray Dass helps thousands of students all over the country maximize their scoring potential and achieve entrance into the top universities in the country.

THE PROGRAM

This intensive program will fully prepare you in all three areas of the test. It has been carefully designed in terms of both content and progression to strengthen students at a fundamental level. At its core, the program is a critical thinking training ground that will focus a student’s natural reasoning skills on specific PSAT concepts.

Training

There will be group discussion as well as lectures on the various concepts tested on the PSAT. Very specific content and exercises will be utilized based on the students who participate. For this reason, no two programs will ever be exactly the same. The experience moves and progresses based on the group and according to strengths and weaknesses identified through multiple practice tests and assessments

General Classroom Expectations

The class is conducted with an amalgamation of directed goal setting and nurturing. Interactions during introductions, breaks, and pre and post class will be friendly and encouraging. This time is used to understand the idiosyncrasies, both academic and personal, of each student. A determination is made of which motivational strategy will be most effective in each scenario. These strategies are then implemented in class discussions, directed attention, and peer grouping.

During instruction, continued emphasis is placed on students (congruent with previously determined motivational strategy) to set and achieve specific goals. These goals become a driving force for students and reinforce the intensity of the experience. This intensity is always tempered with encouragement so that students will set numerically appropriate self-goals. If a student demonstrates a tendency to mentally restrict expected progress, immediate action is taken by way of student/ instructor conference. The instructors maintain a philosophy of self-confidence and misdirected belief in an innate incapability is strongly cautioned against.

Students are encouraged to take ownership of their scores on both a cognitive and emotional level. Through pattern analysis students begin to diminish the gulf between anomalistic selections and subject matter deficiencies. As students’ levels of cognitive self-awareness begin to develop, their emotional commitment to set objectives should also develop in congruence.

Practice tests

The practice tests and assessments are important because they begin to train students in mental endurance, a key factor when determining the likelihood of success. Students learn proper timing, focus, and test navigation skills that are paramount to their ability to apply what they have learned in class. These tests are reviewed by the student so that he or she can self-isolate patterns in errors. Instructors follow up with student scores through analysis of score increase in comparison to expected increase. For the preponderance of students, the math score should be the fastest to increase, followed by the writing score, and then the reading score. Fluctuations are expected but a trend towards increased quantitative performance should be achieved.