Emily Gao

Posted on March 20, 2008

Emily Gao

At College Planning Partnerships I was able to learn how to take the SAT. Before coming to this program, I was very anxious about my SATs. Just being “smart” does not necessarily mean that one tests well. I have had several friends who ace their math and English courses at school, with less-than-phenomenal scores on the SAT. The SAT is a tricky test—the material covered isn’t that complicated, but the little tricks and the sheer length of the test are exhausting.

Upon entering classes, I was able to learn how the test works. Before this class, I thought that SAT prep consisted of taking dozens of practice tests. This method was tiring and the results were not satisfying in comparison to the hours of effort I put into the tests. SAT prep is time consuming. By taking this class, I was able to limit my test-prep to two three hour classes a week. I felt like these classes were highly efficient. Instead of taking test after test, we did sections of tests in class and analyzed our answers and the test’s tricks. I was able to reach my goals for the SAT.

I have always struggled with the writing section of the SAT. In my high school, the formal teaching of grammar is not stressed. When I started studying for the SAT, I made the mistake of trying to learn several years’ worth of formal grammar. I had no idea what a “dangling participle” was. Grammar takes years to master, and I expected to take my SAT in a few months. During these SAT classes, I learned consistent guidelines and patterns of the SAT verbal test. I didn’t have to learn new and fancy names for concepts I already knew. I learned to apply my previous knowledge with my newly learned test taking skills to ace the SAT.

One of my biggest challenges in taking the SAT was confidence. Initially I did not feel like I would be able to score well on this test. When I panic during a test, I tend not to be able to think as clearly, and I usually score lower as a result. These classes were an effective way to build confidence quickly. You and Gary focused on my strengths and showed me how to score well using what I already knew.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Emily Gao
Madison, CT

Emily, an unusually modest junior, took the test for the first time and asked us not to note here individual scores: Her overall score was 2320. She scored in the 99th percentile.

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Emily Gao
Madison, CT

Emily, an unusually modest junior, took the test for the first time and asked us not to note here individual scores: Her overall score was 2320. She scored in the 99th percentile.

At College Planning Partnerships I was able to learn how to take the SAT. Before coming to this program, I was very anxious about my SATs. Just being “smart” does not necessarily mean that one tests well. I have had several friends who ace their math and English courses at school, with less-than-phenomenal scores on the SAT. The SAT is a tricky test—the material covered isn’t that complicated, but the little tricks and the sheer length of the test are exhausting. Upon entering classes, I was able to learn how the test works. Before this class, I thought that SAT prep consisted of taking dozens of practice tests. This method was tiring and the results were not satisfying in comparison to the hours of effort I put into the tests. SAT prep is time consuming. By taking this class, I was able to limit my test-prep to two three hour classes a week. I felt like these classes were highly efficient. Instead of taking test after test, we did sections of tests in class and analyzed our answers and the test’s tricks. I was able to reach my goals for the SAT. I have always struggled with the writing section of the SAT. In my high school, the formal teaching of grammar is not stressed. When I started studying for the SAT, I made the mistake of trying to learn several years’ worth of formal grammar. I had no idea what a “dangling participle” was. Grammar takes years to master, and I expected to take my SAT in a few months. During these SAT classes, I learned consistent guidelines and patterns of the SAT verbal test. I didn’t have to learn new and fancy names for concepts I already knew. I learned to apply my previous knowledge with my newly...