At Ascent Tutors, we make sure you or your children are fully prepared for any academic challenge that might come your way. One of the most intimidating aspects of academic life for many high school students is the notorious SAT. Originally short for “Scholastic Aptitude Test,” the SATs originated at the very beginning of the 20th century. In 1901, 973 students took the first test administered by the College Board, the organization that oversees the SATs. Over 35% were from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and the test included such subjects as German, Latin, Greek, chemistry, and physics – thankfully, for most students, topics that are not included any more on the test! The SAT as such wasn’t introduced until 1926, when a Princeton psychologist named Carl Brigham designed, with the help of a committee, a test designed to rule out socioeconomic background and coaching and measure raw ability. The test has since been revised approximately 10 times (depending on what counts as a revision), in an attempt to best serve its purpose. In 1990, the letters SAT changed to stand for “Scholastic Assessment Test” instead of “Scholastic Aptitude Test.”

The goal of the SAT is to measure inherent aptitude – that is to say, the test is designed to be one that you can’t study for. The College Board still claims that studying for the SAT doesn’t do much. Thankfully, that isn’t the case. Intensive, peer-reviewed, and independent research has demonstrated that intensive SAT tutoring can improve scores by anywhere from 60 points (for a few brief sessions) to 200 points (for more long-term prep regimens starting at a younger age). Even 60 points can make a huge difference in the intensely competitive world of college applications in New York and New Jersey. One of the most recent changes made by the College Board was to add a writing section to the SAT – previously, many students applying to rigorous schools had also required applicants to submit their SAT-II subject test in writing as well. Writing – especially essay-writing at the level demanded by the College Board on the SAT – can be an especially difficult skill for many students to learn, and an expert SAT tutor such as the ones provided by Ascent Tutors can make a huge difference in your success on the SAT – or the success of your child. Operating in New York means that Ascent Tutors has access to some of the world’s best and brightest. Talented writers, mathematicians, scientists, and other professionals have flocked to the New York area for decades, and one of the corollary benefits of this is that many of them are eager to supplement grad-school stipends or writer’s advances with additional tutoring clients. At Ascent Tutors, we take advantage of this by locating the best tutors New York has to offer so that you or your child can reach your full potential – so give us a call today!