Standardized tests are a permanent fixture of college applications, and are used to determine which students get admitted, which of those students are considered for honors colleges and advanced programs, and how much merit aid students are awarded. With so much riding on a single score, you want your child as well-prepared as possible before they sit down to take the test.
Ivy Scholars delivers exceptional Test Prep results. During our 2020 SAT summer workshops, our students improved by an average of 180 points, raising them from the top 16% to the top 3%. This is a much larger improvement than that of many other test prep companies. Unlike other forms of education, Test Prep requires bespoke instruction. Many other companies offer a one-size-fits-all approach that doesn’t maximize student outcomes.
At Ivy Scholars, our Test Prep lessons are formulated to identify and improve upon your student’s specific weaknesses. While we’re not the cheapest standardized test prep option, we deliver the best results. Here’s how we do it:
First, we work with your student to quantify their strengths and weaknesses. This is possible thanks to one of our partner companies – Test Innovators – who use a proprietary data analytics platform that provides unique insights into standardized testing. By knowing where and how each student struggles, we’re able to precisely modify our curriculum to suit their needs.
Next, your student works with their mentor to develop an understanding of the subjects they struggled with on the quantitative assessment. Our mentors are standardized testing masters. In fact, our department head Alex Nelson scored a perfect 1600 on the SAT and a 36 on the ACT. He knows every subject on these tests like the back of his hand, and all our mentors are similarly equipped to guide students through the tests.
Finally, we create a practice test schedule for your student and guide them through it. As they do these tests, they will be constructing a failure log: this is a compilation of every question they missed. Although this is time consuming, our experience has proven that this trick is critical to the success of your student in their Test Prep journey, as it allows us to track students’ improvements, struggles, and successes, so we can adjust our focus as needed.
We're experts in the New SAT, and have revised and updated our proprietary curriculum for the recent changes.
Your Program Manager will monitor your child's progress and, if necessary, work with you and your SAT tutor to make adjustments.
We're extremely selective for intellect and teaching ability, and unlike many other companies, we provide comprehensive training.
We'll work with you to find the right tutor match: someone who can explain difficult concepts and motivate your child.
Practice and familiarity are essential to earning a stronger
score, so we provide a minimum of three full-length Practice SATs.
The Ivy Scholars test prep boot camp is taught by Alex Nelson, Houston’s premier test prep expert.
Alex scored a perfect 1600 himself in high school, was a National Merit Scholar, and with over 10,000 hours of SAT and ACT teaching under his belt, he has the experience necessary to put students on the path to conquering the test.
Before each class, Alex spends hours reviewing every student’s homework to create a lesson plan that is truly targeted at the issues the class most needs to address on that day.
With his extensive experience, preparation, and sheer passion for demystifying the test, Alex gives students the mental tools and shortcuts to take them to the heart of each question and learn from their mistakes.