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Test Preparation Summer Courses

SAT

We recommend students take our SAT Math Foundations and English Foundations
courses followed by our SAT Math Advanced Topics and SAT English Advanced Topics.

SAT Math (Foundations)

Class Time: 10:00 – 12:00 JST
Days: Monday to Friday

In the SAT Math Foundations class, students focus on the core concepts that are needed to succeed on the SAT. Students enrolled in this course learn and work on the basic math skills that are the building blocks required for problems at any level. Instructors take a rigorous approach to these concepts; students should expect extensive practice on each topic and around 2 hours of homework per class hour. Some of the topics taught in this course include.

(Numbers and operations, Algebra, Linear Functions, Triangle and Circle Geometry, Data analysis, statistics, and probability)

After completing this course, students of any level are better prepared to tackle the subjects included on the SAT Math section. In addition, students reinforce and expand their new knowledge with our Advanced SAT Math course. On average, students who score above 500/800 in the math section join this course and see their scores increase by 50 points.

Term 3 with Deriam Chirinos (Closed)

Dates: July 12th to July 23rd

Term 4 with Deriam Chirinos (Closed)

Dates: July 26th to August 6th

Term 5 with Roger Bian (Closed)

Dates: August 9th to August 20th

SAT English (Foundations)

Class Time: 14:30 – 16:30 JST
Days: Monday to Friday

Our SAT English Foundations course prepares students for the most abundant question types and passages across the Reading and Writing sections. Students can expect to focus on daily practice of both the knowledge and strategies needed to master core question types. Students can expect 2 hours of homework per day with mock tests over the weekend and on the last day of class. On average, students who score above 500/800 in the English section join this course and see their scores increase by 50 points.

Writing Topics: Punctuation and Diction type questions
— Prep on clauses, commas, colons, semicolons, verb tense, subject-verb agreement, modifiers, pronouns, and words in context

Reading Topics: Social Science and Science passages (3/5 of the exam!)
— Prep on main idea, purpose, graphs, words in context, paired questions, and details questions

Vocabulary: Words that appear in all SAT tests and those specific to Science and Social Science Passages
— Phenomenon, Attribute, Acknowledge, Content, Plausible, Reinforce, etc.

Term 3 with Ryan Dzelzkalns (Closed) 

Dates: July 12th to July 23rd

Term 4 with Douglas Busacker (Closed)

Dates: July 26th to August 6th

Term 5 with Douglas Busacker (Closed)

Dates: August 9th to August 20th

SAT Math (Advanced Topics)

Class Time: 12:00 – 14:00 JST
Days: Monday to Friday

In the SAT Math Advanced Topics class, students with a solid understanding of the fundamentals required on the SAT learn the strategies required to solve the most difficult problems in the Math Section. This class does not cover basics like exponent rules and algebraic manipulation but instead takes a deep dive into complicated math questions and how to solve them with the most efficient method. In every lesson, teachers work through real SAT questions, not only solving the hardest problems but also outlining steps to ensure efficiency and accuracy. Some example topics:

(Circle/Triangle Geometry Hybrid Problems, Advanced Modeling and Equation Interpretation, Advanced Factoring Strategies, Creative Algebraic Shortcuts)

Students expect to be consistently involved in problem solving while in the class (using new strategies with other students to answer the questions at hand, the teacher won’t be solving problems by his/herself) and around 2 hours of homework per class hour. At the conclusion of the class, students not only solve the most challenging problems on the SAT but also approach them with the most efficient strategy. On average, students who score above 600/800 in the math section join this course and see their scores increase by 50 points.

Term 3 with Deriam Chirinos (Closed)

Dates: July 12th to July 23rd

Term 4 with Deriam Chirinos (Closed)

Dates: July 26th to August 6th

Term 5 with Marigold Bays-Muchmore (Closed)

Dates: August 9th to August 20th

SAT English (Advanced Topics)

Class Time: 16:30 – 18:30 JST
Days: Monday to Friday

Our SAT English Advanced Topics course takes students to the next level of SAT performance. Within the reading section, students often report the Literature and History passage as the most challenge. This course has it covered! Additionally, students practice on the most challenging questions in the Writing section: Flow questions. Students can expect 2 hours of homework per day with mock tests over the weekend and on the last day of class. On average, students who score above +650/800 in the English section join this course and see their scores increase by 50 points.

Writing Topics: Rhetoric aka “Flow” questions
— Combining sentences, transition words, adding or removing sentences, moving sentences, and selecting most relevant content

Reading Topics:
— Prep on main idea, purpose, graphs, words in context, paired questions, and details questions
— Paired passages

Vocabulary: Words that appear in Literature, History, and Paired Passages
— Undermine, Substantiate, Anticipate, Conducive, Synthesize, etc.

Term 3 with Ryan Dzelzkalns (Closed)

Dates: July 12th to July 23rd

Term 4 with Douglas Busacker (Closed)

Dates: July 26th to August 6th

Term 5 with Douglas Busacker (Closed)

Dates: August 9th to August 20th

SSAT & TOEFL Preparation

SSAT Math Upper Level

Class Time:
12:30 – 14:30 JST (Terms 1 & 2)
15:00 – 17:00 JST (Terms 3 & 4)

Days: Monday to Friday


Our Middle School Upper-Level SSAT Math course provides students an overview of a broad range of concepts that appear on the SSAT, helping students identify strengths and weaknesses for more targeted study. Students cover a range of concepts that include but are not limited to ratios, proportions, conversion, equations, probability, geometry, exponents, radicals, and functions. By onboarding testing strategies, students make short-term point gains in the SSAT math section, raising their overall percentile. Students applying to the Ten Schools need especially competitive math percentiles. Students are expected to complete roughly 2 hours of homework per day.


— Select this course for an advanced option to the Grade 7&8 Math Classes

Term 3 with Claudio Rivera (Closed)

Dates: July 12th to July 23rd

Term 4 with Claudio Rivera (Closed)

Dates: July 26th to August 6th

SSAT Verbal and Reading Upper Level

Class Time:
15:00 – 17:00 JST (Terms 1 & 2)
12:30 – 14:30 JST (Terms 3 & 4)

Days: Monday to Friday

Our Middle School Upper-Level SSAT Reading and Verbal course accelerates students through the concepts and skills necessary for middle school standardized tests – in general, mastering reading comprehension and vocabulary takes years. To improve reading, students engage in various passage types, the process of elimination, question type strategies, and time-management techniques. When it comes to the verbal section, students learn over 200 test-centric words, roots, prefixes, suffixes, and test strategies for analogy and synonym questions. Students are expected to complete roughly 2 hours of homework per day.


— Select this course for an advanced option to the Grade 7&8 English Language Arts Class

Term 3 with Kelly Friedman (Closed)

Dates: July 12th to July 23rd

Term 4 with Kelly Friedman (Closed)

Dates: July 26th to August 6th

Pre-College TOEFL

Class Time: 10:00 – 16:00 JST
Days: Monday to Friday

Terms 1 & 3

Our pre-college Reading and Writing TOEFL course is for students aiming to attend top universities around the world. It not only prepare students for the Reading and Writing sections of the TOEFL IBT test, but also helps students develop the academic reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills required to succeed at the university level. In addition to test-specific approaches such as question type strategies and time-management techniques, students learn to paraphrase passages, identify and structure main ideas, make inferences, outline, think critically, defend ideas, and communicate confidently using organized structures, academic vocabulary, and grammatically correct sentences. All of these skills are crucial for getting high scores on the TOEFL test, writing college application essays, and eventually succeeding in the university classroom. Students take three full practice tests during the course and can expect to receive 2 hours of homework per day. Students who join this course are within the High-Intermediate range (18–23) for the Reading and Writing subsections.

Terms 2 & 4

Our pre-college Speaking and Listening TOEFL course is for students aiming to attend top universities around the world. It not only prepares students for the Speaking and Listening sections of the TOEFL IBT test, but also helps students develop the academic reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills required to succeed at the university level. In addition to test-specific approaches such as question type strategies and time-management techniques, students learn to take effective notes, identify keywords when listening, identify and summarize main ideas, make inferences and comparisons, organize thoughts before speaking, think critically, defend ideas, and communicate confidently using organized structures, academic vocabulary, and grammatically correct sentences. All of these skills are crucial for getting high scores on the TOEFL test, preparing for college interviews, and eventually succeeding in the university classroom. Students take three full practice tests during the course and can expect to receive 2 hours of homework per day. Students who join this course are within the High-Intermediate range (18–23) for the Speaking and Listening subsections.

Term 3 with Yuta Otake (Closed)

Dates: July 12th to July 23rd

Term 4 with Yuta Otake (Closed)

Dates: July 26th to August 6th

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