The ePrep Learning Cycle

ePrep’s unique SAT preparation methodology is really quite simple.  It starts with practice – and lots of it.  However, practice alone won’t help you achieve your best SAT score.  Your hard work must be accompanied by expert instruction immediately after taking and grading your SAT practice tests.  Have you ever heard the saying “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”?  Students are most open to learning when they are engaged in the subject material.

Every aspect of ePrep for the SAT was developed around this proven “practice-grade-review” methodology:

(1) Practice

The student should complete practice tests under simulated conditions: 

  • The student should practice using the highest quality practice tests available.
  • If the actual test is administered under strict time conditions, the student should complete the practice test, or a practice-test subsection, within the appropriate time limit.
  • The student should practice in an environment that is similar to that of the actual test. For example, when taking a practice test, a desk or a dining room table is more appropriate than a couch, a comfortable chair or a seat on a train. Also, a place that offers minor distractions is more realistic than one that offers complete silence. (There are always minor distractions on test day and students should train themselves to ignore or work through such distractions.)
(2) Grade

The student should grade the practice test, or practice-test subsection, immediately upon completion.

(3) Review

After practice and grading, the student should immediately review, with expert guidance and advice, the following categories of problems:

  • Problems answered incorrectly;
  • Problems skipped;
  • Problems answered correctly by guessing; and
  • Problems answered correctly, but which took too long to answer.
(4) Repeat

Repeat the Practice-Grade-Review cycle as many times as possible before test day.

(5) Remediation

As noted in Step 3 above, most remedial work can be completed, as appropriate, during the review process.  Vocabulary-building, however, is the primary exception. Most students need to take time outside of the practice-grade-review cycle to build large and varied working vocabularies. Remember, vocabulary-building is best accomplished through old-fashioned diligence and hard work (i.e., memorize, memorize, memorize, review, review, and review).

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