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SAT Test Prep & Courses

Get Better Scores with SAT Test Prep

With more than one million students taking the SAT test each year and ever-increasing competition to get into the best universities, the stakes are high for preparing for college. The good news? As your family’s college checklist grows longer, you can take SAT prep off your list. Sylvan of Dubai – Al Barsha’s SAT test prep can help your teen navigate this big test with ease, earning impressive scores along the way.

“But will my son (or daughter) like going to Sylvan?” you wonder. The answer may surprise you. From our high achievers to our kids who need an extra boost, teens of all test-taking abilities like going to Sylvan for SAT prep. Our tutors motivate and inspire teenagers with a personal approach that takes the mystery out of college admission tests.

The results? You’ll not only see impressive SAT test scores, but you’ll also see your son or daughter grow with confidence. Many of students at our center in Dubai – Al Barsha master the skills needed to raise test scores in as little as five to eight weeks!

Why SAT test prep at Sylvan works

In contrast to most SAT prep programs, Sylvan uses a proven mix of small-group instruction, independent learning, online resources and SAT practice tests. This comprehensive approach ensures that kids not only learn strategies for tackling every type of exam question (including the essay portion of the SAT), but they also can focus on the specific skill areas they need to improve.

With in-class SAT prep at Sylvan your teenager can take full advantage of:

  • Small-group instruction on the skills and strategies that are needed to score high.
  • Expert SAT tutors who know the college entrance exams inside and out.
  • Personalized homework to improve the skills that need the most help.
  • Flexible class hours to fit your teen’s busy schedule.

ACT Test Prep

ACT Test Prep and Courses

With more than one million students taking the ACT test each year and an ever-increasing competition to get into the best universities, the stakes are high for scoring well on the ACT test. Not to mention, the number of ACT test takers is up almost 20 percent since 2010. It’s no wonder that ACT test prep has grown so important!

The good news is that Sylvan’s ACT prep program can help your teenager navigate this big test with ease, earning impressive scores along the way.

Our expert ACT tutors will motivate and inspire your teen with a personal approach that takes the mystery out of the ACT test. You’ll not only see impressive ACT test scores, but you’ll also see your son or daughter grow with confidence. For many of our students, it only takes five to eight weeks to master the skills they need to raise their scores!

Why our ACT prep is highly effective

What makes Sylvan’s ACT test prep program unique? We use a proven combination of small-group instruction, independent learning, online resources and ACT practice tests. This cohesive approach ensures that teens learn the strategies for tackling each type of exam question (including the written portion of the ACT). In addition, they can focus on the specific skill areas they need to improve.

When you sign up for our in-class ACT prep program, your teen will benefit from:

  • Small-group instruction on the skills and strategies needed to score high.
  • Expert ACT tutors who know the college entrance exams inside and out.
  • Personalized homework to improve the skills that need the most help.
  • Flexible class hours to fit your teen’s busy schedule.

Sylvan Prep Online for independent learning

One of the coolest parts of our ACT prep program is Sylvan Prep Online, our personalized, online learning environment. It’s included with our in-center instruction, or you can choose it as a standalone class.

With Sylvan Prep Online, your son or daughter gains 24/7 access to:

  • Thousands of detailed video lessons on how to approach ACT test problems.
  • Subject-specific video lessons to help improve areas of need.
  • An interactive vocabulary builder with hundreds of common ACT test words.
  • Full-length, timed practice tests to prepare for the pace and format of the ACT and build confidence for test day.

Sylvan’s integrated ACT prep program will help your teen manage the pressure, lower stress and raise those crucial test scores. Before you know it, you’ll be receiving letters from colleges and hearing your son or daughter say three magical words: “I got in!”

Advanced Reading

Transition to College With Ease

Have you noticed that your teenager’s reading workload is multiplying with each year of school? Just imagine what it will be like when your son or daughter heads to college! There’s no question that success in school depends on the ability to read effectively, and that’s why so many college-bound teens take advantage of our Advanced Reading Strategies program.

In Advanced Reading Strategies, your son or daughter will learn how to master strategic reading skills that can help improve speed and comprehension.

During each class, our advanced reading tutors will work with your son or daughter to:

  • Identify and eliminate poor reading habits.
  • Increase reading speed, comprehension and recall.
  • Build the skills and strategies that effective readers use.
  • Develop a flexible reading strategy based on the type of content being read.

Before you know it, you’ll see your son or daughter become more efficient with reading assignments, better manage his or her time, tackle bigger workloads with confidence and bring home higher scores.

Give yourself a pat on the back. You’re helping your teenager make a smooth transition to college with skills that can last a lifetime.

Make a positive impact on SAT and ACT scores

While we don’t specifically cover the SAT and ACT tests in Advanced Reading Strategies, the skills your teen is learning can make a positive impact on both tests.

On the SAT, 66 percent of the verbal score is based on passage-based reading. Meanwhile, on the ACT, the reading and science sections make up 50 percent of your teen’s final scores. Your son or daughter has to be able to read 300 words per minute to finish all the reading passages and have time to answer the questions.

Our reading tutors teach three critical skills that can contribute to higher test scores: speed, comprehension and recall. We make time a non-factor on the reading portions of the SAT and ACT, so your teen can increase his or her scores.

Tip! To make the biggest impact on test results, combine Advanced Reading Strategies with our SAT Prep and ACT Prep programs.

What to expect from Advanced Reading Strategies

Your son or daughter will enjoy:

  • A proven mix of personal instruction and independent learning offered in a small group setting.
  • An assessment to determine the best place to start and achieve results quickly.
  • Measurable progress and results, such as increasing his or her average effective reading rate (ERR).
  • Great reading and time management skills that will make college workloads more manageable and can last a lifetime.

College Prep Writing

Set Your Teen Up for Writing Success

There’s nothing like writing a college application essay to help a teenager perfect the art of procrastination. If you hear a chorus of crickets every time you ask your teen about his or her essay, take heart. Our writing tutors are here to help!

Our College Prep Writing program is an interactive way for your son or daughter to master the college application essay and build the research-based writing skills needed for college success.

In College Prep Writing, teens typically develop their college essays from scratch. If your teen already had an essay in the works, we’re happy to start there too!

How our College Prep Writing classes work

Our writing tutors help your teen focus on two distinct areas:

  • Getting into college: A good college essay can help your teen stand out and shine. Our tutors cover the essential elements of writing a college application essay. Your son or daughter will learn how to craft a well-written and compelling essay that gives college admission counselors an inside look at what makes your teen special.
  • Academic, research-based writing: Our writing tutors share the writing, research and analysis skills needed to tackle college-level papers. Your teen will learn how to write successful research papers and use advanced composition techniques. You’ll love seeing your son or daughter develop the skills and confidence needed to succeed with advanced coursework.

College Prep Writing is offered in a small group setting. Each two-hour class offers a lot of variety to keep your teen engaged.

Typically, your son or daughter participates in a warm-up activity to get his or her creative juices flowing. From there, we transition into instruction on the writing process and grammar. Then, your teen is given time to work independently on his or her writing project. We wrap up with an individual or group activity to re-enforce the skills and lessons covered during class.

What to expect from College Prep Writing

Your son or daughter will:

  • Receive expert guidance on preparing an effective college application essay.
  • Have dedicated time to write his or her essay, applying the skills learned in class.
  • Get valuable practice in the writing, research and analysis skills that are needed to succeed beyond high school.
  • Build confidence heading into college.