The program focuses mostly on the SAT and a little bit on the ACT. The program helps students improve through (1) practice tests and (2) skill building exercises. Frequent practice tests give students the experience they need to become familiar with the test format, manage their time and stress, and learn from their mistakes. Skill building lectures and exercises give students a stronger foundation by developing their underlying reading, grammar, and math abilities. This two-part structure provides the best study strategy for achieving success.
There are two reasons that Peak offers a hybrid SAT / ACT program.
First, some students might do better on the SAT, while others might do better on the ACT. Therefore, students should take practice tests for both tests to see which they prefer and do better on. Second, the SAT and the ACT share many similarities. Both the SAT and ACT have Reading, Grammar & Usage, Math, and an Essay. Therefore, students can easily study for both tests at the same time.Studying for one test is almost like studying for the other test. One main difference between the SAT and the ACT is the ACT has a separate science section. The ACT science section tests how well students can read and interpret graphs and studies. It does not require a lot of background knowledge of science facts but rather the ability to read and analyze scientific passages. Even though the SAT does not have a separate science section, it does include science passages in the reading section. Another main difference between the SAT and theACT is the SAT gives you more time per question.
Peak’s SAT / ACT program stands out compared to other programs because it strongly emphasizes and effectively teaches reading.
A student’s reading ability affects his/her score more than any other skill. The ability to read well helps the student score high on the reading section, the grammar & usage section, and even the ACT science section. A student must read at a high level in order to understand and interpret every passage, every question, and every answer choice. Students who read well do well. Peak’s lessons have been designed to focus especially on reading. First, whenever students go over partial tests or full tests, the teacher spends extra time analyzing reading passages with students. He teaches them how to read, summarize, and interpret. For difficult passages, he goes over the passage slowly and carefully, sentence by sentence. Second, when the teacher lectures on topics and principles, he spends extra time in teaching students how to read more effectively. He also assigns reading homework so that students can practice reading on their own. Students will read a wide variety of challenging articles from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
In the summer semester, students will study five days a week. From Monday to Thursday, students will start by taking a partial SAT or ACT test.Then the teacher will immediately go over that partial test. After a short lunch break, the teacher will lecture on reading, grammar and usage, and math, and students will do exercises to apply these principles. Every Friday, students will take a full-length practice test to simulate the real test. After lunch, the teacher will then immediately go over the entire test. By the end of the summer, students will have completed more than 24 tests, hundreds of drills, and dozens of challenging articles from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
In the summer semester, since students spend many hours every weekday in class, they will have only a little bit of homework to reinforce their learning. The homework will usually be extra reading passages and sometimes grammar and math problems.
Peak’s hybrid SAT / ACT program prepares students for both the SAT and the ACT (mostly for the SAT) without the essay section through partial and full practice tests, skill building lectures and exercises, and a special focus on reading.