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by PalyDad, Downtown North,
on Aug 18, 2013
My son, a Paly senior, is about to apply to college. He likes the CSUs (California State University). They are peculiar in that they accept students based solely on GPA (through grade 11) and math/verbal SAT scores (they ignore the writing part). They have a specific formula for calculating an "eligibility index". Each year there is a certain cutoff score, depending on who applies; students with an index higher than the cutoff get in, and ones below it do not. (I'm slightly simplifying; if a student lives near a particular CSU, there is a fixed, lower cutoff, but you get the idea.)
He happens to have an index that is slightly below typical cutoff scores for the past few years. But he gets one more chance on the SAT, in about 6 weeks. He scored around 1050 (math+verbal) I think, so he has some room for improvement. Even a boost of 100 points could make the difference between acceptance and rejection.
I noticed that Ivy Tutor has a 6-week SAT class about to start. Has anyone had any experience with this company, or with SAT tutoring in general? I'm thinking that he probably can't learn a lot of math or English in 6 weeks, but perhaps he could learn test-taking techniques if he had the right sort of coaching.