Small-Group SAT Courses – 2020

Registration for the course targeting the March 2020 SAT is now closed.


Eight Week Course covers both Strategies and Content for Reading, Writing, and Math

Our student to teacher ratio is only eight to one so that students get plenty of individual attention.  Students are grouped based on their strengths and weaknesses so teachers can target their instruction appropriately.

To receive more information about the recommended testing timeline and this course,  Click Here.

Course targeting the May 2020 SAT:

We are so excited to teach our course for the May 2, 2020 SAT! Registration for that class will begin as soon as the class for the March test gets underway, which will be in mid-January.

Due to several interesting calendar events, including Spring Break for FCPS and an overlap with our SAT course for the March, our eight- session class for the May 2020 will take more than TEN weeks to complete!

Classes #2 through #8 of the course for the May SAT meet on Sundays, and students can choose from either 9 AM to 12 PM or 12 to 3 PM.

Please note:

  • For Class #1, students will choose from three options, listed below.
  • There is no class on Sunday, March 8 or Sunday, April 21.
Class #1-Testing Options:

·        Sunday, February 16 (at Mindworks):  9-12 or 12-3

·        Tuesday, February 18 (at Mindworks):  4-7 PM

·        At home under testing conditions

·        Other

Once you have registered, we will send you a SignUpGenius link so that you can indicate your preference for Class #1.

Class #2-Teaching March 1
(No Class) March 8
Class #3-Testing March 15
Class #4-Teaching March 22
Class #5-Testing March 29
Class #6-Teaching

(Spring Break)

April 5

First Sunday of FCPS Spring Break

(Free Make-up Class on Tuesday, April 14 from 4-7 PM)

(No Class) April 12, Easter
Class #7-Testing April 19
Class #8-Teaching April 26

Though we will have to pay attention to the calendar, the teachers are NOT sad that the students will get breaks throughout the class–it’s a great way to avoid test fatigue, particularly at a time of year when school tends to start getting more intense!

We will offer the same eight week course again targeting the June SAT.


Sophomores:  Mark Your Calendars!

SAT/ACT Summer Jump Start Camps will be offered the following weeks this summer (students only attend one week):

June 22-26

July 6-10

July 20-24

August 3-7

August 10-14

Camps run Monday through Friday from 10 AM-1 PM.  Registration will open on April 1.


Juniors—Time to Get Started!

Here Are the Top Nine Questions about the SAT and ACT

    1. How do I know which test is best for me?
      Compare your percentile score from each. (In other words, you have to take BOTH to know.)
    2. Do all colleges accept the ACT?
      BREAKING NEWS! More colleges now accept the ACT than the SAT.
    3. Should I take the ACT?
      YES! About 33% of students score BETTER on the ACT!
    4. Does this mean I DON’T have to take the SAT?
      NO! About 33% of students DON’T score better on the ACT. (The other third score about the same.)
    5. Isn’t the SAT changing?
      Yes!  And Mindworks is ready with a new curriculum to help you prepare.
    6. Can Mindworks help me do my best?
    7. HOW?
      We recommend that almost all juniors take the SAT and the ACT during both the spring of junior year and fall of senior year.
    8. Why March SAT and April ACT?
      Lots of reasons!

      • By taking both tests during junior year, you free up the summer to concentrate on any remaining areas of weakness.
      • By taking both tests during the fall of senior year, you ensure your score has the maximum amount of time to grow!
    9. Why a small-group setting instead of individual tutoring?
      Lots of reasons!

      • There are only eight students per group, and the groups are created based on scores—this ISN’T a large, impersonal class. Instead, it’s a small-study group of students with similar strengths and weaknesses.
      • We move quickly through areas of strength (so no wasting time) and slowly through areas of weakness (so lots of targeted instruction where it’s needed most!)
      • Going straight to individual tutoring is like going straight to a surgeon! First, you need to go to a generalist to get the overview of what’s necessary.
      • View current course schedule above