Focusing on Core High School Areas
Test Preparation for the SAT/ACT
While there are similarities between the SAT and ACT test, there are also differences. Each test requires a distinct preparation approach and our tutors focus on the core areas which each tests covers. Students will gain verbal and math skills and develop test taking technique for all sections of standardized tests.
The New SAT
C2 has developed a completely revised curriculum for the new SAT (NSAT). It covers the revamped test in the fundamental areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. The NSAT will be given for the first time in March 2016. Make no mistake -- the NSAT is a significantly more difficult exam than the current SAT. The new PSAT, which was given in October 2015, was an early indication of the sea change which will take place when the NSAT arrives in 2016. The math section on the new PSAT was appreciably more challenging than its 2014 predecessor. The reading passages presented a number of ambiguous answer choices. Equally important, high school curricula in Texas are not geared to the NSAT, making preparation by students a tougher task. We've told our C2 juniors and sophomores to be ready for longer and denser reading passages; a deeper dive into math, including elements of Trigonometry and Statistics; and an evidence-based essay which they may not be practicing in their high school English course. Understanding what's ahead on the NSAT ship and beginning early to comprehend the test will be the keys to success for those who want top scores.
SAT II Exams
The SAT II’s (or Subject Matter Tests) are addressed to disciplines such as English, History, and Chemistry. There are 20 of them and they are designed to measure understanding of particular subjects. They can be closely evaluated in competitive college admissions. C2 Southlake offers tutoring for the exams in:
- English – English Literature
- History – U.S. History, World History
- Mathematics – Mathematics Level 1 and Level 2
- Science - Biology E/M, Chemistry, Physics
Advanced Placement courses can improve writing skills, sharpen math and science problem solving, and develop time-management ability. They also generate course-end tests. Tutoring is available for these subjects:
- English – English Language/Literature and Composition
- Science – Biology, Chemistry, Physics B, Physics C
- Mathematics – Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics
- History – European History, U.S. History, World History
- Others – Human Geography, U.S. Government and Politics
C2 Education in Southlake has tutored/counseled students who have been admitted to a range of the country's best universities, including Boston College; Caltech; Carnegie Mellon; Dartmouth; Georgetown; Harvard; Lehigh; NYU; Northwestern; Pennsylvania; West Point Military Academy; USC; Virginia; and Wake Forest. In Texas, students have been admitted to Austin College; Baylor; SMU; Rice; TCU; Texas A&M; Trinity ; and the University of Texas.
Secondary school students have successfully competed for admission to the Episcopal School of Dallas; Fort Worth Country Day; Greenhill School; Hockaday; and Nolan Catholic, among others.
This record has been achieved by students who were dedicated, worked hard, and had exemplary grade point averages and test scores. Along the way, they had the guidance of tutors who personally had been through the rigors of high-end admissions and attended and graduated from schools of the above caliber. Admissions these days is a very competitive business and C2 emphasizes strategy in school choice, complete and detailed applications, high quality essays, and thoughtful consideration of options such as Early Decision as the path to the "You're accepted" email. C2 also assists with honors and scholarship submissions.
C2 offers admissions counseling as an adjunct to tutoring as well as a separate service to parents and students.