



Accel Academy
has been established as an SAT prep
center since 1988. Accel Academy¡¯s SAT
I courses are unique. Unlike other SAT
centers that teach mostly technique,
Accel uses a 5050 combination of practice
and technique so that students whose
fundamental math and verbal knowledge
is weak can learn the basics while improving
their scores. All classes are taught
only by Accel¡¯s fulltime certified
teachers (Principal, VP, & Dept.
Head). Each SAT teacher has had at least
10 years experience teaching SAT students.
Accel¡¯s expert SAT teachers are constantly
researching the SAT I tests and updating
curriculum and classwork to provide
students the most uptodate preparation.





Accel does not hire parttime SAT
teachers; therefore, Accel¡¯s SAT teachers
are totally devoted to their SAT classes
and don¡¯t have other academic responsibilities
to distract them. Students are working
with enthusiastic, real teachers who
create an interesting and positive learning
environment, not preprogrammed computer
software. Students experiencing problems
in class can come for extra help with
their SAT teacher any day of the week.





Accel
requires students to take an SAT I placement
test (if they don¡¯t have official SAT
I scores already). By doing so, Accel
is able to divide its SAT students by
their ability as well as to monitor
their progress. By placing students
in the proper SAT level classes, teachers
are better able to concentrate on the
weaknesses or strengths of each group.
Students feel less intimidated and more
open to asking questions, thus promoting
an interactive classroom experience.
Consequently, students are also more
receptive to learning. 





Accel runs its SAT Program for sixteen
classes. In the fall and spring, classes
meet once a week; in the summer, classes
meet twice a week for eight weeks. Other
SAT prep programs try to cram a semester¡¯s
worth of learning into five or six classes.
Each Accel SAT I class (Verbal and/or
Math) is two and a half hours each in
lengtha total of forty hours of learning
as opposed to the 28 to 35 hours of
strategyonly learning offered by the
Princeton Review. Most other prep programs
do not run their classes for this length
of time. In addition to these combined
five hours of instruction and classwork,
students usually spend an additional
five hours at home over the course of
the week working on homework and studying
for quizzes. Also, the number of items
students encounter over the course of
the semester is far more extensive than
at other prep centers. The Verbal course
requires students to complete approximately
430 SAT I verbal type questions during
the course of the semester for homework
and to study approximately 600 vocabulary
words. This work is in addition to their
classwork and practice tests. The Math
course requires students to complete
approximately 1200 SAT I math type questions
during the course of the semester for
homework in addition to classwork, quizzes,
and practice tests. 



The practice tests students take in
class are REAL College Board SAT I Reasoning
Tests. The Academy purchases the most
up to date tests from ETS. Other test
prep courses administer their own SAT
I type tests that their institutions
have created. The verbal classes take
eight real SATs per semester. The Math
classes take approximately three real
SATs per semester. The verbal classes
take more practice tests because they
have fewer homework problems than the
math classes do. 



Accel Academy guarantees a combined
score improvement of 150 points or a
score of at least 1400 for students
who are initially scoring 1250 or better.
Students who attend classes regularly,
complete all the work, make all their
corrections, and pass all their tests
will be guaranteed this score improvement;
otherwise, they will be able to register
for the next semester free of charge.





Accel¡¯s SAT
I courses are designed for those students
who are very serious about improving
their SAT I Reasoning Test scores. Students
must be willing to do all of their homework
by themselves with their best effort.



The SAT I Reasoning Test is an aptitude
test designed to predict students¡¯ potential
success in college. It consists of two
parts, each with three to four sections.
Accel¡¯s Verbal Program instructs students
in vocabulary, logic skills for analogies
and sentence completions, and critical
thinking skills. Students are also given
a practice test each class using a real
College Board SAT. Students are required
to complete homework assignments, make
corrections to problems they get wrong
on the homework, and take vocabulary
and root words tests. 


The biggest change to the SAT I coming
in march 2005 is the addition of the
Writing section, which gets a completely
separate score from the Verbal section
(to be renamed the Critical Reading
section). Therefore, the highest total
score students could receive will no
longer be 1600; it will be 2400! To
accommodate these changes, Accel offers
a Writing class specifically for this
section of the new SATs. Students learn
how to compose a studentwritten essay
and answer multiple choice questions
that test grammar, usage, and style.



Accel¡¯s
SAT I Math Program instructs students
in numerical and arithmetic concepts,
basic algebraic concepts, geometric
concepts, and advanced concepts including
absolute value, functional notation,
linear functions, manipulations with
exponents, properties of tangent lines,
logic and application of problem solving
skills. Students are also given practice
tests during class using a real College
Board SAT. Students are required to
complete homework assignments and make
corrections to problems they get wrong
on the homework by working with peers
or with the teacher during that day¡¯s
class. After lectures on the day¡¯s topic,
students take a quiz on the topic just
covered. Students then have the opportunity
to ask questions about the items that
they got wrong on the quiz during the
same class. 


