In the SAT & PSAT Bridge Program, coaches utilize the MathSP Facilitative Approach, which allows students to assess their strengths and areas for improvement while reinforcing best test-taking practices. In a Small Group Course, the length of each session is designed to simulate the real testing environment; students become comfortable with focusing for an extended period of time, as they must do on the real test. Coaches begin each 3-hour session by reviewing the assigned homework problems. Students are encouraged to come to each session with questions from their homework assignment. Coaches lead peer group discussions that enable students to find their mistakes and correct them. In working through homework and class problems, students not only learn from their mistakes, but they also solidify their understanding of important concepts tested and test-taking strategies as well.

Course Information | Course Structure | Course Materials

The Bridge Program Course Information

  • Intense foundation review of important concepts tested on the SAT & PSAT
  • Strategies and tips for all sections of the SAT & PSAT
  • Real SAT problems from “The Official SAT Study Guide” by ETS, tackled using the SP Method
  • Organization of problems by concept to promote Concept-based Learning
  • Weekly quizzes and mock test sections to track progress
  • Extensive homework assignment each session
  • Homework review using the Facilitative Approach
  • Timed practice SAT sections each session

The Bridge Program Course Structure

The Bridge Program’s SAT & PSAT Small Group Course is comprised of nine sessions dedicated to all sections of the test, including the Reading Test, Writing and Language Test, Math Test, and written Essay. Each session is 3 hours to simulate a real testing experience and get students accustomed to the test environment. Sessions cover content from all test areas and are structured as follows and tailored to each group:

  • Session 1: Full-length Diagnostic Test
  • Session 2: Math Test | Reading Test | Writing & Language Test
  • Session 3: Math Test | Reading Test | Writing & Language Test
  • Session 4: Math Test | Reading Test | Writing & Language Test | Essay
  • Session 5: Math Test | Reading Test | Writing & Language Test | Essay
  • Session 6: Math Test | Reading Test | Writing & Language Test | Essay
  • Session 7: Math Test | Reading Test | Writing & Language Test | Essay
  • Session 8: Mock Test Sections and Review
  • Session 9: Mock Test Sections and Review

Math Test | Arithmetic & Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Statistics, Geometry, and Trigonometry
Reading Test | Single Passages, Paired Passages, Passages with Tables/Graphs/Charts
Writing and Language Test | Learning and using the Top 20 Grammar Rules
Essay | Analyze an Argument

The Small Group Course Plus Private Coaching consists of the Small Group Course plus 6 hours of private coaching to drill in on any topics and strategies that need additional focus and individualized attention. The additional private coaching hours are also an opportunity to thoroughly review every question missed in practice exams and timed sections.

The Bridge Program Course Materials

MathSP students receive the following course materials:

  • “The Official SAT Study Guide” written by the College Board
  • Overview and format of the SAT and/or PSAT
  • Essential tips for SAT & PSAT preparation
  • MathSP binder