SAT Prep Genius Course

Duration: Half-semester course offered in summer, fall, and spring (8 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: As an eight-week course, SAT® Prep Genius is a pass/fail, for-credit course for students who actively participate.
Tuition: $225 for HSLDA Members / $275 for non-members, priced significantly lower than other test prep courses.

Thumbnail for a YouTube video on the SATDescription: SAT Prep Genius explores the question types found on college entrance exams, and helps students recognize obvious clues and find correct answers. These exams are primarily logic tests, which seek to confuse students and prevent them from moving quickly through the questions. SAT Prep Genius helps students identify the logical patterns found within the questions, which allows students to solve them efficiently and without stress. Students learn clever acronyms and other innovative memory devices to help them remember the strategies. As consistent practice is key for mastering this test-taking method, students retain access to SAT Prep Genius for 180 days after the course concludes. 

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Watch a sample clip of an Academy live class session.

Live Online Class Session Schedule

Early Fall: August 22, 2022–October 14, 2022

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time

Instructors

Section 1: Closed Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Eastern Mr. Arthur Ricciardi
Section 2: Closed Wednesdays, 12:30–2:00 p.m. Eastern Mr. Arthur Ricciardi
Section 3: Closed Tuesdays, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Eastern

Mrs. Michele Damron

Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

 

Late Fall: October 17, 2022–December 16, 2022*

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time

Instructors

Section 1
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Eastern Mr. Arthur Ricciardi
Section 2 Wednesdays, 12:30–2:00 p.m. Eastern Mr. Arthur Ricciardi
Section 3 Tuesdays, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Eastern

Mrs. Michele Damron

Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

*Note: This class skips the week of Thanksgiving.

 

Early Spring: January 9, 2023–March 3, 2023

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time

Instructors

Section 1
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Eastern Mr. Arthur Ricciardi
Section 2 Wednesdays, 12:30–2:00 p.m. Eastern Mr. Arthur Ricciardi
Section 3 TBA

Mrs. Michele Damron

Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

 

Late Spring: March 6, 2023–May 5, 2023*

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time

Instructors

Section 1
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Eastern Mr. Arthur Ricciardi
Section 2 Wednesdays, 12:30–2:00 p.m. Eastern Mr. Arthur Ricciardi
Section 3 TBA

Mrs. Michele Damron

Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

*Note: This class skips the week of Easter.

 

Drop Policy: For any drop requests submitted by the 15th calendar day of the course, the registrant will receive a $100 refund. No tuition refunds will be offered after the 15th calendar day of the course. There is no registration fee for the 2022-23 academic year.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How much practice do I need to improve my SAT score?

    The more time you spend practicing the strategies you learn in SAT® Prep Genius, the more likely you are to improve your SAT® score.

    We recommend that students take SAT® Prep Genius early in their high school career. To allow for maximum practice, students should take SAT® Prep Genius up to a year before taking the PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT®, or ACT. Practice is absolutely necessary for a successful test score.

  • Students will learn

    • How to master the reading section by learning what content to look for, what information is superfluous, and finding exactly what they need to read 
    • How to master the math section by learning rhymes to quickly solve problems, answer each question without a calculator and feel concept even if a question contains an unknown concept 
    • How to master the writing section by learning which questions focus on grammar, style, and analysis 
  • How much homework is in SAT Prep Genius?

    We estimate that the course workload will take 5–7 hours per week. During a typical week in this course, students will complete the following coursework:

    • A pre-recorded lecture video introducing concepts
    • 60–90 minutes of live class instruction
    • 20–30 pages of reading
    • Varying numbers of practice problems, depending on how much practice students would like to have before the test.

    Students complete a variety of homework exercises to help them learn the testing method. 

  • What books will I use in SAT Prep Genius?

    The official SAT® Prep Genius booklist is available now. In the official booklist, you will find information about the editions, book descriptions, and ISBN numbers.

  • Prerequisites

    Students should be able to read at a high school level. 

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in SAT Prep Genius?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with the listed SAT Prep Genius class time?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts. 

  • What is the tuition for SAT Prep Genius?

    Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

    HSLDA members save $50 on SAT Prep Genius courses!