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2015 Summer – Weekend SAT/PSAT/ACT Prep

summerSATclass_2014This is a comprehensive SAT prep course that teaches you everything you need to know to increase your score significantly: vocab, sentence completion, reading comprehension, essay writing, grammar, and math. Instructors use the class time to explain and demonstrate the our powerful SAT test techniques and strategies that have been getting students perfect SAT scores for the last 10 years. The bulk of your practice will be done as homework.

Math Instructor: Dr. Henry Wan

English Instructors: Dr. William (Bill) Jiang, and Mrs. Pauline Ko

6 Weekends (Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm):

  1. 6/27, 6/28
  2. 7/11, 7/12 (Quarterly Mock Test/Review)
  3. 7/18, 7/19
  4. 7/25, 7/26 (Quarterly Mock Test/Review)
  5. 8/1, 8/2
  6. 8/8,   8/9 (Final Mock Exam/Review)

Tuition: $1080 (including all materials, such as 21 full-length College Board’s recent real SATs, 12 math packets, 12 essay assignments, 12 reading packets, 12 grammar packets)

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Our approach is different from that of other tutoring centers, such as Kaplan, C2 Education, and Princeton Review. Those tutoring centers use an approach that we find inefficient: for a 3-hour session, a student would take one and a half hours to complete the critical reading/math/writing problems and the teacher would take one and a half hours to discuss the student’s work and the test-taking strategies. Our tutoring model is very unique. We ask that all students complete all the required problems at home, and then email their work to us before come to the class. We will carefully review and check the students’ work. Based on their work, we can detect what are the student’s specific weaknesses and use those problems in class to teach the students all the tricks, shortcuts, strategies, and tactics for taking the test. The entire two hours are used for instructional teaching only. We firmly believe that learning is extremely important, and that a student should not waste time doing problems with our supervision if they can do those problems at home. So our 3-hour session is equivalent to a regular 6-hour session, and thus our hourly rate is less than twice that of other tutoring centers.

Weekly Homework

Part 1: Do at least 3 entire sets of past SATs, under a time limit as if it were a real exam – such as in a mock test environment. Learn the official layout of the exam and force yourself to follow the strict time limitation of the test. It is a rigorous routine that will exhaust you on your first try. As you continue, though, you will start to feel more and more comfortable with the test.

Part 2: Do 3 sets of real SAT Math Questions of difficulty level 4-5, 3 sets of real SAT Critical Reading Questions of difficulty level 4-5, and 3 sets of real SAT Grammar and Usage Questions of difficulty level 4-5. The best way to optimize your chances of a high score is to practice more and more difficult problems collected from the past real SAT exams.

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Small-sized Classes

At Ivy League Education Center, we do believe that smaller classes mean better classes. Unlike most other major test prep companies, whose classes average between 15 and 30 students, we typically have class sizes of 4-10 students. Larger classes are staffed with an additional instructor to ensure the student-teacher ratio is never great than 5:1. By keeping our classes small, we can guarantee more personal interaction between student and instructors. This ensures that our instructors can better meet their students’ individual learning needs.satprep

Better Analytics

We believe better diagnostics are essential to score improvement. Accurately assessing their progress helps students pinpoint their strengths and weaknesses and gives them a roadmap for studying for the SAT.

Because we take care to diagnose our students’ particular problems, our instructors can provide lessons tailored to the individual needs of their students. Our accurate and frequent assessments help us keep track of student progress and see where each student needs help.

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Best Materials

We have sourced together the best SAT materials available on the market, but most importantly, sourced from the test maker — the College Board. Unlike other companies, we don’t just rely on a single proprietary source. Instead, we research and combine the best explanatory texts and strategies.

We also believe that students should practice on real SAT tests, and so we provide our students with a copy of the latest tests. Read more: 72 Full-length Real SATs are a Golden Resource to Our SAT Prep Program

 Adaptive Curriculum

Ivy League Education Center has developed a comprehensive and effective curriculum to meet the needs of SAT test takers. Our teachers are flexible: they don’t just read from a script but adjust the curriculum to meet the personal needs of their students. This means class time doesn’t get wasted, and it turns our classrooms into engaging and dynamic learning environments.

Locations:

1001 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

13902 Bromfield Road, Germantown, MD 20874

18206 Endora Cir, Germantown, MD 20841

Contact Information:

Ivy League Education Center

Tel:  301-922-9508     or        240-780-8828

Email:  chiefmathtutor@gmail.com

2015 Summer – SAT/PSAT/ACT Prep

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Most students improve by 350 to 700 points on the SAT!

1. Weekday Courses

Each of our courses is carefully designed, taking into account all of the best instructional and practice materials available. Our classes balance interactive lecture, cooperative discussion, and realistic mock test situations. We offer the following classes: We always maintain a size of less than 10 students. Students are grouped based on their pre-test score to ensure effective teaching and learning.

Session 1 6/22 – 7/2 (No class July 3 due to the holiday, this missed class will be made up 6/27) 60 hours $900
Session A 6/29 – 7/11 (No class July 3 due to the holiday, this missed class will be made up 7/11) 60 hours $900
Session 2 7/6 – 7/17 60 hours $900
Session B 7/13 – 7/24 60 hours $900
Session 3 7/20 –7/31 60 hours $900
Session C 7/27 – 8/7 60 hours $900
Session 4 8/3 – 8/14 60 hours $900
Session D 8/10 – 8/21 60 hours $900
Session 5 8/17 – 8/28 60 hours $900

Sample Daily Schedule (Topics: Critical Reading/Math/Writing)

Morning 8:00 – 9:30 AM Drop-off and Study
9:15 – 9:30 AM Quiet Time Program: 15 minutes of relaxation
9:30 – 10:30 AM SAT Vocabulary-Building
10:30 – 12:30 AM SAT Math
Afternoon 12:30 – 1:15 PM Lunch Time (Microwave Available)
1:15- 1:30 PM Quiet Time Program: 15 minutes of relaxation
1:30- 3:00 PM SAT Grammar/Essay Writing
3:00 – 4:30 PM SAT Critical Reading
4:30 – 4:45 PM Quiet Time Program: 15 minutes of relaxation
4:30 – 6:00 PM Homework and Pickup

Course Description

Our intensive courses provide thorough coverage of both substantive and strategic SAT preparation. Students are given ample opportunities to practice their new knowledge. Daily homework assignments are given, with flexible options provided to students with less free time. There are typically 5-10 students per class. Classes will focus on developing the best test-taking strategies and tactics while also reinforcing concepts in mathematics, critical reading, and writing. In addition, the course offers students frequent opportunities to practice under realistic test conditions.

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  1. Weekend Course

Topics: Critical Reading/Writing/Math

Math Instructor: Dr. Henry Wan

English Instructors: Dr. William (Bill) Jiang, and Mrs. Pauline Ko

6 Weekends (Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm):

  1. 6/27, 6/28
  2. 7/11, 7/12 (Quarterly Mock Test/Review)
  3. 7/18, 7/19
  4. 7/25, 7/26 (Quarterly Mock Test/Review)
  5. 8/1, 8/2
  6. 8/8,   8/9 (Final Mock Exam/Review)

Tuition: $1080 (including all materials).

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  1. Private and Semi-private Tutoring

(1)     One-on-One Private Tutoring:                 $100/hour

  • 1-on-1 instruction
  • Completely personalized prep
  • Books and materials included
  • Only our best and most sought after tutors
  • Tutors with the skills and style to totally meet your needs
  • The freedom to meet when you want
  • A plan to help you get into your top-choice schools

(2)     One-on-Two Semi-Private Instruction:    $65/hour

  • Specialized 1-on-2 instruction
  • Books and materials included
  • Only our best and most sought after tutors
  • Individualized attention
  • Customizable schedules

(3)     One-on-Three Semi-Private Instruction:  $50/hour

  • Specialized 1-on-3 instruction
  • Books and materials included
  • Only our best and most sought after tutors
  • Individualized attention
  • Customizable schedules

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Our Strengths

Ivy League Education Center Other SAT Prep Programs
Small Classes Tailored to the unique needs of individual students Large Classes Fail to recognize individual students’ strengths and weaknesses
Top quality instructors Talented, experienced teachers handpicked from the best schools Unreliable teacher quality Weak instructors hired through an unreliable process
Only the best explanatory texts Chosen from the full range of SAT materials available, but most importantly, sourced from the College Board Limited instructional tools Ineffective strategies taken from a single source
Real SATs for practice and mock tests 72 real full-length SAT exams from the College Board

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·         72 Full-length Real SATs are a Golden Resource to Our SAT Prep Program

·         You Are Welcome to Attend Our Mock SAT Tests

·         The Importance of SAT Practice Tests

Inauthentic test questions Unapproved, untested questions written by companies not affiliated with the SAT

Our Uniqueness

We have a long history of close collaboration with the College Board and the Educational Testing Service. We are only one in the Washington DC metropolitan area who have a contract with the College Board to use all real questions from the past SAT tests in our SAT Prep program. Our students have gained great benefits from this program and have received top scores on the SAT. We have accumulated 72 full-length real SAT booklets from College Board. For more details, see the article entitled “72 Full-length Real SATs are a Golden Resource to Our SAT Prep Program.”

Our Team

At the invitation of Mr. Michael Yu, the Founder, Board Chairman, and CEO of the New Oriental Education & Technology Group (Simplified Chinese 新东方), which is the largest comprehensive educational company in China, our team joined the New Oriental in 2004. We developed and ran an SAT preparation program at the New Oriental, which was the first one in China, designed to provide instruction and develop effective strategies needed for students to excel on the SAT.

Featured SAT Instructors

All of our sessions are taught by highly qualified instructors who are excellent experts on preparing students for the exam. We distinguish ourselves by the high quality of our instructors. Finding top-quality instructors is no easy task. We’ve hand-picked some of the best, including graduates of Ivy League institutions. Meet some of them here:

Our Students

Since 2011, our program has helped many students maximize their SAT scores and resulted in many acceptances from the Ivy League Colleges, MIT, Stanford, CalTech and most other top universities.

Read more: Notable Achievements of Our Students

Locations:

1001 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

13902 Bromfield Road, Germantown, MD 20874

18206 Endora Cir, Germantown, MD 20841

Contact Information:

Ivy League Education Center

Tel:  301-922-9508     or        240-780-8828

Email:  chiefmathtutor@gmail.com

Summer is the Golden Time to Prepare for the SAT (PSAT) Test

Henry Wan, Ph.D.

SAT-Prep-Summer-ClassesIvy League Education Center SAT/PSAT Prep Summer Courses

60 Hours Lecture + 3 Free Full-length Mock Tests (Approximately 4 Hours Each) using the College Board’s Real SAT Tests on January 24, March 14,and May 2, 2015 + 30 Hours Homework Based on 72 Full-Length Past Real SAT exams

Most students improve by 350 to 700 points on the SAT!

Purpose: To prepare for the SAT on Saturday, October 3, November 7, or December 5, 2015, and the PSAT/NMSQT test on Wednesdays, Oct. 14, 2015 (recommended test date), and Oct. 28, 2015 (alternate test date).

Small-sized Class Teaching Model:

We utilize the highly effective small-sized class teaching model. For the class size, we will maintain a size of less than 10 students. Smaller classes lead to pupils receiving more individual attention from teachers, and having more active interactions with them. We focus on every individual, not the whole class. Students will thrive from the smaller class sizes that allow them to reach their full potential. Particularly, students can benefit tremendously from high-frequent individualized student-teacher interactions leading to establishment of a stronger foundation for lifelong learning.

Three Mock Tests:

We give 3 free full-length mock tests (approximately 4 hours each) using the College Board’s actual SAT test booklets on January 24, March 14, and May 2, 2015. Our mock test is exactly the same as the real test provided by the College Board/the Educational Testing Service. Based on the results of these tests, we provide students with individualized support.

Description:

This course is designed to help you improve your math, writing, and reading skills that are necessary to get a high score on the SAT/PSAT exam.

This class will consist of discussion of problems from all past SAT/PSAT exams (2005-2015) and official SAT practice tests as described in Table 1, as well as efficient strategies, tips, shortcuts, and tricks for taking the test. All these full-length past SATs/PSATs form our “big data” system. We have used data mining and predictive analytics to examine the types and the frequencies of questions in all these materials, and then completely “decode” the SAT. We will show all the “secret codes” cracked from the above big data to students. Using decoded tricks, strategies, and tactics for solving SAT math, critical reading, sentence completion, grammar, usage, and writing problems, we will help students totally grasp and “control” the SAT. They will be fully familiar with the test format and the types of questions they will see on the SAT test. For all questions on the recent real SATs, we have found their “ancestors” and “roots” from the old SAT problems. Therefore, the best way to prepare for the SAT test is to practice by solving old SAT problems. Much time of the course will be devoted to problems on the real SATs. This course will also include a discussion of the effective use of a graphing calculator to solve SAT math problems.

Our SAT courses provide live instruction, homework review, and customized recommendations based on practice test performance—all aimed at helping students score higher. Students spend two weeks working on the math, critical reading, and writing components of the SAT. Upon successful completion, students will possess the tools necessary to complete the SAT to the best of their ability.

Table 1: All the materials we collected from the College Board about the SAT/PSAT

Sources Real SATs

 (2005-2015)

College Board:

Yearly Official SAT Practice Tests (2005-2014)

College Board’s The Official SAT Study Guide (1st/2nd/3rd Editions): Past actual SAT exams College Board’s The Official SAT Online Course: Official SAT Practice Tests Real PSATs

 (2005-2014)

Number 72 10 16 10 32
Total 140

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Daily Homework (Must be completed each day)

Do 2 sets of real SAT Math Questions of difficulty level 4-5, 2 sets of real SAT Critical Reading Questions of difficulty level 4-5, and 2 sets of real SAT Grammar and Usage Questions of difficulty level 4-5. The best way to optimize your chances of a high score is to practice more and more difficult problems collected from the past real SAT exams.

Weekly Homework (Must be completed each week)

Do at least 3 entire sets of past SATs, under a time limit as if it were a real exam – such as in a mock test environment. Learn the official layout of the exam and force yourself to follow the strict time limitation of the test. This is a rigorous routine that will exhaust you on your first try. However, you will start to feel more and more comfortable with the test as you continue practicing.

We have to face the simple truth that to do well on this grueling test, we will need to practice. In fact, the best way to prepare for the SAT is to practice on real questions from the past SAT tests, and pay close attention to the style and tone of the tests. Just like it is for sports and music, the key to success for the SAT is repetition and practice.

We strongly believe in effort and the malleability of intelligence. Intelligence can be enhanced through effort. People can develop impressive levels of expertise through hard work and practice. Effort and persistence are the keys to success. Hard work always pays off. Practice makes perfect!

Our Students

Since 2011, our program has helped many students maximize their SAT scores and resulted in many acceptances from the Ivy League Colleges, MIT, Stanford, CalTech and most other top universities.

Read more: Notable Achievements of Our Students

You can contact Dr. Henry Wan by call at 301-922-9508 or by email at chiefmathtutor@gmail.com.

Locations:

1001 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

13902 Bromfield Road, Germantown, MD 20874

18206 Endora Cir, Germantown, MD 20841

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Chief English Instructor: Dr. William (Bill) Jiang

Dr. Bill Jiang received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University from Columbia University, his M.A. degree in Comparative Literature and his M.S. degree in Library and Information Science from Brown University, his M.A. degree in English Lexicography from Peking University, China, and his B.A. degree in English from Wuhan University, China. He has researched and personally done ALL Critical Reading and Writing Sections of all Official SAT practice and tests from the College Board since 2004. He has been an SAT Essay Reader — College Board for 10 years.

Dr. Jiang has formulated proprietary lecture notes with most effective proven strategies to tackle SAT questions with a tight set of formulated methods.  For the SAT Essay, he has developed his own exclusive formula in such a detailed manner that each paragraph will be based on a suggested formula that students can easily master and score 11 or 12 points out of the total 12 SAT essay points.

Dr. Jiang’s excellent services and college counseling have made big differences in many students’ educational experiences and college admissions. His students have been accepted to the top universities and colleges like Ivy leagues every year.

通过短期突击在SAT 考试中获得Writing满分的诀窍

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SAT考试总分满分2400,由数学(Math)、批判性阅读(Critical Reading)和写作(Writing)三大部分各800分加和而得。其中写作部分的考试时间为60分钟,写作试题由两个种类组成,一个种类为语法及英语惯用法的multiple-choice题型,共有49道题目,这部分考试时间为35分钟;另一种类为essay写作,考试时间为25分钟。以2015年3月的SAT真题为例,如果49道语法题全做对,即使essay只获得9分(满分12分),其writing部分是满分800;如果做对48道语法题,essay获得10分,其writing部分也是满分800;如果做对47道语法题,essay获得11分,其writing部分是满分800。所以,学生通过有效的指导、短期突击、大量练习、在语法及惯用法的选择题型考试部分的49道题目中做对47道以上,就可在在SAT 考试中获得Writing满分。

美国的学校一般没有系统教授语法,学生的语法知识大多较差,完全凭语感,跟着感觉走,拉住“蒙”的手 ── 做题目靠猜和蒙。事实上,应付考试,“语感”常常是靠不住的,“猜”和“蒙”更是不靠谱的,必须有针对性地进行基本功训练。

我们通过与College Board的长期合作,系统性地收集了下列材料:(1)自从2005年3月SAT改版以来的72套SAT真题(即College Board以前使用过的SAT考题);(2)College Board的《The Official SAT Study Guide》第1版、第2版和第3版合计16套题目;(3)College Board的《The Official SAT Online Course》中的10套题目以及10套Official SAT Practice Test;(4)32套PSAT真题(与SAT真题来自同一题库)。总计140套共有6860道Writing方面的多项选择题, 这些有关SAT的真材实料形成了我们的big data,如同黄金宝库的大数据在手,没人比我们更了解SAT。我们对SAT系统研究了十多年,尤其是针对上述的6860道语法及英语惯用法题目的聚类剖析,总结归纳了3种题型51个典型的语法种类和学生考试重常备犯的错误,将语法难题分门别类,重点攻占,各个击破。并辅以大量的练习和讨论,这样使学生在短时间内快速掌握SAT语法精髓和技巧。

SAT语法考试有三种题型,分别是句子改错Identifying Sentences Errors(简称ISE),改进句子Improving Sentences(简称IS)和改进段落Improving paragraphs(简称IP)这三种。这三种SAT语法题的考查侧重点各不相同。

  1. 保证原句的基本意思和原句的重心,这一点非常重要,也就是说在保证选项正确性的前提下,应该尽量保证原句的基本意思,最好不要去变动它,同时也应该保证原句的重心。这一点在SAT语法的三种题型中都有所体现。
  2. SAT语法考试的表达标准是意思单一,表达简洁有效。这就是指在句子中不能出现模棱两可、含糊不清的意思,表达要尽量简洁,不能罗嗦。能够用短语表达的就不用从句,能够用一个单词表达的就不用词组。同时应该尽量符合对称性。

3. 在SAT语法考试的五个选项中找一个最佳的选项成为答案,而不是找一个完全正确的选项,有时候可能五个选项都不是非常完美,那么这时你就应该选择相对来说错误最少最为轻微的选项成为答案。这一点是和其它的英语语法考试最大的不同,需要大家格外注意。

为帮助广大学生考好SAT,我们特开设春季SAT 提高班,包括Writing和Critical Reading,训练学生掌握SAT语法及英语惯用法题目答题的“套路”是其中的重要内容。通过长期的教学实践,我们积累了丰富的经验,取得了十分显著成果。仅仅就SAT Wring而言,学生经过补习,平均成绩有大幅度提高。在过去短短的三年中,经过我们培训的学生中,有41人获得SAT Wring满分的优异成绩。欢迎联系U.S. Ivy League Education Center的 Pauline老师或Henry博士,email为:chiefmathtutor@gmail.com,电话为:(301) 922-9508.

            投资孩子的教育是投资他们的未来,投资孩子的教育胜过其它任何的投资!欲知更多关于SAT的资讯,请看 我们发表的系列文章:

You Are Welcome to Attend Our Mock SAT Tests

mock-testTaking our mock SAT test is a stress-free (and free) way to find your strengths and weaknesses on the SAT. We will help you prepare for the SAT by administering a practice SAT test. We have 17 full-length recent real SAT booklets (including the experimental sections) arranged into mini practice tests, as described in Table 1. We have a long history of close collaboration with the College Board and the Educational Testing Service. We are only one in the Washington DC metropolitan area having a contract with the College Board to use all real questions from the past SAT tests in our SAT Prep program. Our students have gained great benefits from the program and received top scores on the SAT. Actually, we have accumulated 72 full-length real SAT booklets from College Board. For more details, see the article entitled “72 Full-length Real SATs are a Golden Resource to Our SAT Prep Program.” Based on our statistical data analysis, the correlation coefficient between this year’s SAT questions and the last two years’ SAT questions is as high as 0.96. Therefore, we will use the 17 SAT booklets (as shown in Table 1) from the past two years to evaluate our students’ abilities.

Table 1: List of full-length recent real SATs we have collected from College Board

Year Month Form Codes
2013 January AEJA, BWJA
2013 January International AEWZ, BWWZ
2013 May AEJC, BWJC
2013 May International MFDC
2013 May Sunday JUFH
2013 October AEJE, BWJE
2013 October International AEWV, BWWV
2014 January AEKA, BWKA
2014 January International AEXZ, BWXZ
2014 May AEKC, BWKC, CFKC
2014 May International AEXX, BWXX, CFXX
2014 May Sunday HUIB
2014 June NFCZ
2014 October AEKE, BWKE
2014 October International AEXV, BWXV
2015 January DEWN, EWWN
2015 January International DEJM, EWJM
Total 17 full-length recent real SATs

Our mock test is exactly the same as the real test that provided by College Board/Educational Testing Service. We will provide a detailed score report within 3 days after the test date, which is similar to the College Board’s Question-and-Answer Service. This includes a booklet copy of the mock test with a table of correct answers and scoring information. For each question, we will also provide information about the type of question, level of difficulty, what your answer was, and whether it was correct, incorrect, or omitted. This gives you the opportunity to analyze your mistakes in further detail. In addition, we can give you explanations to the questions you get wrong so that you can learn from your mistakes. Nearing your real SAT test day, we will take the average of the last three mock SAT tests you have taken. Based on our experience, this score will be almost the same as your real SAT score; the error will be within a 10 point range.

Completing full practice tests is a great way for students to get the feel of the test and track their progress. Sometimes, though, a student will come to our next tutoring session with the test partially completed, or not done under ideal circumstances. This ends up partly wasting the student’s time, since we cannot get an accurate idea of where he’s at with the test. Which begs the question: what should it look like when students do practice tests for homework?

If possible, we always encourage students to take proctored tests offered some Saturday mornings at Ivy League Education Center. It takes approximately 4 hours. We’ll tell students what to do and when, just like the day of the test. This takes the guesswork out of the equation and gives accurate results. Plus, students get their tutoring homework done in one morning. This is a win-win situation!

But if it is not possible to come in for a proctored test, students should take the test at home in an environment that resembles the testing environment as closely as possible. What should this look like?

  1. NO DISTRACTIONS! This is so important. Most high schoolers treat their phones like extra appendages. You cannot use phones during the SAT, so do not have them out while you are taking a practice test. You can use your phone as a timer, but make sure to put it across the room.
  2. Do the whole test in one sitting. Yes, this is hard, and yes, it will take about four hours. Yes, we know you have sports and theater and hours of homework to do. But test day is a marathon, not a sprint. Many of students can get great scores, if they could split up the test over three days. Do not be one of those people! The SAT is partly testing your ability to focus and think for several hours straight, so you need to practice that. No shortcuts here!
  3. Time it like the actual test. Follow the timing directions at the top of each section, and set a timer to go off when time is up. Stop writing when you hear the timer, and do not fill in more answers.
  4. Go in order. Do not do all the math sections at once, or all the reading and writing sections together. Complete sections in the order they’re presented in the test.
  5. Take the test when you’re feeling rested. Weekend mornings are a great time to take practice tests because the test itself is given on a Saturday morning. Regardless of what day you choose to complete the practice test, do not start it at 9 pm on a Thursday night after you finished all your other homework. Practice tests completed at 1 am never end well.
  6. Parents, help create a good environment. Make sure your son or daughter has a cleaned-off place to sit and can complete the test without distractions. Do not interrupt them to talk or ask questions. Encourage them to do the test in one sitting, and provide positive reinforcement when they are finished.

Completing several practice tests under testing conditions is one of the best predictors we at Ivy League Education Center have found for a student’s eventual score improvement. Implementing the advice above is sure to help you have a great test day when the SAT in May/June finally rolls around.

MockExamIconContact Information:

Henry Wan, Ph.D.

Senior Instructor in Math

Senior Math Coach Certified by Mathematical Association of America

Tel:  301-922-9508

Email:  chiefmathtutor@gmail.com
Ivy League Education Center

Locations:

1001 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

13902 Bromfield Road, Germantown, MD 20874

18206 Endora Cir, Germantown, MD 20841

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The Importance of SAT Practice Tests

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SAT practice tests are helping students to boost their actual test scores. Sat practice tests are the perfect way to prepare yourself for the actual test.

We consistently recommend that students beginning preparation for the SAT exam start by taking a full-length mock exam. Here’s why we believe it’s an important first step, as well as a useful tool throughout the prep cycle :

  1. Full-length practice tests offer a baseline score from which our consultants and staff can help students create a customized, efficient study plan.

The scores from these tests help us understand students’ strengths and weaknesses. The patterns that emerge tell us the areas that need improvement and the areas in which they already have a strong base. This way, we are able to create a more effective plan by focusing on areas of improvement that will raise a student’s score, rather than going over material the student already knows.

  1. Full-length practice tests cover more than content and strategy.

While students may have a strong understanding of the exam content and successfully apply their knowledge to prep questions during tutoring sessions, practice tests give them an opportunity to use their test-taking skills under the “real” conditions of the exam. Our mock exam sessions simulate the real conditions present in an official SAT or ACT exam so that students can build up their test-taking skills. They are held in a room with other students and a proctor, and are structured with the same time limits and breaks as the official exam.

  1. Full-length practice tests gauge progress.

Practice exams build students’ focus and confidence for the official exam. They also give students a chance to test what they have learned during their prep sessions. Ideally students will take a practice test before they begin a prep program to get a baseline score so they can use the program efficiently, then again during the middle of the program for a check-in, and finally again at the end of the program as a final practice for the official exam. These regular check-ins help us best adapt and modify the prep program to meet students’ needs.

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72 Full-length Real SATs are a Golden Resource to Our SAT Prep Program

Henry Wan, Ph.D.

StepsToSuccess-SAT-1-385We have a long history of close collaboration with the College Board and the Educational Testing Service. We have collected 72 full-length real SATs as described in Table 1, which have formed our “big data” system, a golden resource for our students, who are the ultimate beneficiaries. For all questions on the recent SAT tests, we can find their “ancestors” and “roots” from the old SAT problems. We have used data mining and predictive analytics to examine the types and the frequencies of questions in all these materials, and then completely “decoded” the SAT.

We are only one in the Washington DC metropolitan area having a contract with the College Board to use all real questions from the past SAT tests in our SAT Prep program. Our students have gained great benefits from the program and received top scores on the SAT.

Table 1: List of full-length real SATs we have collected from the College Board

Year Month Form Codes
2005 March AEOZ,BWOZ
2005 March Sunday AEBA,BWBA,CUBA
2005 October AEOS,BWOS,CFOS
2005 October Sunday AEBH, BWBH
2005 November AEBK,BWBK
2006 January FEOP, GWOP, HFOP
2006 January Sunday FEBK, GWBK, HFBK
2006 May AECB, BWCB, DFCB
2006 May Sunday AEPY, BWPY, CUPY
2006 October AECE, BWCE, CFCE
2006 October Sunday AEPV, BWPV, CFPV
2007 January DEON, EWON, FFOQ
2007 January International DEBM, EWBM, FFBJ
2007 May AEQY, BWQY, CFQY
2007 May International AEDB, BWDB, CFDB
2007 May Sunday IUBB
2007 October AEQW, BWQW, CFQW
2008 January DECL, EWCL, FFCA
2008 January Sunday FFPZ
2008 January International DEPO, EWPO
2008 May AERX, BWRX, CFRX
2008 May International AEEC, BWEC, CFEC
2008 May Sunday IUCZ
2008 October AERV, BWRV, CFRV
2008 October Sunday AEEE, BWEE, CFEE
2009 January AEFA, BWFA, CFFA
2009 January International AESZ, BWSZ, CFSZ
2009 March AESX, BWSX, CFSX
2009 May AERX, BWRX, CFRX
2009 May International AEEC, BWEC, CFEC
2009 May Sunday DUDG
2009 October AERV, BWRV, CFRV
2009 October International AESV, BWSV, CFSV
2009 October Sunday AEFE, BWFE, CFFE
2010 January AEGA, BWGA, CFGA
2010 January International AETZ, BWTZ
2010 May AETX, BWTX, CFTX
2010 May International AEGC, BWGC
2010 May Sunday KUCG
2010 October AEGE, BWGE
2010 October International AETV, BWTV
2011 January AEHA, BWHA
2011 May AEHC, BWHC, CFHC
2011 May International AEUX, BWUX
2011 May Sunday HUDA
2011 October AEHE, BWHE
2011 October International AEUZ, BWUZ
2011 December IFFB
2012 January AEIA, BWIA
2012 January International AEIB, BWIB
2012 May AEIC, BWIC
2012 May International MFSW
2012 May Sunday MFFD, LUFD
2012 October AEIE, BWIE
2012 October International AEVV, BWVV
2013 January AEJA, BWJA
2013 January International AEWZ, BWWZ
2013 May AEJC, BWJC
2013 May International MFDC
2013 May Sunday JUFH
2013 October AEJE, BWJE
2013 October International AEWV, BWWV
2014 January AEKA, BWKA
2014 January International AEXZ, BWXZ
2014 May AEKC, BWKC, CFKC
2014 May International AEXX, BWXX, CFXX
2014 May Sunday HUIB
2014 June NFCZ
2014 October AEKE, BWKE
2014 October International AEXV, BWXV
2015 January DEWN, EWWN
2015 January International DEJM, EWJM
Total 72  full-length real SATs

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基于SAT真题的模拟考试为学生赢得SAT高分保驾护航

Henry博士

           mock%20test 众所周知,学生一旦进入高中阶段,其所有SAT的考试成绩都将留底存档,很多一流大学都需要学生送交全部SAT考试成绩,例如耶鲁大学和斯坦福大学,所以SAT考试应该“少而高”,即考的次数要尽可能少,考试分数要尽量高。以哈佛大学为例,哈佛近三年新招学生的SAT分数主要集中在区间:2070-2350,平均分数为2289,其中91%的学生仅仅考了一次,8%考了二次,1%考了三次,没有人超过三次。由此可见,高中学生考SAT的次数不宜多,务必谨慎从事,切忌轻举忘动,更不可临阵磨枪、仓促上阵,以免大意失荆州、一失足成千古恨。

如何才能在SAT考试中“少而高”呢?怎样在参加正式的SAT考试以前准确评估学生真正的SAT分数从而做到心中有数呢?最好的办法就是参加模拟考试,并且为了真实准确,一定要采用College Board的SAT真题,亦即:真正的SAT考题。我们每月都举行一次SAT Mock Test,一律使用SAT真题作为test packet。我们通过与College Board的长期合作,获得了从2005年3月SAT改版以来的71套SAT真题,其中包括2013年1月至今年1月的16套真题,详情如Table 1 所示。我们开发了专门的软件工具,利用计算机对上述71套SAT真题进行系统性综合化的统计比对、聚类分析和数据挖掘(data mining)。我们发现SAT出题的一个普遍规律:这一年度的题目与上二个年度的题目有高度相关性,相关系数高达0.96。基于这一发现,我们在本年度就使用2013年1月至今年1月的16套真题作为Mock Test的题库。

Table 1: 我们从College Board获得的最新的16SAT真题

序数 真题的年月份 真题的Form Codes
1 Jan. 2013 AEJA, BWJA
2 Jan. 2013 International AEWZ, BWWZ
3 May 2013 AEJC, BWJC
4 May 2013 Sunday JUFH
5 May 2013 International MFDC
6 Oct. 2013 AEJE, BWJE
7 Oct. 2013 International AEWV, BWWV
8 Jan. 2014 AEKA, BWKA
9 Jan.  2014 International AEXZ, BWXZ
10 May  2014 AEKC, BWKC, CFKC
11 May International AEXX, BWXX, CFXX
12 May 2014 Sunday HUIB
13 June 2014 NFCZ
14 Oct. 2014 AEKE, BWKE
15 Oct. 2014 AEXV, BWXV
16 Jan. 2015 DEJM, EWJM

我们轮流从Table 1中所示的最新的16套真题中选一套作为Mock Test的考题,考场环境严格按照College Board的规定而设计,考试流程和每个section的时间限定以及中间的三次休息时间(每次5分钟)一律依照College Board的要求进行,评分标准(包括raw score和scaled score)完全遵循College Board的Scoring System 执行。特别需要指出的是,其中的essay部分由专门聘请的二位SAT Essay阅卷官来评分,这样考出来的分数是货真价实的,完全等同于College Board正式的SAT考试。学生参加这样的模拟考试,如同身临真正的SAT考场之境,极大地培养了“考感”和强化了心理素质,在真正的SAT考试中,对全部流程都心知肚明、一清二楚,毫无紧张之感,做到尽情发挥,挥洒自如,手到擒来,轻而易举赢得成功。

我们于Mock Test 后的3天之内,提供一份详细的《SAT Score Report(成绩分析报告)》,比College Board的Question-and-Answer Service(QAS)报告更详细,这包括学生在考试中做过全套试题和一个包含学生答案和正确答案对照及其得分的明细表。针对每一道题目,详尽地罗列出其类型和难度级别以及学生的答案:分成correct, incorrect, or omitted三种情况,对学生答错或者不回答的题目给出正确的答案。因为学生做的是SAT真题,所以分数反映了学生的真实水平。尤其是学生临考SAT前夕连续三次参加我们的Mock Test所得的分数的平均值与他们后来参加真正的SAT考试所得分数如出一辙,误差不超过10分,极为精确。

我们通过《SAT成绩分析报告》来认清学生的优势强项与薄弱环节,特别是查觉学生哪部分最弱、哪部分有进步,并分析错题的失分原因,然后根据统计分析的结果对知识点进行查漏补缺,把做错的题当作一面“镜子”进行自我反思。针对弱项部分大幅增加题目练习,真正做到有的放矢、因地制宜,使学生融会贯通、举一反三并达到了然于心、心领神会的境界,在这样勤学苦练的基础上培养冷静、沉稳、淡定的心理素质,从而对SAT考试心里有数、胸有成竹,对付SAT考试就是手到擒来、易如反掌,最终“修成正果”、在正式的SAT考试中取得高分乃至满分。

SAT模拟考试重在求真求实,做到这一点的关键就是要使用College Board的SAT真题。我们通过与College Board的长期合作,作为研究项目,十分幸运获得了56套SAT真题,这形成了我们的威力无比的专利、独门绝活和秘密“核武器”。我们是大华府地区唯一一家获得College Board批准,使用他们的SAT真题进行模拟考试的机构。很多学生参加某些知名培训机构的SAT大班短期突击集成培训后,在他们最后的模拟考试中喜获高分,然后信心百倍、兴高采烈地去参加SAT考试,结果所得分数比模拟考试得分低500分之多,对家长和学生简直是当头一棒,犹如晴天霹雳,于是怀疑该知名培训机构最后的SAT模拟考试分数被严重“注水”。家长带学生找到我们,要求private(1对1) tutoring,我们让学生参加我们的SAT Mock Test,使用的College Board的2014年10月的一套SAT真题,结果该学生Mock Test所得分数与其刚考过的真正的SAT分数只相差10分,这表明该生参加SAT考试所得分数真切地代表了他的水平。后来通过我们20小时一对一的精心辅导,在2015年3月的SAT考试中获得2280分,比其2014年11月的SAT考试分数增长了560分。其中数学部分增加了250分,达到满分800;写作部分由570分变成了780分,提高了210分;就连最难的批判性阅读部分也提升了100分,达到700分。

知名培训机构的SAT模拟考试当然不会“注水”,那为什么误差大得那么吓人呢?就是Kaplan 和 Princeton Review这美国SAT辅导培训的二大巨头的模拟考试也是极其严重地测不准,究其原因,问题出在他们使用的是自编自导的模拟题 — 虚题,而不是College Board的原汁原味的SAT真题。常言道,差之毫厘,失之千里。那些基于虚题SAT模拟考试分数严重失真就不足为怪了。这些纯商业赢利性机构是不能使用College Board的SAT真题的,任何利用均属非法。而我们得天独厚,获得College Board批准,可以使用他们的SAT真题进行模拟考试,所以我们的Mock Test可以十分准确地检测出学生的真正的SAT分数。

我们于2011年创立了常青藤教育中心Ivy League Education Center)和Mathisfun训练中心,提供课后和周末学校强化计划(after-school and weekend school enrichment programs)给那些喜爱学术挑战的小学、初中和高中学生。我们的教学宗旨是:“小班教学,个别指导,因人施教,有的放矢,融会贯通,举一反三”。我们利用小型课堂教学模式,提供private (1对1)、semi-private (1对2或1对3) 和group (4-10个学生的小组) 三种类型的课程。

我们在下列四大方面拥有长期而丰富的培训经验和激励学生获得成功的良策:

  1. 标准化考试辅导培训,例如PSAT/SAT/ACT/AP/GRE考试,私立初高中学校入学考试SSAT/ISEE,本地公立学校的G&T班和Magnet项目的入学考试,约翰•霍普金斯大学(JHU) CTY的Talent Search(天才少年搜寻项目)的School and College Ability Test (SCAT)。对于SAT以及SAT Subject Tests培训,我们是大华府地区唯一一家获得College Board批准,使用他们的SAT真题进行模拟考试和培训学生的机构,这是我们的独特而巨大的优势。
  2. K-12数学及英文课程辅导补习,按照年龄和年级分班,与Montgomery County Public Schools的教学内容无缝对接、进度完全合拍,辅导学生作业,确保学生认真完成所有作业、巩固所学知识,作为补习的副产品“——学生的学校功课得“A” 。例如,针对数学,我们精心设计了Mathematics Enrichment Program (Pre-algebra ==> Algebra I ==> Geometry ==> Algebra II ==> Trigonometry and Precalculus ==> AP Calculus), 帮助学生catch up, keep up, and get ahead in math.
  3. K-12数学及英文扩展提高项目(Extension and Promotion Program):数学主要围绕Discrete Math开设系列课程Logic è Set theory è Number theory è Combinatorics è Probability è Graph theory è Discrete geometry;英文集中在Critical reading, Grammar, Vocabulary和Writing四方面开展教学,最终与SAT考试对接。所有这些都是非常重要的科目,但是现在学校课程中没有的。
  4. 数学竞赛辅导与训练,包括小学、中学和高中三个级别多层次,例如像美国数学协会的AMC8/AMC10/AMC12/AIME/USAMO, Math Prize for Girls, MathCounts, ARML, MOEMS, USAMTS, Mathematical Kangaroo, Math League,以及Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament (HMMT)等等。我们拥有美国数学协会资深高级数学教练执照证书,是大华府地区唯一的数学培训俱乐部和基地,负有为AMC培训和推荐优秀数学人才之责,并且我们拥有美国数学协会AMC授予的、为我们的学生免费注册参加AMC8、AMC10和AMC12竞赛的特权。我们近年培养的参加美国数学竞赛AMC 8的学生大多获得满分25,有37名学生参加AMC 10/12的数学竞赛过线,成为美国高中数学奥林匹克竞赛国家队的选拔对象,其中3名学生在USAMO (United States of America Mathematical Olympiad) 中优胜获得参加夏季国家队(MOSP)训练资格。多名学生因为数学竞赛成绩优异而被MIT和哈佛大学提前录取。

热忱欢迎广大学生踊跃参加我们的SAT Mock Test和培训,我们的基于SAT真题的模拟考试为学生赢得SAT高分保驾护航,我们的培训非常接地气,一定让学生如虎添翼,旗开得胜!欢迎联系U.S. Ivy League Education Center的 Pauline老师或Henry博士,email为:chiefmathtutor@gmail.com,电话为:(301) 922-9508.

投资孩子的教育是投资他们的未来,投资孩子的教育胜过其它任何的投资!欲知更多关于SAT和学习数学的资讯,请看 我们发表的系列文章:

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SAT考试中Essay赢得满分12分的三大秘诀

Pauline老师

Perfect-Score-Project-e1366237302837SAT考试总分满分2400,由批判性阅读(Critical Reading)、数学(Math)和写作(Writing)三大部分各800分加和而得。其中写作部分的考试时间为60分钟,试题由两个种类组成,一个种类为语法及英语惯用法的multiple-choice题型,共有49道题目,这部分考试时间为35分钟;另一种类为essay写作,考试时间为25分钟。以2015年3月的SAT真题为例,在essay获得满分12分的前提之下,如果49道语法题中错3道,则写作部分获得800分;如果语法题中错4道,则可获得790分;如果语法题中错5道,则可获得770分。由此可见,essay获得满分是整个写作部分赢得高分乃至满分的重要“保险箱”。

我们在过去5年中,针对6386篇SAT考试的essay进行了系统性的分析和研究,其中获得满分12分的essay有573篇。我们有三大发现:

1)写3个例子的essay容易得满分:写3个例子的essay比仅仅写2个例子的,其得分的平均值高出4.82分,我们还发现仅用1个例子写成的essay没有获得满分(12分)的;在所有由2个例子写成的essay中,获得满分的百分比为仅为1.6%;在全部由3个例子写成的essay中,获得满分的百分比高达79.3%。在573篇获得满分的essay中,含3个例子的占92.3%,含2个例子的仅占7.7%。

2)写满2页的长篇essay容易得满分:我们将6386篇SAT考试的essay 的长度与分数进行对比分析,揭示了很高的相关性,essay的篇幅越长,得分越高,长篇essay得高分。最短的文章,通常是100个字,得到了一个最低分 — 2分。最长的,写满足足二页纸,约400字,大多赢得最高分 — 12分。essay的长度和得分之间的相关系数为0.93。其实,仅仅通过观察essay长短而非阅读内容,就可以在93%的情况下给定essay分数。我们发现一些作文存在明显的事实谬误;但仍因为篇幅长而获得高分。SAT的阅卷人并不关注essay的深度和精准性,而会注重于写足够长的、公式化的、啰嗦的章节。

3)有个精彩开头的essay容易得满分:在获得满分的573篇essay中,98.6%的essay有一个精彩、优美、饱满的开头,有些写得辞藻华丽,用到一些拉丁、希腊语等;有些文笔犀利,展现了洞察力和批判能力;有些引用名人名言,尤其一些英美作家的经典语句。俗话说,良好的开头是成功的一半。万事开头难,做事如此,写文章也是如此。另一方面,63.7%的essay结尾结尾时草草收兵,显得单薄、苍白、无力,但是所有这些essay都有一个非常出色的开头,尽管是虎头蛇尾乃至有头无尾,仍能获得满分。由此可见,SAT的essay评卷中有鲜明的首因效应(Primacy Effect),第一印象作用和先入为主效应十分明显。

我们将上述发现总结成三大秘诀:写3个例子,写满足足二页,写个精彩的开头。这成了我们培训指导学生获得SAT考试essay高分的制胜法宝。我们专门建立了齐全的SAT Essay Examples Knowledge-base和SAT Essay Introduction Templates供学生背熟,在SAT考试中写SAT essay时围绕所论述的话题灵活运用即可,深受学生们的喜爱,这样极大地提高了他们的essay分数。

冬去春来,一元复始;大地回春,万象更新。一年之计在于春,良好的开端是成功的一半。为帮助广大高中学生准备SAT考试,我们特开设春季SAT强化提高班,训练学生写SAT essay是其中重要一环。我们通过长期的教学实践,积累了丰富的经验,取得了显著成果。仅仅就SAT essay而言,学生经过补习,平均成绩有大幅度提高。从2011年至今,经过我们培训的学生中,有52人获得SAT essay满分12分的佳绩。

先下手为强,“早起的鸟儿有虫吃”,考场逐鹿,捷足先得。越早准备SAT这样的标准化考试,就会获得比他人更多更好的机会。只有抢得头筹,才能先发制胜、一路领先。广大家长应该让他们的孩子充分利用春天的大好时光早做准备,练好基本功,力争上游。我们愿竭尽全力,热忱帮助你们。我们的春季SAT强化提高班的教学宗旨是:“小班教学,个别指导,因人施教,有的放矢,融会贯通,举一反三”。我们利用小型课堂教学模式,提供private (1对1)、semi-private (1对2或1对3) 和group (4-10个学生的小组) 三种类型的课程。

我们于2011年创立了常青藤教育中心(Ivy League Education Center)和Mathisfun训练中心,提供课后和周末学校强化计划(after-school and weekend school enrichment programs)给那些喜爱学术挑战的小学、初中和高中学生。我们在下列四大方面拥有长期而丰富的培训经验和激励学生获得成功的良策:

  1. 标准化考试辅导培训,例如PSAT/SAT/ACT/AP/GRE考试,私立初高中学校入学考试SSAT/ISEE,本地公立学校的G&T班和Magnet项目的入学考试,约翰•霍普金斯大学(JHU) CTY的Talent Search(天才少年搜寻项目)的School and College Ability Test (SCAT)。对于SAT以及SAT Subject Tests培训,我们是大华府地区唯一一家获得College Board批准,使用他们的SAT真题进行模拟考试和培训学生的机构,这是我们的独特而巨大的优势。
  2. K-12数学及英文课程辅导补习,按照年龄和年级分班,与Montgomery County Public Schools的教学内容无缝对接、进度完全合拍,辅导学生作业,确保学生认真完成所有作业、巩固所学知识,作为补习的副产品“——学生的学校功课得“A” 。例如,针对数学,我们精心设计了Mathematics Enrichment Program (Pre-algebra –> Algebra I –> Geometry –> Algebra II –> Trigonometry and Precalculus –> AP Calculus), 帮助学生catch up, keep up, and get ahead in math.
  3. K-12数学及英文扩展提高项目(Extension and Promotion Program):数学主要围绕Discrete Math开设系列课程Logic è Set theory è Number theory è Combinatorics è Probability è Graph theory è Discrete geometry;英文集中在Critical reading, Grammar, Vocabulary和Writing四方面开展教学,最终与SAT考试对接。所有这些都是非常重要的科目,但是现在学校课程中没有的。
  4. 数学竞赛辅导与训练,包括小学、中学和高中三个级别多层次,例如像美国数学协会的AMC8/AMC10/AMC12/AIME/USAMO, Math Prize for Girls, MathCounts, ARML, MOEMS, USAMTS, Mathematical Kangaroo, Math League,以及Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament (HMMT)等等。我们拥有美国数学协会资深高级数学教练执照证书,是大华府地区唯一的数学培训俱乐部和基地,负有为AMC培训和推荐优秀数学人才之责,并且我们拥有美国数学协会AMC授予的、为我们的学生免费注册参加AMC8、AMC10和AMC12竞赛的特权。我们近年培养的参加美国数学竞赛AMC 8的学生大多获得满分25,有37名学生参加AMC 10/12的数学竞赛过线,成为美国高中数学奥林匹克竞赛国家队的选拔对象,其中3名学生在USAMO (United States of America Mathematical Olympiad) 中优胜获得参加夏季国家队(MOSP)训练资格。多名学生因为数学竞赛成绩优异而被MIT和哈佛大学提前录取。

我们的培训非常接地气,一定让学生如虎添翼,旗开得胜!欢迎联系U.S. Ivy League Education Center的 Pauline老师或Henry博士,email为:chiefmathtutor@gmail.com,电话为:(301) 922-9508.

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