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When the SAT went through a major revision in 2005, the test became more skill-based oriented rather than knowledge-based oriented. While high scores could be achieved on the old Verbal Section with intense vocabulary memorization, the majority of questions on the Critical Reading sections (that have since replaced the Verbal sections) are comprehension questions. Hence, without strong reading abilities, students cannot hope to achieve high scores on the reading portion of the SAT and writing an essay and identifying grammar errors also requires greater skill development.

At SEED, we underscore the importance of developing reading and writing skills not just for a standardized test but for the succesful transition into overseas education. The vast majority of courses in American colleges and universities emphasize critical thinking, not rote memorization. Even in a biology course – in which a multitude of terms must be memorized – students are required to understand how organisms function and how science derived these functions. At the core of every science – in fact every academic discipline – is logical analysis.

We emphasize that students learn through constant and consistent review of the material. Completing worksheets and taking practice tests are not as effective as reviewing worksheets and practice tests. Students tend to learn better when they make mistakes and understand the reasons for their mistakes. We want students to learn how to learn. Our instructors and teaching methodology are geared to help students get a head start on this endeavor. By preparing students to develop their reading, writing and problem-solving skills, we are equipping our students with the necessary tools to excel in college and beyond.