SAT Smart Start

SAT Smart Start is a collaborative pilot project between Kaplan Test Preparation, Movement of Youth, and the Emily Krzyzewski Center. Through this program hosted and managed by community organizations, undergraduate students teach free SAT preparation courses to under-resourced but academically promising high school students. SAT Smart Start began with a simple idea: If Kaplan could provide SAT preparation courses to under-resourced students, they could be a step closer in overcoming the educational achievement gap in the college admissions process.

A former Robertson Scholar and a 2009 Duke alumnus, Chetan Jhaveri, shared the idea with Tony Brown, Director of the Enterprising Leadership Initiative. Two students in Tony Brown's Twentysomething Leadership class, Dana Weiner and Bhumi Purohit, joined the project in Fall 2010 to help develop the idea. The SAT Smart Start team spent the fall developing the pilot and seeking out the ideal community partner in Durham and potential student volunteers. SAT Smart Start partners with dedicated university students driven to promote educational equity as well as community partners that focus on youth development.

SAT Smart Start covers the following topics:

  1. The Kaplan Method for SAT Math; SAT Math: The Kaplan Way; and, Equations
  2. Number Properties and Divisibility
  3. Three Part Formulas: Ratios, Percents, and Averages
  4. The Kaplan Method for Reading Comprehension
  5. Critical Reading: Detail, Vocab-in-Context, and Global question types
  6. SAT Essay I
  7. Exponents, Inequalities, and Absolute Value
  8. Linear and Non-Linear Graphs
  9. Angles, Triangles, and Polygons
  10. The Kaplan Methods for SAT English and Usage
  11. SAT Reading: Inference and Function Questions
  12. SAT Writing: Style Issues and Logic in Writing
  13. Circles and Advanced Geometry
  14. Probability, Sets, and Sequences
  15. Patterns, Logics and Data
  16. The Kaplan Method for Sentence Completions
  17. SAT Reading: Paired Passages
  18. SAT Essay II