Naples natives believe they have the key to teach others how to beat the SAT

The average college graduate makes $1 million more in a lifetime than someone who didn’t go to college. But how does one prepare themselves to get into the college of their choice? That is the million dollar question.

A question that Naples natives Victoria Barner, 19, and Scott DeVoe, 21, believe they have the answer to. The Vanderbilt undergraduates have been selected to launch the Ivy Insiders program in Naples this summer. The program is specially designed to help students raise test scores on their SAT and ACT.

But how does the Ivy Insider program differ from the hundreds of other SAT and ACT preparation courses?

“We offer a new and more personable approach to beating the SAT,” said Barner.

One of the ways the Ivy Insiders differ from other test prep programs is that the tutors are undergraduates from the top 20 schools in the nation. These students have all recently beaten these ever changing standardized tests, and offer insight on how they tested into the school of their choice. Both Barner and Devoe scored impressively on the SAT, and maintain a GPA over 3.6 at Vanderbilt.

Another reason for selecting undergraduates to instruct the class is their closeness in age. This allows a more relatable experience, and creates a deeper connection between student and teacher. The bond can continue to grow with the small class sizes, which is an average of seven students.

A staple of the Ivy Insiders is turning the test preparation into a game. Founder Nick Green originated this style so test takers can become excited about doing well on the SAT or ACT. Green has been quoted as saying, “All you need to do to beat it is be taught the rules, and learn the tricks and strategies of top players.”

The Ivy Insiders course consists of two three-hour long lessons a week over a three-week period. At the end of each week you will be given a three-and-a-half hour long practice exam.

“On average, students increase their scores 100 points with every practice test,” said DeVoe. Detailed reports of the test scores allow Ivy instructors to offer differentiated instruction.

Some of the biggest strains of taking the SAT is the three-and-a-half hour time requirement to take the test. This is the main reason why the practice tests given in the courses are so effective at raising scores.

“You have to look at the SAT like a marathon,” Barner explained. “Lasting the entire three and a half hours is as important as anything else.”

Another way the Ivy insiders separate themselves from their competitors like Kaplan or the Princeton Review is their private tutoring program, which is offered with their hybrid package.

The diagnostic exam for DeVoe’s tutorial class begins Saturday the 25th in the conference room in the DeVoe Cadilac dealership. There first class meeting will be next Tuesday the 28th. If you wish to be apart of his summer tutoring session contact him at scott.a.devoe@vanderbilt.edu

Barner’s class is being held at Naples Christian Academy. Her class has already started, but she will be offering private tutoring and small group tutoring. If you are interested in her private and small group tutoring contact her at victoria.j.barner@vanderbilt.edu

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