Test Prep

Paragon’s Standardized Test Preparation

Testing success depends on academic knowledge and mastery of specific test-taking skills. Paragon Learning Center provides instruction and preparation for a variety of today’s standardized tests.

Year-Round SAT, ACT, PSAT, ISEE, SSAT, & AP Test Prep
We offer year-round test practice classes in which students take both timed exams and sample questions followed by detailed analysis of their answers. On average, our students increase their SAT scores by over 400 points and their ACT scores by over 6 points! We also offer preparation material for the redesigned 2016 SAT test.

Proven Results

  • 18 of our students have entered the Duke Tip program.
  • 5 of our students have won the Duke Tip Grand Prize.
  • 29 of our students have scored 2300 or higher on the SAT, or 35 or higher on the ACT.
  • Over 80% of our students show an increase of at least 400 points on the SAT and over 6 points on the ACT.
  • The majority of our students show outstanding performance on the end-of-year STAAR Tests.
  • 11 of our former students are currently attending one of the top 15 colleges in the country!

Our Test Prep Tutors
All of our test prep tutors are highly qualified and have years of test-prep teaching experience. Our test prep tutors hold degrees from Princeton University, Cornell University, Duke University, University of Oregon, University of Wisconsin, and Northwestern University, just to name a few.

At Paragon, we also specialize in preparing students for the mandatory, state certified assessment tests given to students in the Texas public school system. Ask us about how we can help your child move on to the next grade.

AP & SAT Subject Test Prep
We offer one-to-one tutoring help for all AP and SAT II Subject tests.

TOEFL Test Prep
We offer year-round iBT TOEFL preparation classes. Call or email us to find out more information.

Old SAT vs Redesigned 2016 SAT


Redesigned 2016 SAT

Total Testing Time

  • 3 hours and 45 minutes
  • 3 hours (plus 50 minutes for the optional Essay)


  1. Critical Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Mathematics
  4. Essay
  1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
  2. Math
  3. Essay

Important Features

  • Emphasis on general reasoning skills
  • Emphasis on vocabulary, often in limited contexts
  • Complex scoring (a point for a correct answer and a deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)
  • Continued emphasis on reasoning alongside a clearer, stronger focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings must important for college and career readiness and success
  • Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact
  • Rights-only scoring (a point for a correct answer but no deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores


  • Required and given at the beginning of the SAT
  • 25 minutes to write the Essay
  • Tests writing skill; students take a position on a presented issue
  • Optional and given at the end of the SAT; postsecondary institutions determine whether they will require the Essay for admission
  • 50 minutes to write the optional Essay
  • Tests reading, analysis, and writing skills; students produce a written analysis of a provided source text

Score Reporting

  • Scale ranging from 600 to 2400
  • Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Critical Reading; 200 to 800 for Mathematics; 200 to 800 for Writing
  • Essay score of 0 to 12 and scaled to multiple-choice Writing
  • Scale ranging from 400 to 1600
  • Scale ranging from 200 to 800 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; 200 to 800 for Math; 2 to 8 on each of three traits for Essay
  • Essay results reported separately

Subscore Reporting

  • None
  • Subscores for every test, providing added insight for students, parents, admission officers, educators, and counselors

Other Differences

  • Reading and writing sections do not require students to cite evidence. Students select answers to demonstrate their understanding of texts but are not asked to support their answers.
  • Evidence-based reading and writing. Students will support answers with evidence, including questions that require them to cite a specific part of a passage to support their answer choice.
  • Source documents do not represent a wide range of academic disciplines. While many different types of text might appear on any SAT, there is no requirement that students encounter scientific or historical sources.
  • Source documents originate from a wide range of academic disciplines. On every SAT, students will encounter source texts from science, history, and social studies, analyzing them the way they would in those classes.
  • Vocabulary focused on words that are sometimes obscure and not widely used in college and career. These words, while interesting and useful in specific instances, often lack broad utility in varied disciplines and contexts.
  • Vocabulary focused on words that are widely used in college and career. The exam will focus on words such as synthesis and empirical whose specific meaning depends on the context.
  • The essay measures students’ ability to construct an argument based on their background and experiences. Since students are not given source material, there is no way to verify the accuracy of their argument or examples.
  • The essay measures students’ ability to analyze evidence and explain how an author builds an argument to persuade an audience. Responses will be evaluated based on the strength of the analysis as well as the coherence of the writing.
  • Math section samples content from a wide range of high school-level math. There are often only one or two questions on each topic and students need to cover a great deal of math to be prepared for all topics.
  • Math section draws from fewer topics that evidence shows most contribute to student readiness for college and career training. Students can study these core math areas in depth and have confidence that they will be assessed.
  • Calculator permitted for full math section. It is difficult to assess students’ sense of numbers, their fluency in calculation, and their ability to understand concepts rather than plug in the answers.
  • Calculator permitted on certain portions of the math section. The calculator can be used where most appropriate, but the no-calculator section allows greater assessment of students’ understanding, fluency, and technique.
  • Reading and writing does not require data analysis. The reading and writing section does not often include passages from science and social studies with graphs and tables; questions rarely require students to both read text and analyze data.
  • Students asked to analyze both text and data in real world contexts, including identifying and correcting inconsistencies between the two. Students will show the work they do throughout their classes by reading science articles and historical and social studies sources.
  • Source documents drawn from texts that are not widely recognized and publicly available. Students have no idea before they take the test what the reading passages will be about.
  • Each exam will include a passage drawn from the Founding Documents or the Great Global Conversation. Students read from either a founding document such as the Declaration of Independence or from the conversation they inspire in the United States and around the world, such as Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address or King’s” I Have a Dream” speech.
  • Scoring deducts points for incorrect answers. Students get ¼ point deducted for incorrect answers; no points deducted for omitted answers.
  • Scoring does not deduct points for incorrect answers (rights-only scoring). Students are encouraged to select the best answer to every question.
  • Essay is required.
  • Essay is optional.
  • Score scale of 2400 (Essay included in score).
  • Score scale of 1600 with separate score for Essay.
  • SAT available on paper only.
  • SAT available in paper and digital forms.

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