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We all have strengths and weaknesses, but yours will be different from the person sitting next to you—and they'll change as you progress through the course.

No two students are the same. That's why we focus on your individual needs and goals.
At C.C.B. School, you'll start with a full diagnostic exam. Our system analyzes your performance and prescribes a custom-learning plan. You'll work through a comprehensive program of engaging video lessons, timed quizzes, and practice tests. Based on your results, our online program will highlight topics for you to practice to increase your score


The newSAT tests your critical thinking skills, as well as your ability to analyze and solve problems in math, critical reading, and writing. Those three, along with an experimental section (which does not count toward your score), make up the four new SAT sections.

SAT Reading Comprehension Section

The SAT Critical Reading component is designed to test skills in vocabulary, reasoning, and reading. The section does this through two distinct question types: Sentence Completions and Reading Comprehension 

SAT Math Section

Many students fear the SAT Math Section more than any other. But there is no reason to feel that way. Just like the other sections, there are proven strategies for approaching the different kinds of math questions. On the test, you'll see two question types: Multiple-Choice and Student Produced Responses (or Grid-Ins).

SAT Writing Essay
The first section you'll see on the SAT Writing component is the essay—and it counts for one-third of your 800-point Writing score. Your essay and multiple-choice section scores will be combined into a single scaled score that reflects the weight given to each section. This scaled score will then be converted into a final score, ranging from 200-800 points.

The PSAT or the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It’s a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT while also serving as eligibility to enter NMSC scholarship programs.

The PSAT is shorter in length than the SAT, with 5 sections made up of two 25-min critical reading sections, two 25-min math sections, and one 30-min writing section. The scores are reported differently with a Selection Index from 60-240, as opposed to 600-2400 for the SAT. PSAT scores are not reported to colleges and do not play a part in college admissions procedure. However, students may in turn receive information and tools from colleges that meet required scores if “Student Search Service” is checked off on test day.

There are many advantages in taking the PSAT. Being that it is a “practice SAT,” you will receive feedback on areas need improvement and reinforcement, before the actual SAT exam. You will also familiarize yourself with the kinds of questions and directions seen on the SAT. See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.

C.C.B. School’s programs start students off as early as the fall semester of 9th grade, as soon as they enter high school. C.C.B. School believes that early preparation is key and works to embed and build test-taking skills as soon as students are comfortable in their own high school environments. Starting off with PSAT preparation, as opposed to immediate SAT preparation allows students to really gain a concrete understanding of how to solve questions seen on the SAT. Starting early with PSAT prep also allows them to expand their capacity and lift their proficiency level, enabling them to comfortably enter college.

The Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) is the only criterion for admissions to eight of the New York City Specialized High Schools. The only exception is the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, which requires an audition or portfolio for admission.

The SHSAT is administered by the New York City Board of Education and is only available to New York City residents in the 8th or 9th grade.

In 2012, approximately 27,000 students took the SHSAT; less than 20% of those students were accepted to a New York City Specialized High School.

Registration Details
In order to be considered for admissions at one of the eight New York City Specialized High Schools, students must file a High School Application. Students should indicate interest in any of the schools by entering the appropriate information on the application.

Students must then obtain an admission ticket from their guidance counselor. The ticket will indicate the specific date and time of the SHSAT. On Test Day, students will be asked to rank the eight specialized high schools in order of preference.

For more information on registering for the SHSAT refer to the NYC Department of Education's Specialized High Schools Student Handbook.

Interpreting Scores
The SHSAT score report will include multiple sets of scores, but keep in mind that the most important score is the composite score:

Raw Score
Students earn a "raw score" based on the number of questions answered correctly: Scrambled Paragraph Questions: 2 points for every correct answer Other Questions: 1 point for every correct answer Since there are five Scrambled Paragraphs and ninety other questions on the test, the highest possible "raw score" is 100.

Scaled Score/Composite Score
The raw score is multiplied by a formula known only to the Board of Education to arrive at a scaled score. Students get a scaled score for each section and a composite score for the entire test. The highest possible composite score is 800.

Admission Based Solely on Composite Score
All SHSAT test takers are ranked from highest composite score to lowest composite score and then assigned to the school of their first preference until all available seats are filled.

For example, if Stuyvesant had exactly 500 spaces available and the top 500 scorers all picked Stuyvesant as their first choice, all 500 scorers would be admitted. If the 501st scorer listed Stuyvesant as her first choice and Bronx Science as her second choice, she would be assigned to Bronx Science. Put another way, 500 students were admitted to Stuyvesant and the 500th highest score was 560, then 560 would be the "cutoff" score for Stuyvesant.

This means that scores are relative; it only matters if a student's composite score is above or below the cutoff. There is no way of accurately knowing what the cutoff score will be each year. The only thing we know is that the score will likely be a little higher than last year's cutoff because the test becomes increasingly competitive each year.

C.C.B. School is an authorized test center for the SSAT.

Most competitive private and independent schools nationwide accept SSAT test results to fulfill admission requirements.

There are three levels of the test: the Elementary Level for students in grades 3 and 4 who are applying to grades 4 and 5, the Middle Level for students in grades 5-7 applying for grades 6-8, and the Upper level, designed for students in grades 8-11 who are applying for grades 9-12.

The Middle and Upper Level test is timed and divided into five sections. You will be given 25 minutes for the writing sample, 30 minutes each for verbal, and two quantitative (math) sections, and 40 minutes for the reading section.

SSAT Reading
Skills to interpret literature, poems, and passages about social science and technology is required for this exam. With given 25 minutes for the test, students are not required to finish all 40 questions, but as much as they can, based upon their proficiency level. Reading passages scale from easy to harder questions.

Basic arithmetic skills are required for solving word problems on this math section. Heavy algebra and geometry concepts are covered along with very difficult

SSAT Vocabulary and Analogies
There are total of 60 questions to solve in 25 minutes on this section of the test, 40 vocabulary and 20 analogy questions. Vocabulary words range from 7th to pre-college level, similar to SAT words and asks to find synonyms for each word. Analogies also range from easy to medium to very hard esoteric word choices.

Please call to register for the SSAT.


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We track our students' progress through leveled diagnostics, and modern educational technology, without a loss of personalized attention. We emphasize building academic skill and strong character, as students work together and learn together.

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