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For recent successes and student photos, see Dr. Pace's Newsletters. The following information, from and about former students, still holds true!

Ingredients for a Perfect Score!

Scoring a perfect 2400 on the SAT® is a rare event. So, what can account for Julie B’s perfect performance on the October 2012 SAT® test?


Written by Dr. Patricia Sisca Pace, with deepest gratitude for having had the opportunity to work with Julie!
Julie B., 11th grade student, scored a perfect 2400 on the October 2012 SAT®!
 

Family ~
Julie and her family, especially her parents, do more than value education: they prioritize and love learning.

Early Start ~
Although natural ability is essential, exposure and practice are equally valuable. Julie came to me when she was in the sixth grade, as a member of my Whiz Kids series. The ultimate goal of SAT® prep may be college entry and scholarship, but to the receptive and perceptive learner, the knowledge learned along the way is priceless. For Julie, her early exposure to the SAT® was a springboard upon which she honed her critical thinking skills, built vocabulary, mastered the rules of grammar and writing needed for the clear articulation of her ideas, and forged a path into the compelling magic of mathematics. After the Whiz Kids, and while she was still in grade school, Julie enrolled in every SAT® workshop and special program I offered for my high school students. As a sophomore, she was ready for my 25-hour course.

The Whole Person ~
Julie’s parents know that all test-takers, including Julie, are more than just minds. When students enter the testing site, they are complete persons with bodies, emotions, minds, and spirits. All components can work together for the good of the whole person, or not. For this reason, it is important to show students how to be physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy on test day. Julie learned effective holistic techniques in my SAT® Retreat program.

God ~
For those students who may possess the characteristics discussed above but who may not achieve a perfect score, I believe the answer can be found in the SAT® Retreat student workbook, in the section on trust.

“All three of my children have benefited so much from Dr. Pace and her courses. She engaged them in stimulating, sophisticated learning that was far beyond what they could learn in the regular classroom setting. Her infectious enthusiasm and talent for recognizing and validating each individual student’s strengths has been an invaluable part of their education and their development as young men and women. We are so grateful to her for sharing her gifts with us!”

- Joanne B., Julie’s mom

Point Increases from Dr. Pace's
Most Recent Seminars

The following list shows the point increases of students who took one of Dr. Pace’s Comprehensive SAT® Seminars in 2012 and who agreed to have their accomplishments posted. It is important to note that point increase measures improvement; it does not indicate scores. Several of these students will likely win prestigious National Merit Scholarships, and many others have a chance to win.

This partial list shines a light on the hard-earned improvements of some of Dr. Pace’s remarkable young students who put their trust in her unique, holistic approach to the SAT®. Dr. Pace is grateful to have had the honor to work with these students, as well as all of the other fine young people she has taught.

Ordered Alphabetically

Student

Point Increase

School 

Grade

Jenna Acheson

200

Archbishop Wood

11

Sarah Aitken

240

Nazareth Academy

11

Diana Atkinson

130

Villa Joseph Marie

12

Eric Bellitto

370

Pope John Paul II High School

11

Jacqueline Brathwaite

240

Nazareth Academy     

12

Dylan Brennan

170

Father Judge

12

Jessica Breuning

150

Saint Hubert

12

Rachel Carl

310

Nazareth Academy

11

Lynette Cohen

140

Mt. Saint Joseph

12

Jennifer Danella

150

Saint Hubert

11

Patrick Doherty

230

Roman Catholic

11

Katie Fagan

190

Nazareth Academy   

11

Margaret Featherstone

190

Nazareth Academy  

12

Natalie Hassan

190

Mount Saint Joseph

12

Alyssa Kist

370

Mount Saint Joseph

11

Madison Kist

320

Mount Saint Joseph

11

Kyle MacWilliams

110

Saint Joseph Prep

12

Amelia May

320

Saint Basil Academy

11

Bill Muscara

260

Saint Joseph Prep

12

Gina Nicoletti

240

Mount Saint Joseph

12

Nathalie Pereira

130

William Tennent High School

12

Evan Serratore

150

Archbishop Wood

11

Elena Silla

190

Nazareth Academy

12

Eric Southerland

150*

Temple HS, Texas

11

Sara Violi

260

Saint Basil Academy

11

Daniel Wilson

330

Central Bucks West

11

Brigid Young

260

Saint Basil Academy

11

*in addition to last year’s 440 point increase

Four Measures of Success of Dr. Pace’s Programs

1. Point Increase

Point increase is a primary measure of the success of a test-prep program

The Following Sample of Students Attended Dr. Pace's 25-hour SAT® Academic + Retreat Seminar in the 2009-2010 school year

National Merit Winners:

Notable SAT/NMSQT® Point Increases by Students in the 2009-2010 School Year:

Statistical data from Dr. Pace’s 25-hour “Combined SAT® Academic and SAT® Retreat Seminar” is as follows:

Average Point Change: 180 point increase

Of the Catholic High School participants in Dr. Pace’s summer 2008 Combined Program: 95% showed an overall increase in total point change; 5% stayed the same—that is, between -10 and +10

Statistics on Dr. Pace’s High School Entrance and Scholarship program

The average TerraNova National Percentiles of the students who took Dr. Pace’s academic and holistic programs were two times higher than the average National Percentiles of their classmates at their parish schools.

2010-2011 School Year Samples of Success:

2009-2010 School Year

2. Scholarships

Another important measure of the success of a test-prep program is whether or not the participants are awarded scholarships.

3. Far-Reaching Effects

Students and administrators, alike, notice that the positive effects of Dr. Pace’s holistic programs extend far beyond standardized tests.

4. Sampling of Schools

One measure of the success of a program is the number of schools that use it. The following is a sampling of schools that have used Dr. Pace’s programs:


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