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Proven methods to increase SAT, PSAT & ACT test scores

Why Direct Hits?

Classes That Deliver
SAT Vocabulary
Words In Context

Direct Hits Education has a proven system for achieving higher SAT and ACT scores. When students begin the Direct Hits program, their scores run the gamut, but by utilizing the knowledge and strategies of our teachers, they consistently make impressive gains on both tests. Each year Direct Hits students are admitted to top colleges and universities, often qualifying for lucrative merit scholarships. One group of students was even featured as the “Person of the Week” on ABC Nightly news.

Vocabulary is a key part of the Critical Reading section of the SAT. On a typical SAT, the sentence completions, critical reading passages, and questions contain approximately 150 different vocabulary words. Direct Hits helps students to develop a robust vocabulary, to understand the nuances and appropriate contexts, and to commit the words to long-term memory. Knowing these words is essential to achieving high Critical Reading scores.

Most students believe that learning new words is a tedious chore that involves memorizing long lists of “big but useless” vocabulary words. Students across the country and around the world are praising Direct Hits for its vivid, relevant examples and extraordinary number of words that appear on the SAT. The words are all gathered from real SATs. SAT test writers draw upon a relatively small pool of words that are used repeatedly on the test. As a result, the Direct Hits vocabulary books consistently produce a large number of “hits.”

A great list of words is important, but it is just the first step. Since many SAT words are difficult, it is essential to illustrate them with vivid, relevant examples. Vividness is closely related to retention. We remember memorable and relevant experiences, forgetting boring experiences more quickly.

Direct Hits’ vocabulary is defined with vivid pop culture and academic examples drawn from movies, television programs, historical events, and books that students are currently studying in school. Students remember a word because they can remember the context. This makes Direct Hits one of the most effective learning tools for SAT preparation.

What our customers are saying

  • If you master what's in these two books, you're going to raise your SAT scores and potentially put scholarship money in your pocket.

    ~ Paul Hemphill, Planning For College

  • My daughter, a Direct Hits alum, received a $20k scholarship from her college for being a National Merit Finalist.

    ~ Parent, 2013

  • I just wanted to let you know with your help our daughter was admitted to 8 out of 9 schools she applied to! Thanks again for all of your great advice and time.

    ~ Parent, 2014

  • I am so happy with the Direct Hits series. These books are easy to read and to understand. Learning the words also builds confidence. I recommend them highly.

    ~ Frances Kweller, Kweller Test Prep

  • I wanted to let you know that our son got into Columbia University (Early Decision)!! Thanks again for all your work with him on the testing!

    ~ Parent, 2014

  • I recommend Direct Hits for tutors, self-studying SAT students or anyone who wants to get a vocabulary foundation for college level. Remember, it is a start not a panacea, but it's probably the best start out there.

    ~ Tutor (via Amazon)