Education Evolutions

The shift to online testing allows Lana the opportunity to adapt

The Lana SAT prep team sees the shift to online testing as an opportunity to refresh our test-taking toolkit and offer course flexibility.

As the holiday season unfolds, the Lana Learn team is filled with gratitude for the incredible year we’ve had. The first-ever digital PSAT in October provided a unique insight into the challenges that students and educators face with the shift to online testing. It was an important step toward adapting to the changing landscape. However, it brought to light some issues that need attention.

Digital testing concerns

Students and SAT test proctors raised concerns about extended testing intervals and screen time endurance during the digital PSAT. This has prompted us to reassess our instructional approach for the upcoming spring SAT administration. We are committed to addressing these challenges and ensuring that our students are well-prepared. We will prepare them for both test content and format as well as the testing conditions they will encounter.

Additionally, we are incorporating strategies to help students manage their screen time effectively and maintain focus during the test. Our instructional toolbox is evolving to encompass not just traditional test-taking skills but also digital literacy and online assessment strategies. We believe that by staying ahead of the curve, we can better support our students in navigating the changing landscape of standardized testing.

SAT prep partners

Looking ahead, we are thrilled to announce our partnerships with schools in the DC area. We will be working with Sandy Spring Friends School, Thurgood Marshall Academy, and Cardozo Education Campus. These collaborations allow us to bring our courses directly to students in their familiar learning environments, thus fostering a sense of community and support.

In the spirit of adaptability, we are expanding our course offerings to cater to different preferences and schedules. This spring, in addition to our in-person SAT courses, we will be launching a virtual ACT course in the evenings. This provides flexibility for students who may have commitments during the day. It ensures that our courses are accessible to a wider audience.

As we approach the new year, we are excited about the opportunities to refine our approach, support our students, and contribute positively to their academic journeys. We wish everyone a joyful holiday season and look forward to welcoming students, both familiar faces and new ones, into our courses in the coming months. Here’s to a year of growth, resilience, and success!

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