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Test Preparation

Learn how to learn.

Our standardized test prep programs maximize learning efficiency and improvement through targeted repetition of intensive practice plus consistent review and preview. These proven methods of effective knowledge acquisition have contributed to a 365 point average score improvement in our summer SAT classes, a 22 point average increase in our TOEFL intensives, and a 5 point average jump in our ACT intensives. No matter which course you take, you will receive a specific score analysis, and personal progress report reminding you of the rest of the path that lay before you after your journey with us. We highly recommend signing up for our summer intensive prep courses to lay the foundation for your core fundamentals. Weekend classes during the school year then become great ways to follow up your evolution during the summer and keep you fresh on all the essentials until the actual test date. Most importantly, our intensive test prep courses teach you how to lock in, concentrate, learn from your mistakes, understand your strengths and weaknesses, and deal with pressure.

  • Learn…

    • Test strategies and techniques proven to pull scores up.
    • The fastest and most efficient ways to approach each different question type.
    • How to make educated guesses under various time pressure situations.
    • Contextual and visual mnemonics to help you remember your vocabulary forever.
    • The most commonly tested grammatical errors.
    • How to brainstorm, structure, and execute a high scoring essay in 25 mins.
    • The fundamentals required to excel in math.
    • How to distinguish “good” answer choices from “bad” answer choices in reading comprehension.

    Includes…

    • 15 previously administered College Board mock exams to help evaluate students’ progress.
    • End of the session progress reports to remind students of remaining areas they still need to work on.
    • Intensive focus on timed drills, practice review, and class discussions.
    • Daily vocabulary testing and competitions designed to motivate students to maximize their retention.

     

  • Learn…

    • Clear templates to guide you through each speaking response.
    • How to speak in detail, fluently and confidently.
    • To predict when important information is coming up in various listening exercises.
    • How to take notes quickly and comprehensively.
    • The various reading question types and how to approach each one.
    • Specific templates to help you structure your timed writing responses.
    • Vocabulary you’ll need to know to understand the conversations and lectures you’ll be hearing.

    Includes…

    • 4 mock iBT exams.
    • Personalized progress reports reminding students of their respective weaknesses and things to watch out for.
    • Intensive timed drills, review and focused 1-on-1 speaking practice with detailed feedback.
    • Daily vocabulary testing and competitions designed to motivate students to perform their best.
  • What are Advanced Placement (AP) Exams?

    Advanced Placement courses are college level equivalent courses taught at the high school level. They span a variety of subjects and are one of the best ways to differentiate yourself from your peers.

    Why take Advanced Placement Classes?

    • Prepares students for college courses by facilitating classroom discussion, emphasizing problem solving and developing clear and persuasive writing styles.
    • Demonstrates the academic rigor of a student’s high school curriculum. Recently, many top universities have begun to consider AP scores as important in admissions as the SAT I.
    • Allows students to identify strengths and interests through intensive study of a particular subject.
    • Scoring a 4 or a 5 on the final exam earns students college credit at the university of their choice or exempts them from introductory courses.
    • AP students are more likely to graduate from college in four years.
    • Taking AP course increases eligibility for scholarships.
    • 85% of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admissions decisions15 previously administered College Board mock exams to help evaluate students’ progress.

    Learn…

    • Test strategies and techniques to ensure a score that is eligible for college credit.
    • The fastest and most efficient ways to approach each different question type.
    • How to master the most commonly tested content and improve on your personal areas of development.
    • How to brainstorm, structure, and execute a high scoring essay for APs that require one.