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Finally!! A Summer ACT in July

For years, students and parents complained that there were no ACT or SAT test dates for the summer.  For years, our summers were spent chillin’ at the beach.  Over the last few years, however, there has been a drastic change.  More and more students have been getting a jump start on prep during the summer between sophomore and junior year. Last year, the College Board responded to the pent up demand for summer testing dates by offering an SAT in late August  (at the same time removing the late January test date from its calendar).

Not to be outdone, the people behind the ACT are rolling out a mid-July 2018 test.  For the first time,  students who prefer the ACT can take the test on July 14.

Here is where Inspiring Test Prep comes in.  We have scheduled a three-week course to prep for that July test date.  The class meets Monday-Thursday, the weeks starting June 18, June 25, (we skip the week of July 4), and July 9.

That start date is less than two months from now and if you register and pay by midnight, Sunday, April 22, you save $200 with our early registration discount.  (This date is extended from April 18).

Delay no longer.  Take action today and click the link to sign up.  The price reflects the $200 discount.

Call Kate at 703-203-5796 to schedule the diagnostic test.


Your TJ Admissions Roadmap

We at Inspiring Test Prep are proud to present the newly released Thomas Jefferson High School Application Schedule.

For preparation and practice proven to increase your chance of gaining acceptance into TJHSS, please continue reading.

Date Action
September 3, 2018 Online Applications Become Available
September 28, 2018 Application Deadline (4:00 p.m.)
November 10, 2018 Test Day
November 16, 2018 Accommodations Test Day
January 18, 2019 Applicants Receive Semifinalist Pool Selection Through Online System
January 25, 2019 Entry by Applicants of Teacher Recommendation Information Deadline
February 9, 2019 Essay/SIS Administration Day
February 11, 2019 Deadline for Teacher Recommendations
February 15, 2019 Essay/SIS Accommodations Test Day
February 16, 2019 Inclement Weather Date for Essay/SIS Administration
February 22, 2019 Inclement Weather Date for Essay/SIS Accommodations Test Day
April 30, 2019 Final Admissions Decisions Posted (No Later Than)

With the changes in the Thomas Jefferson Admissions schedule, we at Inspiring Test Prep has made some changes to our courses and classes. Our TJ Admissions Preparations Class runs for six weekends starting the week of September 30 and will maximize your chances of getting into the selective high school. For more information and to register, please click here.




Ready, Set, Go to the ACT


Day of the ACT Check Sheet


Are you taking the ACT test this Saturday?

First, let us wish you the best on this day. May the stars align and may you mark all your bubble sheets correctly, read all the questions accurately, remember all the formulas necessary, keep moving with proper pacing, and recall all your punctuation rules.
In the spirit of positive thinking, the night before the test, get the following ready:



Announcing Inspiring’s 2018 TJ Fall Course Schedule


You may now pre-register for our classes without obligation.  Before you sign up, you should have your student take the at-home TJ math evaluation to determine the optimum placement for the class.   Email Kate at to request a test.

To pre-register for our fall course click the link.  

For more information about our program visit this page.