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Improve Your TJ Student Information Sheet (SIS)

By | December 3rd, 2017|Categories: TJ Prep, Writing|

Update: January 2014 and December 2017. This week I taught 35 students in five separate workshops on what Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology (TJ) says it is looking for on the student information sheet and essay.  During these workshops we brainstormed topics to mention on the application and the candidates practiced writing answers to four prompts (three SIS prompts and one essay) under timed conditions.  I reminded [...]

At Home SIS Essay Practice

By | December 1st, 2017|Categories: News, TJ Prep, Uncategorized, Writing|

To all our TJ prep students: You have done a great job preparing for the TJ test over the past few weeks.  In preparation for the SIS (Student Information Sheet) essay section coming up in February, we are offering for you to re-do the essay portions of the program.  To receive critiques please register and pay online for the “critique” package, and then email Dr. Weinstein (aimee@katedalby.com) the answers to [...]

TJ SIS Workshop 2018

By | December 1st, 2017|Categories: News, TJ Prep, Writing|

It’s time to get ready for the TJ Student Information Sheet (SIS) administration with Inspiring Test Preparation’s TJ SIS Workshop.   […]

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What to Eat the Day of the SAT (or Other Long Test)

By | November 27th, 2017|Categories: ACT Prep, Insights, SAT Prep, TJ Prep|

by Bess Dalby* Whether you are too tired or too nervous, you may not feel like eating at all the morning of the SAT or ACT. However, I cannot stress enough how disastrous it can be if hunger strikes during a slew of difficult math problems. The human brain uses a variety of nutritional components to function during strenuous activities, and requires even more nutrition if it is deprived of [...]

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Free ACT Diagnostic Test

By | November 4th, 2017|Categories: ACT Prep, News|

SAT or ACT?  Try a Free Diagnostic Test. If you are like many students, you are unclear which test is the right test for you: the redesigned SAT or the ACT. To help you figure out which test to take, you can come take a free 3-hour ACT on Saturday, September 2 at 11:00 am  with Inspiring Test Preparation.  This get acquainted offer is good [...]

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Upcoming Presentations

By | November 1st, 2017|Categories: News, TJ Prep|

Where are those keys?       Are you forever mislaying keys or forgetting important information or appointments?  “I know I put that paper down somewhere?  But where?”       Even more daunting is the task of memorizing required information for coursework or credentialing.  Forget the names of the bones in the body – I’m lucky if I can remember how many there are (212?)       Now imagine learning the contents of the Periodic [...]

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The New TJ Test – 2017

By | June 20th, 2017|Categories: TJ Prep|

It seems as if a year doesn’t go by that TJ isn’t tinkering with the admissions process: removal of quantitative comparisons, paragraph reordering, on-site SIS (student information sheet) administration, holistic evaluation for 2nd cut, SIS math challenge.  The changes appear to be good overall, but it does keep those of us in the test preparation business on our toes. […]

Refer a Friend, Get a $25 Gift Card

By | June 4th, 2017|Categories: ACT Prep, News, SAT Prep|

LAST CHANCE FOR SUMMER PREP - this offer has expired.  However, if you referred a friend per the instructions below and have not received your gift card let me know by texting 703-203-5796 or emailing kvs@katedalby.com August ACT course 12 sessions + pre-test, starts Monday, August 7.  Cost $1,195. August Accelerated SAT/ACT course 12 sessions + pre-test, starts Monday, August 7.  Cost $1,250. Diagnostic testing on Saturday (or earlier Tuesday-Thursday) August 5 at 11 am. Have you [...]

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HSPT Review

By | May 23rd, 2017|Categories: News, results, Uncategorized|

I was happy to receive the following today: Hi Kate – I realized I never followed up with you about my daughter Allie Vasquez and her results on the HSPT. She worked with you in the Fall of 2016 to brush up on a few areas in preparation for the HSPT in early December. I’m happy to report that she scored in the 99th percentile, received a scholarship to both O’Connell [...]

The Low-Stress College Essay

By | April 11th, 2017|Categories: College Applications, News, summer camps, Writing|

The Low-Stress College Essay College essay with low stress?  How can that be?  It’s all in the planning and thinking. Dr. Aimee Weinstein and Inspiring Test Prep can make it happen for you. We have two options for our rising seniors to help you have your college essay done even before the madness of senior year begins. […]

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TJ Admissions Is Changing

By | March 18th, 2017|Categories: News, TJ Prep|

TJHSST announced Friday, March 17th, 2017 that it is changing the test and the test date for the TJ admissions test. […]

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2018 College Application Season: Not That Far Away!

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: College Applications, News, Writing|

by Dr Aimee Weinstein In late January, the Common Application announced its essay prompts for the 2017-2018 school year, and while some have remained the same, some have changed. This year we find a 7th prompt that simply asks students to write the essay of their choice.  While some students do best responding to specific prompts, we at Inspiring Test Prep believe that the students who write the best essays write [...]

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Do You Know Your Odds of Gaining Admission into College?

By | March 5th, 2017|Categories: College Applications, Insights, News|

By: Sybil E. Gohari, PhD Founder, The Admissions Company     Until recently, applying to college was an opaque process, ruled by those who claimed to understand the secrets of guidance counseling, and to be the guardians of the grail that is gaining acceptance into an elite college. […]

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Success and Non-Academic Skills

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: College Applications, Insights, News|

  By Sybil Gohari, PhD Founder, The Admissions Company Have you ever really considered key factors in determining success? Granted, skill in your specialized area of expertise is essential to success, as well as experience, education, and perspective. There are many, non-academic skills that also are key components to success. This NPRed article overviews such skills, which are growing in recognition to the point that field experts are now in [...]

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Summer Test Dates Planned for the SAT and ACT

By | February 27th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

New SAT and ACT Test Dates College Board is adding a late August test date to its calendar of tests this year — 2017, but removing the late January test next year.  That will mean seven possible SAT dates: March, May, June, August, October, November, December.   CLICK HERE FOR THE SAT CALENDAR. ACT has announced that it will add a summer test date for July 14 (tentative) 2018. Currently [...]

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Commencement 2017

By | February 20th, 2017|Categories: ACT Prep, College Applications, News, SAT Prep|

My mother earned her college degree when she was about 40; she was the first woman to get a bachelor’s degree from Union College in New York.  Even at a young age I realized how important that moment was for all of us. […]

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SAVE THE DATE

By | February 5th, 2017|Categories: College Applications, Insights, News|

What are colleges looking for in students? What makes a college a good fit for a student? Should I take the SAT or ACT? What resources are available to help with the college application process? Under what circumstances should a student apply Early Decision or Early Action? What makes a strong college application essay? These questions and many more will be addressed in a free presentation by the advisors of AGM-College [...]

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TJ, SSAT, and HSPT Math, Science, and Reading Drills

By | February 4th, 2017|Categories: News, TJ Prep|

Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare; enroll in our test preparation program for 7th graders. We are offering a math drill class every Tuesday from 7:00 – 7:55 pm, and a reading drill from 6:00 – 6:55pm to help students get the best scores possible on the SSAT, HSPT, or TJ admissions test. This program is a supplement to, not a replacement of, our regular 8th grade comprehensive six-week summer/fall [...]

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TJ 2017 SIS Math Question Revealed

By | January 31st, 2017|Categories: Insights, TJ Prep|

This one is for the birds This weekend one of my students reported that he had gotten the following math challenge as part of the Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Student Information Sheet administration.  Applicants wrote answers to three SIS prompts and were given the following math question: […]

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SAT vs. ACT – Which test is right for you?

By | January 21st, 2017|Categories: ACT Prep, News, SAT Prep|Tags: , , , |

Now that it’s prime time to start studying for the SAT and ACT, we’ve had a lot of students ask us which test they should take. Nowadays, most colleges accept the SAT and ACT and weigh scores from both tests equally, so that’s no longer a reason to take one test over the other. The College Board recently redesigned the SAT and it is now quite similar to the ACT. Both [...]

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All Things to All People?

By | January 20th, 2017|Categories: ACT Prep, News, SAT Prep|

We often hear the idea that, in business, it is difficult to be all things to all people.  But undaunted, in addition to comprehensive classes and private tutoring, Inspiring Test Preparation is now offering this ultimate preparation solution to a select group: high-scoring procrastinators.   The solution is the one-day bootcamp for ACT or SAT. […]

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Bragging Rights

By | January 10th, 2017|Categories: ACT Prep, Insights, results|

At Inspiring Test Preparation, we are pretty accustomed to our students improving 4 points on the ACT composite.  That’s our average gain.   But occasionally we get a student who does so outstandingly well, we can’t help telling the world.  Here’s the latest story. […]

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New Twist to TJ SIS Administration

By | January 5th, 2017|Categories: News, TJ Prep|

by Cathy Colglazier   Last year TJ surprised the applicants with a different essay prompt – a math word problem that the students had to solve and then explain their process in an essay.  We at Inspiring think it is reasonable to assume that TJ admissions will again use this type of prompt, and so we will be incorporating a similar problem into our workshop. […]

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TJ Admissions SIS Math Problem

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: Insights, News, TJ Prep, Writing|

Last year, first round TJ applicants were taken by surprise when they went to their assigned testing locations to complete the Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology admissions 2nd round Student Information Sheet (SIS) and Essay hurdle. […]

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Check Out the Admissions Company’s New App

By | December 13th, 2016|Categories: College Applications, Insights, News|

On Thursday, December 29, Dr. Sybil Gohari, founder of The Admissions Company, introduced The Admissions Company’s new Odds Calculator app to a group of parents and students at Inspiring Test Preparation’s office in McLean, VA. Dr. Gohari’s app helps high school students determine their chances of gaining acceptance to a particular college or university. To assess their odds, students enter their biographical, academic and extracurricular information into the calculator, which, using [...]

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