Blog

Blog 2017-08-01T00:10:38+00:00

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 [...]

Comments Off on Summer Test Dates Planned for the SAT and ACT

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. […]

Comments Off on Commencement 2017

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 [...]

Comments Off on SAVE THE DATE

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: […]

Comments Off on TJ 2017 SIS Math Question Revealed

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. […]

Comments Off on All Things to All People?

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. […]

Comments Off on Bragging Rights

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. […]

Comments Off on New Twist to TJ SIS Administration

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. […]

Comments Off on TJ Admissions SIS Math Problem

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 [...]

Comments Off on Check Out the Admissions Company’s New App

Spring Class Schedule – Enroll Now, Pay Later

By | October 31st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Not ready to commit? Take advantage of our enroll now, pay later plan.  Just enroll in the class that most interests you and pay later.  And, if your plans change, cancel your enrollment with no obligation. When you are ready to commit you can get the following rebates:   SAT Class for March test date -- Get a $100 rebate if paid by December 14th. ACT Class for February test [...]

Comments Off on Spring Class Schedule – Enroll Now, Pay Later

ACT Essay Scoring Changes

By | October 8th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

 Last year ACT ran into trouble with its new essay prompt. The released scores were on a 36-point scale and caused much concern in the news because of some discrepancies between anticipated scores and those received.  This year, ACT returned to the 12-point scale which probably helps obscure the results for some students.  We encourage students to look at the percentiles to see if the essay score is in line with the [...]

Comments Off on ACT Essay Scoring Changes

Are You Taking the ACT with Essay?

By | October 8th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

 Last year ACT ran into trouble with its new essay prompt. The released scores were on a 36-point scale and caused much concern in the news because of some discrepancies between anticipated scores and those received. This year, ACT returned to the 12-point scale which probably helps obscure the results for some students.  We encourage students to look at the percentiles to see if the essay score is in line with the [...]

Comments Off on Are You Taking the ACT with Essay?

Why Do My ACT Scores Fluctuate So Much?

By | October 4th, 2016|Categories: ACT Prep, Insights|

Recently I received an inquiry about test preparation from a parent who said her daughter (not a student of mine) had scored a 32 composite last fall on the ACT, but was frustrated because the science sub score was only a 29; yet she had been scoring as high as a 36 in practice. Part of her problem on the real test was timing. […]

Comments Off on Why Do My ACT Scores Fluctuate So Much?

September 2016 ACT Results

By | September 27th, 2016|Categories: ACT Prep, results, Uncategorized|

This summer Inspiring Test Preparation held three classes to help students get ready for the ACT.  In July we held a three-week class that covered both ACT and SAT, and in August students chose between a three-week class dedicated to the ACT and a six-week class to prepare for both tests.  Altogether 22 students participated in the classes and we have heard from ten class students so far.  We also provided one-on-one [...]

Comments Off on September 2016 ACT Results

The Case of the Missing PSAT

By | September 19th, 2016|Categories: Insights, News, results, SAT Prep|

Posted by Kate Dalby When I started coaching the SAT back in the mid 80s, I would often start my evaluation of a student with his or her PSAT booklet from the previous fall. Usually the students would get the scores back before the winter break in December, and I would get a flurry of calls over the vacation asking for my help. At the same time the students received [...]

Why Choose Inspiring Test Prep for TJ Prep?

By | September 14th, 2016|Categories: TJ Prep|

What sets Inspiring Test Prep apart from other TJ prep companies? Aside from the fact that Kate Dalby, the instructor, has over 20 years of experience in TJ prep, Inspiring Test Prep provides comprehensive preparation and counseling for our students. We don't just stop at teaching the test; we cover the essay, SIS, and general admissions counseling with our TJ prep course. What makes us different? Friendly and collaborative learning environment Proven test [...]

Comments Off on Why Choose Inspiring Test Prep for TJ Prep?

Allergies and Testing

By | August 29th, 2016|Categories: ACT Prep, Insights, SAT Prep, Uncategorized|

Red eyes? Sneezing, coughing, ears itching? Tired, can’t stay awake, ADD medication doesn’t help? Fall allergy season is fast approaching in Washington Metro DC, just in time for the fall ACT, SAT, and PSAT. Nasty allergens will make my students and me miserable. September is typically ragweed season, bringing with it runny noses, itchy throats, and fatigue.  Typically people take medication that makes them drowsy or foggy headed; this is not a [...]

Comments Off on Allergies and Testing

Tips and Tricks for College Application Success

By | August 23rd, 2016|Categories: College Applications, Insights, Writing|

  by Dr. Aimee Weinstein No matter how you slice it, the first semester of senior year of high school is stressful. In addition to the regular class load, activities and other responsibilities, kids have to work through their college applications, including the omnipresent essays. Even with such conveniences as the Common App and the Coalition App, everything must be filled out and double-checked before sending to any schools. The [...]

Comments Off on Tips and Tricks for College Application Success

New Post: Geometry Crash Course

By | August 1st, 2016|Categories: summer camps, TJ Prep, Uncategorized|

Is your lack of geometry hurting you on high school admissions tests? Take our four-day crash course to review essential elements for tests such as the SSAT, TJ admissions, HSPT, and ISEE. Homework sets included to reinforce class instruction. Class is 7-9pm Monday through Thursday, August 14-17. Cost: $300 Instructor: Caroline Hesse To see the course description or to register click here.

Letter to the Class of 2017

By | July 8th, 2016|Categories: College Applications|Tags: , , |

Dear Class of 2017: Your time is nearly here – you’re about to start your senior year and all of the accompanying excitement will be yours!  It is going to be a wild ride, so hang on to your metaphorical hat. The start of senior year also brings with it a lot of angst and stress in the form of college applications. You need to hone your college list, make [...]

An Easy Path to a Killer College Essay

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: College Applications, Insights, News, Writing|

by Aimee Weinstein There’s never a perfect time to buy a car, catch a cold, have a kid… or write an essay. I am specifically thinking of parents of high school juniors who most often agree that there hasn’t been enough time for their kids to do anything beyond schoolwork in months. The popular parenting-older-kids website, Grown and Flown, agrees that junior year is the most stressful of all the high [...]

Comments Off on An Easy Path to a Killer College Essay

College Board SAT Bait and Switch?

By | May 15th, 2016|Categories: ACT Prep, Insights, News, SAT Prep|Tags: , , , , , , |

Maybe to call it “bait and switch” is extreme,  but we are pretty annoyed.  Last fall College Board introduced the redesigned PSAT and SAT, and released the scores  in January 2016.  At the time, it seemed as if all of the juniors we talked to were doing better on the new test, but we work with small numbers of students and figured that the new (and radically different) test was just better-suited to [...]

Private Test Prep Tutoring

By | May 9th, 2016|Categories: ACT Prep, News, SAT Prep|

Learn what Khan Academy isn’t teaching you – effective strategies to maximize your scores. We’re not saying Khan doesn’t do a good job — it is a solid place to improve your math foundation, and if you want someone to read to you, we suppose watching the reading videos might be diverting — but if you want great scores, AND you don’t have a lot of time, you need great strategies for taking the test and insight [...]

Basis Independent School – A STEM Alternative

By | May 9th, 2016|Categories: News, TJ Prep, Uncategorized|

Good News – a STEM Alternative by Kate Dalby Last fall several of my TJ prep parents asked me what I knew about Basis; at the time absolutely nothing. Ignorance is not my favorite state of mind, so I did some research which included meeting with Sean Aiken, Basis Independent school principal, to find out more about his K-12 school opening up in McLean (Tysons), Virginia. Basis is a consortium of schools: some charter public [...]

Load More Posts