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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 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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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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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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. […]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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