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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, no obligation, 3-hour ACT this Saturday, February 17 at 11:00 am  with Inspiring Test Preparation.  This get acquainted offer is good for new clients only*.    This test is used for the first class of our ACT preparation.

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


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, a science drill from 6:00 – 6:55pm, and a reading drill from 5:00 – 5:55pm 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 TJ prep program. The purpose of the drills is to thoroughly review and drill math concepts, science reading strategies, and practice reading skills to establish the base for the six-week class.  



Upcoming Presentations

College Admissions Seminar for

9th, 10th, and 11th grade Students

Are you constantly asking yourself these questions?

“Is it better to take an AP/IB class or get the A?”
“What is Early Action and why does it matter?”
“Which teachers should my son ask to writer letters of recommendation?”
 “Should I take the ACT or SAT? How many times?”
This two-hour seminar will give you all the information you need to understand the college process. Catherine Ganley with ForWord Consulting will walk you through each step–GPAs; Rigor; Test Scores; Application timelines, pitfalls, and types; Extracurriculars–so that you can help guide your child through this stressful time.
This is not a seminar just for junior parents. While college might be more on the minds of Class of 2019 parents, parents of any high schooler will benefit from this presentation as you’ll get a roadmap for answering college questions.

Enroll in this 2-hour Seminar: Thursday, February 22 at 7:00pm.  Come prepared with questions for an enlightening seminar.

Cost: $99

Location: Inspiring Test Prep Office, 1307 Dolley Madison Blvd. #4B McLean, VA 22101

Why Cathy Ganley?  Here is just what one mother had to say about her advice.

Thank you!
So grateful for your insights and recommendations this weekend!!
Just to let you know, we reached out to both Cathy’s.  Cathy Ganley and I had a really good conversation Saturday afternoon – focused on strategic admissions points.  Since fewer TJ students apply to liberal arts schools, Cathy G. used naviance to help us understand admissions rates for McLean students to some of the same schools (there are just more data points from other high schools).  She was so very kind and had tremendous empathy for a liberal arts kid at TJ.  She did not want us to reimburse us for her time.


 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 Chart of the elements in just a few hours, if it were necessary. By heart, so that you could repeat it backwards or forwards at will.

      Impossible?  NOT!

     James F. Dalby, BS, MBA, Ph.D. (yes, that is the same last name) spent his early career as a mathematical engineer at NASA (he helped make sure Astronaut John Glenn was in orbit) and IBM (helped put four Communication Satellites into Geosynchronous Orbit) often helped by the techniques taught him back in the 50’s by Dr. Sigmund Blomberg, creator of the Blomberg Memory System.  Yes, he had the honor of being trained by Dr. Blomberg personally, while still a high school student. Soon after, he assisted in publicly demonstrating the power of the technique along with Dr. Blomberg before one thousand attendees in Norfolk, Va.

     Why not let Dr. Dalby teach you how to master memory techniques that could change your life, by making memory tasks simpler for you at work, college, university, volunteering activities and in your personal life?

     To learn more, sign up for this free, no-obligation seminar on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at 1307 Dolley Madison Blvd. Suite 4B McLean, VA  22101   After the demonstration, you will have the chance to sign up for a three-evening set of training sessions.
     To register for the first-in-the-area, three-evening training sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, November 28, 29, and 30 from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. each evening, click this link.
   (Important note: The feasibility of the technique fundamentally depends on a mature and competent use of the English language, in both vocabulary and phonetics).


 Notes from our previous presentation:

Five Reasons Why You Won’t Get into the College of Your Choice

  1. you think applying to college begins and ends in front of a screen.
  2. you had too many endless summers.
  3. you woke up one morning and decided, “Ah, I’m going to write my essay today.”like everybody else,
  4. you have good grades, good test scores, play soccer or lacrosse, and play the piano.
  5. you chose poorly.
Presenter: Sybil Gohari of the Admissions Company will discuss these five reasons, and answer frequently asked questions about admissions:

Over the past decade, as the college admissions process has moved online, elite schools have seen an explosion of applications.  Over the same period, admissions officers and college administrators have observed a pattern of students who seem to have all the ingredients for success in college, and yet often fail when faced with the rigors of an academically intense environment.  Many educators have observed that these students lack an essential ingredient for success: grit.

The evolving theory is that a mix of factors that include grade inflation, over-scheduled young lives, lack of independence in early childhood and parental over-involvement have combined to lead to a lack of sufficient survival skills in the upper echelons of American colleges, leading to less resilient students.

At Admissions Company, we believe that resilience is something that can be quickly learned, embedded and nurtured in high school students so that they can be better prepared for college.  We plan to share the lessons we’ve learned from more than a decade of helping high school students gain acceptance to better colleges with you, so that if you’re one of the few who gains admission into an elite college, you can not only survive, but also thrive and outshine your cohorts.

  Date: Thursday, October 12 at 7:30 pm.  Reserve a seat today.  Q & A to follow.  Check out her Odds Calculator here.

All presentations are open to the public, but space is limited. Register online or call/text Kate at 703-203-5796 to reserve a seat. Location: 1307 Dolley Madison Blvd. Suite #4B McLean, VA 22101

Interested in presenting your education related company?  Do you have a topic you’d like Inspiring to host? Contact Kate at

Updates on TJ Admission – 2018

I thought I would share the following information concerning the upcoming TJ SIS (Student Information Sheet).

A client asked me if I thought TJ would be having an essay or math problem this year (2018).  I suggested she call TJ and ask admissions directly.   She shared the following with me:



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

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 tests now have optional essays and no guessing penalty. The SAT also no longer has a “random vocabulary” section, which used to be a big deal breaker for a lot of our students. Instead, the SAT has a vocabulary in context section. The SAT also has less geometry than the ACT.  We’ve covered the all differences in a handy graphic below. (more…)