SAT Prep

Refer a Friend, Get a $25 Gift Card

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 already taken a course with us?  Happy?  Refer a friend to a class and  get a $25 gift card. Not happy?  Give Kate at call at 703-203-5796 and tell her why and see what she can do to help out.

Not sure what to do?  Schedule an appointment to meet with Kate Dalby or call 703-203-5796.

You can pay online when you register, or you can mail a check.  Pay to the order of:

Inspiring Test Preparation,

PO Box 795,

McLean, VA  22101.

2017-08-30T17:48:02+00:00

Commencement 2017

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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2017-02-20T21:04:28+00:00

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…)

2017-04-07T19:30:41+00:00

The Case of the Missing PSAT

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 the scores, they received the very PSAT booklets they used during the testing session.

These tests were a goldmine of information. I could see if the student miss marked, if there were careless mistakes, if a problem was overworked, and I could deduce much about the test taker’s habits. It was a great jumping off point and gave me concrete information that helped me come up with a plan of action to prepare the student for the SAT. (more…)

2016-10-15T18:56:59+00:00