summer camps

Finally!! A Summer ACT in July

For years, students and parents complained that there were no ACT or SAT test dates for the summer.  For years, our summers were spent chillin’ at the beach.  Over the last few years, however, there has been a drastic change.  More and more students have been getting a jump start on prep during the summer between sophomore and junior year. Last year, the College Board responded to the pent up demand for summer testing dates by offering an SAT in late August  (at the same time removing the late January test date from its calendar).

Not to be outdone, the people behind the ACT are rolling out a mid-July 2018 test.  For the first time,  students who prefer the ACT can take the test on July 14.

Here is where Inspiring Test Prep comes in.  We have scheduled a three-week course to prep for that July test date.  The class meets Monday-Thursday, the weeks starting June 18, June 25, (we skip the week of July 4), and July 9.

That start date is less than two months from now and if you register and pay by midnight, Sunday, April 22, you save $200 with our early registration discount.  (This date is extended from April 18).

Delay no longer.  Take action today and click the link to sign up.  The price reflects the $200 discount.

Call Kate at 703-203-5796 to schedule the diagnostic test.


The Low-Stress College Essay

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.



New Post: Geometry Crash Course

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.


Summer TJ Prep

Take advantage of this early start on TJ prep and get the same course as offered in the fall at the discounted price of $850. That’s a savings of over $100! Class meets for 3 weeks in July 2017, Monday through Thursday, the 10th to 26th.

  • You start with a free, no-obligation at home math diagnostic to determine if a class is the right way to go.
  • After a phone or in-person consultation you can sign up for the course.
  • Then the student comes to take a 2-hour proctored TJ test with math and verbal components.  The sooner that test is taken the sooner we know that the class is the best fit.
  • We meet for the first class on July 10th to review the test and begin the process of optimizing your application through improving math, verbal, and essay skills.
Visit the TJ Course page for more details on this comprehensive review.

Summer Writing Camp

Summer 2017 Writing Camp

Going to camp is always fun, even if you aren’t the outdoorsy type.  Your son or daughter will find the same can be true with Inspiring’s Writing Camp this summer.  Whether students enjoy writing or don’t, our instructor has a series of activities that will get them to enjoy finding apt words, creating engaging prose, and organizing for effect.  

Cathy Colglazier, former English chair at McLean HS and TJHSST, will lead students for 3 hours each day in creative non-fiction projects.  Often the class will visit locations around McLean for inspiration as well as read short articles and stories that provide good models for writing.  Basics of solid exposition will be covered — punctuation, grammar, diction — as well as development of style.  

If students are planning on applying to TJ or a private school, this workshop is ideal for getting them ready for personal essays.   Target ages:  7th to 10th grade.

Three options for camp:


Cathy Colglazier


$350 for one week (15 hours).
 If you would like to take more than one week, please call/text Mrs. Colglazier in advance at 703-628-2348


Inspiring Test Preparation 1307 Dolley Madison Blvd. Suite 4B McLean, VA  22101