Meet Ben Shenkman

Are you frustrated trying to find a reliable and competent tutor? Tired of meeting in the library or local coffee shop?   Look no further.

Inspiring Test Preparation is delighted to announce that Ben Shenkman has joined our team of outlandishly awesome tutors.  Ben studied Physics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Chicago and is a graduate from The Potomac School in McLean, VA.  After taking the most rigorous courses available in both subject areas, he decided to pursue his interest in teaching by peer-mentoring his fellow classmates and helping them succeed in their classes. With an excellent academic record as well as experience with tutoring college and high-school level pupils, Ben is ideal for coaching students through tough curricula.

Ben offers coaching in the subject areas of Calculus AB/BC, Statistics, Physics, and Chemistry. He received 5’s on all these AP Exams. He also coaches these SAT 2 subject tests: physics, chemistry, Math 1, and Math 2.  He can be contacted directly at bshenkman.97@gmail.com or through the office at Inspiring Test Preparation at 703-203-5796.


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:



At Home SIS Essay Practice

To all our TJ prep students:

You have done a great job preparing for the TJ test over the past few weeks.  In preparation for the SIS (Student Information Sheet) essay section coming up in February, we are offering for you to re-do the essay portions of the program.  To receive critiques please register and pay online for the “critique” package, and then email Dr. Weinstein (aimee@katedalby.com) the answers to all of these prompts.  Dr. Weinstein will reply with comments in a few days. You can email them one at a time or all at once; it’s your choice. All prompts must be complete by January 20th. The cost of the critiques is $125.  (more…)


HSPT Review

I was happy to receive the following today:

Hi Kate – I realized I never followed up with you about my daughter Allie Vasquez and her results on the HSPT. She worked with you in the Fall of 2016 to brush up on a few areas in preparation for the HSPT in early December. I’m happy to report that she scored in the 99th percentile, received a scholarship to both O’Connell and St. John’s and was also accepted in the St. John’s De La Salle Scholars program – which she will be attending in the fall!

Thanks so much for all your work with her – not only did it improve her performance on the test, but I believe it gave her more confidence overall in her work as well as her test taking abilities. I suspect we’ll be seeing you again in a few years as she gets ready for her college admissions!


All the best,


karen m. vasquez


Summer Test Dates Planned for the SAT and ACT

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 there are no plans to eliminate a test date, so there will now be seven ACT dates available: February, April, June, July, September, October, December.  CLICK HERE FOR THE ACT CALENDAR.

Not sure whether to prepare for the SAT or ACT?

Come take a 3-hour diagnostic ACT at Inspiring free of charge.  Pick a date that works for you and schedule a free consultation later in the week to discuss the test results and Inspiring’s programs for score improvement.  Don’t see a test date — email Kate at kvs@katedalby.com to request a time.  Seats available most Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00.