TJ Admissions Preparation

TJ Admissions Preparation 2019-03-21T18:49:34+00:00

Course Description

In 2017, TJHSST changed its admissions test and the testing date.  Read about it here. Inspiring’s TJ Admissions Prep course has adapted and reflects those changes.

“A combination of two different tests—the ACT Aspire and Quant Q—were selected to replace the old test.  The ACT Aspire test will test reading and science skills, and the Quant Q will test math skills.
These tests replace the previous exam and will be administered on November 18, 2017. No other changes will be made to the TJHSST admissions process. Additional information about semifinalist determination will be released by May 1, 2017.”

In the comprehensive course, we emphasize math, science skills, verbal, essay, SIS, and admissions counseling in that order.  The amount of time spent in each area depends on the needs of the group – hence the importance of the mini-math pre-test (see link below).  Our practice tests will reflect the expected changes in the test.

TJ Admissions Prep Class

Register to prepare for the TJ test in November  2019!

This TJ test preparation class will consist of 12 meetings: 6 testing sessions and 6 instructional classes.  Classes size is limited to 12 students grouped by beginning math scores.

The initial class assignment will be based on the mini-math diagnostic test that is taken at home before the first class meeting. It is important that the test is strictly timed so the student is assigned to the class that best suits him or her. If the results vary greatly from the group, Kate Dalby will discuss the matter before final class placement.

Classes are held for six weekends starting the weekend of September 28/29.  Registration requires an hour long mini-math test, which is given at home.

Click Here to download your free diagnostic (email is required). Make sure pop-ups aren’t blocked!

Meeting Dates & Times

In 2019, we plan to hold classes on Sunday at 2pm and 5pm, and during the week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 6:45pm.  Our weekday classes are stand alone, meaning a student can sign up and pay for part of the course. Weekly practice tests are on Saturdays (for students taking the Sunday class) and Sundays (for the students taking the following Tuesday or Wednesday class).  We have set up a schedule that leads up to the test on Saturday, November 9.

You may pre-register without paying and pay once classes are filled or by August 29.  Once you pay, remember to book the testing time on the preceding Saturday.  If you wish to take a weekday stand-alone class, keep in mind that the testing for those classes are the previous Sunday.
Schedule Sunday at 5pm
Schedule Sunday @ 2pm
Schedule Tues or Wed


Kate Dalby

Caroline Hesse


$968 for the full six week class, pre-paid.   

$180/full test (Sundays) and single class (only available for Tuesdays/Wednesdays).


Contact Kate at 703-203-5796 or

If you would like some math review on common concepts tested, you can watch our videos on our Instructional Videos page. 

Register to prepare for the November 2019 TJ test!

To determine which time slot is most appropriate take our at-home math evaluation test (see link above).  The 2pm Sunday class is designed for students scoring between 30-39/50 on this test; the 5 pm Sunday class is designed for students scoring between 40-45/50 on the math evaluation.  Students who are ultra high scorers are invited to sign up for 1+ sessions of the weekday course (either Tuesday or Wednesday). 

 If you are unsure which class is right for you, consult with Kate at 703.203.5796 or email her at before signing up. We reserve the right to cancel a class session due to insufficient enrollment.



Hey Ms. Kate,

I just wanted to let you know that I made the first cut for the TJ Admission! Thank you all so very much for your help and support, because without it, I would have most definitely been lost while taking the test.

On to phase 2!

Thanks again,



Yay! I’m a semifinalist!!!now I just have to fill out another application :(thanks for all your help!



I made the TJ first cut!!!



Dear Kate,

I just got a letter from TJ that I passed the first cut for my TJ test! Thank you so much for all of your help! I will let you know the results of the second stage of screening, which I know is very hard.



I just wanted to send my sincere thanks for sending this explanation to us.  It was extremely helpful.   This is exactly the sort of work Noah needs to spend more time on.  Thank you again for taking the time to explain the problem in a very straight forward manner.  Have a wonderful weekend!
Kind regards,

Thank you so much Caroline!  You’re both a great team…you definitely motivated him to work hard!
Hope you have a wonderful holiday and new year!
It’s a very happy Christmas gift!  Thank you again for helping him focus and prepare!  We’ll see you again in 4 years when it’s his brothers turn.
Parent of Langley HS 2018 Student
Dear Ms. Kate,
Just want to let you know that I got semi-finalist letter today. I made it!!
Thank you so much for everything you did to help me. i will let you know how I make out.
Thanks Again,
Thanks so much for helping me get that 33.
S. made it to the next phase of TJ admissions and would like to say thanks for all your help.


Hello Kate,

We just wanted you all to be the first to know that our son, JC, is a TJ semifinalist!! He received his letter today!
Thank you so much for your tutoring, preparation and guidance through this process! Now he’s off to begin the second phase of the TJ Admissions process (i.e seeking teacher recommendations, completing student information sheet, etc.) Any helpful tips regarding this second phase is most welcome:)
Thank you again for teaching and preparing him!


He got into:
UVA, Boston College,Northeastern, Colgate, Colby [and] Davidson (was nominated for the Belk Scholarship,…he is one of two alternates).
Parent of J
So far, he’s been accepted to the Engineering school at ILLINOIS, as well as RIT and the Colorado School of Mines. (Raised score from 31 to 35 composite.)
I got a 35!!!!! Could not have done it without you!!!! Thanks so much! 32 English, 35 Math, 36 Reading, 35 Science.

Student Profiles

Langley HS Student, Class of 2018 ACT class & math tutoring with Caroline Hesse 27 to 32 ACT Composite
Langley HS Student, Class of 2019 Accelerated ACT/SAT class 1300 PSAT (2016) to 1490 PSAT (2017)
30 to 34 ACT Composite
McLean HS Student, Class of 2018
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