SIS Workshops Will Be Online Via Zoom!

Are you applying to northern Virginia’s top STEM school — TJ?

TJ (Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology) admissions no longer requires a 3-hour test of math, reading, and science in the fall of 8th grade, but it does appear that admissions will require a written Student Information Sheet (SIS) to determine compatibility of applicants to TJ.  To address this portion of the application process, we here at Inspiring Test Preparation are holding a 3-hour workshop.

During the workshop we will discuss the purpose of the SIS and the importance of understanding TJ mission statement.  We will also brainstorm topics to mention on the application.  The workshop participants will write answers to four prompts (three SIS prompts and one math problem) under timed conditions.  We will remind the students that TJ admissions says pretty clearly that they are wanting to learn about “a semifinalist’s prior experiences, goals, and interests.”    Students will email responses to the essay reader who will critique and return the essays by January 30.  To participate, students will need a laptop, access to GoogleDocs*, and a non-school associated gmail email address for correspondence. Choose only one of the sessions available.

Dates: TBD

To get extra input, schedule private sessions with Cathy Colglazier (703-628-23480).

To read about Fairfax County’s school board’s recent proposals to the new admissions process, click this link.

To better prepare for the workshop, visit TJ’s website and see what classes TJ offers that are not available at your base school.  Check out the clubs and read through the online newspaper, TJ Today.  Write a list of your STEM activities and interests; include books and magazines you have read.  Read through our blogs that talk about TJ.  Also, try to do the math question from last year.


Cathy Colglazier/Kate Dalby


Register now.  If you qualify for a discount call or text Kate at 703-203-5796 to register.  We reserve the right to cancel a session if there is insufficient enrollment.


* The Google Doc requirement is a change as of November 26, 2018 at the request of Ms. Colglazier.
If you have questions contact Kate at 703-203-5796 or

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