TJ SIS Workshop 2019

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

TJ (Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology) admissions requires a 3-hour test of math, reading, and science in the fall of 8th grade and a 2-hour writing test in winter after the 1st cut results are released.  To address the Student Information Sheet (SIS) 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 the mission statement.  We will also brainstorm topics to mention on the application.  The candidates 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.

You have a choice of the following times:

  • January 19 at 4pm
  • January 20 at 4pm
  • January 21 at 4:30pm
  • January 26 at 3:00pm
  • January 27 at 4:30pm

To get extra input, schedule private sessions with Dr Aimee Weinstein (call/text her at  571-275-6521) or Cathy Colglazier (703-628-23480).

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


$195 for new clients; $160 for students who took the six-week Inspiring’s TJ test preparation class.

Register now.  Payment is due the day you get 1st cut results.  Save your registration page and open it to pay by clicking on the “view appointment discount” link.   If you don’t make 1st cut you can cancel the day of notification without penalty.   If you encounter difficulties call or text Kate at 703-203-5796


* The Google Doc requirement is a change as of November 26, 2018 at the request of Ms. Colglazier. If you are working with Dr. Weinstein she may require that you use WORD.
If you have questions contact Kate at 703-203-5796 or

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