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Get Last Minute Tutoring for the Following Subjects

By |May 13th, 2019|Categories: News, SAT Prep, summer camps|

Help welcome guest tutor, Vik Magadi, who comes highly recommended by Inspiring Test Prep's clients. He is graduating from the highly esteemed STEM school, Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology, with a GPA well over 4.0 and SAT scores of 1590.  He is uniquely qualified to tutor the following subjects: math through BC Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics for the low price of $70/hour (a $35 discount [...]

At Home TJ Math Drills

By |May 2nd, 2019|Categories: College Applications, News, TJ Prep|

When clients call for advice to get into TJ, the first thing I do is have them take a one hour at-home math test to see how strong the student's problem solving skills are.  My test is extremely predictive: a poor score means acceptance to TJ is nil unless the student takes action to improve basic math skills. To address the deficit, we conduct math drills for 7th graders [...]

Upcoming Presentations

By |April 15th, 2019|Categories: College Applications, Insights, News|

LearningRx – A New Approach to Old Problems Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:30pm Recently, I met with Maureen Loftus, Executive Director, of LearningRx of Vienna and Reston. What an exciting meeting! I am astounded by what this brain training method can do. She recounted situation after situation in which students have been able to train their brain to create new pathways and connections to learn previously challenging academic studies. [...]

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Summer Course Schedule – Enroll Now, Pay Later

By |April 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Not ready to commit? Take advantage of our enroll now, pay later plan.  Just enroll in the class that most interests you and pay later.  And, if your plans change, cancel your enrollment with no obligation. When you are ready to commit you can get the following rebates: JULY July SAT Course starts Monday, July 8th -- Get a $200 rebate if paid by June 8th. July ACT Course starts [...]

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Six Quick Tips for the Monster that is the AP Lang Exam!

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

The AP Language exam is coming up in just over a month and it is always a tough nut to crack.  As a writing professor, I always give my students the same advice when thinking about this particular test. Study up on your rhetorical devices – make sure you have a strong list of them and can identify them easily in a sentence so you can master those multiple choice [...]

TJ 2nd round; class of 2023

By |March 26th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

We have heard from 39 students so far who made it to the 2nd round. Of those 39 students, 24 gained admissions (20) or were waitlisted (3). Of these 39 students, 25 prepared for the test/SIS, and 14 prepared only for the SIS with us. Of the 25 who prepared for the test, 14 were admitted/waitlisted. Of the 14 who took only the SIS, 10 were admitted/waitlisted. Many students want [...]

Free ACT Diagnostic Test

By |December 22nd, 2018|Categories: ACT Prep, News|

SAT or ACT?  Try a Free Diagnostic Test. If you are like many students, you are unclear which test is the right test for you: the redesigned SAT or the ACT. To help you figure out which test to take, you can come take a free, no obligation 3-hour ACT on select Saturdays at 11:00 am with Inspiring Test Preparation.  This get acquainted offer is [...]

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SAT vs. ACT – Which test is right for you?

By |December 21st, 2018|Categories: ACT Prep, News, SAT Prep|Tags: , , , |

Now that it’s prime time to start studying for the SAT and ACT, we’ve had a lot of students ask us which test they should take. Nowadays, most colleges accept the SAT and ACT and weigh scores from both tests equally, so that’s no longer a reason to take one test over the other. The College Board recently redesigned the SAT and it is now quite similar to the ACT. Both [...]

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Introducing Flex Prep

By |November 7th, 2018|Categories: ACT Prep, News, SAT Prep|

WHAT IS FLEX PREP? Can’t take one of our summer or late spring classes?  Don’t despair!  Flex prep is year-round tutoring and small class preparation for the SAT and ACT.  […]

How to Get into TJ – Update

By |October 20th, 2018|Categories: Insights, News, summer camps, TJ Prep, Writing|

We posted a blog entitled How to Prepare on Your Own for the TJ Test several years ago.  The general recommendations are still good, but it is time for an update.   Here are the components for admission to TJJSST (Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology): Grades and course work Math, science, and reading test in November Teacher recommendations SIS essay with math prompt   Grades and course work: [...]

Just Be Yourself

By |August 1st, 2018|Categories: College Applications, Writing|

“Just be yourself” – arguably the most cliché, most useless, and most frustrating piece of “advice” handed out on a day-to-day basis. But if it’s so useless, why do we hear it constantly when setting out for first dates, readying for interviews, or sitting down to start that all-important college essay? A majority of college applicants know that the amount of time a reviewer spends poring over college applications is [...]

ACT/SAT Reveal Concordance Table

By |June 18th, 2018|Categories: ACT Prep, Insights, News, results, SAT Prep, Uncategorized|

SAT vs. ACT - The classic battle between the two giants of standardized testing has long since been a concern for any student making their foray into preparation for college. After years of conflict, the SAT redesigned its test in 2015 to make it more similar to the ACT's model. Despite this, ACT did not allow convergence from the new SAT due to the lack of data. College Board [...]

Geometry Crash Course for Early August

By |May 20th, 2018|Categories: summer camps, TJ Prep, Uncategorized|

Is your lack of geometry hurting you on high school admissions tests? Take our four-day crash course to preview/review essential elements for tests such as the SSAT, TJ admissions, HSPT, and ISEE. Homework sets included to reinforce class instruction. Class is 7-8:30pm Monday through Thursday, August 6-9, 2018. Cost: $290 Instructor: Caroline Hesse To see the course description or to register click here. For ongoing practice throughout the summer, come [...]

Finally!! A Summer ACT in July

By |May 18th, 2018|Categories: ACT Prep, News, summer camps|

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 [...]

TJ, SSAT, and HSPT Math Drills

By |April 26th, 2018|Categories: News, TJ Prep|

Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare; enroll in our test preparation program for 7th graders. We are offering a math drill class every Tuesday from 6:00 – 6:55 pm to help students get the best scores possible on the SSAT, HSPT, or TJ admissions test. This program is a supplement to, not a replacement of, our regular 8th grade comprehensive six-week fall TJ prep program. The purpose of the drills [...]

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Your TJ Admissions Roadmap

By |April 16th, 2018|Categories: TJ Prep|

We at Inspiring Test Prep are proud to present the newly released Thomas Jefferson High School Application Schedule. For preparation and practice proven to increase your chance of gaining acceptance into TJHSS, please continue reading. Date Action September 3, 2018 Online Applications Become Available September 28, 2018 Application Deadline (4:00 p.m.) November 10, 2018 Test Day November 16, 2018 Accommodations Test Day January 18, 2019 Applicants Receive Semifinalist Pool [...]

Ready, Set, Go to the ACT

By |April 13th, 2018|Categories: ACT Prep, Insights, Uncategorized|

  Day of the ACT Check Sheet   Are you taking the ACT test this Saturday? First, let us wish you the best on this day. May the stars align and may you mark all your bubble sheets correctly, read all the questions accurately, remember all the formulas necessary, keep moving with proper pacing, and recall all your punctuation rules. In the spirit of positive thinking, the night before the [...]

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