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Summer Course Schedule – Enroll Now, Pay Later

Not ready to commit?ACT, am I ready?

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 Monday, July 8th — Get a $200 rebate if paid by June 8th.
July ACT/SAT Combo Course starts Monday, July 8th — Get a $200 rebate if paid by June 8th.

August

August SAT Course starts Monday, August 5th — Get a $200 rebate if paid by July 5th.
August ACT Course starts Monday, August 5th — Get a $200 rebate if paid by July 5th.
August ACT/SAT Combo Course starts Monday, August 5th — Get a $200 rebate if paid by July 5th.

See why Inspiring Test Preparation is becoming the most talked about test preparation in Northern Virginia.  Schedule a free consultation here.

2019-04-16T22:32:31-04:00

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

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.

  1. 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 questions.
  2. Practice reading passages and answering comprehension questions.  There are a number of websites and books available for specifically this type of practice that covers unique AP Lang type of questions.
  3. Read short passages in pairs and practice writing comparative thesis statements that focus on the ideas of the passages.
  4. PLAN PLAN PLAN! Don’t just write off the cuff – read the selections then write a short plan to guide your essay before you actually write it.  If you don’t plan it out at least a little bit, it will definitely come out sounding disorganized and you might forget an idea or two. 
  5. When practicing for the synthesis essay AND the analytical essay, be sure you are using thesis statements and topic sentences that show HOW a writer uses devices, not just what the author is saying in the passages.
  6. When taking the multiple-choice section of the test, do not take too much time on any one question.  Give your best answer and mark the question to come back and think about after you reach the end.  Very often your brain will re-work questions without you consciously thinking about it so they’re clearer on a second read a few minutes later.

It’s not too late to get a session or two of help before the test.  I’m available evenings and weekends until the test date in the second week of May.  Call or text me at 571/275-6521 for information.
Cheers,
Dr. Aimee Weinstein
Term Assistant Professor, George Mason University
 
PS: I bet you can’t wait until we announce our college essay workshops and tutoring sessions starting in June!  I’m happy to answer questions about those when you call or text.

2019-04-08T22:16:25-04:00

TJ 2nd round; class of 2023

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 to know how much the SIS math question affects admissions. We don’t have access to those statistics, but we do keep a tally of how many students get the practice SIS math question correct.

Of 33 students who answered our practice SIS math question, only two students who got it correct were refused admission. Of 19 students who gained admission, 10 got the question correct and 9 were incorrect. None of the three students who were waitlisted got that question correct (in practice).

The take away: getting our SIS math question correct is an strong indicator of admissions. Missing it still means a 50/50 chance of admission.

Once we get all the results (we still are waiting to hear from four class students and 18 SIS workshop students) we will update this page with the new information.

To see video explanations of previous SIS math questions click on the links below:

2016 – Helicopter

2017 – Penguins

2018 – Staircase

2019 – Oysters

If you like a video, give it a thumbs up. If you subscribe to our youtube channel, we will try to produce more videos to help you prepare.

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2019-03-29T15:07:52-04:00

ACT/SAT Reveal Concordance Table

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 developed and posted a concordance when it first released its latest SAT, but ACT objected to the unilateral effort because ACT believed there was insufficient data to draw conclusions. After two plus years of data on the new SAT, the ACT organization has decided that it has been long enough, and an ACT/SAT concordance table has been published on the ACT website. You can find the link here. This means that there is now an official ACT/SAT way to compare the two standardized tests. The table below shows a sample of the data in the convergence tables.

Note: For the sake of brevity, only ACT Scores from 26-36 will be shown. For information such as other scores and subject-specific convergence tables, please view the full document here.

SAT Total Range ACT Composite
1600-1570 36
1570-1530 35
1520-1490 34
1480-1450 33
1440-1420 32
1410-1390 31
1380-1360 30
1350-1330 29
1320-1300 28
1290-1260 27
1250-1230 26
In effect, this joint effort by the ACT and the SAT reduces the stress placed on the student by making them choose between the two tests. To all the folks at the ACT and the SAT, well done.

2019-02-20T18:37:39-04:00

Geometry Crash Course for Early August

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 to our reading, science, and math skill building drill classes.

2018-08-24T14:33:16-04:00