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Spring Prep 2021 SALE! Registration deadline is January 2, 2021.  Early sign-up improves chances of scheduling appointments that work for YOU.  Purchase Flex Prep package at the regular price and get an extra hour of tutoring in addition to the two (2) bonus half-hours.  That’s eight hours of prep – a $1,600 value – for the price of six hours.  Save BIG!

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2020-11-27T11:01:45-05:00

May You Live in Interesting Times: TJ’s Merit Lottery

“May you live in interesting times”: a blessing to some and a curse to others.  But there is no doubt, we are living in interesting times.  We are fortunate to live in a country with so many opportunities for people who take the initiative to prosper.  And while our country is reeling under the challenges of Covid-19, quarantine, protests, riots, and economic turmoil, some in our own community have the following response to these challenges.

Fairfax County Public Schools superintendent, Scott Brabrand, with the goal of increasing enrollment of underrepresented minorities at the elite Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology (TJ), proposes that admissions become a merit lottery.  A merit lottery would eliminate the three-hour long TJ admissions test, teacher recommendations, the $100 application fee, and would use a minimum student GPA of 3.5 as the sole measure of merit.  The lottery would allot seats by region and necessarily admit more students from areas of the county that have not be represented at TJ historically.  Some groups are delighted by this proposed change; others are outraged.  This proposal is likely to pass if for no other reason than it gets the county off the hook for testing 3000+ students during a pandemic.  It’s a great time for another experiment in education.

There will be a town hall regarding the proposed admissions policy changes on Wednesday, September 23, beginning at 7 p.m.  Families and community members can watch onlinesubmit comments and questions or call into the town hall live at 1-800-231-6359

Additional details about the plan are available here.

Here are some links to other news stories and opinion pieces.

AP News: PTA clashes…

Washingtonian: Thomas Jefferson High School Could Switch to a “Merit Lottery”…

WTOP: [TJ] student speaks out against… 

fcps.edu: Superintendent Presents Recommendations…

Advocacy Group in Favor of Lottery

Advocacy Group Opposed to Lottery

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2020-09-20T11:42:06-04:00

PSAT: Two-Day Online Bootcamp

No time for a PSAT prep class? Inspiring Test Preparation will fix that with its two-day comprehensive PSAT review adapted to Zoom testing and tutoring. If you are a little rusty on your grammar, the PSAT shows no mercy. If you have any tendency to carelessness in bubbling-in forms or misreading problems, you risk ruining your scores on this important test. Don’t leave your scores to chance!

Win a scholarship! Remember, the 11th grade PSAT is also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship.

Bootcamp Details

Designed exclusively for top scorers (1300+ on a previous PSAT), this camp will help maximize your scores  before the  Wednesday or Saturday October 2020 PSAT.

On Monday, October 5th, at 10am we will meet to  

  1. Discuss best practices for taking the test (30 minutes) – this is done as a group lesson before the test begins
  2. Administer a full PSAT (2 hours 30 minutes)
  3. Students will grade and score test and submit scores and a pdf of the test to kvs@katedalby.com

Students will schedule a private lesson for a subsequent day before the PSAT, to meet privately with Kate Dalby to discuss specific test errors and strategies for addressing short falls.

Meeting Date & Time

Monday, October 5 at 10am for orientation and full PSAT test.  By appointment, students meeting with Kate Dalby to review test.  Click this link to see availability:  remember to schedule after the test on October 5 and before the PSAT on Wednesday, October 14.  Look at schedule before signing up as workshop is first come first served and spaces are limited.

Instructor

Kate Dalby

Cost

$249.  (A $300 value)

Questions?

Text Ms. Dalby at 703.203.5796, or email kvs@katedalby.com

Register Now!
2020-09-28T18:07:19-04:00

Insight Into Yelp Reviews

    • A C.
    • West Springfield, VA
    •  0 friends
    •  1 review

    3/21/2020

    Kate is an incredible teacher and tutor!  She is a hidden gem in the NOVA area and has been helping students for over 30 years!  Kate helped my 3 children over the past few years, and did in a few weeks what other places try to do in months, to prepare students for the ACT and SAT.  In addition to practicing & reviewing the tests every week, Kate teaches students how to read, think, analyze, and answer questions properly!

    All my 3 children scored in the upper 30’s on the ACT, the highest being 35 (out of 36), an increase of 5 – 10 points per child.  And at least a couple of hundred points higher on the SAT each.  Kate is truly magical and transforms children’s thought process and improves their critical thinking skills with her vast knowledge and experience!

  • Cindy G.
    • Cindy G.
    • Great Falls, VA
    •  0 friends
    •  8 reviews

    5/13/2017

    A trusted friend had enrolled her daughter with Kate Dalby a year or two earlier (the daughter, who is extremely intelligent in any case, got 800s on her SAT).  She recommended Kate to us and we have enrolled our three kids, one for Spring 2017 (now underway), two for the summer (have not begun).

    After one session, our daughter’s ACT average went from a 31 to a 34.5; after a few sessions, a session later her math SAT was up to a 780 and she knew exactly why she had missed the two questions that cost her a perfect score.  Her verbal had increased slightly to mid-700s – both are still works in progress.  We have found Kate always available to consultation in person and by phone – and our emails have been answered almost instantly, even over the weekend.

    We began the process with complimentary, no-obligation practice ACT tests, diagnosis and recommendations for each of our kids.  The tests were graded immediately and the feedback was interesting and useful.  A friend of ours had his two kids take the test and was amazed at how quickly and accurately Kate was able to identify the specific areas where they needed help.

    The office is small and comfortable, and Kate teaches all the classes herself.  Her maximum is 12 students per class; my daughter’s Spring class has two students (one Langley, one TJ), very personal attention.  We have yet to see class size for the other two.  I am writing this review a bit early in the process because, but for our trusted friend’s recommendation, we would not have known about Kate and thought others might like to consider her.  We will update when all the classes are complete.

  • Karen A.
    • Karen A.
    • Oakton, VA
    •  40 friends
    •  1 review

    5/6/2016

    Kate helped my older child with TJ admissions and PSAT test prep. It helped a lot, I credit kate for the extra boost that helped achieve National Merit Scholar Semifinalist and an 800 on Math SAT and  TJ class of 2015. My younger child also found Kate’s course offerings helpful and thinks that extra boost helped secure admission to TJ class of 2020 to great relief, because child was really determined to follow older sibling and has no doubts about wanting to excel at TJ. My kids looked forward to sessions with Dalby and Inspiring Test Prep and always found them enjoyable.

  • Ahkar P.
    • Ahkar P.
    • Falls Church, VA
    •  202 friends
    •  1 review

    12/20/2015

    Ms. Dalby is not only knowledgeable, but also very helpful. If you do not get a concept she will explain until you achieve perfect clarity. When I came to her my senior after I took the ACT and was at a 25 composite. After only a couple of weeks, the next test I got a 28. Only in a few weeks I improved by 3 points and the best of all my super score was a 30. From a 25 to a superscore of 30, I have came a long way. It would not have been possible without her. She makes learning fun and exciting.

  • Niles R.
    • Niles R.
    • Arlington, VA
    •  12 friends
    •  1 review

    10/8/2015

    I started with a 29 act composite and got a 32 on my first test, 35 on the second one. She really helps, and she knows the tests inside and out. She will give you one on one review for all the tests you take, and prepare you as best she can

  • Nate L.
    • Nate L.
    • McLean, VA
    •  0 friends
    •  1 review
    10/8/2015
    Great tutoring service. I came in with a 29 ACT composite and left with a 31 after only a few weeks of tutoring. Ms. Dalby knows her stuff and gives you practical tips that really do help when taking the test. I’d recommend Inspiring Test Prep to anyone who wishes to improve either their SAT or ACT score.
2020-04-06T16:46:51-04:00

A Thank You Note from a Client

To Dr Weinstein:

From: MIA MCINERNEY <miaxxxxcom>

Sent: Monday, October 7, 2019 7:53 AM

To: Aimee Weinstein

Subject: Amazing – we have progress and thank you

Hi Aimee,

I don’t know what magic potion you gave Alex when you met with him yesterday, in jut an hour no less but he came out of there more enthusiastic than ever!!  He asked me not to talk on the way home because he had all these thoughts in his head about his essay (a great thing) and then he walked in and banged out over 650 words.  I did not ask him to read it bec I want this to be his own thing but I wanted to THANK you for nudging him along. I think it’s a wonderful sign.  He has only one application he is turning in on October 15th (Georgia Tech) and then they also have a short essay question that he is working on – basically “why do you want to come to GA Tech”?  After common app essay is finished, I asked him to check in with you about the 2 Princeton essay supplements he has to do for November 1st.

I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you.  You have unloaded about 500 pounds of pressure from all of us – single handedly in an hour!!   Let me know if there is anything I can do to help going forward otherwise, I’ll watch from the sidelines 🙂 and we can keep in touch by email.  He seemed to really enjoy working with you.  Thank you again.

Mia McInerney

Sent from my iPad

2019-10-13T11:53:12-04:00