Test Preparation

Navigating the application process for school admission can be stressful and confusing for both parent and child. Test preparation is step one on the journey toward receiving that coveted acceptance letter from your child’s dream high school or college.  I welcome the opportunity to provide your student with support through the entire application process.  In addition to teaching your child the tools to achieve a high test score, I offer support with mock interviews and with drafting and editing application essays for both you and your child.  My Master’s level specialized training in psychology provides me with a unique perspective on managing and quelling test anxiety.  This sets me apart from other test prep programs and contributes to my students’ measurable success.


High School Entrance Exams  (HSPT, ISEE, COOP, SSAT)

I offer a comprehensive high school entrance exam preparation program.  I integrate techniques from the Kaplin and Princeton Review prep courses.  I teach students test-taking strategies, demonstrate how to avoid common pitfalls and emphasize the value of learning Latin roots.  I incorporate a number of vocabulary games to enliven the learning process.  My unique approach also focuses on the thirty-minute essay portion of the exam.  I guide the student through the process of developing a cohesive five-paragraph essay with a strong thesis statement and introduction, supporting paragraphs, transitions and a solid conclusion.  I demonstrate how to incorporate literary and historical references, as well as current events to boost the essay score.  I also provide tutorial for the mathematical portion of the test.  I review fundamental math concepts such as fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, factors, exponents, scientific notation, inequalities, averages, algebra and geometry.  I also recommend techniques designed to hone time-management skills.  The length of each session is one hour and fifteen minutes.  Twenty-five minutes of the session are devoted to a high school entrance exam practice drill appropriate for the concepts on which we are focusing. 

My goal for high school entrance exam tutoring is for a student to achieve a strong test score and walk away from our sessions with a set of skills that is transferable to the classroom.


SAT

In a supportive and fun filled-environment, I offer a comprehensive SAT preparation program. Using techniques from the Princeton Review, Kaplan, and IVY West review prep courses, I teach students test-taking strategies, demonstrate how to avoid common pitfalls and emphasize the value of learning Latin roots.  I incorporate a number of vocabulary games to enliven the learning process.  My unique approach also focuses on the twenty-five minute essay portion of the exam.  I guide the student through the process of developing a cohesive five-paragraph essay with a strong thesis statement and introduction, supporting paragraphs, transitions, and a solid conclusion.  I demonstrate how to incorporate literary and historical references to boost the essay score.  I have developed a motif chart and use a major works data sheet to help jog a student’s memory of previously read literary works.  My goal is for literary motifs to be fresh in the student’s mind to facilitate quick recall on test day. 

I also provide tutorial for the mathematical portion of the test.  I review fundamental algebra, geometry and combinatoric concepts.  I also recommend techniques designed to hone time-management skills.  The length of each session is one hour and fifteen minutes.  Twenty-five minutes of the session are devoted to an SAT practice drill appropriate for the concepts on which we are focusing. 

As with the high school entrance exam preparation, my goal for SAT tutoring is for a student to achieve a strong test score and to walk away from our sessions with a set of skills that is transferable to the classroom.


SAT Subject Tests (SAT IIs)

Students also are required to take subject exams designed to measure specific knowledge.  Tests are offered in the subject areas of history/social science, English literature, mathematics, laboratory science and a language other than English.  These tests are significantly more difficult than the regular SAT and require a very different skill set. For SAT Subject Tests, I initiate a discussion with each student to determine his or her readiness for the two or three exams the student will have to take and the best time to take them.  (UC requires two; other schools may require three.)  My subject test preparation program is an in-depth review of materials; I follow the same strategies I employ with SAT preparation. 


I also offer standardized test preparation for high school exit, ACT, GED and AP exams.