If you are preparing to take a college or grad school admissions test, you have four basic options:
Based on 15 years of experience in preparing students for standardized tests, we wouldn't recommend the first option to anyone who is serious about maximizing the value of their education. Some people can achieve their goals by studying on their own or with friends, particularly if they are already scoring at - or close to - the level they require for admission to the college of their choice. This option may also appeal to the kind of person who is highly-disciplined and self-motivated, and who is capable of taking instructions mainly from books and software but does not require personal interaction with a teacher in order to better understand their subject.
However, many test takers find it useful to work with a teacher or tutor, someone who can recognize your individual learning style and present the material in a way that increases your confidence in your test-taking abilities, thereby increasing your score. In this case, you should consider taking a course or arranging some private tutoring sessions.
Register online to take a diagnostic test or read more about how this service can help you.
This depends on your current test taking ability, learning preferences and your personal schedule. Some people find they learn better in a classroom environment and others prefer the personal support and intensiveness of one-on-one tutoring. Tutoring tends to be better suited to those who only need help in very specific areas of the test. Full courses or Strategy Lessons are better value if you need overall help. Tutoring can also be a good option for those whose schedule doesn't align with our courses or Strategy Lessons.
Years of experience have taught us many things about test preparation. Most importantly, we've learned which preparation methods are truly the most effective, and that every student's needs are different.
Because of this, we've decided to dispense of the rigid traditional course structure and are now providing every student with the chance to create a totally customized preparation experience.
There are 5 components to our preparation program and you can choose to register for any or all of them depending on your needs, schedule and budget. We're confident that no matter what your situation requires, we will be able to meet all of your needs effectively and economically.
Our SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT preparation options are all structured in the same way. For each subject we offer weekly classroom strategy lessons, basic math refresher lessons, Study Hall, practice exams and private tutoring. All of these services are offered in Seattle and Bellevue.
The first step is to determine which of these services you need. Simply send us your past exam scores, or schedule a free diagnostic test with us. We'll use these scores to make our recommendation.
Your preparation program may include a combination of the following:
So there you have it. If it still seems confusing or overwhelming, don't worry. Once we've determined what you need to prepare, we will recommend which strategy or math refresher lessons you should take, and will provide you with some dates to choose from.
Send in your scores or schedule a diagnostic today and get started. We look forward to working with you!
Study Hall is a drop in study session session held twice a week in both Seattle and in Bellevue. Each session is available to anyone who is taking our GRE, GMAT, SAT or ACT classes and has paid the $125 enrollment fee. It's a great opportunity to meet with an experienced instructor to review homework or do some revision in a quiet setting, or if you missed anything in class this is the time to come and catch up. Study Hall is included in the enrollment fee, so you can come as many times as you want while you are preparing with us. We recommend taking advantage of this great service!
This is a full length past exam paper, taken at our office or elsewhere upon arrangement, which helps us ascertain your current test taking ability and gives you a feel for the exam. In the case of the GRE and GMAT tests taken on the computer - you have to option of taking certain portions of the test only to reduce test taking time. Click here to schedule a free diagnostic.
Diagnostic test lengths:
Some people perform differently on the ACT or SAT, and which one you take is partly a matter of personal preference. 99% of colleges will accept both, but check with your prospective college to see if they have any special requirements (e.g. SAT subject tests). The SAT is a slightly longer test (3.5 hours) and includes a compulsory essay portion. The ACT (3 hours) has an optional essay portion but, unlike the SAT, includes a science section. We advise that students take diagnostic tests for both the SAT and ACT to ascertain which one suits them best.
To register in a course, please fill out a class registration form and pay the $125 deposit to secure your space. Both these steps are done on our website, although there are alternative payment methods. See 'How do I pay?' for more details. Once we have received your registration we will email you a confirmation and then email you again with instructions on how to make your final payment, etc, just before the beginning of the course. For private tutoring, fill out a class registration form but do not make a payment until you have been given a recommendation for the number of hours needed.
Payment for courses or private tutoring can be made online, by check or cash. If you would like to discuss making payments in installments, please call us at 206-417-5050
Deposit & Enrollment Fee: If you are taking one of our courses please select the appropriate deposit ($125) from the pull down menu. Click on 'Buy Now' to be taken to Google Wallet where you can pay with your debit or credit card. If you already have a Google account (Gmail, etc) you can enter your username and password. If not, you can set up a temporary account using your normal email address (e.g. Yahoo, Comcast, etc.).
Course Payment: Find the relevant pull down menu and select the amount you wish to pay. Remember, if you have already paid the deposit you do not need to pay the full course fee, but should select the 'Tuition Balance'.
Course Payment: Find the relevant pull down menu on our payment page and select your desired option of full course, Verbal only or Math only. Click on "Buy Now' to be taken to Google Checkout where you can pay using a debit or credit card. If you are paying using a different method, you can find course fees by selecting the appropriate subject on the left column menu and clicking on the "Schedules and Pricing" button.
Private Tutoring: Scroll down to the bottom of the Payment Page and select the number of hours you wish to pay for from the Private Tutoring pull down menu. To pay for a number of hours not listed in the pull down menu, click on 'Custom Payment' at the bottom of the Payment Page. You will be taken to PayPal where you can enter the desired amount.
Please make out all checks to 'Sandweiss Test Prep'. You can either bring checks to your tutoring session or first class date, or mail them to:
Sandweiss Test Prep
4530 Union Bay Place NE, Suite 209
Seattle, WA 98105
You are welcome to pay by cash at your tutoring session or first class date.
If you wish to break up your payment into more easily manageable portions, or have any other questions about alternative payment options, please contact us.
If you are registering for individual or group tutoring ONLY, you will need to pay a $75 enrollment fee which covers all your materials and unlimited practice tests. Please contact us to discuss alternative pricing if you are registering for tutoring but already have your own text book or are not able to take more than 3 practice tests.
Our main office is conveniently located close to the U. Village in Seattle:
Sandweiss Test Prep
4530 Union Bay Place NE, Suite 209
Seattle, WA 98105
Our office is situated on the top floor in the north east corner of the building. On street parking is available and there is 15 minute parking outside the front of the building. There are also several pay-lots nearby. Call us for more details.
We share office space with our local partners, VSI (Varsity Student Institute) in Bellevue. They are located at:
VSI (Varsity Student Institute)
12360 NE 8th Street
Bellevue, WA 98005
For a map, visit our Contact page.
We are open 7 days a week but our hours vary. Generally, we are open Monday to Friday from 9.30am - 6pm and Saturday & Sunday from 9.30am - 5pm. If you wish to schedule a practice test or tutoring appointment, please call the office at (206) 417-5050.
A practice test differs from a diagnostic test in that it is a full length past exam paper that you take during your preparation to help you practice the skills you have been learning. Practice tests are incorporated into ISEE/SSAT, SAT, ACT, MCAT and LSAT course schedules and prices. Our GRE and GMAT course prices include unlimited practice tests which can be scheduled to fit in with your own agenda. Practice tests taken in conjunction with Private Tutoring are charged at the rates shown on our Private Tutoring page. To schedule a practice test, please email or call the office to discuss available times: (206) 417-5050 or email@example.com
One of the first differences you will notice about us is that our courses and services are typically hundreds of dollars less than those offered by the large national test prep companies. Steve Sandweiss once worked for one of those national companies but decided that he could provide a better, more affordable service and set up Sandweiss Test Prep in 1998. This is a small, independent, locally owned company, and we strive to offer a more personalized service with smaller class sizes. We ensure that there are no more than 12 students per class (MCAT is limited to 10) so that each student is able to get all support they need from their teacher.
This all depends on how much YOU can increase your score! Average score increases for students on our course are below, but the extent of your score increase is largely dependent on how hard you work and how dedicated you are to achieving your goal score.
If, for whatever reason, you are not happy with your final test score, you are welcome to repeat the each course lesson once at no extra charge. If you would like to attend Study Hall, there is an extra $35 fee for each session (for repeat students only).
If you wish to retake a course , please contact us in advance to ensure that there is space on the course.