The diagnostic test is a full-length exam taken in our office under exam conditions. It provides you with insight into what the test is like, and helps us see where you need the most guidance. If you have already taken the test you are preparing for, we can use your past scores as a substitute for a diagnostic test.
Once we’ve scored your diagnostic or had a look at your previous test results, we’ll contact you to provide feedback and analysis including a detailed score report, as well as our various test preparation options. If an ACT and an SAT are taken or past scores are sent to us from one or both exams, our analysis will include a comparison of each comparable section, and a recommendation regarding which test may put you in the position to perform your best. We will subsequently recommend either one of our full-length courses or private tutoring, or a combination of the two.
*Although we do provide students with the opportunity to complete the essay portion of the diagnostic, the diagnostic essays are optional and we generally do not provide a score. We do provide feedback on diagnostic essays within our tutoring program, or in a group class upon request. You have the option to skip the essay portion of the diagnostic, but will be taught the rubric for it in our test prep programs and will be writing the essay during practice tests with us.
There’s no pressure to sign up for any specific services – we will give you an honest and straightforward assessment of your test preparation needs, so that you can make your own decision about which option is best for you.
**The diagnostic test is free for people who intend to register for a course or private tutoring. If you have no plans to work with us, there is a $30 fee (higher for students receiving extra time) for the diagnostic test which we can apply toward our services should you change your mind. If you take two diagnostic tests, we can apply the fee for each specific test to the preparation for that test. You may pay the diagnostic fee online.
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What Our Students and Parents Say
Both my girls took a free evaluation test (which is good practice and information in itself!) and upon Steve’s recommendation, skipped the class and did a few private sessions. They had flexible scheduling, were easy to work with, and the girls appreciated the sessions – there was no feet dragging when it came to appointment time. Both improved their ACT scores by at least 4 points. Definitely worth the time and money.
– Mercer Island Parent (ACT)