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:
■Strategy Lessons – there are four strategy lessons for each subject (SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT), and each one is offered once a month in both Seattle and Bellevue. SAT/ACT Lessons are 2 hours long each, and GRE/GMAT Lessons are 3 hours long. Every lesson tackles test taking strategies for a different aspect of the test and you can find full descriptions for what is covered in any lesson in the blue Lesson Content box on the subject webpage. You can take the lessons you need in any order and can repeat each lesson once for free. For example, if you’re scoring high in SAT critical reading and writing, but your score in the math could do with a boost, you should take SAT Strategy Lessons Math 1 and Math 2 and maybe consider taking all four Math Refresher lessons as well. Look at the schedule to see when Math 1 and Math 2 are offered, and specify these dates in your class registration form. SAT/ACT lessons – $60 ea., GRE/GMAT Strategy Lessons – $90
■Math Refresher Lessons – these lessons can be taken on their own, but are often used to supplement strategy lessons or private tutoring. They provide all the basic math skills needed for the SAT, ACT, GRE and GMAT. There are four 2 hour lessons: two arithmetic lessons, an algebra lesson, and a geometry lesson. Each one is offered once a month in Seattle and in Bellevue. Take only the lessons you need and repeat any lesson one-time for free. If you’re not sure what you need, we’ve included links to online math tests for SAT, ACT and GRE. Sorry, we don’t have a link to a suitable GMAT math test yet! Math Ref. Lessons – $50 ea.
■Study Hall – Study Hall is a drop in study session session held twice a week in both Seattle and in Bellevue. It’s a great opportunity 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!
■Practice Exams – taking practice exams before your real exam is an essential part of effective preparation. All practice exams must be scheduled directly with the office, will be proctored by a member of our staff (SAT, ACT) or taken on one of our computers (GRE, GMAT). We’ll provide you with your score breakdown after the test. You can use Study Hall as a time to come and review your test (SAT and ACT especially). Practice Tests are included in the enrollment fee but you must contact us to schedule each one.
■Private Tutoring – this is an excellent option for those who can’t make any of our scheduled sessions, or for those who don’t work well in classroom settings. We also might recommend one or two hours of tutoring in addition to strategy lessons in order to focus on anything you’re finding particularly tricky. $70/hour
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!