Test Prep at Morris Tutoring
Morris Tutoring has extensive, successful experience helping students prepare for high school (HSPT) and college entrance exams (PSAT, SAT and ACT).
For high school admissions, we offer preparation for the HSPT (High School Placement Test) and the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test), which are taken by students seeking admission to private or parochial high schools.
College admission tests include the PSAT**, SAT and ACT. The SAT or ACT is required for admission to most colleges, and there are significant differences between the two tests. Please see our blog ACT or SAT? Helping You to Choose for a concise comparison of these exams. Most colleges accept scores on either exam. Check with the college(s) of your choice.
For all these exams, we offer a Test Prep Package (see pricing here) that includes:
- Test prep book
- Initial diagnostic test (taken at home)
- Error analysis of subject tests by test prep tutors
- First tutoring session
All these tests are revised periodically, and Morris Tutoring stays current with changes.
**The PSAT may be administered in grade 8, 9, 10 and/or 11, but the only one that “counts” is given in the junior year, as it prequalifies high scorers for National Merit Scholarships.
General Test Prep Procedure
We use an individualized, one-on-one approach with students. As a part of our Test Prep Package, we provide a test prep book. Each student takes an initial diagnostic practice test at home under conditions that are as close as possible to actual testing conditions. (In-office test monitoring is available at extra cost.)
When the answer sheets are returned to us (either via email or in person), we score the test and our test prep specialists analyze the errors. If the student chooses to write an essay, which is optional for the ACT and SAT, it is evaluated as well, at an additional cost.
Different tutors are used for verbal/reading/English and math concepts/calculation. Individual one-on-one sessions are then scheduled with the appropriate tutor(s), to focus on areas that need attention.
In a typical session, the tutor works with the student to strengthen areas of weakness and discusses how to zero-in on the desired responses, pointing out commonly-asked types of questions. The tutor also explains tips for working against the clock and addresses other useful test-taking strategies.
Test preparation has other perks for students: increased comfort with test-taking in general and a thorough review of needed areas of concentration (mathematics, vocabulary, English structure and/or reading comprehension).
We recommend taking the diagnostic test at least two months prior to any scheduled exam. This affords time to refresh the student’s memory, review
skills and learn test-taking strategies. It also makes scheduling easier, because times available to meet with tutors become less available as test dates approach.