Test Prep at Morris Tutoring
Morris Tutoring has extensive, successful experience helping students prepare for high school and college entrance exams.
We use an individualized, one-on-one approach with students. We provide a test prep book, and 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, 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. A results letter is prepared, giving scores and national comparisons. These results permit tutors to identify specific areas to target in tutoring. Different tutors are used for verbal/reading and math concepts/calculation. In a typical session, the tutor discusses how to zero-in on the desired responses and points out commonly-asked types of questions. The tutor also explains how to maximize the chance of guessing the correct answer, and offers tips for working against the clock and other useful test-taking strategies.
Test preparation has other perks: increased comfort with test-taking in general and a thorough review of mathematics, vocabulary and 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 scarcer as test dates approach.
High School Entrance Exams
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 Entrance Exams
These include the PSAT, SAT and ACT. Today, the testing organizations prefer to use only the acronyms and they avoid spelling out what the letters stand for. 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.
Note: many high schools routinely tell students they must take this exam or that, but most colleges accept scores on either exam. The PSAT may be administered in grade 8, 9, 10 and/or 11, but the only significant one of these is the test that is given in the junior year, as it prequalifies high scorers for National Merit Scholarships.
All these tests are revised periodically, and Morris Tutoring stays current with changes.
Please click here to view the details of our basic test prep package.