Standardized Test Prep
Fundamental Preparatory equips our students with the knowledge, test-taking strategies, and confidence required to succeed on their test day.
Equipped for Success
As the competition rises for admission to top universities, every score can make a difference. It is crucial that students perform well on their test day, as admissions committee members give credence to their standardized test scores, right after their GPA. This pressure, in combination with inexperienced test taking, can be both overwhelming and frustrating for the student. We, at Fundamental Preparatory, understand this tasking process. We work with your student to equip them with the right strategy, foundation, and confidence they need to achieve their full potential on his or her exam day.
Unlike other tutoring companies, Fundamental Preparatory focuses on personalized, one-on-one tutoring. We believe that each student is unique and learns differently. We also believe that each student deserves the special attention needed to sufficiently detect and address issues that are often glossed over in a group setting. With a private test prep tutor, not can your child become more engaged in lessons, but he or she becomes more accountable for homework and practice tests. At Fundamental Preparatory, your student’s test preparation needs are the tutor’s primary focus.
Flexible Hours and Emphases
While we do have a recommended number of hours for each standardized test preparation, we understand that each student is different. For this reason, and in contrast to most other programs, we allow you to choose how many hours you need, as well as which parts of the test to emphasize. Here at Fundamental Preparatory, we work to accommodate your specific needs.
- SAT I
- SAT II Subject
Study Skills, Organization, & Time Management
For many students, the main obstacle to success is a combination of poor study skills, organization, and/or time management. No matter how brilliant your student may be, without these good habits, his or her academic prowess becomes limited. This is specifically seen amongst students that have to balance a demanding course load with a variety of extracurricular activities. Our highly trained tutors work with your student in order to assess the entire situation as well as to pinpoint areas that need improvement. Such areas may include:
- Efficient studying
- Proper note-taking
- Over scheduling
- An overall system of organization
Once perfected, these skills can last your student a lifetime.
Test Taking Facts & Tips
•In 2010 the ACT and SAT were almost equally popular.
•The SAT is essentially a three-part aptitude test (Reading, Math, Writing) while the ACT is more of an achievement test with four core sections (English, Math, Reading, Science) and an optional Writing section. Most colleges accept both scores.
•Regardless of your test type, study a little bit every day. Your brain will absorb and retain more if you focus on specific subjects for short period of time. Procrastination is not your friend!
•If anything, do practice problems and understand why you got questions wrong. Other than strategy – examining your own mistakes will allow you to identify and learn from your weaknesses.
•Even if you get a lower score in the beginning, start with the harder books that give you tough questions. This will ensure success when you practice questions that are more reflective of the real test.
•If you know you are good at a subject – start early to consider the possibility of taking the SAT II or AP test. The earlier you start studying – the more it will help you in class and in your test! The subject material is going to be the same!
•Register for the test as early as possible. Over 3 million students take the ACT and SAT annually. This means that the testing center seats are limited. You don’t want to deal with the hassle of driving 2 hours the morning of your test day because you procrastinated in registering.