Test Preparation

We offer comprehensive, personalized one-on-one test prep sessions for most admissions tests, including the SAT, ACT, SSAT, HSPT, ISEE, GRE, GMAT, and MCAT. Our tutors also prep students for achievement or placement tests such as the PSAT/NMSQT, SAT Subject Tests, CLEP, and the AP Exams.

There are no sure-fire gimmicks or “tricks” in test preparation. Successful prep requires extensive exposure to test material, time for skills-building and practice, and a commitment to developing sophisticated reasoning skills. Accordingly, our test prep process involves three components:

  • Mastery of content, including vocabulary, grammar, close reading, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics;
  • Test-taking strategies, including how to manage time, when to guess, and plans of attack for specific question types; and
  • Applied psychology to gain confidence as well as cope with test anxiety and lack of motivation.

North Avenue strongly believes in tailoring the tutoring process to each individual student’s needs. No two students’ processes will be the same – because no two students are the same. To this end, we devise an initial prep plan based on a combination of the student’s diagnostic test (e.g., PSAT/NMSQT or Pre-ACT scores for SAT/ACT test prep) and a free consultation. After understanding the student’s learning style and identifying key areas for improvement, we’ll fit your student with a stellar tutor. Then, using a results-driven, case management model of tracking and analysis whereby the tutor evaluates his or her student’s progress and adapts instruction accordingly, we’ll continue to cater the tutoring process to the student’s evolving needs.


During summers only, North Avenue offers small, intensive SAT and ACT courses. Read more about SAT and ACT Boot Camps.


When it comes to standardized testing, practice and exposure to test-taking conditions are key parts of the preparation process. North Avenue offers proctored practice tests for current students looking for extra practice and new students interested in assessing their learning needs.

Prospective Students –  Practices tests are a great way to determine baseline scores in order to make plans for test prep. The detailed test score and analysis report will be discussed during a free consultation with Scott Clyburn, the Director of North Avenue. *Limited to 1 free test per prospective student

Current Students – 1 or 2 proctored practice tests with an in-depth analysis are included for free with a tutoring package and test fee is $50 for additional tests or with a la carte tutoring.

All practice tests are capped at 8 students – We have 4 seats reserved for current students and 4 seats reserved for prospective students.

Students must register using our online form:


SAT Practice Tests
Saturday, July 29th, 2017
Saturday, September 2nd, 2017
Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
Saturday, October 14th, 2017
Saturday, October 21st, 2017
Saturday, November 11th, 2017
Saturday, January 27th, 2018
Saturday, February 17th, 2018
Saturday, March 31st, 2018
Saturday, April 14th, 2018
Saturday, April 21st, 2018
Saturday, May 12th, 2018
Saturday, May 26th, 2018

ACT Practice Tests
Saturday, August 19th, 2017
Saturday, September 16th, 2017
Saturday, October 7th, 2017
Saturday, November 18th, 2017
Saturday, January 6th, 2018
Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
Saturday, March 24th, 2018
Saturday, April 28th, 2018
Saturday, May 19th, 2018
Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

SAT/ACT Diagnostic Practice Tests
*Recommended for undecided students who want to explore a sampling of both tests
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
Saturday, September 9th, 2017
Saturday, November 4th, 2017
Saturday, December 9th, 2017
Saturday, February 10th, 2018
Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
Saturday, April 7th, 2018
Saturday, May 5th, 2018
Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Middle and Upper Level SSAT Practice Tests
Saturday, September 30th, 2017
Saturday, October 28th, 2017
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
Saturday, January 13th, 2018
Sunday, January 14th, 2018

*If there are fewer than three students signed up, the test may be cancelled; in such an event, we will inform participants of the cancellation via email.

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