Test Preparation

We offer comprehensive, personalized one-on-one test prep sessions for most admissions tests, including the SAT, ACT, SSAT, HSPT, and ISEE as well as graduate program admissions tests such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT. Our tutors also work with high school 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 like Command of Evidence in SAT Reading or Quantitative Comparison in GRE Quantitative; 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 meet with students during a free consultation to devise a prep plan and set goals using undergraduate or graduate university admissions requirements. After understanding the student’s learning style and identifying key areas for improvement, we pair the student with a stellar tutor. Then, using a results-driven 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.

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Before every official test date, North Avenue offers small, intensive SAT and ACT Review Sessions. Learn more here.


Kick-start your prep program with a diagnostic exam or chart your progress with a proctored practice SAT or ACT. For more information or to register, click here.

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