█►We can help you to raise your standardized test scores. For more details or to schedule your first session, please call 781-652-9649 or email us.

How does Lexington Tutoring’s approach differ from the approach of the national test prep franchises?

Our approach differs from that of the national test prep franchises in that we are able to focus on helping every student maximize his individual score. The franchise classroom-style programs are designed to help large groups of students overall, but they are less helpful in helping bright students excel, or in helping struggling students overcome their specific obstacles. Their teachers are not allowed to deviate from the material to help the motivated students push ahead, nor are they allowed to offer “non-approved” techniques to students who are struggling to understand a concept. Our program discovers where each student needs the most help, and then targets those specific areas to help students earn the score they want.

How many sessions are usually needed for ISEE, SSAT, HiSet or MCAS preparation?

Our test prep preparation program is usually an eight week course of 2-hour sessions with four full-length practice tests and a diagnostic test, all taken between sessions, to complete the full course. We provide emailed weekly summaries of what has been covered, which include suggestions as to what material to study and which tests to take between sessions. Our course is designed to thoroughly review all sections of the test, instill confidence in the content areas, hone the student's writing skills and familiarize the student with test directions, types of questions, and test-taking strategies.

How are your sessions structured?

Our format varies depending on the needs of the student and the pace at which he/she can work (as well as the amount of effort the student puts in between sessions). Normally we schedule once or twice weekly sessions. Each week focuses on techniques and strategies in all sections of the exam. It is important that students get a chance to practice and master these techniques.

We teach a strategic, targeted approach to these tests where students focus on leaving as few points on the table as possible. This approach uses an understanding of a student's strengths and weaknesses to determine the best method for maximizing the points in any given section, e.g. should a student focus on the complex figure problems in math? Or will he/she pick up more points by working on trap recognition? These are choices that become more clear as a student completes several practice tests/sections; the more data the student provides in terms of completing between-session practice sections, the more effective the prep time will be.

Our son/daughter is highly motivated and responsible. Do you offer an abbrieviated course for such students?

If the student is highly motivated, the course can be restructured to 8 to 10 hours of total session time. This abbreviated course still covers all of the material, but places more responsibility on the student between sessions. With this approach, there will be more between-session work done by the student and somewhate less time available for addressing problem areas and ensuring mastery of the techniques. Typically, the first 8 to 10 hours is spent introducing the material, and the remaining 8 to 10 hours is spent mastering it, with 2-3 additional practice tests taken between the sessions to help track progress and isolate areas that could use improvement.

What books and materials are required?

  • For the ISEE or SSAT: Cracking the SSAT & ISEE (Private Test Preparation) by Princeton Review.
  • No materials are ordinarily required for MCAS preparation other than the ones provided by the tutor
  • For the HiSet:
    • HiSET Secrets Study Guide: HiSET Test Review for the High School Equivalency Test by HiSET Exam Secrets Test Prep Team
    • HiSET Practice Questions: HiSET Practice Tests & Exam Review for the High School Equivalency Test by HiSET Exam Secrets Test Prep Team
    • The Official Guide to the HiSET™ Exam (Official Guide to the Hiset Exam) by Educational Testing Service

Where can we find registration information for the ISEE?

One registers for the ISEE here.

Where can we find practice tests and information about the contents of the ISEE?

Practive tests and information about each of the ISEEs (Primary, Lower, Middle and Upper) is available here.

In what grades are the MCAS exams taken?

The following are currently the grades and content areas in which MCAS testing is required:

  • Grade 3: Reading, Math
  • Grade 4: English Language Arts Reading Comprehension and Mathematics
  • Grade 5: English Language Arts Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, and Science and Technology/Engineering
  • Grade 6: English Language Arts Reading Comprehension, Mathematics
  • Grade 7: English Language Arts Reading Comprehension and Mathematics
  • Grade 8: English Language Arts Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, and Science and Technology/Engineering (see HS)
  • Grade 10: English Language Arts Reading Comprehension and Composition, Mathematics, Science and Technology/Engineering (see HS)
  • HS: Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering

What are the purposes of the MCAS?

1. to measure individual student performance and make sure that every child has adequate knowledge and skills by the time of graduation from high school.

2. to assess and publicly release school and district performance ratings, holding school systems accountable for student achievement.

All high school students are required to take and pass MCAS exams in English, math, and science in order to graduate from high school. In math and English, students who receive a proficient or higher (240-280) on these tenth grade tests complete their state testing requirement in those subjects. Students who earn very high scores become eligible for the Abigail Adams scholarships, which provide free tuition at Massachusetts public colleges to a limited number of students. Students who receive a needs improvement score (220-238) do not need to take the test again, but are placed on an Educational Proficiency Plan that commits them to learning certain skills over their junior and senior years before they are allowed to graduate. Students who receive a warning score (200-218) must retake the test their junior year and are not allowed to earn a high school diploma until they reach a 220 or higher.

Will these sessions benefit my son or daughter any more than if he or she uses self-help materials to prepare for the test?

We can deliver experienced, patient, systematic instruction to maximize your results. Our students learn about tricks, traps, and common question types as well as multiple-choice test taking strategies. They enter the test with a mastery of the material and greatly reduced anxiety about what they will find on the test. Students feel a lot of pressure to perform well on standardized tests. The confidence they build during these sessions is almost as valuable as the concepts they learn. The practice tests offer an opportunity for the students to become used to test-like situations, and give an objective measure for tracking progress throughout the sessions. Our custom test prep package is cost-effective and thorough. We can focus on the critical reading, writing or math segments, or all three -- wherever participants need the most help. For more details or to schedule your first session, just call 781-652-9649 or email us.

What are your rates for test prep?

Our rate for each one-on-one 2-hour session is posted here. Our rate for each one-on-one 2-hour session with one of our learning disabilities specialists is posted here. 8 or 9 two-hour sessions are often enough time for a thorough review of all sections of the test. Best value: our discounted group rates.

Where and when do sessions take place?

At least until the summer of 2021, all of our sessions will be online: Skype Video, Zoom or FaceTime.

Where can I find information about registration for and the cost of the HiSET?

Information about the Massachusetts HiSET is available by clicking here.

How difficult is the HiSet test?

The questions tend to be uncomplicated--the reading passages are short, and the essay prompts are open-ended. However, test takers must have previous content knowledge in language arts, math, social studies and science to score the minimum of 8 out of 20 on each of the five subjects and obtain a minimum combined score of 45. More information about the HiSet test is available here.

Where can I find information about the MCAS?

Information about the MCAS is available here.

 █►We can help you to raise your standardized test scores. For more details or to schedule your first session, please call 781-652-9649 or email us.

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