Recently on January 19th the College Board announced that they would no longer be administering SAT specific subject tests. As a result AP exam results will be even more crucial than in the past as well as the regular SAT and ACT. Although AP exams and SATs may seem a long way off, it is never too early to start preparing. Beach Cities Tutoring can help tremendously with test prep by helping to teach students specific test taking strategies as well as preparing them for the specific question types and content. Additionally, a students’ grades, course load and AP results will be very important in colleges’ determining admittance. Beach Cities Tutoring offers tutoring for the AP classes including: English, Calculus, Physics, Chemistry and History. Preparing in advance is key to build students’ confidence.
Beach Cities Tutoring is currently offering Mock Interview Prep for private school interviews (ALL AGES) as well as interview skills prep for seniors. These sessions will include how to prepare in terms of sample questions, but also student performance such as eye contact, humility, knowledge of school, display of intellectual curiosity, etc. This type of tutoring will be available throughout the year and summer, but we know that interviews are currently in full swing so we are offering a $15 discount when you book one month of mock interview prep (3 or more sessions) before Nov 10th.
About the Instructor:
Laura is a writer from New Jersey. She graduated first in her class from Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, NJ, and from Georgetown University with a degree in English in 2009. Since then, she has worked in the publishing, theater, and entertainment industries. She is the author of two nonfiction books for Globe Pequot Press, as well as a playwright and magazine contributor. She has worked with children of all ages, from elementary to high school, specializing in English, verbal test prep, and essay writing. Laura’s work in the creative arts makes her especially adept at helping students harness their own creativity to write college application essays that stand out in the crowd. In addition to helping middle and high school students with language arts, she tutors elementary age students in all subject areas.
Although many schools debate admissions requirements and whether the SAT is a valid predictor of future college success, the College Board announced on Wednesday that if school does not resume in fall, students will be able to take the test at home. Some schools have dropped the SAT requirement or waived it for next year, but not all. With the in home SAT administration, there will be a new digital format and the College Board is working on security measures to eliminate cheating such as locking the entire computer in which the students test as well as using the camera and microphone to record any noise/movement. This will only happen if schools do not reopen as normal in the Fall. If they do then students will be required to take the SAT at test centers. Another concern is that not all students have equal access to internet so the College Board would like to provide WI-FI hot spots to ensure all students who desire to take the SAT are able to.
The SAT would be offered at least one weekend a month beginning in August. In May students can registrar for the August, September and October tests with first priority given to students graduating in 2021. Since many schools allow students to take the SAT free in May during the school day and cannot this school year, the College Board plans to make up that test in the Fall. Better to be prepared than miss out on being accepted to a college that does require the SAT.
Beach Cities Tutoring offers individualized SAT and ACT prep in the convenience of your own home. Our experienced tutors will use a diagnostic SAT/ACT test to target students’ weaknesses and improve their scores. They will also teach them specific test taking tips to lessen test anxiety and improve their over test performance as well as their confidence. Students will learn about the different types of questions as well as strategies to help them with problem solving. Families get to determine the number of sessions per week and number of months they’d like. We do recommend twice a week, but we will work with the student’s needs and schedule. Don’t wait as the tutors’ schedules are filling up quickly!
Our newest member of the team is highly experienced in the below. Please inquire for more info!
Fields for Tutoring
Fields for Elementary
Reading Comprehension: Fiction & Non-Fiction
Note-taking and classroom participation skill-building
Reading Confidence/Reluctant Readers
Family Coaching: Individualized resource creation and instruction to help parents help their own little readers
Foundational Numeracy: K/1/2/3: Number sense, counting, concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (Common-core aligned).
Fields for Middle/High School
Creative & Expository writing
Collaborative essay editing (I do NOT write your child?s paper?I use idea development and instruction & focus so they can articulate their own ideas in their own words!)
Economics: All levels, including AP
Literature or Composition: All levels, including AP
US History: All levels, including AP
Spanish: Vocab, reading, writing, and speaking: All levels, including AP
Test Prep/College Applications
We have recently had calls for the SCAT prep and we do have a couple of tutors who specialize in this type of test prep for the GATE test. Please inquire for more information or contact us through the “contact us” tab.
Beach Cities Tutoring is proud to offer SAT private small group tutoring. We offer SAT tutoring for small groups between 2-5 students. Discounted rates apply. Please inquire for more information.
We recently posted a blog about the ISEE, but if you are interested in your child being accepted to a Catholic/Christian school, the HPST is more appropriate. In order to prepare for this type of test, we have tutors who specialize in familiarizing your child/teen with the test parts, questions, and test taking tips.
The High School Placement Test, or HSPT, is a high school entrance exam taken by students in grades 8 and 9 who are seeking admission to parochial high schools. The HSPT is a five-section, multiple-choice standardized exam. Scholastic Testing Service, Inc. (STS) created the test and publishes it. The HSPT is designed to measure student academic achievement and does not focus on memorized information. The HSPT contains 298 questions divided into five sections. Students have the choice of taking one optional section in Catholic Religion, Mechanical Aptitude, or Science. These optional sections may be required, depending on the schools to which the student is applying.
Schools use HSPT scores to assess how well a student might do academically in a high school setting. They also use the HSPT as a common measurement of a student?s academic capabilities, separate from school records.
The HPST is composed of the following sections: verbal skills , quantitative skills, reading, math, language. Each section contatins about 60-65 questions per section. The total time for the test is 2 hours and 30 minutes. The HSPT is administered twice each year, once in the spring and once in the fall. HSPT test dates, locations, and registration information are handled through individual schools. You can find more information by visiting?http://www.ststesting.com/hp_1.html.
The HSPT may be taken twice. However, the test-maker, STS, records if a student takes the test twice. The lower of the two scores is accepted.
Each HSPT multiple-choice question presents four or five answer choices. For each HSPT multiple-choice question that the student answers correctly, the student receives one point. There is no penalty for incorrect answers or for omitted answers. Student speed in completing each HSPT section is not considered in scoring. Correct, incorrect, and omitted answers are tallied for each test section to produce a raw score. The total number of questions answered correctly is the raw score.
Raw scores are then converted into scaled scores using a formula used to compensate for any differences in difficulty from test to test. The HSPT scaled scores range from 200 to 800. The scales come from specific tables produced by the test maker. Once scores are converted to scaled scores, they can be compared with the scores of students of the same grade level across the country. Scaled score performance is then rated as partially proficient, proficient, and advanced proficient, measured by percentiles ranging from 1 to 99.
HSPT Score Reports are released to the schools, educational consultants, and education organizations that the student selects on the registration form. Scores remain active for one academic year. The scores required for admissions vary by school. Contact the schools directly for admissions information.
Summer is a great time for ISEE tutoring but first it is important to familiarize yourself with the test. If you decide to proceed with ISEE tutoring, we will recommend the best test prep book and individualized program to meet your child’s needs based on the amount of time they have until the test and based on their pre-test score.
The ISEE Upper Level (entering high school) is composed of the following sections: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension, mathematic achievement and an essay portion. Each section is timed and ranges from 36 to 47 questions. There is only 1 essay prompt. The total testing time is 2 hours and 40 min. The ISEE can only be taken 1 time in a six month period
On all levels of the ISEE, the student receives one point for each multiple-choice question answered correctly. Students are not penalized for incorrect answers or for omitted answers. Speed in completing each ISEE section is not considered in scoring. Correct, incorrect, and omitted answers are tallied for each test section to produce a raw score. The total number of correct answers is the raw score.
Raw scores are then converted into scaled scores, using a formula used to compensate for any differences in difficulty from test to test. The ISEE is graded on a scale of 760 to 940. The scales are derived from specific tables produced by the test maker. Once scores are converted to scaled scores, they are compared with the scores of students of the same grade level across the country. This is done using a 3-year rolling pool of test-taker scores.
Program percentiles compare students with peer test-takers within the same age and grade group.
- Scores between the 50th percentile and 74th percentile are considered to be “barely above average.”
- Scores at or above the 75th percentile are considered to be “very strong.”
A student who always scored above the 50th percentile on other tests may place below the 50th percentile on the ISEE, and students who normally score above the 90th percentile on other tests may score barely above average on the ISEE. For example, parents are frequently surprised when they see a 75th percentile score for a child who scored at the 95th percentile last year on a test based on state or national norms. This difference is due to the high-achieving population of students taking the ISEE, which makes the ranking very competitive.
ISEE Essays are not scored and are therefore not factored into the score report. Instead, the Essays are forwarded to the same schools that will receive the ISEE score report. Admissions committees from each school will individually assess the applicant?s writing capabilities.
ISEE Score Reports are released to the schools, educational consultants, and education organizations that a student selects on the registration form. Scores remain active for one academic year. The scores required for admissions vary by school.
More registration info can be found at