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We do not believe in simply teaching to a test.   Instead, our research-based approach applies a proven mix of both content mastery and test-taking strategies that yields optimal results for our students. Courses are taught by expert instructors who bring more than just high scores to their positions. Instruction is student-centered and interactive; we engage students by making relevant connections to what they already know, both inside and outside of the classroom. Class sizes are limited to allow maximum participation and individual feedback throughout each course.  All of our offerings are held in our own secure learning center (that's right, no public libraries or other distractions here!).

At the core of IST’s test prep curricula are the IST Learning Legends™, characters with unique learning personalities designed to help students better navigate through the exam. Fast Eddie™, Sammy and Samantha Smart™ (“The Smarts”), Lucky Lucy™ and Bea Reddie™ strategically appear throughout each program of study, offering students helpful tips and revealing creative methods to break down complex information and retain key facts.

College Entrance Exams

SAT Prep Course

The SAT is a reasoning skills test designed to measure how well a student can think critically and analytically when questions may not be presented in a straightforward manner. The three sections on the SAT include math, critical reading and writing.  IST’s no-nonsense approach to SAT prep combines the content and strategies necessary for significant score increases. Our six-week course includes 30 hours of interactive instruction, three diagnostic assessments with score reports, 1000+ practice questions and all course materials.  We recommend that students begin taking SAT in the spring of their junior year.


Students who enroll in our SAT course typically increase their scores by 150-260 points on the actual test and earn Incentive Bucks,™ up to a maximum of $100 for exceeding their combined test score goal set at the end of each session (certain rules apply).  Each course has a minimum enrollment of 5 students and a maximum of 8.

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SAT Prep Private Tutoring


One-on-one
tutoring for the math, critical reading and/or writing sections of the SAT is also available.  Please allow for up to 10 weeks of tutoring (twice a week) prior to the exam.

Get great SAT Test Day Tips from the IST Learning Legends here.



SAT Subject Test Prep

Many competitive colleges and universities require up to three SAT Subject Tests (in addition to the SAT) to assess a student’s skills in specific areas like math, history, physical sciences, literature and foreign languages. Private tutoring is available with IST’s subject matter experts, who help students master the  exam content and learn key test-taking strategies. We recommend that students take the SAT Subject Tests as soon as possible after they complete the course related to each test (normally at the end of junior year or the beginning of senior year).

PSAT Prep

The PSAT is designed to give younger students a preview of the SAT in a scaled-down format; it is also used to determine a student’s eligibility for merit-based scholarships (11th grade only). The PSAT is offered once a year in mid-October. Our intensive three-week PSAT prep course is offered to rising 9th-11th graders in the summer and early fall only. Tuition includes 24 hours of interactive instruction, three diagnostic assessments with score reports, hundreds of practice questions and all course materials.  Each course has a minimum enrollment of 5 students and a maximum of 8.

Private tutoring is also available.

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ACT Prep

The ACT is a subject-based test designed measure academic ability in math, science, English and writing. While the ACT is a lot more straightforward than the SAT, the ACT requires students to draw from prior knowledge about information that may not be contained in the test. We recommend that students take the ACT in the spring of their junior year. Due to the nature of the test, we offer ACT prep as a private tutoring option only.



Get great ACT Test Day Tips from the IST Learning Legends here.

 

High-Stakes Testing

Private/Independent and Catholic School Entrance Exam Prep

We help our students get the skills to get them in!  Private tutoring is available for the SSAT, ISEE, HSPT/Catholic School and Science & Technology Center (Eleanor Roosevelt test in Prince George's County, MD) exams each summer and/or fall. Students often prepare for multiple tests simultaneously, depending on their list of schools. Please allow for a 10-12 week period of tutoring (2 times per week) prior to the exams. 

Click here to see a list of schools where our private school entrance exam prep students have been admitted in DC/MD/VA.

AP Exam Prep

In most high schools, students can take college-level courses in a rigorous learning environment through Advanced Placement (AP) courses in a variety of subjects.  Each May, AP exams are administered to test students' knowledge of the material and allow them to earn early college credits.   Private tutoring is available with IST’s subject matter experts, who help students master the content and learn key test-taking strategies.  Please allow for an 8-week period of tutoring prior to each exam.


Maryland HSA Prep


All Maryland public high school students are required to meet a High School Assessment (HSA) testing requirement (or the alternative bridge plan validation) in order to graduate. Four separate HSAs in algebra/data analysis, biology, English and government are given in October, January, May and July/August. Private tutoring is available with IST’s subject matter experts, who help students master the exam content and learn key test-taking strategies.

Professional Licensing Exam Prep

IST’s professional exam prep provides adults with the critical thinking, analytical, study and test anxiety management skills that are crucial for high performance on career-related exams. Our expert test prep instructors are industry insiders who help prepare you for required exams in Teaching Education, Real Estate Licensing, Civil Service, most Medical-related Sciences careers and more. Small group and private tutoring options are available.

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