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Test Preparation Courses
Monroe County & Rochester, NY

Regents Exams (All Subjects)
SAT II (All Academic Areas)
Graduate School Exams

Regents Exam Preparation

Preparation for January, June, and August Regents Exams is done on a one-on-one basis. A student may be tutored in any academic area that has a Regents Examination. The time required to prep a student for a Regents exam is approximately 8 - 10 hours. The average time needed to prep a student to retake a Regents exam in a course they have already taken, but in which they failed the Regents is 14 - 16 hours.

If a student has not taken the course and not take the Regents exam before, the average amount of time needed to teach the material and prep for the Regents is 30 - 40 hours. A major key to success in taking the Regents is practice. Students must be committed to putting in the time, effort and work in order for them to do well on the exam.

Preparation for the January and June Exams usually begins 2 - 3  months prior to the exam with ongoing private tutoring. Tutoring sessions are usually scheduled for one hour a week at a mutually agreed upon time. As the Regents Exam draws closer two sessions a week may be necessary to pull all the information together.

Preparation for the August exam usually begins the week after school ends in June. The number of hours necessary to review for the August exam is approximately 16 - 18. Because of the time needed, the tutor usually meets with the student twice a week for one to one and a half hours at a time. Typically the August Regents is more difficult.

Fee: Private Tutoring: 1 student $40/hr; 2 students $30/hr each

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GED Preparation

Preparation for the GED is on an individual, one-on-one basis. The goal of tutoring is to help the student pass. It usually takes a minimum of 30 hours of instruction to prepare adequately. The student is expected to do homework and take practice exams. Because of the comprehensiveness of this exam, the student may have to take it again to pass in one or two areas and not the whole test.

Fee: $35/hr, $80/3 hours. Must be paid in advance

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PSAT Preparation

The PSAT is a standardized achievement test used to measure and predict the student's ability to do college work. The PSAT is also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarships. The scholarships are prestigious national awards that can provide students with one time National Merit $2000 Scholarships and renewable four year Merit Scholarships worth as much as $10,000 a year for four years.

The Professional Tutoring Service offers six hours Review/Practice Math and English preparation for the PSAT with highly skilled instructors. Focus is on skills and strategies of taking the PSAT. This entails a review of the four content areas tested: Mathematical Reasoning and Skills (through Course II), Verbal Reasoning, Writing Skills, Vocabulary, and Quantitative Comparisons.

Fee: Private Tutoring: 1 student $45/hr; 2 students $34/hr each

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SAT I Preparation

The Professional Tutoring Service offers both private one-on-one tutoring and a course in preparation for the March, May and June exams at the end of the junior year. The Course consists of 20 hours of review and practice with highly skilled instructors. We focus on the skills, strategies and techniques  necessary to take the SAT I. We build student's confidence by offering review and practice in verbal and mathematical content. Insure success on the SAT I by signing up today.

About the SAT I

The SAT I score predicts how well you are likely to do in college. Your scores help colleges and scholarship programs compare your academic preparation and ability with those of more than 2 million students who take the SAT I each year. Although your high school record -- your grades, class rank, etc. -- is the best single indicator of how well you will do in college, high schools can be very different in the courses they offer and in the ways they  give grades.

The SAT I gives you a chance to show colleges what you know and can do independent of your grades. The SAT I is an aptitude test which tests how you apply the knowledge you have in very different ways. The SAT I is a standardized test which can be mastered.

2019 SAT Fall Prep Courses
Sunday Afternoons, Noon - 4 pm for 3 weeks
St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Avenue
Campus Center Building

12 hours of instruction and practice with highly skilled instructors
Focus on skills and strategies of taking the SAT

Exam Date Course Dates
October 5 Sundays September 15, 22, 29
November 2 Sundays October 13, 20, 27
December 7 Sundays November 3, 10, 17

Fee: SAT Course fee is $495 - includes review book and materials

Call 595-244-9155 to register or complete the online form.

SAT II Preparation

What are they?

The SAT II: Subject Tests, formerly known as the College Board Achievement Tests, measure your knowledge in particular areas and your ability to apply that knowledge. The SAT II consists of subject tests in the following five subject areas: English, History and Social Studies, Math, Science, and Languages. All SAT II Subject Tests are one hour, multiple choice tests.

Who should take them?

Before deciding which tests to take, make a tentative list of all the colleges you are thinking about. Review their catalogues to find out whether or not they require Subject Test scores for admission, and if so, how many and which ones. The College Board provides a number of resources you can search for information about Subject Test requirements at specific colleges:

  • Purchase a copy of the College Handbook.
  • Ask your guidance office if they have ExPAN Guidance Software.
  • Visit College Board Online at
  • Visit the web sites of various colleges and universities.

When to take the tests

If possible, take tests like American History, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics right after the course ends, while the information is still fresh in your mind. On the other hand, you'll probably do better taking Writing and Language tests after several years of study. Most students take Subject Tests toward the end of their junior year or at the beginning of their senior year. Before taking a test you haven't studied recently, review the course material thoroughly and methodically over several weeks. Also, ask your teacher's advice about the best time to take a test. Last-minute cramming won't help you do your best.

Fee:  Private Tutoring:  1 student $55/hr; 2 students $34/hr each

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ACT Preparation

The ACT Assessment is one tool that colleges use for making course placement decisions, supporting the academic advising program, awarding scholarships, predicting college success, communicating with prospective students, and assisting in student persistence. Many colleges use ACT information as baseline data for the development of an outcomes assessment program.

2019 ACT Preparation
Private Tutoring
Exam Dates: April 13, 2019 - June 8, 2019 - July 13, 2019

Review of content and skills with practice exams
4 hours - English and Social Studies
4 hours - Math and Science

Fee: $55/hr.   $380/8 hrs.   Book and review materials included

Call (585) 244-9155 to schedule your private tutoring
or register online

What is it?

The ACT Assessment is curriculum based - it is an achievement test. The ACT Assessment measures students' educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. A student's performance on the tests has a direct and obvious relationship to his or her academic development. Along with these four tests of educational development, the ACT Assessment also includes information on student background, academic performance, educational needs, and a comprehensive interest inventory. The information provided by the student, assists educations, students, and parents in educational and career planning.

Format of the four academic test areas

The ACT Assessment four academic test areas are broken down as follows:

English Test  
  Usage/Mechanics 40 questions
  Rhetorical Skills 35 questions
  Total 75 questions
  Time 45 minutes
Mathematics Test  
  Pre-Algebra 14 questions
  Elem. Algebra 10 questions
  Intermediate Algebra   9 questions
  Coord. Geometry   9 questions
  Plane Geometry 14 questions
  Trigonometry   4 questions
  Total 60 questions
  Time 60 minutes
Reading Test  
  Prose Fiction 10 questions
  Social Sciences 10 questions
  Humanities 10 questions
  Natural Sciences 10 questions
  Total 40 questions
  Time 35 minutes
Science Reasoning Test  
  Data Representation 15 questions
  Research 18 questions
  Conflicting Viewpoints   7 questions
  Total 40 questions
  Time 35 minutes

College Admission Policies
College admission policies may be characterized as follows:

    Typical ACT
Composite Scores
Majority of accepted freshman in top 10% of high school graduating class 27-31
Selective Majority of accepted freshman in top 25% of high school graduating class 22-27
Traditional Majority of accepted freshmen in top 50% of high school graduating class 20-23
Liberal Some freshman from lower half of high school graduating class 18-21
Open All high school graduates accepted, to limit of capacity 17-20

Fee:  Private Tutoring: 1 student $55/hr; 2 students $34/hr each

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Graduate School Exams

The Professional Tutoring Service offers private tutoring for the GRE (Graduate Record Exam), GMAT (Graduate Management Assessment Test), NTE (National Teacher Examination) and other college specific placement, licensing and required graduation exams. The Service has on its staff a number of highly trained professionals from both the academic and corporate community. Study programs are set up to meet the individual needs of students. Basic background preparation in English and Math is included in all preparation. For more information click on one of the following:

GRE Test

General Test

GRE Test is one of possibly many tests required for admission into graduate school. The GRE General Test is a multiple-choice examination designed to measure the verbal, quantitative, and analytical skills you have developed in the course of your academic career. Because there is a strong correlation between high GRE scores and the probability of success in graduate school, many graduate and professional schools require that their applicants take the GRE General Test.

There are seven sections on the paper-and-pencil GRE: two verbal sections, two quantitative sections, two sections testing analytical ability, and one experimental section in one of the three test areas; this experimental section is not counted in scoring.

Verbal Sections -- Measure your ability to use words as tools in reasoning; you are tested on the extent of your vocabulary and your ability to discern the relationships that exist within written passages and among individual groups of words.

Quantitative Sections -- Measure your ability to use and reason with numbers or mathematical concepts; you are tested not on advanced mathematics theory, but on general concepts expected to be a part of everyone's background.

Analytical Sections -- Measure your ability to make rational assessments about unfamiliar, fictitious relationships and to think through arguments logically.

GRE Test Format

The following seven sections are on the written test. You are given 30 minutes to complete each section.


38 -- question verbal section
38 -- question verbal section

Each section consists of following breakdown:

1 - 7    Sentence Completion
8 - 16  Analogy
17 - 27  Reading Comprehension
28 - 38  Antonym


30 - question quantitative section
30 - question quantitative section

Each section consists of following breakdown:

1 - 15    Quantitative comparisons
16 - 20  Discrete Quantitative (multi-choice)
21 - 25  Data Interpretation (tables/graphs)
26 - 30  Discrete Quantitative (multi-choice)


25 - question analytical section
25 - question analytical section

Each section consists of following breakdown:

1 - 5    Analytical Reasoning
6 - 8   Logical Reasoning
9 - 22  Analytical Reasoning
23 - 25  Logical Reasoning

GRE Subject Test

These tests are offered in 17 fields. A graduate school may request that you take one or more of these for placement purposes and/or to test out of a course.

Fee:  Private Tutoring: 1 student $50/hr; 2 students $38/hr each

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GMAT Preparation

What is it?

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is primarily intended to measure the aptitute of applicants to masters of Business Administration programs. The GMAT is a measure of how well you perform on standardized tests.

To schedule your GMAT testing session, call 800-GMAT-NOW. You can also find out more about the test at, or by calling 609-771-7330.

Format of the Test

The GMAT is made up of two parts: an Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) and a multiple-choice portion with two sections, Verbal and Quantitative.

Analytical Writing Assessment

Two type written 30-minute essays.
1. Analysis of an Issue - you choose and defend one side of a dilemma
2.  Analysis of an Argument - you critique an author's position on a particular dilemma or argument

Verbal Section - 75 minutes to answer 41 multiple choice including 11 experimental questions

  • Reading Comprehension - approx. 14 questions and four passages
  • Sentence Correction - approx. 14 questions
  • Logical Reasoning - approx. 14 questions

Quantitative Section - 75 minutes to answer 37 questions

  • Problem Solving - approx. 18 - 22 questions
  • Data Sufficiency - approx. 15 - 19 questions

Fee: Private Tutoring: 1 student $50/hr; 2 students $38/hr each

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NTE - NYSTE Preparation

The National Teachers Exam and/or the New York State Teachers Exam is a comprehensive exam that covers all aspects of teaching and classroom management.

Fee: Private Tutoring: 1 student $50/hr; 2 students $38/hr each

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