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Test Prep Overview

Gaining entry to prestigious university and college courses is becoming increasingly more challenging. With the right test prep, you can make sure your child maximizes their potential and increases their chances of gaining entry to their “dream” college, or a close second. Although many students have the right aptitude, they may also need assistance when it comes to strategy on entrance tests. At Hawk Educational Solutions, we focus on preparing students for tests, coaching them in achieving their top scores on all college entrance exams, and providing comprehensive SAT prep courses.

The Subjects You Can Prepare For

From college entrance exams test preparation through to preparing for standard tests, the team at Hawk Education can help your child prepare for a broad range of subjects. Some of the programs we offer include:

The Test Prep Expert

Our Test Prep Expert package will prepare your child for those crucial college entrance exams. They include:

  • PSAT
  • SAT
  • ACT
  • TOEFL

As a vigorous test preparation resource, we help your child fine-tune the skills they need to excel on the tests that grant access to prestigious universities.

Stellar Scholar

At Hawk Educational Solutions, we recognize that college placement test prep on its own isn’t enough to guarantee your child long term success. That’s why we focus on K-12 subjects too, giving them the chance to refine their acumen in core areas such as math and English. Our Stellar Scholar program also focuses on AP subjects and anything else you deem essential for their K-12 educational success. Whatever it is you’re aiming for, our expert teachers are here to help!

Master of Organization

Making the jump from one grade level to the next of your child’s education can often feel overwhelming. This usually becomes apparent when students struggle to manage key organizational skills, such as creating the right study timetables and scheduling practice tests. With our Master of Organization program, children can learn the skills schools don’t often directly teach in classrooms, which include creating effective flash cards, composing organized notes, thinking critically, making the most of Quizlet, and more. While these skills aren’t classified as subjects unto themselves, they are critical to the success of students who are confronted by academic areas that challenge them.

Reading and Writing Test Preparation

When students refine their reading skills, the opportunity opens up to them. Their journey can start with the PSAT, where they have the chance to gain the knowledge and techniques required to excel when they take the SAT. At Hawk Educational Solutions, we provide reading and writing test preparation for multiple exams and disciplines.

Reading test preparation is about much more than absorbing texts. Depending on your student’s grade level, they may face tasks such as:

  • Verbal reasoning tests that require them to find meanings within texts, as well as definite true and false statements.
  • Forming opinions based on texts from different periods, including the works of Shakespeare and different authors.
  • Analyzing complex poetry and plays, while finding the historical significance within their stories.
  • Understanding modern media texts, including appraising and appreciating differing opinions from a variety of journalistic sources.

When your child can do all the above, they’re reaching the more advanced stages of reading comprehension. This can make many aspects of college placement tests earlier, as they can begin framing their thought processes around challenging concepts.

Writing test preparation

Writing test prep may often feel overwhelming for both children and their parents. In addition to basic grammatical concepts, writing in different styles, and using unique approaches to discover meaning are often necessary. Before college, your child may face essay entrance tests where they must produce two or more perspectives of an argument, despite having strong biases of their own.

While drawing on relevant skills from different members of our team, Hawk Educational Solutions will guide your child towards forming their own style of writing. We help them meet the high standards expected during college entrance exam periods. Additionally, test prep in writing is an ideal way for your child to refine the skills required to shine when crafting essays, reports, and presentations for the remainder of their life.

College Math Placement Test Prep

Math is a necessity for most undergraduate degrees, which means there’s no escaping its minimum standards. With the Hawk Educational Solutions approach to college math placement test prep, your child will attain the scores they need before the big day arrives. In addition to helping them secure a place at college, we’ll help them develop a sense of ease about the entrance tests they’ll likely face.

Educators recognize that revisiting different math concepts, using online and paper-based practice platforms, and taking practice tests is the most effective form of college math placement test prep. Under the watchful eye of our instructors, your child will tackle the concepts they’re unfamiliar with. And, they’ll sharpen the ones they feel confident in using. Toward the end of our tutoring sessions, we’ll introduce them to different practice papers so we can map their progress, provide feedback, and further develop their skills.

At Hawk Educational Solutions, we’re able to provide college math placement test prep tutoring that focuses on tricky areas. They include:

  • Refining existing math skills to reach the high standards required of the college math placement test.
  • Difficult arithmetic and algebraic functions.
  • Geometry, trigonometry, and more

If you want college math placement test that focuses on specific areas, we can provide it. Otherwise, we’re happy to assess your child’s aptitude and form a customized program from there.

SAT Test Prep

When it comes to SAT test prep, the best courses are the ones that meet your child’s individual needs. By the time gifted children throughout America begin preparing for their SATs, each one is at a different level. While yours may excel in some areas, they can also struggle in others. At Hawk Educational Solutions, we dedicate ourselves to helping your child fortify areas that require improvement and leverage their academic strengths.

PSATs

PSATs are an excellent opportunity for 10th and 11th grade students to practice for their SATs. While they’re mainly a practice test, they can also act as a gateway for obtaining college scholarships.

As part of our PSAT test prep, students will gain exposure to new reading techniques that they may not have encountered so far in school. This includes consistent practice with older texts from the 1800’s, which feature challenging linguistics and new literary concepts. Because we offer both one-on-one and buddy lessons, our PSAT test prep classes are tailored to the unique needs of each test taker and accessible for students from all backgrounds.

Helping your child sharpen their reading comprehension is only part of our PSAT prep. At Hawk Educational Solutions, our PSAT test prep also involves refining their math skills.   

SAT test prep

Most educational experts agree that SAT test prep shouldn’t just depend on having a sound subject knowledge. While excellent subject knowledge counts, there’s more to acing the SAT. As such, the SAT test prep available at Hawk Educational Solutions focuses on both refining your child’s subject knowledge, equipping them with essential test taking strategies and preparing them for the test format.

Using a combination of teacher modeling and explanation, guided practice, homework, practice tests, and expert test taking techniques, we empower your child with skills and confidence by the time their exam date arrives. The SAT often feels daunting, but that doesn’t have to be the case. With our methods, it’s possible to approach the SAT with strong content knowledge and test taking strategies that will guarantee academic progress.

ACT Test Prep

When your child has an excellent ACT score, they’ll have one of the key components for gaining entry to the college of their choice. Overall, the exam focuses on reading, math, English, science, and an optional writing section. Because there’s so many content areas on the mene, ACT test prep often requires intensive focus.

At Hawk Educational Solutions, we know that your child stands the best chance of thriving from one-to-one instruction. In addition to preparing them for the topics listed above, we’ll help them adapt to the test’s fast-paced and rigorous nature. As it lasts for two hours and 55 minutes, it’s often the toughest test any college hopeful confronts. Once we’ve acclimated your child to the ACT, you and your student will see progress and a higher exam score.

The Importance of Test Prep

Even when your student’s school is nothing short of excellent, it’s difficult for schools to meet every academic intricacy of every student. Unfortunately, this becomes clear when universities compare the scores of those students who’ve pursued test prep and those who haven’t. While students who aren’t versed in the art of test taking may revisit key academic concepts in class, students who have access to a qualified test prep teacher benefit more from the insights of one-on-one coaching with an expert. An excellent test prep instructor, such as our professionals here at Hawk Educational Solutions, will identify where your student’s test taking needs are and where they already excel. Using their discoveries, test prep instructors create a personalized program that facilitates your student’s success on college entrance exams. Qualified instructors also help your child adapt to the testing format, which means students walk into their test fully prepared for what’s ahead.

Research demonstrates that there’s a statistically significant difference between those who’ve completed a private one-on-one test prep program. According to a 2015 Johns Hopkins University study, individual, private test prep works for students of all backgrounds while large cram classes and school led test prep seminars are generally ineffective for the the majority of students. After engaging in custom SAT and ACT prep sessions, students who take college entrance exams for the second time significantly exceed their original scores, anywhere from 50-300 points on the SAT.

If you’d rather your student achieve their target score sooner rather than later, employing reputable test prep practitioners, such as Hawk Educational Solutions will work to your advantage. Together, we can ensure that your student advances toward their academic goals, making their future brighter with every test prep lesson.

Different Programs

At Hawk Educational Solutions, we provide the following programs:

The Test Prep Expert

Covering PSAT/SAT/ACT for $89-99 per-hour.

We recommend starting The Test Prep Expert around two to three months before the test, with around one to two sessions per week.

The Collegiate Captain

College applications, financial aid applications, and college admissions essay tutoring at $129- $199 per hour.

The Stellar Scholarship

Multiple subject tutoring for k-12 in English, Math, and any AP subject at $65- $75 per hour.

Master of Organization

Helping students accelerate the study skills they may not learn in school, including note taking, creating study timetables, critical thinking, and more. These sessions cost $55- $65 per hour.

Pairing up to save money

At Hawk Educational Solutions, we understand that some parents may be unable to afford our fees. As such, we encourage you to pair up with others so you can experience the benefits of college test prep at a reduced price.

The Competitive Advantages of Hawk Educational Solutions

At Hawk Educational Solutions, our team of expert tutors is lead by Juliet Hawk. With two decades of experience in a diverse aggregate of test preparation fields, Juliet’s knowledge provides the in-depth level your child needs to cover all their bases. Thanks to her diverse background, Juliet and her team can teach an enhanced selection of test-taking skills, they can broaden academic knowledge, and they provide college admissions and essay writing guidance.

After earning a Master’s degree and CA Teaching Credential while serving San Diego Unified School District and Arlington Public Schools, Juliet began working with socioeconomically disadvantaged children to enhance their math and English skills, while also deepening their love of learning and academic exploration. Her work on the front lines of education across the United States and abroad in Taiwan has given her keen insight into what it takes to help children of every learning style and background succeed.

When you use the skills that Juliet and her team promote, you’ll delve into a pool of resources that will prioritize your child’s progress at every juncture. With a highly personalized approach to test prep, those test scores will skyrocket!

Test Taking Strategies

No matter which test your child is taking, we’ll help them adopt the right test taking strategies. Some of the approaches we recommend include:

  • Always preparing for a test well in advance- never cram!
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Ensure adequate nutrition and hydration, especially during the study and test period
  • Familiarize yourself with the test
  • Read all questions and texts carefully
  • Prioritize questions- Do the easy questions first and save the rest for later!

Test Prep Value

When it comes to value for the money, we’d love you to read some of the reviews our customers have left to demonstrate how satisfied they are with the Hawk Educational Solutions experience.

To find out more about our test prep programs, or any of our other tutoring services, please get in touch today.