Update on our Spring and Summer Classes (as of 5/12/2020)

Hello Our Incredible and Resilient Students, Families and Pitt Preppers!

Due to health and safety concerns, all of our upcoming Spring and Summer classes, one-on-one tutoring sessions, and college admissions counseling with our students will be held LIVE ONLINE, helmed by Pittsburgh Prep’s expert full-time faculty who all possess advanced degrees (Masters and PhDs) and a combined 35 years of experience in test prep and counseling.

If and when PA’s quarantine restrictions are lifted (see CDC and PA Dept of Health), students can choose to take our classes and tutoring in-person at our physical locations in Shadyside or North Hills. No classes will be cancelled for the summer.

As a response to COVID-19, we have added even MORE features this year in our ever-improving curriculum including:

  • Live Online Sessions: Using learning platforms (Zoom, Google Meet, LMS) we’ll be conducting all of our classes LIVE and ONLINE.
  • Learning Management System: This summer, students will have access to powerful online-resources to test their progress in real-time with HW and exercises to target their weaknesses.
  • Dedicated Exam Review Sessions: We continue to be the only test preparation program with a dedicated exam review session for every test students take, so that students can ask questions from our resident instructors on past exam errors.
  • Dual Prep: All of our classes prepare students for BOTH the SAT and ACT exams – no need to take separate costly classes. Though different in format, SAT and ACT exams share over 85% of content matter that our student graduates can master via our powerful curriculum
  • Unlimited Exams and Future Classes: For current and past students, we welcome students to return to our program at no tuition to help them prepare for the upcoming exams.
  • Initial Consultation: All new enrollees will meet with a counselor for 30 mins. to set goals, discuss mindset, realize expectations, and plan a system of attack prior to joining our classes. Research shows that students who engage in this initial consultation perform 80% better than those who do not. We are not a big-box franchise testing center, so we take our time to get to know each individual and family to help them succeed.

To register for classes or tutoring sessions, please follow this link HERE.

Since 2005, Pittsburgh Prep has been the first independent test prep organization in the city, and will continue to lead the way with innovative curriculum and expert instruction. We have helped thousands of students achieve their goal scores on their road to their top university destinations.

We thank you for entrusting us with your students in every way. Find out why 99% of our students recommend Pittsburgh Prep for test prep.

Stay strong. Stay sharp. Stay safe.

The Pittsburgh Prep Team

Update on SAT June 2020 Exam Cancelled! ACT is still on for June + July. (as of 4/15/2020)

Due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, the collegeboard has announced today that the June SAT has been cancelled. 
 
However, they have added new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5. Students will be able to register for these exams as early as May of this year. 
 
In the event that Fall SAT exams are cancelled, the collegeboard will administer a brand new digital exam that can be taken at home like the AP exams this year. For more information, please link HERE
 
As of today, the ACT exam has NOT cancelled its June 13 or July 12th exam dates. We will monitor any changes for you and keep you all updated. 
 
Pittsburgh Prep remains committed to providing the highest caliber test preparation AND academic tutoring in every major subject matter, including AP-level sciences, math and history. Although we face unparalleled challenges during this time, we are here remotely to help you in your studies during the Spring and Summer via tutoring and online classes. 
 
Finally, as our way of giving back to our community in Pittsburgh, we will CONTINUE to hold our free, online Power Prep sessions as originally intended all the way through June. You can register for the ongoing event HERE
 
Please contact us with any questions at all: hello@pittsburghprep.com

Update on COVID-19 (as of 4/4/2020)

We hope that all of you are safe and sound during this epidemic. Every high school student and family are feeling the impact of this virus, as they adjust to distance learning, final exam prep, AP exams, SAT/ACT test prep and college admissions. Despite the circumstances, we are all here for you and available to help you through it all. Please contact us with any questions or academic help at any time.

Free Online Power Prep Classes at Pittsburgh Prep

Our parents have entrusted us over the past fifteen years with providing the best test preparation education for their students, and it’s now time for us to give back during this time of pandemic. We are proud to offer our Pittsburgh community free online Power Prep classes in preparation for the June and July SAT/ACT examinations. For more information and registration, please click HERE.

Our Operations are Fully Available for Tutoring and Classes

All of our expert instructors are working remotely at home, and have been trained to seamlessly teach our powerful curriculum and to tutor in both small group and 1-on-1 via Zoom and on other online learning platforms. Students and parents have reported no interruptions to the effectiveness to our program, and we will continue to provide unparalleled instruction to our students everyday.

Exams Are Provided Online, then Graded and Assessed for You Without Disruption

Weekend exams are distributed to our students to take at home on the weekends. Exam results are graded, assessed and returned to our students and parents via email. Clear self-proctoring directions are given to all of our students so that score improvements can be measured within a 48 hour turnaround time, thanks to our intrepid and tireless center admin Valeria Antunez.

SAT/ACT/Subject Test/AP Exam Changes

The SAT and ACT exams have been cancelled until June (SAT) and July (ACT). Please go to collegeboard.org or act.org for the latest updates. Things are changing rapidly and in real-time, so it’s important to stay abreast of these changes. Refunds have been given automatically for March registrants, and families should have received emails from the organizations on how to register for the future exam dates.

Subject test requirements have been dropped for college admissions for some schools, while others have maintained them. MIT, for example, has dropped subject tests for all, while other schools claim that a lack of subject test scores poses no disadvantage.

AP exams will feature, for the first time, 45 minute at-home testing that will comprise of the first 75% of the curriculum. More information will be given on April 3, 2020, so check here or at collegeboard.org for the latest developments.

College and universities are fully aware of these changes, and their admissions offices and staff all recognize that families will be impacted greatly in terms of academic transcripts (GPA vs. Pass/Fail), affording colleges due to loss of finances, interruption to extracurricular activities & internships, and entrance exam preparation. So it’s best to stay healthy, document and understand your personal narrative during this unprecedented time of change, and prepare as best as you can for the various high stakes exams under the current circumstances.

Recommendations

 Juniors and Seniors should register for the June and/or July SAT/ACT exams to ensure they have a seat for the upcoming test. This exam administration is expected to have the largest registrant pool in history, so register as early as possible.

  • Continue to balance schoolwork, mental and physical health, and test prep in the coming months ahead to stay prepared for final exams, AP exams and college entrance exams.
  • Contact your school counselor to determine your school’s response to the rapidly changing landscape of testing for your class.

Final thoughts: Remember, at the end of the day, your personal and your family’s health comes first. We hope the information above will help you place things in proper context, and will help you to stay motivated and informed through it all. We are all in this together. Stay strong. We are here for you.

                                                                                                     Onwards and Upwards

                                                                                                     Hoon Kim and the Staff of Pittsburgh Prep

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