Update on our Spring and Summer Classes (as of 5/12/2020)
Update on SAT June 2020 Exam Cancelled! ACT is still on for June + July. (as of 4/15/2020)
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.
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