Test Prep for the ISEE, SSAT, PSAT, SAT, ACT, CTP, STAAR, and the XYZ
General Academic offers premium, individualized, and comprehensive test preparation for most major standardized tests administered in Houston’s public and private schools.
We offer scheduled courses, in-home private tutoring, and in-office private tutoring.
Students generally start their journey with a complimentary, full-length diagnostic test. Depending on the results of this test and their current grades, most families will do a combination of scheduled courses and private tutoring.
Our Proven Approach to Test Prep
Students start with a full-length diagnostic/ practice test to evaluate their current strengths and weaknesses. The test should be as realistic as possible including timed conditions.
Upon scoring the test, our tutors and managers will evaluate the student’s position and outline a roadmap for improvement. The tutor will discuss test-taking strategies and general tips.
Concept review comprises the bulwark of standardized test prep. To do well, students must have a firm grasp of the tested math and reading concepts. No amount of tips and tricks will compensate for not knowing fractions or how to identify a main idea.
As students strengthen their fundamental math and reading skills, they must still be able to apply that knowledge to the new and novel ways tested on the standardized test’s reasoning sections. The best way to ensure this capability is to work many test-like practice questions.
The process of standardized test prep is continual, and the duration and intensity of preparation will depend on the disparity between the student’s starting place and desired outcome. Most of our students will take a minimum of 3 full-length practice tests and 2 official tests.
Test Prep Practice ClubSaturday Practice Sessions
ACT, SAT, and ISEE Study Sessions
Our Test Prep Practice Club provides 2-hour, tutor-led practice sessions for our standardized test students. It’s an excellent environment to ensure your child completes meaningful and regular practice. Click here to learn more and register.
Common Standardized Tests in Houston
The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is the most widely accepted admissions tests for Houston’s private schools. General Academic is the world’s leading publisher of ISEE practice material. We have written nearly 30 full-length tests for the ISEE Lower, Middle, and Upper levels.
Administered in most Houston private schools, the CTP-5 is commonly referred to by its publisher’s name, the ERB. Private schools use this test to see how students are performing compared to private school students across the nation.
ISEE, SSAT, ACT, PSAT, SAT, CTP-5/ERB, and STAAR are registered trademarks to their respective holders, who do not endorse General Academic’s products and services.