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“In today’s economy, it is important for Lemont High School to offer our families a service that assures quality and the desired result at an affordable price. ExcelEdge never disappoints!”

- Kathy Brockett
Data Analyst
Lemont Township High School District 210

“ExcelEdge has been a part of Oswego High School students' ACT test preparation since 1997. Our students have felt better prepared with strategies, test content and the necessary pacing as they approached taking the ACT. ExcelEdge has always worked well with our students, accommodating their busy schedules, working with them to address any financial needs, and giving them confidence to be successful.”

- Patti Marcinko, PhD
Director of Student Services
Oswego High School

"Woodstock High School has relied on ExcelEdge for the past 18 years to provide our students a leg up on the competition. The students always remark how useful the classes are to them and their score improvement comprehensively backs up that claim. The ExcelEdge staff is wonderful to work with and always provides the extra little touches, making the program feel individualized to the needs of our school and our students. The combination of expertise and service make ExcelEdge hard to beat."

- Corey Tafoya
Principal
Woodstock High School

“We have maintained a relationship with ExcelEdge for over 20 years.  The company provides a personal touch in all aspects of the test preparation experience.  They assist students with individual needs, initiate contact with the school staff to ensure a seamless program exists and are available to discuss innovations as needed.  We have seen our students who have taken the ExcelEdge courses outperform their peers. “

- Vince Walsh-Rock
Assistant Principal
Downers Grove South High School

“ExcelEdge has been a part of OHS students' ACT test preparation since 1997. Our students have felt better prepared with strategies, test content and the necessary pacing as they approached taking the ACT. ExcelEdge has always worked well with our students, accommodating their busy schedules, working with them to address any financial needs, and giving them confidence to be successful.”

- Patti Marcinko, PhD
Director of Student Services
Oswego High School

"Woodstock High School has relied on ExcelEdge for the past 18 years to provide our students a leg up on the competition.  The students always remark how useful the classes are to them and their score improvement comprehensively backs up that claim.  The ExcelEdge staff is wonderful to work with and always provides the extra little touches, making the program feel individualized to the needs of our school and our students.  The combination of expertise and service make ExcelEdgehard to beat."

- Corey Tafoya
Principal
Woodstock High School

“ExcelEdge delivers results for students.  The staff is highly trained, professional, and student-centered, and they deliver a quality, intensive test prep program that raises student test scores.  I've worked with Carol Talabay, ExcelEdge's director, for many years and have found her attention to detail amazing.  She will work with you to create a test prep program that is focused on the needs of your students for a very reasonable cost. ExcelEdge truly is the edge that schools need to boost student achievement.”

- Ann Kimpton
Assistant Principal
Willowbrook High School

“With high-stakes testing and increasing college admission standards, schools and parents are hoping for a ‘magic bullet’ to raise ACT scores.  Many entrepreneurs in the marketplace have responded to this need, offering fantastic results with color-enhanced reports and the promise of a new and amazing approach to test preparation.  I know this because I receive frequent calls and visits to our school offering just such programs.  Lemont High School chooses to continue our 17-year partnership with ExcelEdge to provide ACT and WorkKeys test preparation strategies for our students because we get positive results, year in and year out.  Why? ExcelEdge is very good about adapting to what is current best practice and employs competent and experienced teachers to work with our students.  The personal interaction that allows for addressing individual needs and concerns proves to be more effective than the more expensive online programs.  From an administrator’s perspective, the working relationship with Carol and David Talabay is consistently professional and pleasant.  The proactive attention to detail and their dependability avoid unnecessary logistical problems and promote a positive experience for students, parents, and school personnel.  In today’s economy, it is important for Lemont High School to offer our families a service that assures quality and the desired result at an affordable price.  ExcelEdge never disappoints!”

- Kathy Brockett
Data Analyst
Lemont Township High School District 210

 “Munster High School has been utilizing ExcelEdge as our primary vendor for PSAT and SAT preparation classes for our students for many years.  We have researched other preparation courses, and we have not found any that offer a better overall program for the cost.  The instruction that the students receive is outstanding.  The curriculum is very comprehensive and our students exit the courses very prepared.  As a former instructor in the program, I would encourage any college bound student to enroll in the PSAT or SAT preparation courses that are offered by ExcelEdge.”

- Steve Tripenfeldas
Principal
Munster High School

 “I would recommend any of the test prep classes of ExcelEdge, Inc. for your students’ test preparation.   ExcelEdge is a company that is fully professional in its dealings with parents, students, and counselors.  If you wish to have a class at your school, ExcelEdge makes it work for your school schedule and your students.  They understand that each school has different schedules and needs, and they will be happy to make their classes work – not because they want to make a sale and have their program at your school – but because they truly believe their program works.  And it does!

We have had ACT 36 at our school for 18 years and do not intend to stop anytime soon.   Sure you can spend thousands on an individual test prep program for your child, but I have found ACT 36 to be an affordable and excellent curriculum-based test prep program.  Carol Talabay is always available to answer any questions from school staff or parents.  She answers emails or phone calls almost immediately or certainly within 24 hours.  The certified teachers of their classes are knowledgeable about not just the content of the subject area and test strategies, but they also understand and communicate well with high school students.  Their teachers are professionals who begin classes promptly so that students get the full two hours of instructional time each week.   

Last year some of our students took a PSAT prep class through a major corporation which came to our school.  I was extremely disappointed with the quality of instruction, the class time wasted, and the poor classroom management.  This year ExcelEdge is presenting PSAT 1520 to our students.  Carol Talabay is completely honest and upfront about who they are targeting and how quickly the class moves.  She will readily admit that the PSAT 1520 class is not for everyone.  She is not interested in just making money on their program.  She truly believes in what her company offers students for test prep.  And she has the statistics to prove it!”

- Fran David
Director of Counseling
Timothy Christian High School


Programs

ACT 36 is a test preparation program designed for college-bound juniors who will take the ACT for college/ university admission. While the ACT is offered on six different dates throughout the year, the fall dates are geared towards seniors who choose to retest. Most juniors opt to test in the spring (April or June). By the spring of the junior year, a student has mastered junior curriculum, the focus of the ACT. In fact, when state graduation qualifying tests include the ACT, those states have negotiated a spring test date with the ACT Corporation for their students. We agree that the April ACT is the optimal choice for juniors! We want our students to test on a date that will make them look their very best! Also note that spring testing also allows juniors the option of a June retest.

The Illinois ACT 36 programs are offered exclusively from late-January/ February through April in preparation for the April ACT, the month that Illinois requires all juniors to test as part of the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE). The Michigan programs are offered in January and February in preparation for the March ACT that is part of the Michigan Merit Exam (MME). The Wisconsin programs are offered in February and March in preparation for the April ACT. Indiana programs are offered January through May for both the April and June ACT exams.

The goal of ACT 36 is to give students the confidence, strategies and content skills necessary to score their personal best on the ACT. Students’ scores are improved when juniors become familiar and comfortable with the ACT: its content, the timing, the pacing, and the strategies for taking the exam. Juniors practice at each class with authentic ACT tests, three ACT exams in all, ensuring that students learn to think like the test maker.

With ACT 36 classes meeting once a week for two hours over an eight to nine week period, students cover all five ACT test content areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science and Writing. Near the end of the program, juniors take a complete ACT – 3.5 hours in length – that allows them to synthesize all tips and strategies for a final trial before test day. The last class is a review and analysis of items missed by the student.

ACT 36 will cover:

  • Introduction to ACT 36
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Writing
  • College Selection Seminar
  • Full-length Practice ACT
  • Test and Strategy Review
The Edge....

ACT 36 provides structure that allows students to thrive. Having to commit to a weekly time slot, having to be accountable for homework, having to respond to teachers’ questions, ensure that a student is prepared for the ACT.


Programs

 
 
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