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“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 so many opportunities for our best and brightest students to be involved in activities, enrichment, and athletics, I recommend without hesitation that our students make time for PSAT 1520. The staff and the curriculum are second to none, and our students get the results that they want to see.”

- Scott Eggerding
Director of Curriculum
Lyons Township 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

“With so many opportunities for our best and brightest students to be involved in activities, enrichment, and athletics, I recommend without hesitation that our students make time for PSAT 1520.  The staff and the curriculum are second to none, and our students get the results that they want to see.”

- Scott Eggerding
Director of Curriculum
Lyons Township 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 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

 “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

PSAT 1520 is a test preparation program created for high-caliber juniors who have the ability to score among the top 50,000 in the nation. Scoring in this elite range will allow juniors to be competitive for National Merit Scholarship Program recognition, the highest academic achievement possible for a student. While top sophomores may take the exam for practice, only juniors may take it to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program competition. The PSAT/ NMSQT is given only once a year – in October. As a result, academically-talented juniors have only one opportunity to do well on this critical exam.

PSAT 1520 gives students the winning edge by focusing on test content, strategy and pacing. This knowledge and confidence combine to enhance performance. Because juniors apply strategies to actual exams at each class, working through three complete tests in the program, students learn to think like the test maker, enabling scholars to show their very best to colleges and the National Merit Scholarship Program.

PSAT 1520 is shaped by best instructional practices and is grounded in two decades of research. Schools select one of two models for this PSAT 1520 program – one over a five-week period (10 classes of 2 hour each) or one over a seven-week period (7 classes of 2.5 hours each). Regardless of the program model, students will take an authentic full-length practice exam at the second to the last class. That exam will be graded, analyzed and returned to students at the final class.

At each session, students practice with all three sections of the PSAT/NMSQT: Reading, Writing and Language, and Mathematics.

The Reading classes focus on:

  • Close Reading
  • Paired Passages
  • Practice Tests

The Writing and Language classes focus on:

  • Usage and Mechanics
  • Style and Rhetoric
  • Practice Tests

The Math classes focus on:

  • Standard Multiple-Choice Items
  • Student-Produced Response Items
  • Practice Tests

 

The Edge....

For outstanding students, the PSAT/ NMSQT is a high stakes test, perhaps the most important a scholar will take while in high school. The World Series star is the player who comes to the plate with the bases loaded. The National Merit qualifier is the player who has the PSAT 1520 edge.


Programs

 
 
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