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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


Results

More than two decades of data are conclusive. Students who achieve National Merit Commended or National Merit Semifinalist status double to triple the gains anticipated by the College Board, makers of the PSAT/NMSQT. Note the following two research studies.

Beginning in 1989 and continuing to the present, in one of our larger Illinois schools we have evaluated sophomore to junior year growth on actual PSAT/NMSQT exams for students enrolled in our PSAT 1520 program. In the early years of our research, the College Board anticipated gains of 8.4 points for students testing in their sophomore year and retesting in their junior year. Since the revision of the PSAT/NMSQT in 2005, the College Board anticipates gains of 10.6 for students testing in their sophomore year and retesting in their junior year. Typical of past years, our most recent gains were 27.3 points for Merit qualifiers and 23.3 points for Commended students.

In a related study of the Class of 2009 for another high school, data proves that scores of students who took the PSAT/ NMSQT who were not enrolled in PSAT 1520 grew 11 points. Test scores of students who were enrolled in PSAT 1520 who achieved Semifinalist status grew a substantial 25 points. Test scores of students who were enrolled in our program who achieved Commended status grew 24 points. Overall, in this study our PSAT 1520 participants averaged a gain of 22 points, double that of students not in our program.

The Edge....

The College Board emphasizes that a fraction of a point is subtracted when a student answers an item incorrectly on the PSAT/ NMSQT. The College Board calls this a guessing penalty. In fact, the opposite is true. There is a reward for a correct response! Use PSAT 1520 defensive strategies to add to your point total.


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