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Parent of Friends of Seminary student
We started working with our fourth-grade daughter on the ISEE, and within a week we knew we needed help. A friend suggested that we contact Phil from Prestige Prep, and he was immediately responsive, helpful, and reassuring. He dispatched Chris to our home. Chris is a friendly, calm and systematic tutor. He provided our daughter with key content and test-taking strategies — as well as a clear roadmap to get us through the weeks of prep. He is reliable, enjoyable and made test-prep so much easier. We’re all grateful to Chris and Phil for all their help!
KarynParent, Trevor Day School
My daughter’s tutor from Prestige Prep was simply spectacular! He was knowledgeable, patient and able to assist my daughter in honing her skills and giving her the necessary tools to be confident in herself. Over a matter of weeks, her scores soared and she was thrilled. I would whole-heartedly recommend Prestige Prep to any of our friends or family.
Rob and Melissa
We were referred to Prestige Prep by a friend to help our son Charlie study for the SHSAT. We started in 7th grade and had about 10 sessions with Elie Venezky. We found Elie to be very smart, prepared and thoughtful. Elie not only taught Charlie everything he needed to know but also kept Charlie calm and confident throughout the process. Charlie ended up scoring a 600, which allowed him to go to any specialized school in the city including Stuyvesant. We highly recommend Elie and Prestige Prep and feel that the tutoring really brought out the best in Charlie.
MaryManhattan
My son looked forward to his tutoring sessions. He gained a confidence in his ability that carried over to his schoolwork. And he did great on the test.
Parent of 8th grade ISEE Student
Our tutor was a perfect fit for not only our child, but our family as well. He was patient, attentive and made this process easier for all of us. The best part was how happy our child was with the results. Thank you!!
GrahamManhattan
We always felt in very good hands with Prestige Prep. `{`Their tutor`}` was excellent and the company was always responsive to any of our questions. We recommend them in full confidence.
TrevorDay School SAT Parent
You have not only assisted in increasing my son’s SAT scores, but also boosted his confidence and almost made this fun!! We could not have done this without you.
M.Manhattan
Prestige Prep treated me like an individual. They truly cared about me and went out of their way to keep me informed. My son did great and is now at Cornell!
8th Grade ParentAllen-Stevenson School
Our tutor was a ray of sunshine for our family. She brought enthusiasm and an energy that we all needed to get through this process. Now that we have made it through the high school application process, we will be calling on you to help us navigate the high school years!!
Tori
I got a 780 on my writing!!!! I got all of the multiple choice questions right! Writing is now my highest score when I super-score my tests. I would have never thought that would be the case in a million years. Thank you so much!!!!
11th Grade ParentRiverdale Country Day
We are lucky as parents to have found a tutoring company that not only knows the system, but has a pulse on the needs of their families. Throughout the past six months you not only prepared my son for the SAT, but instilled in him a confidence he was lacking.
DanManhattan
Thank you for bringing some order to my daughter’s school needs. She is more organized, prepared and wakes up less anxious each day. You have provided her with tools that will last throughout high school and college. We are very grateful.
ChrisBrooklyn
I crushed the ISEE! 8 Verbal, 8 Quantitative, 9 Reading and 9 Mathematics!!!!
A.Manhattan student
I got a perfect score on my PSAT. I answered every question right!
Manhattan Parent
I reached out to Prestige Prep to help my son prepare for the fourth grade math and ELA test. From my initial contact and throughout Prestige has surpassed my expectations! Their initial assessment process was very unique. They focused on asking questions about my son’s emotional experience with studying, school, and tests – no mention of grades! They understood his learning style immediately and hit the ground running!<br /> The tutor we were given is absolutely superb! He immediately developed a relationship with my son and was able to push him in a supportive, encouraging way. The positive impact of tutoring is quite apparent. My son’s confidence is high, his stamina has improved and his grades have improved. He has begun to develop study skills that focus on personal responsibility and accountability. I can wholeheartedly recommend Prestige Prep for any child’s learning needs. They truly partner with both the child and family to create a comprehensive program that can achieve the results you are looking for. Thanks, Shali
NickConnecticut student 780 Verbal, 740 Math, 760 Writing
Thanks to Prestige Prep, I was able to significantly increase my SAT scores and was admitted to the college of my dreams. Elie thoroughly covers test-taking strategy, reviews concepts, and shares tricks that will help anybody score better on the SAT.
MeredithNYC student
Hey! I got 9s in Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative, and Reading Comp, and an 8 in Mathematics Achievement!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yay! I’m very very very happy! Thanks so much for all of your help!
AlexBrooklyn, NY student
Thank you so much for your help! 2230 on my SAT!
Eliesheva
Elie Venezky is the best math teacher any of my children have ever had. My daughter came to him anxious and struggling; now she is not only the strongest math student in her class, but also energized, enthusiastic, and so curious about math that she is eager to learn more of it.
Daniel
Prestige Prep gave me the experience and confidence I needed to take the SATs. Through working on my weaknesses and improving upon my strengths, I was prepared and relaxed. I did great on the test.
NickConnecticut student 780 Verbal, 740 Math, 760 Writing
Thanks to Prestige Prep, I was able to significantly increase my SAT scores and was admitted to the college of my dreams. Elie thoroughly covers test-taking strategy, reviews concepts, and shares tricks that will help anybody score better on the SAT.
Andrew
Without the Prestige Prep program I would have never been ready for the SAT.
Christy
Prestige Prep tutors worked with both of my sons, who have very different learning styles. The tutors recognized immediately the types of teaching that would best benefit each child and helped them both succeed and get into great colleges.
Amy
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MaxineManhattan student
Prestige Prep truly understands how to customize the tutoring to the student. My weaknesses were quickly assessed, and focused on. It improved my ISEE scores tremendously.
RyanBrooklyn student
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NickBrooklyn student
7 Verbal, 7 Reading Comp, 7 Quantitative Reasoning, 8 Mathematics Achievement! Thank you so much!
M.Manhattan
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CynthiaBrooklyn
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AmyManhattan
Prestige Prep prepared me for both the questions and the language on the ISEE. I knew what to expect and did great!
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YWith Prestige Prep’s help, I got into Stuyvesant!
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BrianManhattan
Prestige Prep identified where I needed the most help and taught me in a way I could understand. I raised my SAT score over 500 points!

Andrew’s High School Success

Andrew was a great kid who wanted to go Stuyvesant High School. He did well in school, was exceptionally bright and interviewed well. However, there was no way he was getting into Stuyvesant. His SHSAT scores were too low. The SHSAT has 100 questions, and to get into Stuyvesant, you need to answer around 91 correctly. Andrew scored a 71 on his first mock exam.

We looked at Andrew’s work and watched as he answered questions. He was cocky on the math section. Since math had always come easy to him, he was careless and the test takes advantage of that. On reading comprehension, he was lazy. He thought the passages were boring, so he didn’t focus, and the result was a 71.

We worked with Andrew to modify his test taking and study habits. On the math sections, we showed him exactly how the test was tricking him and how to avoid it. We gave him question after question that made him slow down and write out his work. For reading comp, we went through the passages line by line. We gave him mock exams and problem sets. He never stopped complaining that the reading passages were boring, but he read them carefully. His scores slowly improved, and on his next mock exam, he got an 83, followed by improved scores of 92 and 97.

Andrew is a senior at Stuyvesant this year. He’s loved his time there.

Jane Increases Her ACT Reading Score by Ten Points

Jane didn’t like to read. She was a slow reader, and she didn’t pay attention to what she read. As a result, her ACT scores for reading were terrible. She was only finishing two of the four reading passages, and on those she was getting around half of the questions wrong.

We met with Jane twice a week. The first session was on overall ACT prep and the second session was just for reading. We taught Jane techniques to increase her reading speed, and she started reading actively. Her results were amazing, and they surprised everyone. Her reading score went from an 18 to a 28! Jane’s parents couldn’t believe it, but they loved the acceptance letters they got from colleges.

Reading and Math Test-Taking Strategies Help Talia Get a 2300 SAT Score

Talia scored well below her potential on her first SAT mock exam. Her math and grammar scores were surprisingly low, and her essay was especially bad. She did what a lot of good writers and good thinkers do: she tried to get too deep. It’s almost impossible to go in depth in twenty-five minutes, and it usually leads to poor essays.

We went through how the test was tricking her and what she could improve. While she did well in math at school, she was not prepared for the types of math questions on the SAT. The same was true of her grammar: she needed to learn how to handle questions specific to the SAT. For the essay, she was having difficulty thinking of examples, so we spent time writing practice outlines. We gave her a topic and she had three minutes to think of two examples. We did this three times per session, until Talia could give us four examples for both sides of any essay topic we gave her.

Talia took the SAT only once, in November of her junior year. She scored over 2300 – an increase of over 400 points from her mock. The rest of her junior year she could concentrate on school as she watched her friends study for their SATs.

Non-Native Speaker Crushes the ISEE

Aaron was an Israeli student who had moved to New York four years prior. He was studying for his ISEE. Aaron did not test well on his mock exam in any section. His math was especially bad, which confused his parents since he did well in math at school.

To make things more difficult, English was not Aaron’s first language, nor did he speak English at home. We put him on a steady diet of vocabulary and reading and really concentrated on math. Since Aaron’s fundamentals were weak, we had to shore up the holes in his knowledge. In addition, the language in the math questions was giving him trouble. His father would help him with his math, but they would go over the problems in Hebrew. So we asked Aaron’s father if he would speak English when helping his son with his math homework. He agreed.

Aaron was getting better, but he was still having trouble in math with problem recognition and timing. As the test approached, we gave Aaron problem sets of twelve questions. He had fifteen minutes to finish each problem set. For the final two and a half weeks before the exam, he did a problem set every day.

Aaron crushed the ISEE. He scored an 8 in the Verbal Reasoning Section – not bad for a kid whose first language isn’t English and who doesn’t speak English at home. Aaron got into every high school to which he applied.

Rob’s Change in Attitude and Eating Habits Get His Score into the 84th Percentile on the SSAT

Rob was a very bright kid with a lot of potential but not a lot of focus or motivation. He tested in the 40th percentile on his practice SSAT. Rob was very good at reading comprehension but not good at verbal reasoning and definitely not good at math. He had the potential; he just wasn’t using it.

Rob made a lot of comments about how he was a terrible test-taker and wasn’t good in math, so our first order of business was to change his poor attitude. Students who think they are going to fail do not try on difficult questions. Students who think they will succeed work through difficulty. It’s not a matter of brains; it’s a matter of effort.

Rob was not a terrible test-taker; he was just careless and unmotivated. His math was bad, but he was far from hopeless. It took a while, but Rob finally started working hard. He took four mock exams, with varying success. We realized as the test approached that, on many days, Rob ate almost nothing but desserts. Therefore, we worked on changing his diet as well. It wasn’t easy, but Rob entered the test feeling confident.

Rob demolished the SSAT. He scored in the 84th percentile. It was an amazing improvement from his first mock exam.

Sally’s Change in Reading Comprehension Test-Taking Strategy Increases Her SAT SCORE by 350 and Gets Her Accepted to Cornell

Sally was very good at math but terrible at reading comprehension. She read a good deal outside of school, so at first we were confused as to why she was scoring so poorly. We then watched how she worked and studied. As Sally went through reading comprehension questions on the SAT, she tried to make every answer choice right. She would make strange and complicated connections to prove that an answer could work. She was wasting time and scoring poorly.

So we adjusted the way Sally approached the questions. She would no longer try to find the right answer; she would now try to find four wrong answers. It took a while, and Sally let us know she wasn’t too thrilled about the sessions. However, her total score increased over 350 points, and she is now a sophomore at Cornell.

Consistent Tutoring and Positive Reinforcement Improve Jake’s Attitude and His ISEE Score

Jake was a lazy student who went to a school that didn’t make him work hard. As a result, he was awful at standardized tests and had a poor work ethic. He was taking the ISEE and needed help in every section. He needed a full review of math, as there were many basic math concepts he HAD never learned. In addition, he was sloppy in his work. His first mock exam had him scoring in the 3s and 4s (on a 1-9 scale).

Jake was a difficult student, but we kept at it. With about a month to go before the exam, he finally started working hard. He still hated being tutored and he told us this fact often. However, he started pushing himself, and his scores started to improve.

Jake did well on the exam. He got a 6 in verbal reasoning, which was a surprise to everyone, and he scored a 9 and a 6 in the math sections. He went from 3’s and 4’s to two 6’s, an 8 and a 9! He got into his first choice high school and loves it.

Changing Alice’s Self-Image Gets Her into Her First Choice School

Alice had a lot of anxiety about not doing well on the exam. Inwardly, she felt that if she didn’t try, she wouldn’t be a failure. So she didn’t work hard for the first month of tutoring. In addition, Alice had heard misinformation about the way colleges view SAT scores.

Her tutor figured out what was going on, and let Alice know that trying hard and failing was infinitely better than not trying and failing. It took a while to sink in, but it finally did. Alice started working hard and stopped fearing doing poorly. The changes were impressive, and as her scores improved, Alice’s anxiety shrank. She walked into the test in control of her anxiety, and she did great on her SAT.

Alice got into her first choice school.

Dan Implements a Time-Saving Math Test-Taking Strategy, Increases His Score, and Now Attends a Top-Tier Private High School

Dan needed mostly math help for the ISEE. He had scored poorly on the math sections of his mock exam and was not coming close to finishing either section. We realized that he was spending an inordinate amount of time on the questions he didn’t understand. As a result, he wasn’t finishing the sections. Every question on the ISEE is worth one point, whether it’s the easiest or the hardest. It didn’t make sense for Dan to spend five minutes on one question and not get to questions he could have answered. We advised him to skip any question he didn’t know until the end.

This strategy not only saved Dan time, but it allowed him to spend his mental energy more productively. He had been getting frustrated, and wearing himself out, spending five minutes on question number 18 in a 35 question section. With his new approach, he did the questions he was best at solving when he was fresh and most focused.

With that strategy, hard work, and tutoring, Dan raised his math scores from 5’s to a 7 and an 8. He now attends a top-tier private school