FAQs

FAQs

 

  1. Where can I learn more about when the tests you teach and when these tests are offered?
  2. Why should I choose the GK Academy?
  3. Which tests and subjects do you help with and what other services do you provide?
  4. Do you offer group test prep and why is personalized test prep better?
  5. Do you work with students who have special testing considerations and/or learning differences and will I qualify?
  6. Where do you meet with students?

 

1)   Where can I learn more about which tests you teach and when these tests are offered?

The range of test dates depends on the test.  The ACT and SAT are offered seasonally, and graduate school exams are offered year-round. Links to detailed schedules are below.

Links to schedules are below:

ACT – September through June

SAT – May through June, including Subject Tests

GRE – Year-round

GMAT – Year-round

2) Why should I choose the GK Academy?

We stay current on major cognitive, educational, and standardized test research.  We have studied pretty much every standardized test prep method out there and gathered the best insights from each.  Our reading list includes the works of the major players you may know:  Kaplan, Princeton Review, Barron’s, Manhattan prep, and all the others. We have also read the works of less commonly known outfits, such as Nova and Magoosh, as well as the writings of successful tutors hiding in Ecuador.

3)  Which tests and subjects do you help with and what other services do you provide?

At present, the most demand for our services comes from students preparing to take the ACT, SAT, GRE, and GMAT. We teach writing, verbal, analytical, quantitative, logical and creative reasoning skills. 

4)  Do you offer group test prep and why is personalized test prep better?

For the vast majority of students, one-on-one tutoring delivers better results – higher scores – than group test prep. Tutors can devote undivided attention to their students, allowing them to tailor curriculum to the unique strengths and weaknesses of each student.  This personalized approach is critical to the success of our method.  A close relationship between tutor and student also demands personal accountability from both sides.  Group classes simply can’t match the strengths of a one-on-one tutoring model.

Of course, not all group test prep is bad!  In some cases, a combination of group test prep and individualized test prep is effective, especially for students who are very motivated and diligent.  We are just very careful about how and when we use group test prep.

The same is true when it comes to online tutoring.  We are not against web tutoring, but we prefer to weigh the pros and cons for a particular student before using this teaching modality.  If the student has personality characteristics that are clearly conducive to being taught in this manner, then we may use it as part of the learning process.

5)  Do you work with students who have special testing considerations and/or learning differences, and how do I  know if I qualify?

Our commitment is to adapt to the unique needs of our students. We do not discriminate on the basis of learning differences, and have extensive experience working with students who have unique learning styles.

Qualifications for testing accommodations are approved through our application process. Typically, students with diagnosed learning differences, or current and documented testing accommodations, are approved most quickly. On some occasions, we have actually written letters to decision makers in order to facilitate the approval process.

6)  Where do you meet with students?

We aim to meet at locations where students feel comfortable. Typically, we meet at cafés and libraries near our students’ homes.

Some people ask us whether it is better to meet at a coffee shop or a library, and parents often assume that libraries are better.  However, in our experience, libraries often require the student and tutor to be too quiet for effective communication (unless a private study room is reserved).  Conversely, coffee shops are very conducive to communication, but can sometimes be noisy.  One location is not inherently better than the other, and we choose the tutoring location based on the needs and personalities of the student.

We are also available to meet at a student’s home once we get to know the them and their family.  (We prefer not to meet at a student’s home right away.)  Flexibility and comfort, for both student and tutor, are keys to selecting the best location.

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