Video from David Blobaum, Co-Owner of Summit Prep, about the SAT and ACT and why Summit Prep is the best choice for your child’s entrance exam preparation and tutoring.
Our Mission Statement
To empower students to succeed in life.
Our Vision Statement
Summit Prep is committed to the edification of individuals, both for their benefit and for that of the world. We endeavor to enrich the intellectual lives of our students in order to help them achieve their life goals and to enhance their contribution to society. And, because intellect without integrity is empty, we aim to show students love, respect, and empathy in order to cultivate their humanity as well.
Our goal at Summit Prep is to help students raise their standardized and academic test scores and reach their potential on these exams. We further aim to increase motivation and confidence to help students exceed beyond standardized tests and better equip them for all levels of learning and for success in life.
We are passionate. Instruction without empathy and education without passion are vain semblances of a true education. We can only be effective teachers if we are genuinely concerned about the well-being of our students. Only then can we reach our own potential to teach and motivate and help our students meet their potential to learn and succeed. And, if we had no passion, then we would have no ability to inspire and our knowledge would seem hollow and unappealing. When students see that we care and see our ardor to teach them, they realize that what we teach is of consequence, what they learn matters.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long have you been in business?
We founded Summit Prep in 2013.
Q: Why do you only offer private, individual tutoring?
If a group of students would like to be tutored together, we will accommodate them, but the vast majority of our students choose to be tutored individually because our curriculum is designed to be tailored to each student’s needs and because effective individual tutoring allows for the greatest and fastest possible score increase.
Classes have to be taught to the average student: so neither those at the top or bottom of the class benefit as much from the class, and the content covered only teaches the most commonly tested topics (so students will never see the less frequently tested topics that they will need to know in order to reach their potential and achieve the highest possible score). Groups instruction can be more customized than class instruction if students with similar scores are taught together. But, still, by definition, it is not possible to tailor group lessons to best meet the needs of each individual (unless all the students missed the exact same questions and learned at the same rate with the same learning style). But individual tutoring allows our tutors to teach students the specific content they personally need, at the pace that fits them best, with the teaching style that is most effective for them.
For those reasons, individual tutoring offers the best possible instruction. And, because entrance exams have such high stakes and are so important, you want the best.
Q: How do I know that your tutors are effective?
All of our entrance exam tutors are full-time test preparation experts. If your child needs to learn History, you would want a History teacher to instruct your child. Standardized tests are no different. In order for students to attain the highest possible score, they need to learn from an expert on the standardized test.
The foundation of quality is great people. We hire the best (we recruit nationally, not just from NJ, and hire only 1% of applicants), and we train better than anyone else. Before our SAT or ACT tutors meet with their first student, they are given a minimum of 160 hours of training. Every tutor is trained individually, not in a group or class. If you are working with one of our SAT tutors for example, that tutor takes the SAT him/herself, has done thousands of SAT questions, and, most importantly, gets great results.
How do you know we attract and retain the best people? Our tutors receive full-time salaries and full benefits: health, vision, and dental insurance, long and short term disability insurance, life insurance, and retirement benefits. No other tutoring companies, of which we are aware, offer as much to their employees. As a result, we are able to attract and retain the best instructors, which allows us to offer our students the best prep.
Q: How did you make your curriculum?
We created our curriculum from an intensive study of the last 20 years of real SATs and ACTs. If we teach it, it’s on the test. And, although true perfection may be impossible, that does not mean we ever stop pursuing it. We do not assign your child to a one-size fits all curriculum. We provide every student with a custom curriculum tailored to fit their individual needs.
Q: What does your entrance exam preparation look like?
- We recommend that students start out with a mock test to find out their baseline score (if they’re preparing for college entrance exams, then we recommend they take both a mock SAT and ACT so that we can determine which test fits them best).
- Once we have a baseline score, we can estimate how much tutoring it will take for a student to reach his or her score goal. Based on the time until they need that score and how much tutoring it will take to reach it, we can then recommend how much tutoring the student should do per week.
- We then assign students to complete real past exams for homework. During sessions, we review the exams but, most importantly, assess which topics the student missed, give them lessons on those topics, and additional questions — all sourced from the real exams — on those topics until they have mastered the question types that they missed. Decent tutors give students homework from third-party test prep providers. Good tutors give students homework from the real past exams. The best tutors (which we are) give students the real past exams for homework and then target the questions wrong with more authentic questions on those same topics to target and eliminate any weaknesses. This customized instruction allows students to reach their potential — and to do so as quickly and efficiently as possible.
- Ideally, we’ll have enough tutoring sessions per week to assign and review an entire exam per week (that pace allows for gradual score increases that demonstrate readily visible progress; see our post on “Maintain Motivation and Secure Success”). But, understandably, some students do not have enough time to complete and review an entire exam per week, particularly during the school year. If that’s the case, then our progress will not be as fast, but, with consistent practice, the student will eventually reach their score goal.
- We recommend that students take a full mock test at least once per month. Although students will be practicing the real tests for homework, it’s important to take the tests all at once (instead of as individual sections) so that students build their test-taking stamina and practice the pressure of test day.
- The preparation, of course, looks a bit different for different tests, so please reach out to us with any questions. We are testing nerds, so we love talking about the tests and would be happy to answer any questions about them or our test preparation process.
Q: What is included with prep?
Q: How do you know that your tutoring is effective?
We are data driven. We track the scores of every student before and after our tutoring. The result? Even if students were working with another company before — even for an entire year — our average increase is still 210 points on the SAT and 6 points on the ACT. Put us to the test. We’d love to help your children attain a better score and show them that they can not only reach their potential but that their potential is likely even better than they thought it could be.
Q: Do students stay with the same instructor?
Q: Do you offer diagnostic tests?
Yes. We offer complimentary diagnostic tests for all the entrance exams that we prepare students for, and we provide ongoing free mock tests to all students tutoring with us.
Q: How much will tutoring cost and what are my payment options?
The overall cost of the prep depends on a student’s starting score, what their ultimate score goal is, and how much prep it will take to get there. We have two different rate categories Executive Educational Consultants and Educational Consultants. The Executive Educational Consultants are the co-founders and directors of the company who have longer tenure and are writing our curriculum as well as training all new tutors; while the Educational Consultants are also wonderful educators who have been with our firm for fewer years but who have fully trained by the co-founders and directors for a minimum of 160 hours before they begin working with any of our students.
We accept payment via ACH (checking/savings account), credit card, debit card, cash, check, or money order. We offer installment plans for packages 20-60 hours. For further information regarding payment, packages, and installment plans please direct them to email@example.com.
Q: What do student's tutoring schedules look like?
We build weekly, recurring session schedules for our students to maintain consistency and progress. Typically our students meet with their tutor a minimum of 1 hour per week. Homework/independent work is assigned between sessions and students are encouraged to take advantage of our mock tests. Our consultant will help coordinate when students should take mock tests and pick specific tests for their students. Students will review the results and go over any issues they might have encountered after each mock test.
Q: Do you offer virtual tutoring?
We have always provided virtual sessions, years before the COVID-19 epidemic. Our students get the same results whether working with us in-person or on Skype. And, our two largest score increases this past year (two different students who both improved 16 points, from 19 to 35 on the ACT) were tutored virtually. We are experts at conducting sessions online, and we use additional tools to create an interactive workspace. Click here to see what a virtual session with Summit Prep looks like.