Breakthrough Test Prep
Breakthrough Test Prep

Breakthrough Test Prep

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Introduction: I own and teach verbal lessons at a private ACT/SAT Test Prep company in the Potomac, MD area. My mentor worked in this business for 35 years, and we have had students at this location coming from elite private schools, including the former presidents' daughter, and who go on to every ivy league you could name. I like to think that my enthusiasm and ability to connect makes a good match with her experience and bigger picture, and so far it has. About me: A strong interdisciplinary academic background and a passion for education. A National Merit Finalist thanks to an aptitude for the PSAT, then offered a full academic scholarship to Michigan State University. 4 years as tutor for gifted high school students while completing my BA. After graduation worked independently as an English-language tutor in Spain for 3 years, and have nearly 10 years experience as lecturer and supervisor while completing both Masters and Doctorate degrees in Social Psychology at the VU University in Amsterdam. Gamer, reader, cyclist, good sense of humor
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26 years in business

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

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Thumbtack Customer

As an independent college advisor for creative students, I have recommended Breakthrough Test Prep to several students. The students have improved their scores resulting in admissions to more competitive colleges and increased merit aid. Everyone is very happy!
Jan 21, 2020
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Thumbtack Customer

I give my highest recommendation to Harriet Broder and Breakthrough Test Prep.! My daughter decided to switch schools and needed to take the SSAT exam with very little time to prepare for it. Harriet turned out to be a lifesaver - she went out of her way to put together a condensed study plan for my daughter and made herself available for private one-on-one sessions. Harriet's coaching proved invaluable, not only with regards to the substance of the test, but also with regard to mastering test taking techniques. Most importantly, we achieved the desired outcome - my daughter applied to two schools with selective admissions, and was accepted to both. Highly recommended!
Sep 22, 2017
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Thumbtack Customer

I am not familiar at all with the US system for college entrance, since I did not grew up in the US. I ran by chance into Harriet after my youngest son got his SAT results. She took the time to explain both of us the meaning and the implication of his scores and designed a personalized coaching program for him, taking into account my son's individual abilities, and was flexible enough to adapt to our complicated schedules. She recommended that he should take the ACT instead.To make a long story short my son improved his percentiles in the ACT test, jumping BIG from being in the 50% of the SAT to the top 1% of the ACT. I was not expecting that king of improvement. It also boosted his confidence and I am sure it will help him during college.
Apr 28, 2015
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Thumbtack Customer

Harriet and Charles did an excellent job on preparing my son for taking SAT. My son was late to start to prepare for the test. He started the one on one tutoring with them on October 29th, took the SAT on December 7,2019, my son got his result yesterday. He had a better score than we expected. We highly recommend breakthrough test to anybody who wants their high school students to have a better SAT score.Dorothy Shi
Dec 21, 2019
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Thumbtack Customer

My son was late starting with test prep, so instead of an SAT prep class for groups, we opted for one-on-one test prep with Harriet. Best decision we made. Harriet got my son up to speed quickly -- she wastes no time, which is crucial with all the things students juggle these days. She was a very effective instructor, with lots of solid, smart advice and strategies. My son also enjoyed her company, which may not seem important at first glance, but I think it made him more accepting of her methods. I also appreciated that she did not try to "up-sell" me and in fact, talked me out of more sessions for my son. That not only speaks to her honesty, but also to her faith in her test prep methods. Thank you, Harriet.
May 14, 2019
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FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Obviously given the disruption COVID has caused for many students (and tutors) we are willing to be more flexible in our pricing.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I will begin by sending a few very brief assessments to determine your potential score range. The 60 ACT vs. SAT Assessment. This assessment consists of 11 either/or questions based on the tests format and content. The 90 Second ACT and SAT Skill Set Assessment. These assessments ask students to rate the relevant skill sets required to score well on the SAT and ACT. After students add up the numbers they are then provided with an SAT or ACT score conversion table. This is approximately 90% accurate. What Type of Learner is Your Teen? Breakthrough has identified and described six types of learners based on how they approach learning. The Parent and Student Profiles. These provide more information about your teen relative to course load, interests, course rigor, GPA.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    A strong interdisciplinary academic background and a passion for education. A National Merit Finalist thanks to an aptitude for the PSAT, then offered a full academic scholarship to Michigan State University. 4 years as tutor for gifted high school students while completing my BA. After graduation worked independently as an English-language tutor in Spain for 3 years, and have nearly 10 years experience as lecturer and supervisor while completing both his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Social Psychology at the VU University in Amsterdam.

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