Kate Dalby's Inspiring Test Preparation

Mc Lean, VA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I am determined that my students will reach their potential and I persist until the clients are satisfied that they have achieved their best possible outcome.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love seeing my students' "I got it" smile.


Mc Lean, VA 22101

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5 Reviews
  • Karen A. May 6, 2016
    Kate helped my older child with TJ admissions and PSAT test prep. It helped a lot, I credit kate for the extra boost that helped achieve National Merit Scholar Semifinalist and an 800 on her Math SAT and TJ class of 2015. My younger child also found Kate's course offerings helpful and thinks that extra boost helped secure admission to TJ class of 2020. My kids looked forward to sessions with Dalby and Inspiring Test Prep and always found them enjoyable as well as helpful.
  • Maryellen L. May 13, 2015
    Mrs. Dalby helped my son feel confident taking the SAT. She was positive, encouraging and kept him moving on his timetable.
  • Patti L. Apr 24, 2015
    We had an outstanding experience with Kate's tutoring services. My son studied with her in preparation for his TJ entrance exams and was thoroughly prepared for the testing format. (He got in by the way!) Kate focuses on building upon the student's knowledge and helping them to prepare for the testing taking itself. We've also gotten Kate's help with subject specific topics. Kate is very passionate about helping students, very responsive to the parents and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Kate's services to everyone. Her private tutoring services are very reasonably priced when compared to other similar testing services. Thank you Kate for all your support and for continuing to care about my son enough to follow up long after the tutoring sessions were over!
  • Annemarie H. Apr 22, 2015
    I originally hired Kate to help my son prepare for the TJ Admissions test when he was in 8th grade. He took the course offered at Dalby. His scores in all areas went up drastically due to their very experienced test taking skills course and strategies. The techniques he learned improved his time management skills and taught him how to approach each question / problem in a systemic way. My son's self confidence was strengthened because he could finish each section with time to go back and work through more difficult problems in a strategic way. This past spring, I was back in touch with Kate for assistance with preparation for the ACT Test. Kate was very flexible with scheduling due to my son's busy schedule during junior year. The Dalby website enabled us to schedule appointments when it was convenient. My son participated in private tutoring with Kate this time around. He completed a diagnostic test to determine his weak areas. Kate knew exactly what strategies he needed to learn and master in order to improve his scores and time. She worked with him only a few times before the test. His scores the first time around were much higher than we had ever anticipated ~ or dreamed of!! I highly recommend Kate Dalby and the Dalby program!! I will use Kate for my next two children when their test time rolls around. She is thorough, extremely knowledgable in all test prep areas, very personable and able to relate well to the young teenage mind!!
  • Lori T. Apr 10, 2014
    Both our children attended SAT prep classes with Kate and Rick. The classes are customized to meet the needs of each student and they ensure that students continue to build their skills during the course in order to obtain the best outcome. My children's scores improved after taking the Dalby's classes, so they truly benefited from Kate's and Rick's expertise, personalized approach and keen understanding of each student's needs. My children were admitted to their top choice university and we are grateful to the Dalbys for helping them reach their goal!


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Test Preparation and essay writing - All packages are pre-paid. 24 hours = $3380 20 hours = $2980 16 hours = $2720 8 hours = $1600 4 hours = $839 1 hour= $238 Current clients pay the same fees they paid at Dalby Tutoring. Academic Tutoring for math up to algebra 1 and geometry $110/hour. Discounts for standing appointment.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I read the latest information released by the College Board and other testing bodies. I also am a member of several Linked In groups which discuss relevant changes. I am currently studying a sample new format PSAT for Fall 2015 testing.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I needed something I could do part time while I raised my children. I started as an academic tutor in 1985 and expanded to standardized test preparation later that year.
What types of customers have you worked with?
At a typical first lesson I sit with the student and review a diagnostic exam with him/her and find out how much of the trouble is weak strategy, poor reading skills, math deficits and so on. I make recommendations as to how to change the strategy and teach missing information. Quite often the student will perform better on the very next practice test.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Jack met with me two times (an hour each time) and raised his science score from 28 to 36.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look for a professional with good recommendations. My Linkedin account shows the great respect my clients have for my work.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I truly care about my students. Even if they are disappointed in their performance on a particular test, I want to talk with them to figure out what the next step should be.