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ACT Prep. SAT Prep. Academic Tutoring. College readiness.

Clear, Relevant college prep advice without sugar-coating or salesmanship

Call 732-412-1416 anytime.

"Just wanted to thank your amazing staff and faculty for helping XXXX achieve a 1500 on the SAT!!!!!! We are so proud of all the work she put in and you guys are the best deal around! She loved your staff and the small class size. It was never a place I forced her to be. She always wanted to attend the classes. HAPPY HOLIDAYS and HAPPY NEW YEAR from the YYYY FAMILY!" - Pingry mom of a junior, 12/21/2017

Congrats to Foley Prep early admits!

University of Michigan, George Washington University, NYU x2, Lafayette, Marist, Kelley School of Business, Villanova, Northeastern

Cornell, Princeton, UPenn x2

What makes Foley better than the rest?

Our average class size is 3 students. In 2017 we canceled less than 1% of our classes. 71% of all class or tutoring package holders renewed for 2 or more packages.

Our average class size is 3 students. In 2017 we canceled less than 1% of our classes. 71% of all class or tutoring package holders renewed for 2 or more packages.

I’ve been going to Foley for tutoring since I was 13. Foley makes the whole college prep process painless. The tutors are experts in math, reading, and science. The waffles don’t suck either!
— Pingry Class of '18 and UPenn Early Decision Admit (12/13/17)

test prep and admissions zealotry!

Professor Ronald Foley is a lifelong academic and entrepreneur who grew up in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Thanks to his SAT tutor, Myles Bass, Ron scored 1540 on his SAT which got him a full scholarship to study Art and Art History in the Rutgers College Honors Program. Myles's overall positive effect also inspired Ron at an early age to become a test prep guru. After a decade working as a Director for Kaplan and The Princeton Review, Prof. Foley earned his M.S. in Pure Math and is now a doctoral candidate at Rutgers. He has assembled a team of dedicated, full-time, permanent experts that leverages its strengths and Ron's methods to help your child maximize his or her score. Foley Prep Pros are experts in each topic and strategy and continually adapt methods, topics, and questions to address the needs of every class. With top test scores and degrees from NYU, Brown University, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, and the Rutgers College Honors Program, our team rocks. View team.

Foley Prepsters make Bigger Score Gains in Less time

We've been expanding in New Jersey for good reason: our students make huge strides on their standardized test scores and in their grades because our teachers are incredible. Not all students start out excited to get tutored or go to an SAT or ACT class, but bring them to Foley and you will see a transformation. We use quantitative data that we gather on each student (we keep records on each student's performance over time) as well as qualitative data (that's the people-part: we attend to learning affect through humor, thoughtful teacher-moves, and when all else fails, waffles) to make learning relevant, efficient, and fun.  View team.

This is just part of our team, which includes top-scoring professionals with degrees from Brown University, Caltech, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins, and the Rutgers College Honors College. Four hold masters degrees, one holds a doctorate, and two are doctoral candidates.

This is just part of our team, which includes top-scoring professionals with degrees from Brown University, Caltech, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins, and the Rutgers College Honors College. Four hold masters degrees, one holds a doctorate, and two are doctoral candidates.

Inspired, relaxing learning "HUbs"

After working for The Princeton Review and Kaplan for more than a 10 years (then teaching HS math before becoming a tenured math professor), Ron opened his first office in 2006. Now there are 3 full Foley Prep Hubs and one satellite office. We think students learn better in a controlled setting away from the distractions of home and the dullness of school. Our faculty gains from the collaborative atmosphere in which we exchange ideas to individualize learning for each child. View Foley Hub locations.

Accessible 365 days a year. classes and tutoring 300+ days a year.

Private tutoring for a wide range of tests and academic topics and an ACT/SAT program that is the most effective and simple to join anywhere. We are almost always open 6 days a week and offer 2 SAT classes and 2 ACT classes every night - and more on weekends. View schedule.

Flexible scheduling tailored to each child

With our help, select from classes that progressively eliminate your child's weaknesses. Book them weeks in advance or the day before. No two kids take the same path through Foley Prep. We recommend at least 10 Foley Prep classes or private tutoring appointments between any two tests. Students can join any week, pause, then continue. View our getting started page.

He took the October 7 SAT and got a score of 1480. He is very happy with that score. Thank you so much for your help! Your team helped him increase his score by almost 300 points!”
— Ridge HS mom of 30-Day Unlimited Class Foley Prepster

Not a Soulless Chain: Local owner-operator going strong since 2006

Foley Prep is a close, personal owner-operated boutique business based in New Jersey since 2006. Ron and Steve oversee every aspect of the parent and student experience. We're the best prep option in the smartest state in the land. View our history and philosophy.

Foley Prep is not one-size-fits-alL  

Our hubs hold 12 SAT and 12 ACT two-hour classes each week. Each session zeroes in on exact topics to help individual students address their weaknesses. Our teachers and staff will help you select which classes on the phone or in person. Note: for students already scoring in the top or bottom 10%, we recommend private tutoring. View today's class schedule.

I am now a grammar god! I learned more grammar from Foley than I ever learned in school.
— W.P., Ridge '17, Dartmouth '21

Very Small classes = Personalized lessons

Max class size: 8 students. Average student-teacher ratio is 3 to 1. We personalize each 2hr lesson and address students' questions so no two lessons are the same. Boot camps can go up to 20 students, are not personalized, yet are highly effective as intensive reviews the week before each test. View client reviews.

Practice SATs and ACTs every weekend for increased accountability

We proctor SATs and ACTs every weekend during the school year and more frequently during the summer. We suggest students take these tests regularly, about every 3-4 sessions. Feedback is immediate and personalized tips and strategies are included. Individual test reviews are arranged by request as hourly tutoring sessions. View practice test schedule.

Foley Prep Pros have zest

Professor Foley has observed and evaluated more than 200 teachers in his lifetime. Foley Prep Pros are retained for their effectiveness and ability to motivate students. We add only the best tutors to our permanent faculty of 10 year-round, salaried, full-time Foley Prep Pros. All are committed to your child's success. What other prep service builds in up to 2 hours of prep time for each teacher, every day?  View team.

Flexible pricing

Great value on 1-on-1 private tutoring and class packages. View pricing.

Online tutoring

Meet your Foley Prep Pro online if you can't meet at a hub. Some students do both - some weeks online, others in person, while others meet entirely in person, while still others meet entirely online. Your choice! View Foley Prep Online.

Hi Ron. ______ scored a 35! We are dying! Thank you so much for your part. Foley Prep classes and practice tests were game-changers!
— RFH Mom, September 2017
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Private Tutoring

Foley Prep Pros meet in our Foley Hubs for almost all academic subjects through college level Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Reading and Writing. Tests include SSAT, ISEE, COOP, SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, and MCAT, among others.

We recommend at least 10 hours of tutoring and 2-3 practice tests between SAT or ACT administrations. 

View our getting started page, or call 732-412-1416 to get started with private tutoring.

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ACT & SAT Classes

Foley Prep Pros have scored in the top 1% on their tests and have degrees from Yale, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, and the Rutgers College Honors Program. They are experts in the SAT and ACT and with plenty of prep time each day, personalize each lesson so each student makes progress.

We recommend taking at least 10 classes and 2-3 practice tests between each test administration. 

View our getting started page, class schedule page, or call 732-412-1416.

The team at Foley definitely know what they are doing. We couldn’t be more pleased with our son’s progress. I admit, i was a bit skeptical - and probably drove Ron crazy these past few
months, no doubt. However, he kept telling me to just trust the process.. and he was right.. Thanks, Ron!!!!
— Facebook Review 12/16/17 Marlboro junior up 300 points on December 2nd SAT
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Online Tutoring

Live from Foley Prep Studios in the Bell Labs Building in Holmdel, NJ! Eight Nobel Laureates worked here.

Liam is spearheading our growing Online Division and will guide each client through the simple set up process. Foley Prep Pros who have proven themselves as effective online communicators will be paired up with your child for convenient, effective sessions in any subject area or for test prep. 

Call 732-412-1416 now to get started with online private tutoring.

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College Admissions Consulting

Ron has been a college admissions pro since 1992. He has personally helped more than 5,000 students get into their top choice colleges. College Prep begins back in 8th grade for students aiming at the Ivy League. Ron's growing team of admissions folks and essay helpers on staff can take a lot of stress out of the process. 

Success is following on success. Two of Ron's admissions students started at Yale in Fall 2017. One started Dartmouth, one Cornell, and plenty of other students are thrilled to get into their top-choice colleges. 

Admissions Consulting is a concierge service. Please call 732-412-1416 today to get on the list.

Questions? Call now 732-412-1416

Notables about our services and subjects taught:

  • SAT and ACT small classes (max size 8 students) and private, 1-on-1 tutoring. 
  • Practice full-length, official SATs and ACTs every weekend.
  • HS entrance exam prep for MCVSD, SSAT, COOP, and ISEE.
  • Graduate school exam prep for LSAT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT.
  • Academic subject tutoring college prep, honors, AP-level, and college-level. Algebra, Geometry, PreCalculus, Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Computer Science (Java, Python, C, C++), English Literature, History, Environmental Science, and more.
  • Concierge admissions consulting for prep schools, college, and graduate school. 
  • Boot Camps for SAT and ACT Monday-Friday leading up to most SAT and ACT tests.
Click this chart to be taken to the pricing page, which has a description of each pricing category. 

Click this chart to be taken to the pricing page, which has a description of each pricing category. 

Only for the cool kids. What could be cooler than the 4-foot tall sculpted ice we put up on the main intersection in Red Bank last Christmas? 

Only for the cool kids. What could be cooler than the 4-foot tall sculpted ice we put up on the main intersection in Red Bank last Christmas? 

Make a plan today.

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My kid goes to Foley to de-stress. Funny and productive tutors!
— WHRHS mom, September 2017

Kids make gains in every class with targeted problem sets designed by Foley Prep PROS.

I do it all on the Foley Prep mobile app!”
— Foley Prep ACT Class student
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Weekly class schedules

New to Foley? Start with a practice test to get a baseline score or jump right into an "Open" SAT or ACT class! By registering more than 24 hours in advance, you give our Foley Prep Pros time to personalize the lesson to address the needs of your child.

  • Average student-teacher ratio 3:1. Max class size: 8 students. We allow up to 20 in boot camps. 
  • Book in advance to avoid being being closed out of class.
  • "Open" SAT and ACT classes are the meat and potatoes of the program and are designed to be taken many times - they reinforce key strategies and concepts while focusing on new sets of problems that target weaknesses in each group. So, for example, no two "Open SAT Reading" classes repeat the same material. We encourage you to take as many of these classes as you can.
  • It's okay to "drop-in" to a class that still has seats available, however, registering at least 24 hours in advance allows our Foley Prep Pro team to design each lesson so that your child progresses.
Kids "enjoying" a full-length practice ACT exam. We administer more than 60 of these every year at our hubs - every Saturday and Sunday during the school year, more during the summer. They are an integral part of The Prep tutoring and class experience.

Kids "enjoying" a full-length practice ACT exam. We administer more than 60 of these every year at our hubs - every Saturday and Sunday during the school year, more during the summer. They are an integral part of The Prep tutoring and class experience.

Today's class Schedule 

All tutoring takes place in one of our Foley Prep Hubs or if you prefer, online, or a combination of both. Our offices provide a comfortable escape in which we keep a collaborative camaraderie among our faculty to deliver the highest value experience to our students. 

All tutoring takes place in one of our Foley Prep Hubs or if you prefer, online, or a combination of both. Our offices provide a comfortable escape in which we keep a collaborative camaraderie among our faculty to deliver the highest value experience to our students. 

Getting started with Foley

We sent our two older kids to The Princeton Review. We are sending our third to you. We’ve heard you are better, and you’re local!
— Rumson-Fair Haven Father, September 2017

Private tutoring folks: first steps...

Our tutors are in demand and time is limited, so the earlier you book, the more likely you will get the time you want. Most SAT and ACT prepsters start with a practice test. View practice test schedule. We have them every weekend, so they are a great way to come in and get the vibe of the Foley Prep Hub experience. Most people start this way:

  1. Call us to make a plan 732-412-1416.
  2. For SAT and ACT prepsters, sign up for a free a practice test to establish a baseline score. This step is optional, but helpful for us to start seeing individual strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Come to regular appointments once or twice a week for a few months.
  4. Continually take practice tests to motivate progress.

Foley private tutoring notables:

  • It's possible to combine classes and tutoring into a package. It's also possible to start with classes and switch to tutoring.
  • In addition to Mandarin Chinese, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, we have 6 active Calculus tutors through the AP level and beyond. Just call us to ask if you are wondering what subjects we offer. 
  • We are working on the online booking system, for now we book via email, phone, and text.
  • All tutoring takes place in our hubs or online (if you wish).
  • We pair students up with tutors who will be in for the long haul (unless a change is requested). Foley Prep Pros act as a team, we may suggest a change in tutors, or you may wish to change tutors. We put students at the center of this experience, not ourselves.
  • We do not ask our tutors to stretch beyond their areas of expertise - AP Calculus teachers know how to teach AP Calculus, for instance.
  • All tutoring reservations are made with a $50 nonrefundable prepayment.

ACT & SAT class Folks: first steps...

You don't have to follow these steps in order. Take your time, then contact us.

  1. Call us to make a plan 732-412-1416. We won't give you a sales pitch. We will give you the best advice on how to use our program and some tips about which test to take (ACT or SAT? Both?) and a plan for the year.
  2. If you are a mobile user, get the Foley Prep app. Or view the complete schedule on the booking site. Everyone is welcome to sign up and take 2 free, full-length practice tests before joining our program.
  3. Most prepsters start with a practice test to establish a baseline score, but it's okay to start by taking a class. "Open" classes are designed to be taken as many times as possible and as a first class, but you are welcome to start with any class on our schedule. Content and strategies are introduced and reinforced in each class.
  4. View and purchase a package or buy an individual class. This gets you access to our online reservation system. Please book classes at least 24 hours in advance so that we can design the best experience for your child. 

Foley ACT/SAT class notables:

  • We ask that students register at least 24 hours in advance so we can personalize each lesson. There are no penalties for "dropping in" or "dropping out" of a particular class just before it happens.
  • Our Continuous Class Program is designed so that students can start anytime, pause, and continue.
  • There is no particular order to the classes. Each class is meant to be a standalone experience. Registering 24 hours in advance for class gives our Foley Prep Pros time to personalize each lesson by looking into each prepster's test records and notes we keep to ensure progress.
  • Because the SAT and ACT have a lot of overlap in content, it makes the most sense to prep for one test, but plan to take both tests soon after you've prepped.
  • We recommend at least 10 classes between taking the actual tests.
  • Class packages may be used for Boot Camp sessions for the SAT and ACT 
  • We recommend taking a Foley Prep practice test every 3-4 or so classes. Think of them as motivational homework, not just measurement. Don't expect immediate, linear gains, rather, focus on integrating Foley Prep teachings to become a better problem-solver. 

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tutoring Vs. Classes

Tutoring is a concierge educational choice that is a great option for many. We pair students with a Foley Prep Pro for the long haul and will change tutors only at the request of the student or parent. Our Foley Prep Pro team puts your child's improvement at the center of the process.

Foley Prep classes cater to the most discriminating clients, but sometimes private tutoring is the only way to go. If a student comes to us in the high or low ends score-wise, we often ask that they go right into tutoring. That means students scoring 1400 SAT or 30 ACT or higher and below 1100 SAT and 22 ACT. After a time, we may suggest classes that are suitable, but very-fine tuned prep is the way to start.

Call anytime to discuss a plan with me, Ron Foley. I talk with moms, students, and fellow educators all day long. 732-412-1416.

Spencer and Emma. Many seniors in high school get their first jobs proctoring exams and doing general office work at The Prep. 

Spencer and Emma. Many seniors in high school get their first jobs proctoring exams and doing general office work at The Prep. 

PRICING 

I hated working for Kaplan and other places that sold expensive packages students couldn’t fulfill to get their guarantees ... Foley is the real deal. No salesmanship.
— Former Kaplan tutor

Please understand that our prices and policies are based on robust knowledge of the market and allow us to focus on helping students learn. We want to educate students, not haggle. Thus, we appreciate families who need our help yet also understand that everything is not negotiable. We ask that students register for classes at least 24 hours in advance so that we may personalize each lesson for the students in the class. If you are interested in private tutoring, please contact us at your earliest convenience as our tutoring slots are filling up fast. 

PRICING NOTABLES:

  • A $50 nonrefundable prepayment is required to book all private tutoring appointments.
  • We ask that all students register for classes at least 24 hours in advance. This helps us personalize each lesson.

For full details on our policies, click here. As always, call us with any questions 732-412-1416.

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SAT / ACT Packages

Here's a simplified version of our most popular class and private tutoring packages. When you click the button you will be taken to our booking site so you can easily checkout. Click here to get details on these packages and more.

30 Day Unlimited

$800

10 Classes + 4 tests

$1000

15 Classes + 6 tests

$1400

24 Class + 12hrs tutoring

$3500

10hrs Tutoring

$1080


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Classes

When you enroll in a class package, you are welcome to take any SAT or ACT class on our schedule, including boot camps. You do not have to come up with a schedule in advance, you can choose as you go. 

  • Average student-teacher ratio 3:1
  • Maximum class size 8 students (boot camps can be bigger)
  • The 30-Day Unlimited package starts at any point and ends 30 days after the 1st class
 
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Practice tests

Each package has a certain number of practice tests that are included. We encourage students to take a full-length practice test every 3 or so classes. 

  • Official ACTs and SATs are given every Saturday and Sunday
  • Results emailed within 24 hours
  • Essay feedback is complimentary
  • Online test review session by a Foley Prep Pro is $90
 
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Private tutoring Packages

These packages relate to our SAT and ACT program. Your child will be paired with a Foley Prep Pro who is an expert in either the math/science or verbal sections of these tests. Some of our tutors are expert in both. Practice tests are complimentary for ongoing tutoring clients. Certain tutors are exempt from package pricing.

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It has begun...

We are in the process of launching Foley Prep Online - the place for 1-on-1 academic and test prep tutoring. We are starting by giving clients access to our best teachers who have worked with us. As we certify and add teachers, you'll have more options, of course.

Trusted Foley Prep Pros

You get access to teachers who have proven themselves as effective communicators online. They are experts in the topics they teach and will become the trusted guide as students improve their scores, grades, understanding, and confidence.

Immediate BOOKING

You can view the schedule below to book a tutor at whichever time works for you. No driving, no noisy coffee shops. Learn at your convenience in a comfortable place.

BLENDED LEARNING

For the past 3 years, Foley Prep tutoring students have enjoyed being able to meet instructors in person and also online. Foley Prep Online is a continuation and expansion of this service. 

Foley Prep Online Notables:

  • Please call us at 732-412-1416 to book appointments. The online schedule below only shows a limited number of appointments as we continue build the scheduling system.
  • While the official launch date is October 19, 2017, we are building off 3 years' experience with online tutoring. 
  • We are adding new instructors every day as we certify their mastery of topics and ability to convey the material in an online setting.
  • Foley Prep Hub students can opt to meet with their tutors online. If you are a current student, please call us to arrange online appointments.

Questions? Call 732-412-1416.

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Foley Fun FaQs

I love the flexibility and small class size. Everyone is friendly and knowledgeable. My stress level actually went down during the whole college process.
— Bernards HS mom of a Yale '21 Foley Prepster

Do you have a search bar in which I can search your site? 

Yes. Here it is - enter any keywords to find the information you seek. Or just do it the old-fashioned way: call us at 732-412-1416.

 

Do you tutor at home?

No. All tutoring takes place in one of our Foley Prep Hubs or online.

CAN I DO CLASSES AND PRIVATE TUTORING?

Yes. Many of our clients do a combination of classes and tutoring. Going over a practice test with one of our tutors is an especially good use of time. While we are okay with folks using outside tutors, we recommend that you do all tutoring and classes with us so we can be sure we are not repeating any tests or material. And our approach has proven itself to be most effective!

WHEN DO I BEGIN CLASSES?

There is no specific beginning or end to your test prep. Every student is unique - some students may only need a few classes, while others will be with Foley for a year or more. With our small class sizes and focus on developing a winning mindset, Foley Prep Pros phase in new student into the program seamlessly. Even the highest scoring students will be shown strategies and taught academic concepts that will challenge them in our classes, 

IS THERE AN ORDER TO YOUR CLASSES? 

Aside from 5 day boot camps, we have designed the program so that each class is modular and tailored to the needs of the group of students in attendance. Small class sizes and dedicated teachers who get 2 hours of prep time each day allow us to personalize each lesson. 

DO THE CLASSES EVER REPEAT?

No two classes are exactly alike. Many of the same concepts and strategies will be reviewed, but the specific questions covered do no repeat. Because the SAT and ACT cycle through the same concepts test after test, we have designed our classes to be taken multiple times. We will reinforce concepts and strategies that we see students struggling with, and we personalize each lesson to address the specific needs of the students in class. We do this by keeping track of every student's progress in the classes he or she attends and by looking at his or her test scores. Foley Prep Pros get to work early to customize each lesson for the classes of 3-8 kids they will see that evening.

HOW MUCH WILL MY SCORE GO UP?

Any company that publishes a score increase claim is putting salesmanship over honesty. Score increase claims are so easy to fudge that they are meaningless. Every student starts out in a different place, coming to Foley over time is the best way to maximize your scores. 

HOW IMPORTANT ARE PRACTICE TESTS? WHEN DO I GET RESULTS?

Practice tests are very important. Think of taking regular practice tests (one after every 3 or 4 classes) as doing homework, only sitting with 10-15 other students is far more effective than sitting at home and doing sections piecemeal. Students are held accountable by taking tests, and so are we. While we do not encourage students to focus on the number (and often it takes a few tests to see gains), practice tests are one of the best ways to help that number go up. We administer full-length, official practice tests every Saturday and Sunday during the school year. During the summer we offer 4 practice tests every week. 

HOW MANY CLASSES SHOULD I TAKE? WHICH ONES?

While some students go to town and do 20 classes and 10 hours of tutoring before sitting for an actual exam, about 10-12 classes between each test seems to work best. Foley Prep has flexible scheduling so no two students have to take the same set of classes. Many students come to us during the summer between sophomore and junior years to get an edge on their prep and to work on fundamentals for their upcoming academic classes.

IS THERE HOMEWORK?

Yes and no. We have designed the program so that students who come to 2 classes a week and take a practice test every 4 classes should be very prepared for an upcoming test. However, we do assign homework after each class and more if a student needs it. We also have a new online course that helps students prep at their own pace as a supplement to the prep they do in person with us.

HOW BIG ARE YOUR CLASSES? DO I NEED TO REGISTER FOR CLASS?

Yes. Please register at least 24 hours in advance so that our Foley Prep Pros can customize their lessons to address each student's specific weakness during that class. Apart from boot camps, which get to 10-20 students, we keep our classes at a 8 student maximum, so registering in advance is important to avoid missing a class because it is closed.