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!
— RFH Father, September 2017

Private tutoring 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 get 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:

  • 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 prepsters up with tutors who will continue to work with students. 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 classes 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 tests and when to take them.
  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. Most prepsters start with a practice test, but it's okay to start by taking a class. "Open" classes are designed as good starting points, but you are welcome to start with any class on our schedule. Content and strategies are introduced and reinforced in each class.
  3. 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. 

Three common scenarios 

Every student is unique, thus we have designed a program that is not-one-size-fits all. Here are just three scenarios that might help you get some ideas to plan ahead. We look forward to helping you develop (and put into action) the particular plan for your child.

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Class student 1 - most typical

Most students start getting serious about prepping during the summer between sophomore and junior year. Many "rising juniors" take early bird tests (July ACT and August SAT) and then take another SAT and/or ACT in December of their junior year. While we all hope for an early homerun, the reality is that most juniors do not hit their peak until spring. Taking an official test by December of junior year makes strategic sense and is part of the process of mastering the test.

Bottom line: Most prepsters plan on taking 1 or 2 Foley Prep classes every week for 3 or so months before December of their junior year, and then return for more in the spring of their junior year. Some go for even more gains into the summer between junior and senior years.

We recommend that students take 10 or more classes between taking actual SATs and ACTs.


Class student 2 - advanced placement

Some students are in advanced classes as sophomores (Honors Precalculus, for instance). These students often take an ACT and an SAT at the end of their sophomore year, and again during the summer. They are also in a good position to achieve National Merit status when taking the PSAT in their junior year. 

Foley Prep SAT and ACT classes and tutoring will help these students, of course. Many students who start in the mid-20's range ACT and the mid 1200's range SAT go up 6-7+ and 200+ points respectively. It takes work and focus, but we have seen kids get National Merit scholarships who never thought they ever had a shot.

We recommend that students take 10 or more classes between taking actual SATs and ACTs.

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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 960 SAT and 20 ACT. After a time, we may suggest classes that are suitable, but very-fine tuned prep is the way to start.