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ACT Prep. SAT Prep. Subject tutoring. College readiness.

Train hard. Test easy.

Clear, relevant college prep advice without sugar-coating or salesmanship.

very proud of all students' acceptances into colleges this year. we have 8 admitted into the Ivy League as of february 2018:

Brown, Columbia, Cornell, UPenn x2, Princeton x2, Yale

 

 

 

Growing by 50% each year since 2013!

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Confidence

Our average class size is 3 students. We canceled less than 1% of our classes in 2017.

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)

What we do...

1-on-1 tutoring in our hubs or online

Choose from our group of experienced Foley Prep Pros who know how to improve kids' confidence and mastery of content. Your tutor will consult with you and your child at every step along the way. View our getting started page, or view our New Jersey team and philosophy pageor browse our online availability.

Small, customized, effective Classes

Start any week. We will phase your child into the program he or she will begin to progress through every concept and strategy within several weeks. In 2017, our unique class system helped more than 700 students achieve higher SAT and ACT scores. So far 2017/2018 academic year, 5 class students got 35s on their ACTs and many more have made gains of 6-8+ points on their ACTS and 200+ points on their SATs. The average Foley Prep ACT or SAT class is 3 students - and the maximum is 8 students. We personalize each lesson to address students' areas of weakness so no two lessons are the same. Five day Boot Camps before each test are highly effective as intensive reviews and can have up to 20 students.

My daughter did 10 classes then private tutoring with Liam. Some places do tutoring. Some do classes. I love Foley because both the tutoring and the classes are excellent!
— Bernards HS mom of Yale '21 Foley Prepster

excellent tutors

Some test prep 'gurus' lose perspective. Professor Foley enables his teachers to shine, setting the example for our students to do likewise.

Professor Foley has observed and evaluated more than 300 teachers in his lifetime. Foley Prep Pros are retained for their subject mastery and ability to connect with - and motivate - kids. 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 and philosophy.

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.

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.

Call 732-412-1416 to make a plan today.

Expertise

Professor Foley has helped thousands of kids get into their top-choice colleges. Three students started at Yale University in fall 2017!

What makes Foley better than the rest...

test prep and admissions zealotry!

Professor Ronald Foley is a lifelong student, academic, and educationalist 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 virtuoso. After a decade working as an award-winning Director for Kaplan and The Princeton Review, Ron 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 Caltech, NYU, Brown University, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, and the Rutgers College Honors Program, our team rocks. View team and philosophy.

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INSIGHTS INTO ADMISSIONS AND TESTING

Professor Foley has visited more than 250 colleges and is the 1,000th member of HECA. He is also a member of NACAC, NJACAC, NCTM, and MAA.  In 2002, he scored thousands of SAT essays for the College Board. He has been to more College Board and admissions conferences than he'd ever care to admit. 

Ron regularly meets with academics who develop test items for the College Board. We know where the SAT is today, and where it's going tomorrow. 

 

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. Most are full-time, permanent, salaried employees. 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 and philosophy.

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

Togetherness

2 Phds, 1 doctoral candidate, 4 masters degrees. Fine and dandy, for sure; kids love us because we keep things fun and productive.

I love that I can read about your teachers before joining. I’ve heard about you and compared you to (a national chain) and you get it right!
— Marlboro Mom, February 5, 2018

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. Our newest hub is in the storied Bell Works building in Holmdel. 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
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12 Ivy Admits!

Last year we had 12 Foley Prepsters admitted into the Ivy League. We've had 8 far in the 2017/2018 season. 

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.

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.

 

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.

Call to make a plan today.

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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

50% and 71%. Those statistics speak volumes about us. We have grown 50% each year since 2013. Of our 1-on-1 and class package holders, 71% renewed for 2 or more packages. Most students prep for 2 ACTs and/or SATs over the course of 3 or 4 months. W. No matter what point you are on the educational timeline, start by calling us. Ron will help you make a plan.

Call 732-412-1416 today.

In a 20 minute phone consultation, Ron will give you clear, objective advice on when, how, and what to do. Without salesmanship. For the past two decades, Ron has spent countless hours on the phone with students, educators, and moms. He is a K-12 NJ certified math teacher who taught all levels (Algbra 1 through Multivariable Calculus) for three years at WHRHS and Holy Cross before becoming a professor of mathematics at Middlesex County College. Oh, and he's graded thousands of SAT essays for the College Board.

We offer 3 types of service:

  1. Private tutoring
  2. Small classes
  3. Online tutoring

Most students start out as either tutoring or class students. Tutoring students will often take classes here and there, and class students usually pepper in private tutoring sessions along the way. No two students take the exact same path through Foley Prep.

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...

All private tutoring takes place in one of our hubs or online - whichever is simplest for you. 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...

Our hubs have classes 6 days a week. Foley Prep is a closely held, owner-operated business so you are free to take classes at whichever hub you like - you are free to move between hubs as often as you like.

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.

Transparency

Know and choose your tutor and program.

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

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. 

RESERVATION NOTABLES:

  • Canceling 1-on-1 tutoring appointments within 24 hours risks incurring a full charge for the reservation and any future standing appointment reservations.
  • While it's possible to book classes last-minute, 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.

Admissions + Test Prep 

We can combine test prep, academic tutoring, and college admissions consulting into one package. Click the shield to learn more. $7,000 - $15,000

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

Tutoring - 10hrs

$1080

5-Day Boot Camp

$550


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5 Day Boot Camps!

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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Immediate Results from Practice Tests

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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Unflip the classroom!

Foley Prep Pros customize each lesson so that your child progresses according to his or her needs.

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! 

  • 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. 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.
  • View our practice SAT or ACT schedule.

Want advice picking a class or coming up with a prep plan? Call 732-412-1416.

"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.

Practice Tests Every Weekend

The SAT and ACT are endurance tests. Practice what you learn and identify areas of weakness at every step along the way.

Today's class Schedule - all locations

 

practice tests every saturday & Sunday!

 
 

Practice test schedule

Everyone can take up to 2 free practice tests (1 ACT and 1 SAT) before joining Foley Prep. 

  • If possible, please book tests 24 hours in advance using the tool below or by calling 732-412-1416
  • Arrive 15 minutes early
  • Bring a calculator, a pencil, and a snack
  • Tell the proctor if you wish to take the essay
  • Tell us in advance if you get extra time
  • Detailed results will be emailed within 48 hours

Book 1-on-1 test review sessions

We recommend that students book an hour of tutoring to review each practice tests. There are two options:

 
 

SAT & ACT Boot Camps

Take an Intensive Boot Camp before you take the SAT or ACT. This option is good for Foley Prep students and non-students who wish to get that extra shot in the arm from a Foley Prep Pro who will review the greatest hits of strategies and concepts to boost your score!

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Boot camp notables

  • Foley Prep class package holders can use classes (or an active 30-Day Unlimited Package) for Boot Camps
  • If you are new to Foley Prep, select from our class packages or the standalone Boot Camp option by pressing this link.
  • All materials are included
  • Boot Camp sizes will vary between 3-20 students

Upcoming Boot Camps