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SSAT/ISEE/HSPT Tutoring

MJ Test Prep offers individual tutoring sessions for the middle/high school admissions tests. We recommend that students prepping for these tests start off by taking a full practice test in the office or at home before the first coaching session. The practice test will be scored within 24 hours. From there, we will offer feedback on the test and determine the best way to move forward.

The Independent School Entrance Examination, or ISEE, is an entrance exam used by many independent schools and magnet schools. The ISEE has three levels: the Lower level, for entrance into grades 5-6; Middle level, for entrance into grades 7-8; Upper level, for entrance into grades 9-12. All levels consist of five sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics Achievement, and a 30-minute essay section. The test is approximately three hours long in total, including time for two breaks.

The Secondary School Admission Test, or SSAT, is an admissions test administered to students in grades 5-11 to help determine placement into independent or private junior high and high schools. Despite its similar name, the SSAT is not related to the SAT and is not administered by the College Board.

There are two levels of the SSAT: the Lower level for students in grades 5-7 and the Upper level, designed for students in grades 8-11. The SSAT consists of two parts: a brief essay and multiple-choice sections that include Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, and Verbal.

The Scholastic Testing Service High School Placement Test, or the HSPT, is an admissions tests administered to students applying to Catholic schools. This test is a five-part, multiple-choice test of verbal, quantitative, reading, mathematics, and language skills.

The coaches at MJ Test Prep are experienced in working with younger students and can help your child get the head start needed for a strong academic future. 

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Matt Hamm

Matt earned his BA in History and BBA in Finance and Business Economics from the University of Notre Dame and his JD from the New York University School of Law.

He’s been a practicing lawyer for more than a decade, and prior to that, tutored student-athletes and taught prep classes to prepare students for both the SAT and the LSAT. 

From the SAT and AP exams through the LSAT and three different state bar exams, Matt has gained skills and strategies that he’s excited to share with his students.

$240/hour

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Andy Snover

Andrew is a graduate of the Schreyer Honors College of Penn State University, where he received his BA in English, with a Creative Writing Emphasis. He also received a Minor in History, assisted by the head start of 21 credits he earned from his success on Advanced Placement tests in high school. Originally from the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Andrew attended Central High School where he excelled at academics and was a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. Whether he’s working with an underprivileged high school student trying to master algebra or an elite NCAA athlete struggling to write a term paper, Andrew’s approach is to show the student that the subject at hand isn’t nearly as hard as it looks once it is unraveled piece by piece. He focuses on building a student’s confidence and is quick to apply positive reinforcement to continually engage and motivate the student.

$240/hour

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