Comprehensive SAT & ACT Prep Courses

PREPARE is dedicated to preparing young people for the college admissions process by training them for standardized tests like the SAT and  ACT and helping them find their own unique voice in their college essays.

Enrolling in a PREPARE course may be the best investment you ever make. If you commit yourself to our intensive SAT and ACT prep classes, you will dramatically increase your test scores and significantly improve your chances of receiving thousands, even tens of thousands, of dollars per year in merit aid from the college of your choice.

PREPARE is the best value on the test prep market. We offer more instructional hours at a far lower cost per hour than any of our competitors. Since 2004, Prepare has helped over 6,000 students substantially improve their ACT and SAT scores.  

We now offer students detailed assistance with their college essays, as well.

2016: The New SAT  is here!

This year's seniors have not been affected at all by the all-new SAT, which was offered for the first time in March.

So far, my junior students' March scores have been pretty high... suspiciously so, just as the October New PSAT were. Hey, I'd love to pat myself on the back for doing an awesome job preparing my kids--hopefully, I have--but it seems likely that the SAT is playing it safe right now, skewing its scores a little on the high side, to make their new test seem more user-friendly. That sounds great... but if everyone submits high SAT scores to colleges across the land next fall, how are colleges to decide between all those high-scoring applicants?

The main point of the SAT and ACT nowadays, with grade inflation rampant in U.S. high schools, is to have a level playing field to compare students from different schools. But if the bulk of New SAT scores seems suspiciously high to college admissions departments... how are they supposed to evaluate these numbers and, more importantly, offer merit aid scholarships based on those scores? 

That is why Prepare recommends that all members of the class of 2017 take a long, hard look at the ACT, compare it to the New PSAT they took in October and/or the New SAT they are taking this spring, and make a clear decision about which test they prefer to concentrate on as they move  towards the fall of their senior year.

This is why PREPARE is now teaching a combined ACT & New SAT /PSAT prep course--to put our students in the best position to thrive on either test. 

Please go to our Courses and Schedules page, where you can enroll in one of our SAT or ACT prep classes or college essay workshops.

Congratulations to our 2015 National Merit Semifinalists: Zhouhong He from Emmaus, Jacob Holland from Saucon Valley, and Ben Trinkle from Parkland.

Prepare has helped over 6,000 local students from over 60 schools in the Lehigh Valley area:

 

Allentown Central Catholic

Bangor

Belvedere (NJ)

Bethlehem Catholic

Blair Academy

Blue Mountain

Boyertown

Brandywine Heights

CB South

CB West

Cumberland Valley

Daniel Boone

DelVal (NJ)

East Stroudsburg

Easton

Emmaus

Faith Christian Academy

Freedom

Garnet Valley

Germantown Academy

Gwynedd Mercy Academy

Hatboro-Horsham

Haverford Prep

Hunterdon Central (NJ)

Immaculata (NJ)

Jim Thorpe

King's Academy

Kutztown

LV Christian Academy

LV Performing Arts

LaSalle Prep

Liberty

Marian Catholic

Mercersburg

Moravian Academy

NW Lehigh

Nazareth

North Hunterdon (NJ)

North Penn

Northampton

Northern Lehigh

Notre Dame (Green Pond)

Oley Valley

Palisades

Parkland

Pen Argyl

Pennridge

Perkiomen School

Phillipsburg

Pius X (Pottstown)

Pius X (Roseto)

Pleasant Valley

Quakertown

Reading Central Catholic

Salisbury

Saucon Valley

Southern Lehigh

Stroudsburg

Upattinas Prep

Valley Forge Military Academy

Voorhees (NJ)

Warren Hills (NJ)

West Chester East

Whitehall

Wilson (Easton)

Wissahickon

Please phone 610-730-4876 for more information

Prior to Prepare, my daughter’s score was exceedingly low. Through recommendation from friends in the community, I decided to sign her up for a SAT class. After learning about Mr. Schmidt’s 100 pt guarantee, I signed my daughter up. Since the class, my daughter’s grade has improved by 400 points. I am very thankful for the improvement and test taking skills Mr. Schmidt allowed us to see within our daughter. As a business owner, whenever I hear a customer talk about SATs with their children, I always recommend Prepare because it’s very reliable, inexpensive, and promising. Sending my daughter to take Prepare is one of the best choices I’ve made for her. I have two more kids growing up. It is without a doubt that I’ll send them to take Prepare as well.
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Yi Hua & Bao Xin Chi, parents of Helen Chi, Saucon Valley HS, Ursinus College
Mr. Schmidt’s strengths as a teacher are not limited to his ability to captivate and inspire confidence on the often-daunting SAT. It is his personality, his energy, and his ability to relate to his students on an individual level that make these classes truly exceptional. Mr. Schmidt taught lessons in an interesting and unconventional manner that would prove successful when I took the test last fall. As a student who, at times, felt that the course would be unnecessary, I was happily proven wrong when I received my test scores. I would highly recommend Prepare to anyone wishing to end the dramatics that tests like these often are. Mr. Schmidt’s classes instilled the confidence and the information necessary for me to understand exactly what the SATs were and were not, and therein lay the difference.”
— Tyler Coulton, Parkland HS, Princeton U.
Prepare has flexible schedules and fit my daughter’s time well. Her SAT score wasn’t very low, but we thought that she could improve by learning better strategies and test-taking skills. Peter is an experienced teacher and knows the ins and outs of the test extremely well. The strategies that my daughter learned were logical and easy to apply, while still producing big results. The practice tests at the end of each week are very helpful, and so are the notes that they get to keep and study after the class is over. Her score went up almost 300 points and her PSAT score was very high, all thanks to Prepare SAT!
— Luigi Wang, father of Justine Wang, Emmaus HS, National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist
Prior to Peter Schmidt’s SAT prep course, my daughter’s practice score was 1820. After taking his course and dedicating substantial time, she scored a 2310 on her first attempt. This dramatic change is atypical, but her performance proves that it is possible. I believe that the two essential components are: 1). Peter Schmidt’s course, and 2). Substantial student effort during and after the course. She could not have achieved her score without both of these. I highly recommend that students take this course as early as possible so that his methods can be practiced as much as possible. Without any consideration for price, this course is the best SAT preparation anywhere because Peter Schmidt is the ONLY teacher and he is an exceptional one. Furthermore, the price of the course is a bargain. If you live within 50 miles of the Lehigh Valley, this is the only course to consider.
— Steve Kurtz, father of Caroline Kurtz, Notre Dame HS
No one ever thought SAT studying could actually be enjoyable, but Mr. Schmidt easily overcomes this impossibility. His ability to effectively teach students while also putting on a three-act play never fails to make for an engaging lecture. I took the course before I took the SAT’s for the first time, but as I revisited and refreshed on the skills this course taught me, my super score went up 230 points. The class is awesome for people looking to improve their scores who need something more than just books. The class really helped me to go into test day with the confidence I needed to do well. This course is especially excellent for those struggling with the writing section. I would recommend Prepare to anyone who is serious about the SAT, because it was an enjoyable, effective, and worthwhile experience.
— Camille Roberts, Parkland HS, George Washington U.