PREPARE is a company dedicated to preparing young people for the college admissions process by training students for standardized tests, like the SAT and  ACT, and helping them to 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 to our intensive classes and workshops, you will improve your test scores and/or admissions essays dramatically, enhance your chance of being accepted by the college of your choice, and put yourself in position to receive thousands, even tens of thousands, of dollars per year in merit aid.

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.

Enroll in PREPARE's 2015 Lehigh Valley Summer SAT-ACT prep classes and essay workshops.

Since 2004, Prepare has helped over 6,000 students increase their SAT scores by 190+ points, on average.  We are now offering students detailed assistance with their college essays, as well.

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


PREPARE will teach a combined New SAT /PSAT - ACT course for students in the class of 2017... and beyond.

Rising seniors, students from the class of 2016, will not be affected at all by the new SAT. 

Prepare recommends that all rising juniors, students in the class of 2017, take the current SAT twice before it expires in March 2016, then take the ACT, since this test is "safe" (i.e., it will remain largely unchanged and familiar to college admissions folks) until they graduate. Since it will take some time for the changes in the new SAT to shake out--and to know how each college will react to the new test--Prepare does not recommend that rising juniors put their fates in the hands of an unknown test.

Thus, Prepare will continue to teach the current SAT until  January, 2016--when the last "old" SAT will be offered. At that point, when the SAT changes over completely, Prepare will combine the New SAT and the ACT into one, comprehensive course. 

Still, rising juniors and sophomores who wish to take the current SAT course will have the opportunity to take an additional, 'mini'-course in the fall to cover both the ACT and the new PSAT (which will be given this October) for an extra charge of only $100. Once they take this supplemental course, they will also be able to take the completely re-designed course in the future, for free.

Prepare introduces its College Essay Workshop!

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Prepare has helped over 5,000 local students from over 60 schools:

Allentown Central Catholic


Bethlehem Catholic

Blair Academy

Blue Mountain


Brandywine Heights

CB South

CB West

Cumberland Valley

Daniel Boone

DelVal (NJ)

East Stroudsburg



Faith Christian Academy


Garnet Valley

Germantown Academy

Gwynedd Mercy Academy


Haverford Prep

Hunterdon Central (NJ)

Immaculata (NJ)

Jim Thorpe

King's Academy


LV Christian Academy

LV Performing Arts

LaSalle Prep


Marian Catholic

Moravian Academy

NW Lehigh


North Hunterdon (NJ)

North Penn


Northern Lehigh

Notre Dame (Green Pond)

Oley Valley



Pen Argyl


Perkiomen School


Pius X (Pottstown)

Pius X (Roseto)

Pleasant Valley


Reading Central Catholic


Saucon Valley

Southern Lehigh


Upattinas Prep

Valley Forge Military Academy

Voorhees (NJ)

Warren Hills (NJ)

West Chester East


Wilson (Easton)


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.
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.