Our test prep philosophy - a twofold approach
We have observed countless students who get good grades and perform well in school, but then turn out test scores below the proficiency they demonstrate in class. Our experience has led us to conclude that standardized tests speak their own language, and through ongoing exposure to testing language, we can naturally become fluent. Thus, ETP has developed a unique and proven method of test preparation, one that calls upon each student’s ability to acquire language through immersion and ongoing exposure. ETP's program has been piloted at an independent school in west Los Angeles with nearly universal score increases, proving that this program works!
There is a pronounced difference between material on standardized tests, and the work students see in the classroom. In short, standardized tests speak a different language than we are used to. This means learning to test well is a lot like learning a language. With regular exposure to a new language, our brains will begin to do the work naturally and eventually master language patterns so completely that we don’t have to stop and think how to put together a sentence. ETP's approach to test preparation is just like a language immersion course, emphasizing practice with testing language, along with content review.
It is more important to eliminate bad answers than it is to hurry to find the right one. Brains confronted with four possible answers will naturally try to multitask and juggle all four. But every time you can eliminate a bad answer your mind will have less information to cloud it. And if you have to guess an answer, by eliminating ones you know are wrong, you’ve increased your chances of guessing correctly. This is one of many important strategies we teach that has resulted in test-score improvement in our pilot program.