Do you cover the SAT and ACT written essay sections?
Yes.   Both tests have added an optional essay .  Because students all have a specific writing style, we don’t teach students how to write.  We do present several excellent strategies for timed essays, and we teach students about what is expected in the essay.   Because these essays now include a very complex analytic structure, we recommend that the students take time to practice .  

What are Townsend's qualifications?
Townsend has been teaching test preparation for over thirty years.  We have developed our courses over the last twenty-five years and have recently revised our course to meet the latest trends on the both the SAT and ACT.We have also developed our HSPT course and have taught that in schools for nearly thirty years.  Our instructors have education degrees and have been thoroughly trained in Townsend strategies.

Why prepare for the ACT or SAT?
The ACT and SAT are undoubtedly the most important two exams you will take in high school.  Along with your grades, activities and college essays, these test results will determine whether you will be admitted into the college and college programs of your choice.  Recent research and even the test makers indicate that students who learn test-taking strategies  will do better than students who do not.

Frequently asked questions

Townsend Test Prep

The Test Preparation Specialists

How does Townsend's "Mastery Course" differ from other "test- prep" courses?
We build our course around time-tested strategies -- ways of doing problems and answering questions quickly, accurately and efficiently.  These are strategies that generally aren't taught in regular school Math and English classes or even in school-based test prep classes.   We also use actual tests(not simulated) for teaching and practice.

How much will my score increase?
Your increase can vary greatly depending on how much work you do and what your initial scores are, but over the past 25 years, the Townsend Mastery Course has helped students raise their SAT scores an average of 110 points and their ACT approximately 3 points.   More importantly, we have increased students’ skills and efficiency in taking any kind of standardized tests.  

What topics are included in your course?
General strategies applicable to any standardized test as well as specific strategies for the SAT and ACT and their various sections.  We also review many subject areas, including basic algebra, geometry, vocabulary and English grammar.  After reviewing the material, we provide the students with practice materials for both review and strategy practice.