Sam came to us for ACT test prep with big shoes to fill.
His older brothers had both successfully worked with Private Prep making huge strides in their scores from the diagnostic to the final exam.
Sam’s mom was nervous that Sam would be resistant to test prep. “He isn’t like his older brothers,” she insisted during the consultation. She had an underlying concern that Sam’s general apathy came from some borderline ADD issues.
Over the course of working with his ACT test prep tutor Casey, and with a good deal of discussion, we were able to encourage Sam to get tested, and indeed, he was diagnosed with ADD. His mom fought the school district and ACT, Inc. to get Sam the extra time, and was ultimately successful, after appeals on both fronts.
Meanwhile, Sam had been making solid progress with Casey and had really dedicated himself to the prep process–the real miracle in all of this. With his time and a half, as well as a collaborative team effort, Sam ended up scoring a 30 on the ACT, having started at an 18 on his diagnostic! His older twin brothers had both gone from low 20s to high 20s, and Sam felt incredibly proud of his achievement.
The family got the good news of his score just before Casey was supposed to meet with Sam for a tutoring session. (They were working towards one more test in June while awaiting the April results.) That night Casey, Sam, and Sam’s family ended up having him come over for a celebratory dinner instead.
–Jenny La Monica, Long Island Director