Perfect Score Tutoring & Test Preparation and The College Advisor of New York work together to provide the full admissions counseling package. Please browse our options for SAT/ACT classes and private tutoring.
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Step 1: If you haven't already, sign up to be a client of the College Advisor of New York
Step 2: Take a Diagnostic Test (either with CANY or at home). E-mail us a scan of the answer grid, and we will generate your score report within minutes.
Step 3: Decide what kind of prep you need (1-on-1, small group, or classes. Check out our Course Schedules page to see class dates)
Step 4: Call James Addeo @ 518-727-7105 or Justin Van Wely @ 518-364-7908 to speak with one of us directly about your interests OR Order today by clicking on the plan you want from the slider below, or sign up for a class at our Register Online page.
Step 5: Once we receive confirmation that you are registered, we will e-mail you to set up your first 1:1, small group, or class meeting. materials will be provided at your first session.
Step 6: Gain the confidence you need to score high. It's as easy as that!
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Hi! I'm James Addeo, Director of our Perfect Score-CANY Partnership.
Raised by a mother and father who were both hard-working elementary school teachers, a passion for teaching runs in my blood! I have taught, or assisted in teaching nearly every grade level, from kindergarten through the college level, here in the U.S. as well as in overseas in Italy, China and Thailand. But my area of greatest expertise lies in standardized test preparation. I have roughly 10 years of experience teaching for the SAT and ACT, among other exams. I feel versatility is my strongest attribute in this realm – I’ve greatly improved students who struggle with low scores, as well as challenged those who already excel but are shooting for perfection.
A student’s first step in beginning SAT and/or ACT prep with me will be to take a diagnostic exam. This exam will then be scored, the results emailed to the student. The results will be accompanied by a score report that identifies strengths and weaknesses throughout a range of concepts.
One-on-one tutoring students will receive a great level of attention throughout the program. I will keep in constant contact with the student via e-mails, text messages and/or phone calls to keep up on progress and assure completion of homework.
Right now, I am exclusively working with clients of CANY. If you are interested in working with me, in particular, or would like to talk further about the test prep process, you can send an email to my personal email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call me at 518-727-7105.
Frequently Asked Questions about James Addeo - Private Tutoring:
WHAT TESTS DO YOU TEACH? – I have a high level of experience teaching for the SAT and ACT exams.
WHERE AND HOW LONG IS A TYPICAL SESSION? – A typical session lasts two hours. The preferred meeting location is in the office of The College Advisor of New York at 18 Corporate Woods Blvd. in Albany, however meetings can be arranged elsewhere if necessary (within a 20 minute radius of Albany).
WHAT MATERIALS DO YOUR STUDENTS USE? – I strive to use only authentic test questions for practice - questions that come from actual past practice tests. The majority of these questions come from our own workbooks, which use copies of actual test questions, as well as the most up-to-date textbooks. Furthermore, students can gain online access to a wealth of extra materials including reference guides, assessment quizzes, additional tests, and answers & explanations booklets.
DO YOU TEACH STRATEGIES, CONCEPTS, OR BOTH? – The approach is two-barreled. Of course I teach and refresh students on all the content necessary to succeed. But then I take it a step beyond. I teach students how to navigate the particular test itself: the specific patterns governing how the test-maker writes questions, writes answer choices, sets traps, and creates opportunities. I show students how to maximize the score through slick shortcuts, efficient pacing and smart question selection. Excelling on a standardized test requires knowing the concepts but also knowing the test itself.
WHEN SHOULD A STUDENT BEGIN SAT OR ACT PREP? – The amount of prep necessary depends on how much improvement is sought. In my experience, the bulk of students begin prep 1 to 2 months prior to the exam. On the other hand, students seeking obtaining outstanding results (200 - 300 point increases on SAT and 8 - 10 point increases on ACT) should consider a longer prep period.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU ASSIGN HOMEWORK? – Consistent homework is absolute MUST for a significant score increase. Concepts are taught in meetings but only stick when practiced. Homework is typically assigned after each tutoring-meeting in the amount of roughly ½ hour per day, in order to realistically fit into a student’s already busy schedule.
WHAT TYPE OF STUDENT DO YOU TYPICALLY WORK WITH? – I work with students of all academic levels and testing abilities. Furthermore, while I do not have any special-education training, I have tutored students with learning disabilities.
DO YOU TUTOR SMALL GROUPS TOO? – I am willing to work with up to three students at one time. Please be aware, however, that such small-group tutoring will only be feasible if the needs of the students are similar.
HOW MUCH DO YOUR STUDENTS TYPICALLY IMPROVE? – A student’s potential to improve depends on many factors: how much tutoring is conducted, where the student is initially scoring, how much effort is put into homework, etc. To provide some idea, however, students receiving roughly 10-hours of tutoring often increase SAT scores roughly 150 points. Very dedicated students have achieved score increases of 400 points or higher.
DO YOU HAVE REFERENCES? – Yes. Please see our testimonials page or ask for recent references by sending your request to email@example.com.
DO YOU OFFER A GUARANTEE? – Yes. I will provide an additional 4 hours of free tutoring to a student who finds no improvement in test-score, provided that student has worked with me for at least 10 hours and provided that student has completed all assigned work. For more details, see the ‘policies’ page of our website.
HI, I'm Justin Van Wely, CEO of Perfect Score Tutoring & Test Preparation.
As a self-proclaimed test prep nerd, I find the only thing I love more than taking tests is teaching others how to take them. This is why many of my students have found immense success on these exams, some students increasing their scores as many as 510 points between administrations of the old SAT and 16 points on the ACT.
While point increases may vary, one thing that stays the same is that all students who work with me find my love for the tests infectious.
As the essayist Donald Miller explains in Blue Like Jazz:
"I never liked jazz music. But I was outside the Bagdad Theater in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone. I stood there for fifteen minutes, and he never opened his eyes. After that I liked jazz music."
To do well in something, I believe you have to love it a little. And, sometimes, the only way to love a thing is to watch someone else who loves it, first. It is like this with standardized exams, which is why I make it my personal goal to get students to enjoy test taking, in general, treating each exam as a challenge to overcome, a puzzle to solve, a game they can win. Most students eventually do find they love taking these tests once the proper methods are in place.
A student beginning SAT and/or ACT prep with me will start off by taking a diagnostic exam in the respective area of testing followed by a score report that identifies strengths and weaknesses throughout a range of concepts. Afterward, I will put together a program specifically tailored to that student’s needs based on these results.
In order to make myself more available to my students this year and to provide maximum individual attention (which includes such things as e-mails, text homework reminders, phone calls, and even free quick Skype chats to discuss something that the student is struggling with), I am only taking on a select few students at any one time. If you would like to work with me, please fill out ALL of the information below. If I feel that I can realistically help you and that my skillset is best suited to your needs, I will e-mail you to set up a free phone or in-person consultation. If I do not think I am the best person to fit what you are looking for or if I don't think your timeframe is realistic, I will refer you to someone else in the company who will be a better fit for you.
Feel free to peruse some Tutoring FAQs I've provided below to help you determine whether or not I will be the right fit for your prep.
Thank you so much for your interest in working with me, and I am truly excited to get to know you.
Please e-mail the following to firstname.lastname@example.org Attn: Tutoring Request
- Grade Level
- SAT and/or ACT experience, including actual individual per section scores for each test taken or PSAT or PLAN scores
- Previous prep experience (with whom and for how long)
- Score Goals
- Target schools, if known
- Any other pertinent information about test taking habits, skills, or areas which need improvement that can help me determine whether or not I will be a good match for you
If I believe I can help you, and/or if you are a client of The College Advisor of NY, I will respond to you within one to two days to set up a consultation.
Fees are comparable to the lowest rates offered by the big box chains. Please first see if any of your questions can be answered by reading the FAQ below.
Frequently Asked Questions about Justin Van Wely - Private Tutoring
WHAT SECTIONS DO YOU TEACH?
I teach all sections of SAT, ACT, SAT II, SSAT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT.
WHAT MATERIALS DO YOUR STUDENTS USE?
ALL of my students work with only real College Board or ACT Inc. approved tests. Once the SAT/ACT prep begins, the student will have access to our full complement of course materials, including The Official SAT Study Guide of the College Board "blue book," or "REAL ACT Prep Guide," our own workbooks, and reference guides. Many of these materials will be available as free downloads off of our website.
DO YOU TEACH STRATEGIES, CONCEPTS, OR BOTH?
While much of the prep will involve learning the test content, I also teach my students how to efficiently navigate the exam, including how to use a host of smart time-saving techniques to solve more difficult questions. I teach my students to think of such “shortcuts” not as a way to circumvent learning the content but rather as tools that can help them avoid silly mistakes and keep them within the high-pressure time constraints.
DO YOU ONLY DO INDIVIDUAL TUTORING OR DO YOU WORK WITH GROUPS TOO?
I am willing to work with up to five students at one time. Occasionally, more students simply means more distraction; however, I also find that, in extremely small groups, students will sometimes feed off each other and can gain an extra perspective as well as a partner to help them navigate the program.
WHERE DO SESSIONS TAKE PLACE AND HOW LONG IS A TYPICAL SESSION?
In-person tutoring sessions are typically one to two hours based on need, and I am normally open to meeting my students directly at the home (I operate within a 10-mile radius of Glenmont, N.Y.), although most students prefer to meet at a more convivial location, such as a Starbucks or Panera Bread.
I am also willing to tutor via Skype if distance is an issue, and those sessions are typically one hour. The rate for a Skype session is the same as the rate for in-person.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST FOR ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING?
Bib box chains in the area charge anywhere from $165/hour (for 36 hours) to $285/hour. An extensive course of prep with me typically runs between $1500 - $3000. Most students who work with me from PSAT to final SAT will invest about $2800.
DO YOU OFFER BULK DISCOUNTS OR PACKAGES?
While I do offer package tutoring, see our plans, I like to stress that the overall goal is to help my students reach their target scores whereby increasing their chances at gaining acceptance to their top-choice schools. For some, this may mean 18 hours of prep, and for others it may mean 30 or 40. There really is no set amount of test prep that fits every student, so offering a package, therefore, is not as constructive as, say, simply working with a student until he/she is consistently scoring within the desired range. My programs offer between 10 and 30 hours of individual prep and programs of 20 or more hours includes access to our SAT or ACT class.
HOW SOON DO YOU USUALLY START WITH A STUDENT ON SAT OR ACT PREP?
In order to have the best chance of obtaining outstanding results (what I've seen to be 300 - 500 point increases on the old SAT and 8 - 10 point increases on ACT), students are encouraged to take their first diagnostic the summer going into their junior year or earlier and to prep consistently for at least six months prior to their first actual exam. Highest scoring students will have taken a number of practice tests before the actual exam and will have been exposed to every type of question they are likely to be asked on test day.
I recommend setting enough time aside before the last available exam so that the student can meet with me long enough that they are consistently scoring in their target range. For some, this will be a few weeks; for others, it may be months or even a year—the length of prep should simply depend on goals and distance from diagnostic to goals.
WHAT TYPE OF STUDENT DO YOU TYPICALLY WORK WITH?
I work with a wide range of students. For all my students, however, a must have is high motivation—the student must want to succeed and be prepared to work hard to succeed just as much as I want to see them succeed. I find these students gain the most out of the prep and have the most enjoyable time during our sessions.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU ASSIGN HOMEWORK?
Homework is assigned after every session as a way to reinforce the lessons learned. For the typical students I take on, homework is usually not an issue and done on time. I try to always assign a fair amount of work for the busy high school student (usually a practice test section or two) just to keep them actively engaged in SAT or ACT work when studying over an extended period.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL TUTORING SESSION INVOLE?
Each session after our introductory session will begin with a review of the homework to make sure the student understands the concepts we went over in the previous lesson. Afterward, I might show a short 5 – 10 minute Powerpoint presentation on a topic, discuss a new concept, or have the student take notes on a formula, etc. We always build new, more complex understanding on top of firm foundations of previous knowledge. In each lesson, for example, we will look to understand simple ideas deeply, to find the familiar within the abstract, to continue a process until a pattern emerges, etc. It is true that much of the prep will involve answering real SAT/ACT questions on and off time; however, these fundamental skills of efficient thinking will always be reinforced. My background in the Union Graduate College Master’s in the Art of Teaching program and Harvard University’s Teaching Mathematics program has taught me that true understanding arrives through analogy, pattern recognition, repetition, and new application. In every session, my students will learn to be better thinkers by understanding both the details and how those details fit together to form the bigger picture.
HOW MUCH DO YOUR STUDENTS TYPICALLY GO UP FROM EXAM TO EXAM?
While score improvement depends on a number of factors, including how many times the student and I meet, where he/she was already scoring, how well he/she takes to the methods and if he/she is regularly practicing these methods outside of our prep sessions, etc., almost all of my 10-or-more-hour students have increased their scores from baseline to final exam at least 230 points with many increasing 350 points or higher.
HOW DO YOU COMPARE TO THE BIG BOX CHAINS?
For starters, I used to work for one of those big box chains and was even a developer for this area. I believe I have more and better materials (excluding on-line materials), an unmatched expertise, and a unique ability to help students look differently at standardized tests. My programs are more individualized and tailored to meet the specific needs of my students, the tests I provide are more accurate (they are real previously-administered tests!), and I teach more effective systematic test-taking procedures than the big box companies.
DO YOU HAVE REFERENCES?
Yes. I have a number of references which can be found on our testimonials page and more recent ones can be obtained via e-mail. Just send your request to Justin.email@example.com. The fact is I cherish the relationships I form with my students, and I tell them to keep in touch with me long after the sessions are over to let me know if I can help them in any way through the rest of the journey. Recently, over the past several years, I’ve even bought a t-shirt from the various schools my students have been accepted into (and enrolled in) so that I can wear it proudly to support them (I have a lot of shirts now and my wife is always saying the laundry is piling up from all the t-shirts!). In short, I truly love what I do, and I believe I have the best job in the world being able to meet and work with so many interesting new students each year.
DO YOU OFFER A GUARANTEE?
Yes. Because I only work with highly-motivated, hard-working students, I am as committed to seeing them do well on the tests as they are themselves. Occasionally, I will meet a student additionally for free if I feel they just really missed something or if they were simply close to their goal and I wanted to make sure they got there. The decision to do so is almost always based on how hard the student has worked with me and how important reaching that goal is to them.
ARE YOUR PRICES FIXED?
Yes. My prices are fixed for one year. They are, however, subject to change again in July for the 2017-2018 school year.
I am happy to answer any questions not already answered here via e-mail: please send to