Featured Test Prep Student: Kiran

June 12, 2017 


In describing Kiran—our A+ Test Prep and Tutoring student currently featured—two words come to mind. Those words are “determined” and “focused.”

Kiran first learned about A+ when he participated in a free proctored practice exam run by our organization at his school, Germantown Friends. Later, when Kiran and his family were investigating options to help him maximize his SAT scores, they remembered us—and decided to give our program a try!

In a recent conversation, Kiran explained that at first he was a little put off by the dedication of time and energy he sensed would be required of him. He felt that studying with A+ would be a challenge on top of his regular coursework and responsibilities, and he saw that as a negative. However, he persevered. There came a point when Kiran began to see dedication to his goals and acceptance of the challenges as strengths—both his and the program’s. He was encouraged to work even harder.

Kiran’s hard work and great attitude unquestionably paid off. When he took the SAT in March, his score increased by 200 points from his PSAT score!

One of the points Kiran stressed several times in our conversation was how much he appreciated working with qualified and knowledgeable people. One of those people is verbal tutor Kathy Astrue. Kathy is a graduate of Wesleyan University and a professional editor who has been a tutor with A+ for more than 13 years. Of her sessions with Kiran, Kathy says:

Kiran was a pleasure to work with because he was so open to improving and really committed to the program. His SAT diagnostic scores were already quite high when we started test prep, so getting his scores to the next level was really just a matter of tweaking some things such as reviewing some of the more nuanced grammatical rules that are tested in the Writing/Language section. Kiran already excelled at reading comprehension, so in the Reading section we focused more on “little picture” concepts such as how to approach questions that involve organization of the passage and how to interpret data in graphs.


Kiran’s math tutor was Barb Lommer, who holds a PhD in Microbiology and, in addition to tutoring for A+, is a medical writer. Barb has been a tutor with A+ for 11 years. She describes Kiran as “a naturally superb test-taker.” She says that the time in their sessions was mainly spent “refining his skills.”

Kiran is still exploring his options for the future, although he is pleased that his test scores now allow him to look at more competitive schools. We wish him luck!

Practicing with an experienced tutor is the most reliable path to becoming skilled at standardized testing strategies and content. At A+ Test Prep and Tutoring, we match you with knowledgeable, trained tutors who work with you to attain your “personal best” score.

If you would like more information, our Client Service Directors Anne Stanley and Susan Ware are available to answer questions and provide solutions. You may reach either of them by calling A+ Test Prep and Tutoring at 215-886-9188.



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