Private School Readiness Tutoring Programs 

Tutor Doctor Hawaii now offers comprehensive private school readiness programs, designed to prepare students ages pre-K through 10th grade for success in their academic journey. We believe in providing a strong foundation that nurtures students’ intellectual, social, and emotional growth. Our tailored programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each student, ensuring they develop the essential skills and knowledge necessary to excel in a private school environment. Between SSAT testing, written essays, and interviews, there’s a lot to prepare for! Our tutors have expertise in local school application processes, and are sensitive to their students’ individual needs and personalities. They can lend students moral support, and focus their efforts on achieving concrete goals. We know that for every student, succeeding on private school entrance exams takes hard work and a village of support. We’re honored and excited to be part of that network for Tutor Doctor families. Join us on the path to educational excellence and unlock your child’s full potential with our private school readiness programs.

Kindergarten Readiness Program

We have crafted a comprehensive readiness program for private school kindergarten admission. This program is designed to prepare preschool aged children for all aspects of the private school admissions process. Our package includes 12 hours of personalized one-on-one instruction with a dedicated tutor, a comprehensive set of materials, an observed 90 minute classroom participation activity followed by a feedback report and a comprehensive progress report to be completed after 8 hours of tutoring. The 90 minute classroom participation activity will take place via our Manoa Keiki Club Wa’a Class.

Kindergarten Readiness Program

  • 12 Hours of 1:1 Tutoring
  • Materials Included
  • 1 Classroom Group Participation Activity
  • Follow up with student and tutor after 8 hours & check in with family

Package Value: $1,180       You Pay: $1,067

Payment Options: 

1) Full Payment at Time of Enrollment (5% off Price) – $1,013.65

2) Time of Enrollment – $367, After 1 Month – $350, After 2 Months – $350 (Payment method will be kept on file with authorization to automatically charge on due dates)

For families seeking additional hands-on classroom experience to prepare their preschooler for kindergarten, we recommend signing up for Wa’a Classes through our Manoa Keiki Club! 

Lower Level Readiness Programs 

The two programs below are specifically crafted for students seeking private school admission for 4th or 5th grade. Designed to cater to their academic needs, these programs focus on preparing students for the Lower Level SSAT examination, a crucial component of the admissions process.

Lower Level SSAT Readiness Program #1

  • 12 Hours of 1:1 Tutoring
  • Materials Included
  • 1 Full-Length Proctored Practice Test 
  • Progress report after 8 hours & check in with family

Package Value: $1,143     You Pay: $1,030     

Payment Options: 

1) Full Payment at Time of Enrollment (5% off Price) – $978.50

2) Time of Enrollment – $350, After 1 Month – $340, After 2 Months – $340 (Payment method will be kept on file with authorization to automatically charge on due dates)

Lower Level SSAT Readiness Program #2 

  • 24 Hours of 1:1 Tutoring
  • Materials Included
  • 2 Full-Length Proctored Practice Tests
  • Progress report after 16 hours & check in with family

Package Value: $2,121      You Pay: $1,950     

 Payment Options: 

1) Full Payment at Time of Enrollment (5% off Price) – $1,852.50

2) Time of Enrollment – $650, After 1 Month – $435, After 2 Months – $435, after 3 Months – $430  (Payment method will be kept on file with authorization to automatically charge on due dates)

Middle Level Readiness Programs 

The following two programs are tailored to meet the needs of students seeking private school admission for 6th, 7th or 8th grade. Our Middle Level Readiness Programs are geared towards ensuring academic readiness for the Middle Level SSAT, a crucial component of the admissions process. With a focus on comprehensive preparation, students will engage in rigorous coursework spanning various subjects, including mathematics, language arts, critical reading, and essay writing. Through targeted instruction and practice, students will strengthen their academics and learn effective test-taking strategies. 

Middle Level SSAT Readiness Program #1

  • 12 Hours of 1:1 Tutoring
  • Materials Included
  • 1 Full-Length Proctored Practice Test
  • Progress report after 8 hours & check in with family

Package Value: $1,178       You Pay: $1,071      

Payment Options: 

1) Full Payment at Time of Enrollment (5% off Price) – $1,017.45

2) Time of Enrollment – $357, After 1 Month – $357, After 2 Months – $357 (Payment method will be kept on file with authorization to automatically charge on due dates)

Middle Level SSAT Readiness Program #2 

  • 24 Hours of 1:1 Tutoring 
  • Materials Included
  • 2 Full Length Proctored Practice Tests
  • Progress report after 16 hours & check in with family

Package Value: $2,156      You Pay: $1,995     

Payment Options: 

1) Full Payment at Time of Enrollment (5% off Price) – $1,895.25

2) Time of Enrollment – $665, After 1 Month – $445, After 2 Months – $445, after 3 Months – $440  (Payment method will be kept on file with authorization to automatically charge on due dates)

Upper Level Readiness Programs

The following two programs are tailored to meet the needs of students seeking private school admission for 9th, 10th or 11th grade. Our Upper Level Readiness Programs are geared towards ensuring academic readiness for the Upper Level SSAT, a crucial component of the admissions process. With a focus on comprehensive preparation, students will engage in rigorous coursework spanning various subjects, including mathematics, language arts, critical reading, and essay writing. Through targeted instruction and practice, students will strengthen their academics and learn effective test-taking strategies. 

Upper Level SSAT Readiness Program #1

  • 12 Hours of 1:1 Tutoring
  • Materials Included
  • 1 Full-Length Proctored Practice Test 
  • Progress report after 8 hours & check in with family

Package Value: $1,143     You Pay: $1,030      

Payment Options: 

1) Full Payment at Time of Enrollment (5% off Price) – $978.50

2) Time of Enrollment – $350, After 1 Month – $340, After 2 Months – $340 (Payment method will be kept on file with authorization to automatically charge on due dates)

Upper Level SSAT Readiness Program #2 

  • 24 Hours of 1:1 Tutoring
  • Materials Included
  • 2 Full-Length Proctored Practice Tests 
  • Progress report after 16 hours & check in with family

Package Value: $2,121      You Pay: $1,950     

Payment Options: 

1) Full Payment at Time of Enrollment (5% off Price) – $1,852.50

2) Time of Enrollment – $650, After 1 Month – $435, After 2 Months – $435, after 3 Months – $430  (Payment method will be kept on file with authorization to automatically charge on due dates)

Interview & Writing Sample Readiness Program 

This program is designed to equip students with the essential skills needed to excel in both one-on-one and group-style interviews, which are common in the private school admissions process. Our program focuses on honing students’ communication abilities, confidence, and poise, ensuring they can effectively articulate their thoughts and experiences. Schools often ask for a writing sample to be completed at the time of the interview. We place a strong emphasis on essay writing skills. Through personalized instruction and guided practice, students will learn to craft compelling and articulate essays that showcase their strengths and abilities, thus maximizing their chances of making a lasting impression during the admissions process.

Interview & Writing Sample Readiness Package

  • 5 hours of 1:1 interview prep and essay writing support
  • Mock Interview Question Pamphlet
  • Option of 30 minute group interview or 30 minute 1:1 interview with unfamiliar interviewer (30 minute 1:1 interview can be substituted for an additional $35)

Package Value: $475     You Pay: $445       

Payment Option:

1) Full Payment at Time of Enrollment

Individual Pricing Overview

  • 1:1 Private Proctored SSAT Exam: $85.00
  • Group SSAT Exam: $30.00
  • 90 Minute Kindergarten Sample Group Class Participation: $67
  • 30 Minute Mock Group Interview: $45
  • 30 Minute Mock 1:1 Private Interview: $80
  • Individual Tutoring Hour Rate: $79.00
  • Material Rate: 
    • Kindergarten: $90.00
    • Lower Level: $90.00
    • Middle Level: $125.00
    • Upper Level: $90.00

SSAT Information Overview

What is the SSAT?

The SSAT, or Secondary School Admission Test, is a standardized test commonly used by private schools as part of their admissions process. 

What academic sections are on the SSAT?

The SSAT assesses students’ verbal, quantitative and reading comprehension skills. The SSAT also includes a non graded writing sample.

How do private schools use SSAT scores?

Private schools use SSAT scores as one of several factors in the admissions process to assess a student’s academic abilities and potential. SSAT scores help schools identify students who possess the academic readiness and intellectual promise to succeed in their rigorous academic programs. While SSAT scores are important, private schools also consider various other factors holistically to make well-informed decisions regarding admissions.

What other factors do private schools look for?

Admissions committees typically review SSAT scores alongside other application materials, such as transcripts, recommendations, and personal statements, extracurricular activities, and teacher recommendations, to gain a comprehensive understanding of each applicant.

What Score Do You Need to Get Into Private School?

Each private school has a different range of scores they will accept. 

 

Group SSAT Test Dates

Registration links will be added 2-3 weeks before test date

DatesLink to Register
4/13/2024
5/11/2024
6/15/2024
7/13/2024
8/10/2024

 

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Breakdown of SSAT Scores:

  1. Raw Score: SSAT scores are initially raw scores. Raw scores are calculated the following ways: On the Middle and Upper Level SSAT, one point is awarded for each correct answer and a quarter of a point is subtracted for each incorrect answer, no points are awarded or deducted for skipped questions. On the Lower Level SSAT, a point is awarded for each correct answer and there is no penalty for incorrect answers.
  2. Equating: Since the SSAT has multiple forms of the test, equating is used to ensure fairness and comparability across different test versions. Equating adjusts for slight variations in difficulty between these different forms.
  3. Scaled Scores: Once equating is applied, the raw scores are converted to scaled scores. Scaled scores range from 500 to 800 for each section of the SSAT (verbal, quantitative, and reading). These scaled scores allow for easy comparison of a student’s performance across different sections and across different administrations of the test.
  4. Percentiles: Additionally, scaled scores are converted into percentile ranks, which indicate how a student’s performance compares to that of other test-takers in the same grade level. For example, a percentile rank of 75 means the student scored as well as or better than 75% of students in the same grade. This scaling and percentile ranking process allows for a standardized interpretation of SSAT scores, providing schools with a reliable measure of a student’s academic abilities relative to their peers.

It is important to keep in mind that a student’s scaled scores may differ within 100 points of the estimates above when they take the actual exam. This is dependent on the SSAT’s specific scaling for that exam and any differences in the students test-taking process.

Students will also receive a percentile ranking comparing their performance against the performance of other students of their gender and grade who have taken the SSAT within the past three years. For example, a percentile of 65 means that you scored higher than 65% of other SSAT test-takers of your gender and grade. These rankings are frequently given the most consideration by admissions offices.

SSAT Test Formats

Lower Level SSAT

For students seeking private school admission for 4th and 5th grade.

  • 1 Math/Quantitative Section: 30 questions in 30 minutes
  • 1 Reading Section: 28 questions in 30 minutes
  • 1 Verbal Reasoning Section: 30 questions in 20 minutes
  • One break is given and one ungraded experimental section.
  • Total test time: 2 hours and 5 minutes

    Middle Level SSAT

    For students seeking private school admission for 6th, 7th or 8th grade.

    • 2 Math/Quantitative Sections: 50 questions total, 60 minutes total.
    • 1 Reading Section: 40 questions in 40 minutes
    • 1 Verbal Reasoning Section: 60 questions in 30 minutes
    • Two breaks are given and there may be one ungraded experimental section.
    • Total test time: 3 hours and 5 minutes

      Upper Level SSAT

      For students seeking private school admission for 9th, 10th or 11th grade.

      • 2 Math/Quantitative Sections: 50 questions total, 60 minutes total.
      • 1 Reading Section: 40 questions in 40 minutes
      • 1 Verbal Reasoning Section: 60 questions in 30 minutes
      • Two breaks are given and there may be one ungraded experimental section.
      • Total test time: 3 hours and 5 minutes

      Refund Policy & Cancellations

      Refunds:

      All purchases of tutoring hours and packages are non-refundable once purchased.

      Cancellation Policy:

      We require a minimum of 24-hour notice for cancellations or rescheduling of tutoring sessions. Failure to provide at least 24-hour notice may result in a full charge for the session. 

      Sick Policy: 

      We understand that sudden illness can occur unexpectedly. Families are permitted to cancel a scheduled session within 24 hours without penalty in such cases. However, if cancellations due to illness exceed one instance within a 45-day period, charges may apply. It’s essential to inform us as soon as possible of any sudden sickness so that we can effectively coordinate with the tutor. In some cases, we may require a doctor’s note to verify the illness. While we value our clients and prioritize their needs, frequent breaches of the cancellation policy, or the potential misuse of it, can lead to financial losses for our small business. As such, we strive to strike a balance between accommodating our clients’ needs and ensuring the sustainability of our business operations. Your cooperation and understanding in adhering to our policies are greatly appreciated. 

      Credit Card on File:

      All families are required to have a valid credit card on file. This card may be charged according to the terms outlined in our refund and cancellation policy and for authorized automatic payments.

      By purchasing individual tutoring hours or a tutoring package with us, you agree to adhere to the terms outlined in this refund and cancellation policy. Please note it is at the discretion of the manager to determine whether charges will be applied based on the reasons provided by the families.

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