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Test Prep

Poly's On-Campus Test Prep Program

Since 2010, Poly Prep has partnered with CATES Tutoring & Educational Services to offer small group PSAT/SAT courses for juniors and seniors. All courses are offered on Poly’s Dyker Heights campus. Students can choose from a variety of course and scheduling options to meet their particular test prep needs. 

Additionally, CATES offers nearly 20 free mock tests each year, providing all students realistic test taking practice for the PSAT/SAT/ACT exams.

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  • About CATES

    CATES' successful problem-solving methodology focuses on the scholastic and psychological aspects of the learning process, which translates to success both in and outside of the classroom. CATES teaches its students the content, strategies, and test-taking skills needed to realize their goals within their budget, scheduling needs, and time horizon. 

    Since its establishment in 2005, CATES has grown rapidly, and diversified. What began as a small, private tutoring and test prep company has quickly become a major player in the New York market. 

    Click here to read more about CATES.
  • About CATES Staff

    CATES features a versatile staff of 30 experienced tutors who successfully guide students through the test prep and college admissions process. Each of CATES’ energetic, dynamic and engaging instructors has graduated from a top-tier U.S. university, and has four to ten years of test prep tutoring experience.

    CATES tutors remain current on the latest trends in test prep through regular master classes and advanced training seminars.  They know Poly, too, having worked with our students for more than nine years.

Why CATES at Poly?

Students have many options when it comes to test prep for college entrance exams.  We have decided to offer an onsite option for the convenience of our busy students.

After much research, we selected CATES as the onsite test prep provider at Poly. CATES' customized, small-group approach has helped Poly Prep’s students substantially improve their PSAT/SAT scores. In the past three years, over 95% of the juniors enrolled in the CATES program improved their PSAT and SAT scores, and 80% outperformed the national average.

The CATES 2016-17 program at Poly accommodates every kind of student by providing small class sizes and flexibility in both scheduling and pricing. Although each course stands alone and students are welcome to take any of them a la carte, the program is designed holistically, so that students can progressively prepare for any and all actual exams. 

Poly Prep students have commented that CATES courses built confidence, decreased test anxiety, improved scores, and...were fun!
Register directly through CATES class page. Search by location "Brooklyn" and the Poly Prep course offerings will appear.

Your Enrollment Options

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  • SAT Foundation Class

    The SAT Foundation Class is for juniors who want an in-depth review of the SAT. The curriculum includes two mock tests and 8 two-hour classes to cover content, strategy, and test-taking skill on the SAT. Class sizes of fewer than 12 students allow the CATES Class Leader to provide individualized feedback to each of the students to help them address their individual needs and strategy for the SAT.
     
    Winter 2017 Course Dates:
    January 3, 5, 10, 12, 19, 22*, 24, 26, 29*, 31
    Includes mock tests on Sundays* from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Includes Tuesday/Thursday instruction from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM or 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Tuition: $1125
  • ACT Foundation Class

    The ACT Foundation Class is for juniors who want an in-depth review of the exam in advance of the April test. The curriculum includes two mock tests and 8 two-hour classes to cover English, math, reading, and science, as well as the strategy and test-taking skills for the ACT. Class sizes of fewer than 12 students allow the CATES Class Leader to provide individualized feedback to each of the students to help them address their individual needs and strategy for the ACT.

    Winter 2017 Class Dates:
    February 7, 9, 14, 16, 23, 26*, 28
    March 2, 5*, 7
     
    Includes mock tests on Sundays* from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Includes Tuesday/Thursday instruction from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM or 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Tuition: $1125
  • SAT Master Course

    (Offered twice)

    The SAT Master Class is geared toward students who have completed the SAT Foundation Class.  It includes content specific preparation and highly specialized strategies for every question type on the SAT.  This course offers a small teacher/student ratio and focused sessions that address math, reading, writing and language.
     
    Winter 2017 Course Dates:
    January 10, 12, 19, 24, 26, 31
    February 2, 5*, 7, 9, 14, 23, 28
    March 2, 5*, 7, 9
     
    Spring 2017 Course Dates:
    April 4, 6, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, 30*
    May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 21*, 23, 25
     
    Includes mock tests on Sundays* from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Includes Tuesday/Thursday instruction from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM or 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Tuition: $1685
  • ACT Master Course

    (Offered twice)

    The ACT Master Class is geared toward students who have completed the ACT Foundation Class.  It includes content specific preparation and highly specialized strategies for every question type on the SAT.  This course offers a small teacher/student ratio and focused sessions that address math, reading, writing and language.
     
    Winter 2017 Course Dates:
    January 10, 24, 26, 31
    February 2, 5*, 7, 9, 12*, 14, 16, 18, 23
    March 2, 5*, 7, 9, 12*, 14, 16
     
    Spring 2017 Course Dates:
    April 4, 6, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, 30*
    May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 21*, 23, 25
     
    Includes mock tests on Sundays* from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Includes Tuesday/Thursday instruction from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM or 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Tuition: $1685
  • Free Mock Tests

    SAT/PSAT/ACT
    Provides opportunity for free full-length mock tests
    CATES emails results 24-48 hours after exam
    All tests held at Poly Prep
    Register directly through CATES Test Prep website
     
    Dates for Winter and Spring 2017 (all Sundays from 10AM-2PM)
    November 13
    November 20
    December 4
    January 22
    January 29
    February 5
    February 12
    February 26
    March 5
    March 12
    April 2
    April 30
    May 21

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