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Welcome to the LMU
Fall HSPT Program

Program Schedule 2023

Fall Program: September 30 - January 14

Saturday OR Sunday 6:00 - 8:30

How Our Program Generates The Best Results

Our program works with students on all the criteria in the application process. By comprehensively improving each area, we get better results than programs just focusing on test prep alone.

Test preparation

Essay writing

Extracurricular activities

Letters of recommendation

Interviews

  • 37 Hours of Live Class Instruction - More than any other course

  • 3 Full Length Practice Tests

  • Essay Instruction - We teach how to approach the essays, then essays are reviewed for content and grammatical content

  • Proprietary Curriculum Developed from over 30 years of learnings

  • Interview Guidance and practice so students will present their best selves and avoid pitfalls

     

  • Extracurricular Consultation - Choose ECs for 8th grade & which ones to exclude 

  • In-Class Time to complete homework with the instructor so kids aren't burdened with more homework

  • Make-Ups Are Easy - Classes are recorded via Zoom for make-ups and to review key concepts from class 

  • Small Class Sizes - Our average class size is 7.  All of our classes are held live via Zoom with cameras on, class participation required and individual instruction given.

LMU Program Advantage

Proven Test Prep Curriculum

Largest High School Admissions Program - Not Just Test Prep

Low Average Class Size of 7 for Lots of Individual Attention

Individualized Feedback on Admissions Essays

Individualized Feedback on Practice Interview Responses

Many Students Scoring in the 99th Percentile Nationally

Tuition Payments

Total tuition cost of the program is broken up into five monthly payments of $240

 

Top 10 Admissions
Mistakes Parents Make

There is a lot of mystery around how high school admissions directors work. Misunderstandings lead to a lot of heartache when rejection letters go out and otherwise qualified students are dinged and rejected due to avoidable mistakes. Over the years, we've seen a clear pattern of fallacies that lead parents to these frustrating results:

"My daughter has good grades, so she just needs a good test score to get in."

There are 6 areas in the admissions process and weighting of importance in getting accepted or rejected by admissions directors:

  • 25% HSPT / SSAT / ISEE / SHSAT Score
  • 20% Grades
  • 15% Extracurriculars
  • 20% Essays
  • 10% Letters of Recommendation
  • 10% Interviews

A great test score and good grades are not enough. We hear from parents every year who want help applying as sophomore transfers who were rejected because they failed to craft their application considering the importance of the other areas of impact in the admissions process.

"She's a good test taker. So she just needs to brush up on a few concepts and take the exam."

Most 8th graders are not in a regular practice of taking timed exams.  In fact, over the years, teacher performance is increasingly tied to testing outcomes. Teachers now give students ever more time to take tests, even using multiple days to complete them.  Students are often encouraged by teachers to reconsider their answers and take more time, "You know the answer to that." 

Entrance exams are different. They are timed. Some test sections only allow 16 seconds per question while others require brisk reading. Our course is designed to equip students with the tips and tricks needed to be accurate and also efficient, leaving them with plenty of time to review answers.

"My son has average grades, so he'll never get accepted."

These are the 6 areas of the admissions process and the weighting of their importance in getting accepted or rejected. Grades are only part of the equation:

  • 25% HSPT / SSAT / ISEE Score
  • 20% Grades
  • 20% Essays
  • 15% Extracurriculars
  • 10% Letters of Recommendation
  • 10% Interviews

Every year we work with students who have challenging grades.  A solid test score, coupled with focus on the other areas of impact, have gotten the vast majority of our students acceptances into top high schools.

"My son has the perfect extracurricular profile for this school."

Extracurriculars are misunderstood by nearly all parents.  They assume some extracurriculars are great when they aren't and those smaller ones aren't as important as they are.  Admissions counselors and committees are looking for a certain profile of student and it varies depending on school.  In our Admissions Consultation, we review with you all your student's extracurriculars that we will focus on and where there are opportunities, give you guidance on which ones to work on in the summer and during 8th grade.  Make no mistake, extracurriculars are a critical aspect to fitting the right profile of students that get admitted or rejected.

"We don't have legacy at that school so we don't have a chance." OR "We have legacy at the school so my son is a shoe-in."

Having legacy at a school is a definite advantage when it's a parent or grandparent.  Aunts, uncles and cousins are less impactful.  We don't include it in our areas of admissions because it's not something that can be worked on.  You either have legacy or you don't.  If you do, as long as you address the other areas of admissions (test score, essays, etc), you have increased odds of acceptance. 

However, about 80% of our students do not have legacy at the schools they are applying.  Meaning that the application they present is of more importance because they are competing with more students for fewer admissions spaces due to legacy admits.  We excel at getting the most competitive profile for each student by focusing on the whole student and comprehensive support of all areas of the admissions process.  That's how we get results.

"He's a good writer so the essays should be no problem."

There is perhaps no more underestimated part of the admissions process than the essays. Many mistakes in both grammar and content are made by parents and students alike. Great essays are a huge signal and weigh heavily in the admissions process. Average to poor essays often mean the difference between acceptance and rejection. We focus on strong essays and it's one of the reasons why we get more acceptances than just taking a test prep class.

"Getting waitlisted is a waiting game."

Most parents make the mistake of being passive while on the waitlist.  We have proactive steps that can help get traction on the waitlist.  That said, much will depend on how competitive the year is for admissions.  Much like university admissions, the advent of online admissions applications has increased the applicant pool in most years which makes it more competitive.

"My daughter is only applying to one school."

This time in life is about exploring opportunities.  We advocate for applying to a minimum of 3 schools even if your family is decided on 1 school already. The reason is that every year we see shifts in thinking by students and parents as they start to go to school open houses and complete their shadowing days.  Many times, we student and parent opinions can change after meeting students and faculty of schools.  Even if you find out that your top choice hasn't changed, you feel more confident and assured that you're making the right choice and that brings peace of mind to this large investment of money and 4 years time.

"Interviews are just a formality and we just need to attend."

An interview will not put your application over the edge in most cases.  But it can add to the overall impact of an application and can be a difference-maker for a waitlisted student. We focus on giving explicit instruction and have dedicated time for students to practice and receive feedback on interview responses. This helps students feel confident for interviews and any interactions at high school visits/tours.

"My son/daughter was admitted last year so my 2nd child will get accepted easily."

It can be the case that having a child already attending the school will give a family an advantage in admissions.  However, the first student needs to be in good standing and hopefully the relationship between the school and parents has been a good one.  If that is the case, then the sibling applying just needs to do well on their admissions file. 

Frequently Asked Questions