TJ Test Prep

Give your student the best chance for admission through expert instruction.
"I am very excited to inform you that I have been accepted into Thomas Jefferson High School for the Freshman Class of 2022. I couldn't have done it without your help for the last 6 months. PLC greatly prepared me for both the test and the essay sections and made me feel much more comfortable during both exams. Thank you so much again, and I will definitely keep in touch during my high school career."
- From the student of Successful TJ Applicant (Class of 2022)

Why Choose Prime Learning Center?

Admission to Thomas Jefferson High School is very competitive. A high admission test score combined with a good GPA gives students the best chance of acceptance.

  • Our tutors are graduates of top universities who are experts in their subject areas and have extensive experience teaching test preparation.
  • Our Math tutors are able to teach from several different viewpoints, helping students find methods they can truly understand.
  • Essays: Because the essays are not until January, many test preparation courses ignore this aspect. However, the essays are actually quite important for the admissions process, so our tutors work with students on essay writing, giving frequent, personalized instruction.
  • Tutoring Material: We use a wide variety of practice material to make students as comfortable as possible with the exam's format.
  • Tutors teach everything the student needs to know about the test and then offers guided practice.
  • Simulation Tests: We offer several simulated tests including essays over the course of our session, helping students learn how to effectively manage time on the real test.

Apply to TJHSST and Decision Process

Click here for TJHSST Admission Exam Information

2019 Fall TJ Test Prep Course - Class of 2024

Completely prepare for 2019 TJ Exam.
"I am very excited to inform you that I have been accepted into Thomas Jefferson High School for the Freshman Class of 2022. I couldn't have done it without your help for the last 6 months. PLC greatly prepared me for both the test and the essay sections and made me feel much more comfortable during both exams. Thank you so much again, and I will definitely keep in touch during my high school career."
- From the student of Successful TJ Applicant (Class of 2022)

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) admission test was changed last year and we remain committed to giving your student the best chance for admission through expert instruction.

This class will focus on maximizing you student’s abilities in problem solving and time management. Students will be taught how to prepare themselves for the test and given strategies for test taking. Students are expected to come to class on time, complete any assignments given, and put their efforts into preparation.

New Skills Focus

Reading

  • Key Ideas and Details
  • Craft and Structure
  • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Math

  • Pattern Recognition
  • Probability Combinatorics
  • Out-of-the Box Algebra
  • Geometry and Optimization

Science

  • Interpretation of Data
  • Scientific Investigation
  • Evaluation of Models
  • Inferences
  • Experimental Design

Essay

  • Essay Planning
  • Editing
  • Write Effective Essays
  • We help prepare the students for the reading section in order to help them to get the best possible score and to practice for similar standardized tests.
  • We work with students on the science section by discussing the type of information they will be presented, by practicing, and discussing test taking strategies.
  • Math preparation and enrichment will help your student on future tests, including the SAT and the ACT, and will help them develop problem solving strategies.
  • We assign essays to teach students to write effectively on topic in limited time. This allows the students to develop as readers and writes and helps the students formulate responses for the reading and the science sections of the test.
  • Give your student the best chance for admission through expert instruction and three proctored and scored simulation exams.

Top 1% "Experienced and Highly Qualified" TJ Prep Tutor

  • Anna Durden — TJ Graduate, College of William & Mary, She has 6 years experience with TJHSST Exam Prep tutoring.

See below for our full list of courses, offered at our Fairfax, Vienna and McLean facilities.

2019 Fall Program TJ Exam Prep Course Schedule

Session Fairfax Branch McLean Branch Vienna Branch
Day Date Time Day Date Time Day Date Time
1* Sat 8/24 2:00 - 5:00pm
Full-Length
Diagnostic Test
Sun 8/25 2:00 - 5:00pm
Full-Length
Diagnostic Test
Sat 8/24 9:00 - 12:00pm
Full-Length
Diagnostic Test
2 Sat 8/31 2:00 - 5:00pm* Sun 9/1 2:00 - 5:00pm* Sat 8/31 9:00 - 12:00pm*
3 Sat 9/7 2:00 - 5:00pm Sun 9/8 2:00 - 5:00pm Sat 9/7 9:00 - 12:00pm
4 Sat 9/14 2:00 - 5:00pm Sun 9/15 2:00 - 5:00pm Sat 9/14 9:00 - 12:00pm
5 Sat 9/21 2:00 - 5:00pm Sun 9/22 2:00 - 5:00pm Sat 9/21 9:00 - 12:00pm
6 Sat 9/28 2:00 - 5:00pm Sun 9/29 2:00 - 5:00pm Sat 9/28 9:00 - 12:00pm
7 Sat 10/5 2:00 - 5:00pm
Full-Length
Simulation Test
Sun 10/6 2:00 - 5:00pm
Full-Length
Simulation Test
Sat 10/5 9:00 - 12:00pm
Full-Length
Simulation Test
8 Sat 10/12 2:00 - 5:00pm Sun 10/13 2:00 - 5:00pm Sat 10/12 9:00 - 12:00pm
9 Sat 10/19 2:00 - 5:00pm Sun 10/20 2:00 - 5:00pm Sat 10/19 9:00 - 12:00pm
10 Sat 10/26 2:00 - 5:00pm Sun 10/27 2:00 - 5:00pm Sat 10/26 9:00 - 12:00pm
11 Sat 11/2 2:00 - 5:00pm Sun 11/3 2:00 - 5:00pm Sat 11/2 9:00 - 12:00pm
12 Mon 11/4 2:00 - 5:00pm
Full-Length
Final Test
Mon 11/4 2:00 - 5:00pm
Full-Length
Final Test
Mon 11/4 2:00 - 5:00pm
Full-Length
Final Test
13 Tue 11/5 12:00 - 2:00pm Tue 11/5 3:00 - 5:00pm Tue 11/5 9:00 - 11:00am
11/9, Sat 2019 TJ Admission Administration Day. Good Luck!!

* Length of each class: 3 hours (Reading - Aspire: 1 hour, Math - Quant Q: 1 hour, Science - Aspire: 1 hour)

Tuition: $1,300 Enroll Now

Apply to TJHSST and Decision Process

Click here for TJHSST Admission Exam Information

2020 TJ Semifinalist - Class of 2024
Student Information Sheet(SIS) and Essay Course

The Student Information Sheet (SIS) and the Essay are the last chance a student has to make his or her case directly to the admissions officers.

The students will take the Student Information Sheet (SIS) and the Essay portion on a computer at the same site as the admissions test. The SIS is made up of three questions designed to learn about a semifinalist's prior experiences, goals, and interests. The Essay question focuses on problem solving, often with an ethical component. Students will have two hours to complete all three SIS questions and the Essay.

☞ Dates To Remember

  • TJHSST Semifinalist Pool Notification Posted: January 17, 2020
  • Entry by Applicants of Teacher Recommendation Information Deadline: January 24, 2020
  • 2020 TJHSST Student Information Sheet/Essay administration Day: February 8, 2020
  • Teacher Recommendations due: February 10, 2020
  • TJHSST Student Information Sheet/Essay Accommodations Test Day: February 14, 2020
  • Inclement Weather date for Student Information Sheet/Essay administration: February 15, 2020
  • Inclement Weather date for Student Information Sheet/Essay Accommodations Test Day: February 21, 2020
  • Final admissions decisions posted/mailed no later than this date: April 30, 2020
  • From: the TJHSST Website

* The students will take the SIS and the Essay portion of the admissions process on a computer at the same site as the admissions test.

☞ How Admitted Students are Selected (approximately 480)

  • Student Information Sheet (SIS) and Essay: The Student Information Sheet/Essay is completed by all semifinalists. Each is reviewed based on content, clarity, and relation to the mission of TJHSST. Responses vary greatly and there are no particular phrases or specific response for which we look.
  • Teacher Recommendations: All applicants submit two teacher recommendations. Each teacher recommendation is evaluated based on each teacher’s account of the applicant’s characteristics, talents, and potential contributions to TJHSST’s group of learners.
  • Quant Q (Math), ACT Aspire Reading and Science Scores
  • Grade Point Average (GPA): The grade point averages include a core subject GPA (marks from core subject courses taken in 7th grade and the first quarter of 8th grade) and a math/science GPA (marks from math and science courses taken in 7th grade along with the first and second quarters of 8th grade).

From: the TJHSST Website

*Five years ago, 20% of the final decision was based on the Student Information Sheet (SIS) and 25% was based on two essays. TJHSST has not released updated values for the newer admissions process.

Semifinalists will compose and complete the SIS and Essay themselves, but we can help the student to:

Skill Focus

  • Understand what TJHSST wants
  • Write effective essays
  • Manage their time

SIS

  • Brainstorm and explain accomplishment
  • Think of activities and skills
  • Develope their personal statements

Essay

  • Master essay planning
  • Editing

The 2020 TJHSST SIS/Essay Individual Course will consist of two proctored practice SIS/Essay sessions and two individual sessions with a tutor. After the student registers, he or she will receive information about the 2016 SIS/Essay Individual Course and an assignment to complete before the first proctored session. The student should bring an individual laptop to the practice sessions and will have 2 hours to complete all three SIS questions and the Essay.

Top 1% "Experienced and Highly Qualified" TJ Semifinalist Tutor

  • Anna DurdenTJ Graduate, College of William & Mary

2020 Semifinalist SIS and Essay Individual One-on-One Tutoring Schedule

All practice SIS/Essay sessions and one-on-one sessions are by appointment. Space is available at our Fairfax, Vienna, and McLean facilities on a first come, first served basis.

☞ Course Schedule

  • 1st Proctored Practice SIS and Essay Session (2 hours)
    (*The student should bring an individual laptop to the practice SIS and Essay sessions.)
  • Review 1: One-on-One Tutoring (2 hours)
    • The student and the tutor will review the completed assignment, the completed practice SIS/Essay session, and discuss the student's goals and accomplishments.
  • 2nd Proctored Practice SIS and Essay Session (2 hours)
    (*The student should bring an individual laptop to the practice SIS and Essay sessions.)
  • Review 2: One-on-One Tutoring (2 hours)
    • The student and tutor will go over all the practice essays and discuss individual strategies for the official SIS session.

Tuition: $790 Enroll Now

2020 Spring TJ Test Prep Course - Class of 2025

Start preparing early! Let your student take part in all the spring programs they need and to get a jump start on enrichment for their school work.
"I am very excited to inform you that I have been accepted into Thomas Jefferson High School for the Freshman Class of 2022. I couldn't have done it without your help for the last 6 months. PLC greatly prepared me for both the test and the essay sections and made me feel much more comfortable during both exams. Thank you so much again, and I will definitely keep in touch during my high school career."
- From the student of Successful TJ Applicant (Class of 2022)

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) admission test was changed last year and we remain committed to giving your student the best chance for admission through expert instruction.

This class will focus on maximizing you student’s abilities in problem solving and time management. Students will be taught how to prepare themselves for the test and given strategies for test taking. Students are expected to come to class on time, complete any assignments given, and put their efforts into preparation.

New Skills Focus

Reading

  • Key Ideas and Details
  • Craft and Structure
  • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Math

  • Pattern Recognition
  • Probability Combinatorics
  • Out-of-the Box Algebra
  • Geometry and Optimization

Science

  • Interpretation of Data
  • Scientific Investigation
  • Evaluation of Models
  • Inferences
  • Experimental Design

Essay

  • Essay Planning
  • Editing
  • Write Effective Essays
  • We help prepare the students for the reading section in order to help them to get the best possible score and to practice for similar standardized tests.
  • We work with students on the science section by discussing the type of information they will be presented, by practicing, and discussing test taking strategies.
  • Math preparation and enrichment will help your student on future tests, including the SAT and the ACT, and will help them develop problem solving strategies.
  • We assign essays to teach students to write effectively on topic in limited time. This allows the students to develop as readers and writes and helps the students formulate responses for the reading and the science sections of the test.
  • Give your student the best chance for admission through expert instruction and three proctored and scored simulation exams.

Top 1% "Experienced and Highly Qualified" TJ Prep Tutor

  • Anna Durden — TJ Graduate, College of William & Mary

You can choose from one of the following offered courses and see below for our full list of courses, offered at our Fairfax, Vienna and McLean facilities.

"2020 Spring TJ Prep Course" Class Schedule

Session Fairfax Branch Vienna Branch McLean Branch
Day Date Time Day Date Time Day Date Time
1* Sat Feb. 29 2:00 - 5:00pm
Full-Length
Diagnostic Test
Sat Feb. 29* 2:00 - 5:00pm*
Full-Length
Diagnostic Test
Sat Feb. 29* 2:00 - 5:00pm*
Full-Length
Diagnostic Test
2 Sat Mar. 7 2:00 - 5:00pm** Sat Mar. 7 9:00 - 12:00pm** Sun Mar. 8 2:00 - 5:00pm**
3 Sat Mar. 14 2:00 - 5:00pm Sat Mar. 14 9:00 - 12:00pm Sun Mar. 15 2:00 - 5:00pm
4 Sat Mar. 21 2:00 - 5:00pm Sat Mar. 21 9:00 - 12:00pm Sun Mar. 22 2:00 - 5:00pm
5 Sat Mar. 28 2:00 - 5:00pm Sat Mar. 28 9:00 - 12:00pm Sun Mar. 29 2:00 - 5:00pm
6 Sat Apr. 4 2:00 - 5:00pm Sat Apr. 4 9:00 - 12:00pm Sun Apr. 5 2:00 - 5:00pm
7* Sat Apr. 11 2:00 - 5:00pm
Full-Length
Simulation Test
Sat Apr. 11* 2:00 - 5:00pm*
Full-Length
Simulation Test
Sat Apr. 11* 2:00 - 5:00pm*
Full-Length
Simulation Test
8 Sat Apr. 18 2:00 - 5:00pm Sat Apr. 18 9:00 - 12:00pm Sun Apr. 19 2:00 - 5:00pm
9 Sat Apr. 25 2:00 - 5:00pm Sat Apr. 25 9:00 - 12:00pm Sun Apr. 26 2:00 - 5:00pm
10 Sat May 2 2:00 - 5:00pm Sat May 2 9:00 - 12:00pm Sun May 3 2:00 - 5:00pm
11 Sat May 9 2:00 - 5:00pm Sat May 9 9:00 - 12:00pm Sun May 10 2:00 - 5:00pm
12* Sat May 16 2:00 - 5:00pm
Full-Length
Final Test
Sat May 16* 2:00 - 5:00pm*
Full-Length
Final Test
Sat May 16* 2:00 - 5:00pm*
Full-Length
Final Test
13* Sat May 23 2:00 - 4:00pm Sat May 23* 2:00 - 4:00pm* Sat May 23* 2:00 - 4:00pm*

* All Full-Length Tests and Final Class (Session #13) will take place at Fairfax branch, regardless of the location of the class.
** Length of each class: 3 hours (Reading - Aspire: 1 hour, Math - Quant Q: 1 hour, Science - Aspire: 1 hour)

Early Bird Tuition: Register by January 29, 2020 for a tuition discount of 10%.
Tuition: $1,300 ⇒ $1,170 Enroll Now

Apply to TJHSST and Decision Process

Click here for TJHSST Admission Exam Information

2020 Summer TJ Test Prep Course - Class of 2024

Give your student the best chance for admission through expert instruction and the best available practice exams.
"My son got accepted to TJ 2023 class! We are very excited and cannot wait to share this great news with you all. We would like to sincerely thank you for the wonderful job you have done preparing him for the test. We especially appreciate Ms. Anna's hard work, solid experience, and amazing patience. He said he would not make it without her help. Again, Thank you all very much!"
- From Parents of Successful TJ Applicant (Class of 2023)

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) admission test was changed last year and we remain committed to giving your student the best chance for admission through expert instruction.

This class will focus on maximizing you student’s abilities in problem solving and time management. Students will be taught how to prepare themselves for the test and given strategies for test taking. Students are expected to come to class on time, complete any assignments given, and put their efforts into preparation.

New Skills Focus

Reading

  • Key Ideas and Details
  • Craft and Structure
  • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Math

  • Pattern Recognition
  • Probability Combinatorics
  • Out-of-the Box Algebra
  • Geometry and Optimization

Science

  • Interpretation of Data
  • Scientific Investigation
  • Evaluation of Models
  • Inferences
  • Experimental Design

Essay

  • Essay Planning
  • Editing
  • Write Effective Essays
  • We help prepare the students for the reading section in order to help them to get the best possible score and to practice for similar standardized tests.
  • We work with students on the science section by discussing the type of information they will be presented, by practicing, and discussing test taking strategies.
  • Math preparation and enrichment will help your student on future tests, including the SAT and the ACT, and will help them develop problem solving strategies.
  • We assign essays to teach students to write effectively on topic in limited time. This allows the students to develop as readers and writes and helps the students formulate responses for the reading and the science sections of the test.
  • Give your student the best chance for admission through expert instruction and three proctored and scored simulation exams.

Top 1% "Experienced and Highly Qualified" TJ Prep Tutor

  • Anna Durden — TJ Graduate, College of William & Mary

You can choose from one of the following offered courses and see below for our full list of courses, offered at our Fairfax, Vienna and McLean facilities.

2020 Summer TJ Prep "Course A" Schedules

Session Date Fairfax Branch
(T/Th/Sa)
Date Vienna Branch
(M/W/F)
McLean Branch
(M/W/F)
1 Tue, June 16 9:00am - 12:00pm
Full-Length
Diagnostic Test
Mon, June 15 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Full-Length
Diagnostic Test
9:00am - 12:00pm
Full-Length
Diagnostic Test
2 Thu, June 18 9:00am - 12:00pm** Wed, June 17 2:00pm - 5:00pm** 9:00am - 12:00pm**
3 Sat, June 20 9:00am - 12:00pm Fri, June 19 2:00pm - 5:00pm 9:00am - 12:00pm
4 Tue, June 23 9:00am - 12:00pm Mon, June 22 2:00pm - 5:00pm 9:00am - 12:00pm
5 Thu, June 25 9:00am - 12:00pm Wed, June 24 2:00pm - 5:00pm 9:00am - 12:00pm
6 Sat, June 27 9:00am - 12:00pm Fri, June 26 2:00pm - 5:00pm 9:00am - 12:00pm
7 Tue, June 30 9:00am - 12:00pm
Full-Length
Simulation Test
Mon, June 29 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Full-Length
Simulation Test
9:00am - 12:00pm
Full-Length
Simulation Test
8 Thu, July 2 9:00am - 12:00pm Wed, July 1 2:00pm - 5:00pm 9:00am - 12:00pm
9 Sun, July 5 9:00am - 12:00pm Fri, July 3 2:00pm - 5:00pm 9:00am - 12:00pm
10 Tue, July 7 9:00am - 12:00pm Mon, July 6 2:00pm - 5:00pm 9:00am - 12:00pm
11 Thu, July 9 9:00am - 12:00pm Wed, July 8 2:00pm - 5:00pm 9:00am - 12:00pm
12 Sat, July 11 9:00am - 12:00pm
Full-Length
Final Test
Fri, July 10 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Full-Length
Final Test
9:00am - 12:00pm
Full-Length
Final Test
13 Tue, July 14 9:00am - 11:00am Mon, July 13 2:00pm - 4:00pm 9:00am - 11:00am

** Length of each class: 3 hours (Reading - Aspire: 1 hour, Math - Quant Q: 1 hour, Science - Aspire: 1 hour)

Early Bird Tuition: Register by December 31, 2019 for a tuition discount of 30%.
Tuition: $1,300 ⇒ $910 Enroll Now

2020 Summer TJ Prep "Course B" Schedules

Session Date Fairfax Branch
(T/Th/Sa)
Date Vienna Branch
(M/W/F)
McLean Branch
(M/W/F)
1 Thu, July 16 9:00am - 12:00pm
Full-Length
Diagnostic Test
Wed, July 15 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Full-Length
Diagnostic Test
9:00am - 12:00pm
Full-Length
Diagnostic Test
2 Sat, July 18 9:00am - 12:00pm** Fri, July 17 2:00pm - 5:00pm** 9:00am - 12:00pm**
3 Tue, July 21 9:00am - 12:00pm Mon, July 20 2:00pm - 5:00pm 9:00am - 12:00pm
4 Thu, July 23 9:00am - 12:00pm Wed, July 22 2:00pm - 5:00pm 9:00am - 12:00pm
5 Sat, July 25 9:00am - 12:00pm Fri, July 24 2:00pm - 5:00pm 9:00am - 12:00pm
6 Tue, July 28 9:00am - 12:00pm Mon, July 27 2:00pm - 5:00pm 9:00am - 12:00pm
7 Thu, July 30 9:00am - 12:00pm
Full-Length
Simulation Test
Tue, July 29 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Full-Length
Simulation Test
9:00am - 12:00pm
Full-Length
Simulation Test
8 Sat, Aug. 1 9:00am - 12:00pm Fri, July 31 2:00pm - 5:00pm 9:00am - 12:00pm
9 Tue, Aug. 4 9:00am - 12:00pm Mon, Aug. 3 2:00pm - 5:00pm 9:00am - 12:00pm
10 Thu, Aug. 6 9:00am - 12:00pm Wed, Aug. 5 2:00pm - 5:00pm 9:00am - 12:00pm
11 Sat, Aug. 8 9:00am - 12:00pm Fri, Aug. 7 2:00pm - 5:00pm 9:00am - 12:00pm
12 Tue, Aug. 11 9:00am - 12:00pm
Full-Length
Final Test
Mon, Aug. 10 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Full-Length
Final Test
9:00am - 12:00pm
Full-Length
Final Test
13 Thu, Aug. 13 9:00am - 11:00am Wed, Aug. 12 2:00pm - 4:00pm 9:00am - 11:00am

** Length of each class: 3 hours (Reading - Aspire: 1 hour, Math - Quant Q: 1 hour, Science - Aspire: 1 hour)

Early Bird Tuition: Register by December 31, 2019 for a tuition discount of 30%.
Tuition: $1,300 ⇒ $910 Enroll Now

Apply to TJHSST and Decision Process

Click here for TJHSST Admission Exam Information

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