We offer test preparation workshops and tutoring for middle school and high school students. Whether you’re looking to place into the best high schools in Chicago or gearing up to head off to college, we’re here to help.

Find a test prep workshop that’s right for you below, or request a test prep tutor for more specialized attention.

Ultimate 8th Grade Test Prep Registration

The Ultimate 8th Grade Test Prep Workshop includes strategy discussions, practice sections, and content review to prepare students for all high school entrance exams. This includes the NWEA MAP & SEHS (for CPS selective enrollment high schools), HSPT (for Catholic high schools), ISEE (for private high schools) & SSAT (for boarding schools).

The purpose of this course is to prepare 8th graders for all high school entrance exams required by various Chicago area schools: the NWEA MAP & SEHS (for CPS selective enrollment high schools), HSPT (for Catholic high schools), ISEE (for private high schools) & SSAT (for boarding schools). The course is designed for 8th graders currently attending a public, charter, private, or Catholic school. Visit this page to learn more about the application process for Chicago-area high schools.

Schedule:

Students register for either the Saturday or Tuesday class. If your child cannot attend his or her regular class in a given week, contact Educational Endeavors to find out if the student can attend on the alternative day as a makeup for that week. We will do our best to accommodate these requests.

What you get with your registration:
  • Strategy packet with strategies specific to each of the tests your 8th grader may have to tackle, the “Ten Commandments” of test prep (fundamentals applicable to standardized tests in high school and beyond), and strategies tailored to each content area (math, reading, vocabulary, language & logic).
  • Access to the EE practice question vault—1000’s of questions of all types, in various formats.
  • Our helpful guide to all the best online resources.
  • Twelve sessions that each include practice sections, strategy review, and content review.
  • Smaller is better! No more than 18 kids in any class. Period.
Schedule:

Tuesdays, September 11th – November 27th, 2018
4:30 – 6:00pm

Saturdays, September 8th – December 1st, 2018
3:00 – 4:30pm

Cost:

$425

Location:

Menomonee Club / Drucker Center
1535 N. Dayton St.
Chicago, IL 60642

View the detailed curriculum here.

Sessions 1-4: 

  • Comparing the NWEA MAP test and the CPS selective enrollment exam: similarities and differences in content, format, rules, and strategies.
  • The “Ten Commandments” of standardized tests: strategies that work for any exam.
  • Math & reading strategies and practice.
  • These weeks are great prep whether your child is taking the NWEA MAP in the fall or focusing only on the SEHS and other high school admissions tests.

Sessions 5-11: 

  • Ultimate 8th grade diagnostic test.
  • Overview of format, rules, and strategies for all high school admissions tests.
  • Vocabulary, language, and logic concepts & strategies.
  • Math, reading, vocabulary, language, and logic practice sections.

Session 12: 

  • Q&A about previous test questions and topics.
  • Strategy review.
  • Summative assessment of all content areas and question types.
NWEA MAP Workshop

This workshop teaches content, strategies, and self-assessment tips to ensure students are confident in taking the NWEA MAP and reach their full potential on test day. This workshop covers test-taking strategies and subject-specific content needed for the NWEA MAP test, which counts for one-third of the Chicago Public Schools Selective Enrollment High School application score. The course is open to students during spring of 7th grade or fall of 8th grade.

The course is geared toward 7th graders who attend CPS or charter schools and will take the MAP test in May/June to qualify for the Selective Enrollment exam in 8th grade. Private and Catholic school students are also welcome to register, but they will likely not take their qualifying MAP test until fall of their 8th grade year. We recommend non-CPS students take our Ultimate 8th Grade Test Prep Workshop to prepare for the fall MAP test dates as well as other high school admissions exams. Look here for more information about the application process for Chicago-area high schools.

Schedule:

To be announced.

Cost:

To be announced.

Location:

Menomonee Club / Drucker Center
1535 N. Dayton St.
Chicago, IL 60642

View the detailed curriculum here.
Session 1

Content

  • Rules & format of the MAP:
    • approaching an adaptive, computerized test;
    • not relying on a calculator;
    • not going back to previous test items;
    • using unlimited time

Strategies

  • How to get the most out of this class:
    • approach to practice tests
    • self-assessment
    • resources for extra practice

Practice

  • Math & Reading
    • diagnostic tests
Session 2

Content

  • Math:
    • decimals
    • scientific notation
    • square roots
    • exponents
    • percentages
    • area & surface area
  • Reading:
    • Latin roots for vocab
    • genre categories

Strategies

  • The roadMAP to NWEA Success:
    • 10 test-taking strategies that work

Practice

  • Math & Reading
    • practice #1
Session 3

Content

  • Math:
    • order of operations
    • units of measure
    • problem-solving with algebraic expressions
  • Reading:
    • poetic devices
    • making inferences

Strategies

  • Math strategy:
    • find 4 ways to solve
  • Reading strategies:
    • scanning first?
    • “kitchen” logic

Practice

  • Math & Reading
    • practice #2
Session 4

Content

  • Math:
    • fractions
    • ratios
    • averages
    • probability
    • trigonometry basics
    • function notation
  • Reading:
    • author’s purpose
    • drawing conclusions

Strategies

  • Math strategy:
    • is it reasonable?
    • slow down!
  • Reading strategies:
    • active reading
    • can you focus?

Practice

  • Math & Reading
    • practice #3
Session 5

Content

  • Math:
    • linear equations (point-slope and slope-intercept forms)
    • circle geometry
  • Reading:
    • literary elements and devices

Strategies

  • Math strategy:
    • what did they ask?
    • write it all down
  • Reading strategies:
    • exceptional words
    • details & context

Practice

  • Math & Reading
    • practice #4
Session 6

Content

  • Math:
    • types of angles
    • similar polygons
    • arithmetic properties
  • Reading:
    • identifying organization, tone, and theme

Strategies

  • Math strategy:
    • close isn’t always best
    • don’t click yet!
  • Reading strategies:
    • types of P.Ø.E.
    • write your own answer

Practice

  • Math & Reading
    • practice #5
Session 7

Content

  • Math:
    • algebra review
    • linear equations review
  • Reading:
    • working with informational texts

Strategies

  • Reading strategies:
    • don’t fall for distractors
    • the topic doesn’t matter

Practice

  • Math & Reading
    • practice #6
Session 8

Content

  • Q & A about previous test items and topics

Strategies

  • Strategy review activity

Practice

  • Math & Reading
    • summative assessment
6th Grade Gifted (Academic Center) Workshop

Our Academic Center Test Prep class for 6th graders includes a pre- and post-workshop assessment as well as strategy discussions, practice sections, and review of core concepts at each session.

Schedule:

To be announced.

Cost:

To be announced.

Location:

Menomonee Club / Drucker Center
1535 N. Dayton St.
Chicago, IL 60642

High School Test Prep for College Entrance Exams

Though we are not known as an ACT/SAT test prep company, we happen to have some outstanding tutors with years of experience helping to prepare students for these exams. Our results illustrate that practice can improve scores and build confidence for the ACT or SAT.

Also check out our College Success Seminar: college-bound students will benefit greatly from the executive functioning, writing, and self-advocacy skills taught in this course.

SAT/ACT Test Prep for High School Students

Educational Endeavors SAT/ACT prep workshops include strategy discussion, content review, and the opportunity to take practice sections at every session. Students will customize their workshop based on which tests and content areas they need to focus on.

Sessions run in the fall and spring and include timed practice sections, strategy discussions, and a review of key concepts. Open to students in grades 10-12.

Schedule:

To be announced.

Cost:

To be announced.

Location:

Menomonee Club / Drucker Center
1535 N. Dayton St.
Chicago, IL 60642