We offer test preparation workshops and tutoring for middle and high school students. Whether you’re looking to place into the best high schools in Chicago or striving for admission to your dream 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 (Selective Enrollment, HSPT & ISEE)

The Ultimate 8th Grade Test Prep workshop prepares 8th grade students for the Chicago Public Schools Selective Enrollment entrance exam. Our instructors have improved test scores for countless students drawing on the expertise EE has gained over more than a decade of test prep instruction.

All workshop sessions include practice tests, strategy discussions, and a thorough review of required topics including reading comprehension, mathematics, vocabulary, and language.

If you’re new to the application process for Chicago-area high schools, we recommend viewing our high school admissions info page to learn more.

Schedule:

If you want to start early and finish in time for the December Selective Enrollment exam and the Catholic school exam, then the workshop starting Saturday, October 5th is for you. Enjoy winter break knowing all that test prep is behind you.

If you plan to take the Selective Enrollment exam near the end of the testing window and maximize the time available for test prep, then choose one of the workshops that run from November to January.  With both a Tuesday and a Saturday option starting in November, you can easily make up missed sessions by attending the alternate class day in any given week.

What you get with your registration:
  • A strategy guide with:
    • Recommendations specific to each test format your 8th grader may have to tackle (SEHS, ISEE or HSPT)
    • The Ten Commandments of Test Prep (fundamentals applicable to standardized tests in middle school, high school and beyond)
    • Strategies tailored to each content area (math, reading, vocabulary, language & logic)
  • Access to the EE practice question vault — thousands of questions for all content areas in a variety of formats
  • Our helpful guide to all the best online resources
  • Eight sessions that each present practice sections, strategy discussion, and content review.
  • Small class sizes. No more than 18 kids in any class. Period.
Choose from one of three start dates:
  • October 5 – November 23, 2019 (Saturdays, 3:00 – 4:30 PM)
  • November 5, 2019 – January 14, 2020 (Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6:00 PM)
  • November 9, 2019 – January 18, 2020 (Saturdays, 3:00 – 4:30 PM)
No Class:

November 26 – 30 and December 21-31.

Cost:

$375

Early Bird Special:

Register by July 1, 2019 and receive a 10% discount.

Location:

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

View the detailed curriculum here.

Our test prep classes follow a simple agenda at each of the eight sessions:

  • Discuss strategies and format for that day’s particular practice section
  • Take one or more timed practice sections
  • Go over as many questions as possible, reviewing content and highlighting strategies along the way.
  • Grade the practice sections and set self-directed study goals for the coming week.

It’s not magic. Learn strategies, practice, identify areas for improvement, and repeat! Having great teachers who not only know how to connect with kids, but also have lots of classroom experience is key for us. We don’t hire undergrads and just hand them an agenda. We use teachers with advanced degrees and train them on the curriculum.

Session 1: 

  • 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
  • Selective Enrollment diagnostic test

Sessions 2-7: 

  • Overview of format, rules, and strategies for various entrance exams (SEHS, ISEE and HSPT)
  • Vocabulary, language, and logic concepts & strategies
  • Math, reading, vocabulary, language, and logic practice sections

Session 8: 

  • 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 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: 

  • 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
  • How to get the most out of this class: approach to practice tests; self-assessment; resources for extra practice
  • Practice: math & reading diagnostic

Session 2: 

  • Math: decimals, scientific notation, square roots, exponents, percentages, area & surface area
  • Reading: author’s purpose, drawing conclusions
  • Strategies: 10 strategies for any test
  • Practice: math & reading #1

Session 3: 

  • Math content and strategies: order of operations, units of measure, problem-solving with algebraic expressions, find four ways to solve
  • Reading content & strategies: poetic devices, making inferences, scanning first?, kitchen logic
  • Practice: math & reading #2

Session 4: 

  • Math content and strategies: fractions, ratios, averages, probability, trig basics, function notation, is it reasonable?, slow down
  • Reading content & strategies: author’s purpose, drawing conclusions, active reading, can you focus?
  • Practice: math & reading #3

Session 5: 

  • Math content and strategies: linear equations, circle geometry, what did they ask?, write it all down
  • Reading content & strategies: literary elements and devices, exceptional words, details and context
  • Practice: math & reading #4

Session 6: 

  • Math content and strategies: types of angles, similar polygons, arithmetic properties, close isn’t always best, don’t click yet!
  • Reading content & strategies: identifying organization, tone and theme, types of PØE, write your own answer
  • Practice: math & reading #5

Session 7: 

  • Math content and strategies: algebra review, linear equations review
  • Reading content & strategies: working with informational texts, don’t fall for distractors, the topic doesn’t matter
  • Practice: math & reading #6

Session 8: 

  • Q&A about past topics and test items
  • Strategy review
  • 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

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.

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.

Schedule:

To be announced.

Cost:

To be announced.

Location:

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