Test Prep Online

TopTutors.com offers a new online test preparation tutoring course designed to equip students with general test taking strategies that expect to enhance test performance. The site is intended for students grades 3 to 12, and is taught in four consecutive, private, one-on-one sessions. Instructed by teachers with credentials and broadcast live on the Internet, the site uses the company’s proprietary software to deliver tutoring services. Students and tutors listen and talk to one another via microphone headsets, and they work through test preparation lessons together on their computer monitors, which the TutorDesk software transforms into virtual whiteboards.

Available this fall, the site is designed to prepare students for any norm-referenced state or national test, such as the Stanford Achievement Test, the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, or the Scholastic Aptitude Test. TopTutors.com anticipates a release of tutoring courses that will aid in student preparation for specific state standardized achievement tests in early 2001. The cost of the four-session course is $160. TopTutors.com, Santa Monica, CA, (310) 393-6900, www.toptutors.com.

This article originally appeared in the 10/01/2000 issue of THE Journal.