Breakthrough Test Prep

Breakthrough Test Prep

5.0 (5)
2 employees
29 years in business

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Rockville, MD 20854
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  • Bob Perilla

    Ms. Broder's expertise in test preparation is unmatched in DC. She is a great resource to her students.

  • Francisco Martinez

    I highly recommend Breakthrough Test Prep.! My daughter decided to switch schools and needed to take the SSAT exam with very little time to prepare for it. Harriet Broder turned out to be a lifesaver - she went out of her way to put together a condensed study plan for my daughter and made herself available for private one-on-one sessions. Harriet's coaching proved invaluable, not only with regards to the substance of the test, but also with regard to mastering test taking techniques. My daughter went into the test with less uncertainty and more confidence. This undoubtedly helped with the final outcome - my daughter applied to two schools with selective admissions, and was accepted to both. Highly recommended

  • Felicia Goldberg Schweitzer

    Harriet and Charles of Breakthrough Test Prep are truly the best. Harriet and Charles tutored our older daughter on SAT prep and our younger daughter on SSAT prep. Harriet helped us determine which test, the SAT or ACT, would work best for our daughter based on her skills (without her having to take both of them!). Under Harriet and Charles' tutelage - Harriet for reading and Charles for math, both girls raised their test scores hundreds of points. Harriet and Charles have proven strategies that truly work, and they know how to reach each student individually, helping them to achieve their potential. Harriet is organized and prepared and keeps the students calm, positive, and on track. She continuously remains current on the newest tests and scoring methods and keeps parents and students apprised with regular newsletters and updates. She and Charles are a pleasure to work with, and I would highly recommend them. I wouldn't go to anyone else for SAT or SSAT prep. We already have them signed up for our next child!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?
  • The 60 ACT vs. SAT Assessment. This assessment consists of 11 either/or questions based on the tests format and content.

  • The 90 Second ACT and SAT Skill Set Assessment. These assessments ask students to rate the relevant skill sets required to score well on the SAT and ACT. After students add up the numbers they are then provided with an SAT or ACT score conversion table. This is approximately 90% accurate.

  • What Type of Learner is Your Teen? Breakthrough has identified and described six types of learners based on how they approach learning.

  • The Parent and Student Profiles. These provide more information about your teen relative to course load, interests, course rigor, GPA and other more nuanced information as well.v

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

A strong interdisciplinary academic background and a passion for education. A National Merit Finalist thanks to an aptitude for the PSAT,   then offered a full academic scholarship to Michigan State University.  4 years as tutor for gifted high school students while completing my BA. After graduation  worked independently as an English-language tutor in Spain for 3 years, and have nearly 10 years experience as lecturer and supervisor while completing both his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Social Psychology at the VU University in Amsterdam.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Our standard tuition packages can be found here:

Our rates are based on expert, one-on-one tutoring in our Potomac learning center. With that said, I am committed to making our services available to a broader audience - especially given the disruption caused by COVID and its disproportionate impact on low-income communities, and the increasing access to virtual tutoring that it has brought about. 

What types of students have you worked with?

We focus on intensive, one-on-one tutoring sessions in and around the area of Potomac, MD. A majority of our students are looking to improve their potential score range to enter extremely competitive, Ivy-league level universities and most find that the money invested in improving their entrance exams more than pays for itself in merit scholarships.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

At least half of what you're learning is psychology. You can't go back and learn years' worth of grammar or pre-calc in a few months. What you can do is learn to focus more on what you know and how to deal with what you don't. Your mindset and an understanding of how the test is structured can make a bigger impact than you think.

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