ACT/SAT/Test Optional Strategy & Planning Session

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In this session, we will use objective data and our expert insight to help you formulate a plan for standardized testing. Based on your college goals, we can recommend whether to take the ACT, SAT, or apply test optional. Additionally, if a testing path is recommended, we can provide advice on when to test, when to study and for how long, what specific topics and strategies will be helpful, and what kind of preparation (self-study, prep course, 1:1 tutoring, etc) will be most effective for the student’s unique goals and strengths.

You'll walk away with an understanding of how test scores fit into the college admissions process, advice on which path to pursue (ACT, SAT, or test optional). In addition you will receive guidance on a timeline and plan for test preparation.


Session Goals: Coming out of this session, students will:

  • Gain understanding of how test scores fit into the college admissions process

  • Receive advice on which path to pursue (ACT, SAT, or test optional)

  • Receive guidance on a timeline and plan for test preparation


Recurrence: Single session

Session length: 30 minutes

Grade/Age: 16+ (perfect for students grades 10+)

Class size: 1 student/family per session

Supply list: Please bring any test scores (practice or official) such as PSAT, Pre-ACT, SAT, ACT. If you do not have any practice scores, please contact us at for free practice testing before your session.

Parent Notes: Come to the session prepared to answer questions about your student and their academic performance. A little reflection ahead of time makes for a productive session. 


Teacher Experience: Shiela A.

Sheila is Signet’s President & COO and our resident admissions and test prep expert. She has been preparing students for the SAT, ACT, and GRE for over ten years in both one-on-one and in classroom settings. Sheila holds both a BA and an MA from Harvard University and holds two PhDs from Indiana University.

Sheila stands out because:

  • She is a former commodities trader on Wall Street.
  • She runs Signet’s daily operations and heads up the admissions department.
  • She has a multidisciplinary background in both mathematics and literature.

Clients and students love Sheila because:

  • She is an expert at tailoring standardized test material to her students’ particular needs.
  • She enjoys helping students think and write about literature, especially in ways that are meaningful to them.


About Signet Education:


At Signet, we help teens find their path through high school, college, and beyond through a suite of academic and coaching services including one to one tutoring, standardized test prep, admissions consulting, and academic coaching.
Sheila joined the Signet team in the summer of 2010, bringing with her a wealth of experience teaching SAT, ACT, GRE, literature, and composition in both one-on-one and classroom settings. She loves both teaching and learning, and finds nothing more rewarding than working closely with students to overcome the challenges they face.
After graduating from Harvard in 2002, she spent two years working in financial services before continuing her academic career, which culminated in two doctorates. She brings her significant business and academic experience to bear in her current role at Signet, which includes speaking to every client to craft a tailored solution for their needs, managing the administrative team, and providing educational thought leadership for the company.
Sheila holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Harvard University and two doctoral degrees from Indiana University.

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