CATES: ACT Introduction


  • Course Type: Scholars
  • Grade Range: 9 - 11
  • BYOD Course ? Yes
  • Total Price: $950
  • Instructor: Chris Ajemian


Week 1
6/26 - 6/30
Week 2
7/05 - 7/07
Week 3
7/10 - 7/14
Week 4
7/17 - 7/21
Week 5
7/24 - 7/28
Week 6
7/31 - 8/04
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

D-E 360° and CATES Tutoring have partnered to offer CATES ACT 36, a new and dynamic test preparation course for students taking the ACT and SAT. This course acts as a 60-hour, two-part preparation experience for students looking to take the ACT as early as the fall of 2017. Part I, ACT Introduction, outlines the foundational components of the test, including the most frequently occurring concepts and key strategies for target scoring and timing, for students new to testing. Part II, ACT Advanced, provides more in-depth content instruction, high-level tactics based on different types of questions, and strategies for optimal test-taking performance, for more advanced students in need of more expert assistance to realize his or her potential. Depending on their needs, students have the option to enroll in the full, two-part ACT 36 course or in just one of the two parts. Each part includes 20 hours of small-group instruction, plus daily mock tests that simulate real testing conditions, along with nightly exercises. While the ACT 36 is primarily designed to provide instruction and insight necessary to maximize a student’s ACT score, much of the course content is relevant and transferable to other standardized tests, including the Redesigned SAT Reasoning Test and the Math & Literature SAT Subject Tests.

Monday July 10

  • Mock Test 9am-12:30pm
  • 30 Minute Lunch
  • Class 1pm-3pm

July 11 – 14

  • Classes 10:40 AM – 12:50 PM

Monday July 17

  • Mock Test 9am-12:30pm
  • 30 Minute Lunch
  • Class 1pm-3pm

July 18-21

  • Classes 10:40 AM – 12:50 PM
About Chris Ajemian

Chris Ajemian, Founder & CEO of CATES Tutoring, is an innovator in standardized test preparation with almost 20 years of experience supporting students in the NYC area and overseas. He has used his creativity and his unique understanding of the nuances and psychology of the testing process to design cutting-edge prep programming for the ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, AP exams, and TOEFL for high-profile educational institutions such as The US-UK Fulbright Commission, Dun & Bradstreet, Harlem RBI, Millburn High School, and Poly Prep Country Day School, among others. Chris was the chief designer of the testing preparation platform for the renowned Sutton Trust US Program, which serves under-resourced youth in the UK. In the last 5 years, Sutton Trust students have earned top percentile test scores and acceptance to the top 25 schools in the US, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and MIT, and accessed more than $40M in financial aid. Chris was also recently selected to design and run the test preparation platform for Yale University’s new Young African Scholars Program, a pan-continental endeavor which provides 300 African students from more than 30 countries with access to SAT and ACT support via digital, video, and SMS platforms. Chris recently received the inaugural “Artist in Industry” award given by the Obie-winning Chocolate Factory Theater in NYC and can be seen as a featured expert in the upcoming SAT documentary, The Test and the Art of Thinking, by Canobie Films.

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