SSAT/HSPT Prep Classes

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About the Tests – SSAT/HSPT Prep Classes – SSAT, ISEE, HSPT Private Tutoring


To register for either private tutoring or the prep course, please call (401) 595-9350, send an email to , or print a registration form and send it with payment to: Kaplan Tutoring Services Inc., 5 Karen Drive, Barrington, RI 02806.

KTS offers two types of classes for the HSPT: a 6-week (12 hours) class which covers test-taking strategies and reviews math and grammar concepts, reading comprehension, and essay writing; or a 3-hour class which introduces students to the format of the test and discusses test-taking strategies.

The SSAT/HSPT Prep 12-hour class schedule and course curriculum are presented below, followed by a schedule for the 3-hour class, and then parent and student testimonials.

Please note that no 6-week SSAT/HSPT Prep course will be given in the fall of 2017.  However, private tutoring for both tests is available.  There will also be a 3-hour workshop for the HSPT.  PLEASE SEE BELOW for details.


Five Weekly Sessions, Beginning October 15


Kaplan & Associates Inc., 2377 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence

10 to 12 on 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/12; 9 to 12 on 11/5

Dates: October 15, 22, and 29; November 5 and 12

Small class size. Registration deadline: October 7

Cost (including 1 book and materials): $395.00 (payment plan available)

If combining SSAT and HSPT prep, the cost of the additional book is $18.00.

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The SSAT and HSPT Prep curriculum includes the following:

  • Verbal Skills Review (synonyms, antonyms, analogies)
  • Vocabulary Analysis (looking for roots & prefixes)
  • Math Skills Review (math terminology, factors, exponents, radicals, percents, fractions, decimals, negative integers, probability, ratio & proportions, etc.)
  • Algebra Review (equations, inequalities, functions, Scientific Notation, word problems)
  • Geometry Review (plane geometry concepts & coordinate geometry)
  • Tables, Charts, Graphs, & Maps Analysis
  • Reasoning Skills (sequence, logic)
  • Reading Comprehension & Vocabulary Practice
  • Language Arts Review (grammar, spelling, punctuation, usage, composition)
  • Essay Writing Practice
  • Test-Taking Strategies
  • Full-Length Timed Practice Test


The 3-hour HSPT Review class will be held on Sunday, November 5, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in the Kaplan & Associates office building located at 2377 Pawtucket Avenue in East Providence. The cost is $200, and the registration deadline is October 29. This class will introduce students to the format of the test, teach test-taking strategies, and present the students with some practice problems.  Some materials will be provided, as well as a prep book to work with after the course. (Please register by October 22 to receive the prep book on time for the class).

Testimonials from Parents and Students about SSAT Prep Class:

“I highly recommend Cindy Kaplan and her SSAT prep class. My son was advised to take the upper level SSAT test at the end of the 7th grade for a benchmark on his test scores and a practice run. His scores were in the average range but needed improvement for boarding school acceptance. After taking Cindy’s course, his math score went up 100 points and his verbal and reading scores went up 65 points. He had great success with the admissions process at all of the schools that he applied to.” Gordon School Parent

“I really benefited from taking Mrs. Kaplan’s SSAT prep class. My test scores improved significantly. Mrs. Kaplan is a very competent tutor. Thanks to her I got into my first choice school in a very competitive year.” Gordon School Graduate, accepted to many boarding schools

“Thank you for your wonderful program! Our son said he did gain quite a bit of very helpful knowledge and test-taking skills from the course. He said he felt it was very, very worthwhile. We will definitely recommend your course to others.” Parent of a Student Accepted to Wheeler School

“Mrs. Kaplan would help us with any of the problems that we didn’t understand. She told us some great tips, which were extremely helpful when taking the test. The SSAT class was incredibly helpful.” Student accepted to Lincoln School

“The SSAT prep course helped me learn new studying skills to perform better on the test.” Student accepted to Moses Brown

Testimonials about HSPT Prep Class:

“Due to our son’s grades and the score he received on the Catholic high school test, he placed in the top 5% of his class and was awarded a substantial yearly scholarship. Thank you!” Parent of a Bishop Hendricken Student

“Students who took Cindy Kaplan’s class were easy to spot on test day-they were the ones who weren’t panicking. If your children are trying to get into a Catholic high school, do them a favor and sign them up for Cindy Kaplan’s test prep class-she is the answer to all the prayers they undoubtedly exclaim on that cold morning in December!” Peter Boland, former Director of Admissions at Saint Raphael Academy

“Our son was accepted to several Catholic high schools. He has decided to go to Hendricken this fall where he has been placed into their honors program. I want to thank you. He says that he had the right tools and the confidence going into the entrance exam-all which he learned from your prep classes! We will keep you in mind for any future needs.” Parent of a Future Bishop Hendricken Student

“My daughter has been accepted into the honors program at Bay View. Thank you for running such a professional program. I believe that my daughter benefited significantly by participating in it.” Parent of a Future Bay View Student

“Your tutoring helped me achieve being accepted into LaSalle Academy. I was really struggling and was really unprepared for the testing. After your tutoring, I felt more confident and ready. Thank you so much.” Student accepted to LaSalle Academy

“In terms of the preparation course that our son took with you, I would recommend it to all students who are serious about getting into a private or parochial high school. Our son walked out of the test feeling very comfortable that he did well.” Parent of a Future Bishop Feehan High School Student

“Thank you so much for all of your help with this process. Taking the course was very beneficial for our daughter, not only for the substantive knowledge, but she knew what to expect on the test, so she was not at all apprehensive on test day. I would highly recommend your course to others.” Parent of a Future Prout School Student