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Cornerstone Test Prep And Tutoring

I help Students improve test scores through one-On-One tutoring

In today’s hypercompetitive academic world, there are countless tutors and test prep companies claiming to have the latest and greatest test hack to get you a perfect score. And if you’ve fallen for the marketing hype and spin (like we all have), you’ve probably found yourself frustrated with trying different classes or private tutors that don’t deliver the results you’re looking for.

Test prep is not a one-size-fits-all solution, so that’s why Cornerstone Test Prep and Tutoring in Framingham, MA focuses on personalized tutoring and test prep programs that actually get the results you’ve always wanted: scores that get you into your top-choice school.
Meet Art Clay

We Focus On Your Student

Test Prep Tutoring
Diagnostic Testing
School Subject Tutoring
AP Tutoring
Test Prep Tutoring
Whether you’re a middle school student taking the SSAT or ISEE, a high school student taking the PSAT, SAT, or ACT, or a college graduate taking the GMAT or GRE, we’ve got you covered!
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Diagnostic Testing
Tutoring is extremely effective when we know in advance what your baseline scores are and what areas you need improvement in. Armed with these results, we’ll tailor the tutoring sessions to your specific needs.
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School Subject Tutoring
Top grades in your classes are one of the surefire ways to get noticed by colleges. Having trouble in a particular class? Don’t worry – we’ll work together to bring that grade up.
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AP Tutoring
AP Classes are college level and the most demanding you can take at your school. If you find yourself struggling in your AP class or want to get a solid result on your AP exam, our program will help you get the grade and the score!
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes. Saturday and Sunday are typically my most popular days for tutoring, so be sure to have a weekday backup just in case!
Rarely. The beauty of one-on-one tutoring is that it hits like a laser, identifying and focusing on YOUR specific needs. So, I always recommend going in this direction first, if possible. However, a student may have a sibling or a friend who is in the same grade, has similar strengths, enjoys the dynamic of having another person to work with, and is equally motivated. In such cases we can discuss further and consider a semi-private tutoring arrangement.
Normally, no. Lessons typically are held at my Framingham center. However, I do make a few exceptions (based on specific situations), so don’t be afraid to ask.
Face to face at my Framingham office in our private classroom.
Yes. If you have a demanding schedule that may preclude travel to my office, or if you live outside commuting distance, you should definitely consider setting up private lessons remotely!
Full time! It would be impossible to get the results I do for my students if this was just a part time gig (as it is for many tutors). In addition, many hours of prep-work go into each lesson, which means even more hours of commitment are required for my tutoring profession.
No. And that is an emphatic no. Any company that offers such a guarantee is using it as a marketing gimmick. Just as no lawyer would guarantee a victory for his client and no surgeon would guarantee a successful operation, likewise I would never guarantee that a student’s score will increase by at least X points. Such companies that do engage in this practice are being deceptive. Also, there are layers of fine print and legal terms that make it extremely difficult to qualify for a refund should the score not increase.
No. All materials will be presented either at the outset of the program (typically during the first lesson), or throughout the program. A student may, for example, need additional practice work in a certain area and I will provide all the necessary materials.
Students typically meet weekly. Lessons can vary from one hour to two hours depending on how much work needs to be covered, how much time we have before the upcoming test date, and so on. Obviously, lesson frequency and duration will vary from student to student since I don’t offer a “canned” package: everyone has slightly different timelines, goals, and starting scores. This is NOT a one-size-fits-all approach!
First, I have more experience (20+ years) and have worked with more students than any other tutor in the Greater Boston/MetroWest region. Second, unlike most tutors, who either focus only on content for test improvement or only on strategies, I apply a judicious combination of the two. Third, I can assess a student’s strengths and weaknesses very quickly. Most tutors just cycle through practice test after practice test without identifying and focusing on the areas that their students actually need to improve in to see higher scores. And fourth, I typically cap the number of students I work with at any point to 10. I much prefer to work with a limited number of students and ensure the maximum performance rather than work with dozens and not have the necessary time to prepare a high-quality, productive lesson. Less is more!
SAT/ACT Specific
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No. Colleges will take either the SAT or the ACT. And neither test is looked upon more favorably than the other!
I would recommend checking out our SAT and ACT service pages to learn more about each and my approach. If you’re still unsure, the best thing to do is take our ACT vs SAT Comparison test.
By “easier” I’ll assume we mean that it’s easier to get a comparatively higher score on the ACT than on the SAT. While it’s true that the content on the ACT, particularly in the reading section, may be somewhat less demanding than that on the SAT, it’s not necessarily an easier test. In fact, most students often complain about the timing on the ACT which is much more demanding than the SAT: the ACT reading and science sections are notoriously difficult to finish within the 35 minute time limit. Also, the ACT math is more demanding than the SAT in terms of content. It covers far more topics than the SAT, including matrices, vectors, logarithms, sequences and series, conic sections, and so on. The best way to find out which test is “easier” is to take our ACT vs SAT diagnostic test and see which one you do better on!
SSAT/ISEE Specific
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Here’s what you need to know!
  • Most schools will accept either test, but, to be sure, you should contact the schools you are interested in to find out which test they may prefer.
  • The SSAT can be taken as often as you’d like, whereas the ISEE has only three test offerings. Depending on when you’ve started the process, that’s an important factor to consider.
  • The SSAT has three scored sections: Reading, Verbal, and Quantitative. The ISEE has four scored sections: Reading, Verbal, Math Achievement, and Quantitative Reasoning. So, if you’re much stronger in math compared to reading and verbal, ISEE might be worth considering.
  • The SSAT and ISEE both have similar reading sections.
  • The SSAT and ISEE both have synonyms on the verbal section. However, the SSAT verbal section also includes analogies. The ISEE verbal section includes sentence completions.
  • The SSAT has a ¼ point penalty for incorrect answers. The ISEE has no penalty.
  • The SSAT is 5-choice multiple choice. The ISEE is 4-choice multiple choice. This means, on average, less time is required to consider each answer choice on the ISEE.
  • The SSAT essay allows you to pick a creative essay or an analytical essay. The ISEE essay is only analytical.

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