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TJHSST (2014) Results Highlight Our TJ Admission Prep Exceptional Success

2014 Winter round TJHSST Admissions results were announced over a week ago. While, I have not heard from all my students, of the 18 finalist over 13 have scored over 43 in both sections. At least three have got a perfect score in one section, at least one student got 49/50 in both sections.At least 6 have scored 46 or more in one section.

Once again, our students have proven the strength of our unique individualized training by performing at the 95th percentile or higher on the TJHSST admission test. This statistic, fails to capture the true depth of achievement of the Optimal TJ Prep Program. While good students may succeed in any program, we believe the true strengths of a prep program lie in its ability to bring out the best in each child regardless of where she or he stands and regardless of his or her socioeconomic status. A truly capable and individualized program can dramatically improve and enhance the critical reading, logical reasoning and mathematical problem solving abilities. To this end, I will cite the results of two students- one who was accepted to TJ and the other who was not accepted to TJ despite making phenomenal progress. The first student began in 6th grade, shortly after arriving from abroad. At the outset he performed at a level of 70th-75th percentile in math and at < 50th percentile on verbal (primarily due to slow critical reading speed and weak performance on scramble paragraphs), as predicted by our TJ Prep Readiness Index. The student finished at 95th percentile in math (48/50) and 71st in verbal (43/50) and will be a freshman at TJ next year. The other student started at less than 30th percentile on the TJ Readiness index and about 40th percentile in verbal. He scored above 60th percentile in math and above 50th percentile in verbal on the test.

However, as has invariably happened since 2001, two of our students were not accepted to TJ despite their excellent scores (one who got 44 (V) 86th percentile & 43 (M) or 80th percentile, and the other who got 44 in each section) and very high, nearly 4 GPA. These two students were with our program for three months just before the TJ test. They will most likely attempt to transfer to TJ as a sophomore. If you know most common reasons behind the failure to get admission to TJ, please read our blog Why many intelligent students fail to get accepted to TJHSST (TJ). Our experience further underscores the need to start early and to find the best TJ Admissions Prep Program for your child.