About Perfect Score Test prep

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I'm Justin Van Wely, founder and CEO of Perfect Score Tutoring & Test Preparation.


In my experience, improving your scores on standardized tests can be an absolute game changer--it can literally change the outcome--opening doors to elite universities that provide the best degrees, internships, and transfer programs, which in turn can substantially increase the student's starting out salary after graduation.

Over the years, I've had the opportunity to meet and work with hundreds of wonderful kids from shy (initially!) to energetic (always a plus!) to highly inquisitive. I have been blessed to be able to make a career out of teaching test-taking strategy, something I am passionate about and have always been thoroughly entertained by. In fact, as a self-proclaimed test prep nerd, I find the only thing I love more than taking tests is teaching others how to take them. This is why many of my students have found immense success on these exams, some students increasing their scores as many as 460 points between administrations of the SAT and 16 points on the ACT.

While point increases may vary, though, one thing that stays the same is that all students who work with me find my love for these tests infectious.

As the essayist Donald Miller explains in Blue Like Jazz:

"I never liked jazz music. But I was outside the Bagdad Theater in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone. I stood there for fifteen minutes, and he never opened his eyes. After that I liked jazz music."

To do well in something, I believe you have to love it a little. And, sometimes, the only way to love a thing is to watch someone else who loves it, first. It is like this with standardized exams, which is why I make it my personal goal to get students to enjoy test taking--in general, treating each exam as a challenge to overcome, a puzzle to solve, a game they can win. Most students eventually do find they love taking these tests once the proper methods are in place.

Truth be told, I live for that "Ah ha!" moment, the moment when all the blurred out beauty of the connected world comes into focus like a Magic Eye and everything seems not just clearer but impossibly simple. I firmly believe that no standardized exam is too difficult for anyone to master so long as the student has a good teacher and the drive to succeed. If I can be that teacher for you (or your child) I am happy to work with you to help you achieve excellence in your future.


Justin Van Wely