Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the Montgomery Blair Magnet Program, Richard Montgomery International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, and Poolesville Magnet Programs?
Each of these three prestigious high schools houses a rigorous academic program that is designed for highly motivated and talented students. These competitive programs provide an excellent environment for student to learn and explore far beyond what a regular high school usually can provide. For more information about their curriculum and courses, students and parents are encouraged to visit their web site or call the school for more information.
Richard Montgomery HS IB: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/rmhs/
Montgomery Blair HS: http://www.mbhs.edu/departments/magnet/
Poolesville Magnet Programs: http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/poolesvillehs/
2. How do I apply to these schools?
The application process is very similar to college application and students need to submit (1) application form, (2) middle school grade report, (3) teacher recommendations, and (4) passing a very competitive battery test that covers mathematics, verbal and reading comprehension, and an essay. The entrance test is usually held in the early December (the first Saturday in December).
Montgomery Blair Magnet, Richard Montgomery IB accept 100 students each while Poolesville accepts about 150 for its three programs, i.e. Math and Science, Humanities, and Global Ecology. The average acceptance ratio is about 10% of total participating students.
3. What about the ISEE or SSAT?
The SSAT, or Secondary School Admissions Test, and the ISEE, or Independent School Entrance Examination, are standardized tests used by private elementary, middle, and high school admissions. The formats of the two tests are similar, featuring an essay prompt, math, and verbal sections.
About APLUS Test Strategy Prep
This prep course runs 16 weeks long, plus five (5) full practice tests that usually are held on Sunday. The class meets on Saturday afternoon for three hours. The class time is equally divided for Mathematics and Verbal, i.e. 1.5 hours for Mathematics and 1.5 hours for Verbal and writing.
Homework is an important part of the prep program and will be assigned weekly. Students are expected to complete their homework prior to the next class.
Practice tests are a critical part of this prep class and also serves as a tool to track students' progress. Students are expected to attend all practice test sessions as scheduled. The first class of the semester is a practice test which serves to inform where the student's baseline is.
Tuition fee covers all materials and instruction sessions. Please refer to the application form for more details.
Rockville Center: 215 West Montgomery Ave., Rockville, MD 20850
Germantown Center: TBD
On average, 15-20 students per class
Our group of prep teachers all have many years of experience in teaching their subject of expertise as well as standardized testing strategies and techniques.
Benefits of Participating in APLUS Test Prep
- A very competitive learning environment where students can develop their potential
- Extensive coverage of materials and practices that provides 8th grade student a great opportunity to review Algebra 1/Geometry, vocabulary and reading comprehension
- Structured curriculum and exclusive data bank that aims to provide students a competitive edge in test taking
- Help students in taking various standardized tests and SAT, SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test), ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination), or Johns Hopkins University CTY qualification test