EXCEL AT A GLANCE; 1/4/19 – 1/10/19

Published Thursday, January 3, 2019 by Tifinie


Best wishes to everyone beginning their second semesters!  College-entrance exam dates are just around the corner with the ACT coming up first on February 9th.  Be sure to register by next Friday, the 11th if you’re interested in taking the ACT in February – you will have two other chances to take it before the school year ends.

If you don’t know which tests you should take, consult the school you are interested in applying to and see what exams they require for admission. The SAT is the traditional exam and most schools will accept SAT scores.  Many colleges and universities, however, are also interested in ACT and SAT Subject scores, especially if you are considering a major that specializes in a specific topic like science, math, or language.  Both the SAT and SAT Subject exams are administered by the College Board while the ACT was developed by ACT, Inc. to provide a test of a student’s academic achievement, mastery of skills, and overall knowledge taught in schools.  The ACT is the only college entrance exam that includes a science evaluation.  At Excel, we recommend that students take both the SAT and the ACT exams and submit their higher score – or both scores if they are both great!

SAT Subject tests measure a student’s ability in a specific discipline and are great for anyone interested in a career or degree as a specialist such as a chemist, a linguist, or an accountant. They can also be helpful if you struggle with most subjects but excel in a particular subject like math, you can take the exam in the subject you are confident in so colleges can see your ability in that specific topic without drawing attention to your weaknesses.

If you are taking advanced high school courses, you also have the option to take AP exams, which are being administered this year in May for two weeks. Anyone interested in signing up for AP exams should speak with a counselor or representative at their high school who can guide them through the process of signing up for the exam(s) at the beginning of the school year.



Curious how you would score on a practice test? Not sure which prep course to take between SAT, ACT, or both?  Take one of our FREE diagnostic tests to help you decide and see how you would score.  You may be weaker on one test and decide to take a prep course to increase those skills. The diagnostic test is the first administered practice test and will evaluate the areas you struggle with in testing and Excel can help you improve in those areas for your formal test.   Call our office at (510)490-7000 and speak with our friendly staff to register for FREE diagnostic exams.  Scheduled diagnostic dates are as follows:

  • JANUARY 6TH      ACT diagnostic in Cupertino (Sunday, 8am – 12pm)
  • JANUARY 12TH     SAT diagnostic in Fremont (Saturday, 8:30am-12pm)
  • JANUARY 27TH     SAT diagnostic in Cupertino (Sunday, 8:30am-12pm)
  • FEBRUARY 2ND     SAT diagnostic in Fremont (Saturday, 8:30am-12pm)
  • FEBRUARY 10TH   SAT diagnostic in Cupertino (Sunday, 8:30am-12pm)
  • FEBRUARY 16TH   ACT diagnostic in Cupertino (Sunday, 8am – 12pm)

Don’t see a time that works for you? Call our office and schedule an appointment to take a diagnostic exam at our Fremont location during our office hours and we will do our best to accommodate your schedule.



Many students are preparing to take formal exams in the spring. If this sounds like you, make sure you register for your desired exams early before registration is full!

  • JANUARY 11TH Registration deadline for February 9th ACT (after this date you may still register late for a fee)
  • FEBRUARY 8TH Registration deadline for March 9th SAT (after this date you may still register late for a fee)
  • MARCH 8TH Registration deadline for April 13th ACT (after this date you may still register late for a fee)
  • APRIL 5TH Registration deadline for May 4th SAT & SAT Subject Tests (may still register late for a fee after this date)
  • MAY 3RD Registration deadline for June 1st SAT & SAT Subject Tests (may still register late for a fee after this date)
  • MAY 3RD Registration deadline for June 8th ACT (after this date you may still register late for a fee)

Don’t wait until the last minute to register for these exams! Go to www.collegeboard.org for more information on the PSAT, SAT, and AP exams or visit www.act.org for more information on the ACT exam.



There are many formal exam dates coming up in the spring for those that are interested. Don’t forget to use your Exam Club access and group tutorial sessions before then as tools to help you prepare!  With our tools on your belt, we know you will do great!  Upcoming exams to prepare for:

  • SAT EXAMS           MARCH 9TH, MAY 4TH, & JUNE 1ST
  • SAT SUBJECT EXAMS            MAY 4TH & JUNE 1ST (Students can take up to 3 different tests on a single test date)
  • AP EXAMS             FIRST DAY OF TESTING IS MAY 6TH – LAST DAY OF TESTING IS MAY 17TH (Tests generally begin at 8am or 12pm for a period of two weeks – visit https://ap.collegeboard.org/ for more details )
  • PE EXAM               APRIL 5TH (Sign up to take this pencil-and-paper exam if you don’t want to take the online exam)
  • FE & PE EXAM   ONLINE ALWAYS (If you want to take one of these exams you can take them online at any time. Visit the NCEES website at https://ncees.org for more information.)



For those that are interested in beginning a new Excel Test Prep course, call our office today at (510)490-7000 and speak with one of our friendly representatives who can help you find the course that is right for you or sign up on our website.  For students located in the San Francisco Bay Area of California we offer classroom courses at various locations as well as 1-on-1 courses for our students that want to get the most out of their Excel experience.  We also offer an online version for all of our courses that can accommodate any student’s schedule and location.  If you are planning to take any exams in the spring, now is the time to prepare! 

Here’s a look at what courses are coming up at Excel:


We offer prep courses for the SAT, ACT, SAT Subject, AP, and HSPT exams. We also offer essay packages for students interested in assistance with writing their essays as well as counseling sessions for students who need guidance with their educational goals. 

Generally, our classroom courses are 4 weeks long with 3 sessions each week – scheduled on weekends and one weekday after school. Schedules can vary depending on the time of year and course types.  Our online courses are accessible for 120 days with monthly extensions available. 

  • ACT CLASSROOM COURSES             

January 5th in Cupertino and San Ramon

January 8th in Fremont

February 27th at Milpitas High School

March 9th in Fremont

March 10th in Cupertino

March 14th at Lynbrook High School

  • SAT CLASSROOM COURSES               

January 25th at Milpitas High School

February 2nd in San Ramon

March 23rd in Cupertino 

March 30th in Fremont

February 6th in Evergreen and Lynbrook High School

January 26th in Cupertino and Fremont

  • ACT LIVE-ONLINE COURSE                

January 12th ONLINE

  • SAT LIVE-ONLINE COURSE                

February 9th ONLINE

  • SIP LIVE-ONLINE                                 

February 9th ONLINE


April 13th in Cupertino (Saturday through Saturday, 10am-5pm until April 20th)

April 20th in Fremont (Saturday through Saturday, 10am-5pm until April 27th)

If you are interested in any of these courses, it is not too late to register! Call (510)490-7000, visit our office in Fremont, or go online to register today! Our office hours are M-F 9:30am – 6:30pm and Saturdays 9:30am – 2:30pm.



Are you about to take your engineering exam for the first time or are preparing to take it again? Consider registering for a prep course that will supply you with all the tools you will need to pass your exam.  Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare!  Excel’s FE & PE course options are as follows:



  • JANUARY 4TH – FEBRUARY 17TH FE LIVE-ONLINE courses begin for Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, and Other (Sat. & Sun., 8am – 4pm)
  • JANUARY 19TH – FEBRUARY 3RD FE CLASSROOM course in Fremont (Sat. 10am – 6pm & Sun. 8am – 4pm)
  • *If you are interested in a classroom course for our FE program make sure you don’t miss this opportunity as the majority of our FE courses are offered online. Call our office to register at (510)490-7000.
  • REGISTER ANYTIME for one of our online FE courses and prepare for your exam on your own time. Due to the varying degree of schedules and locations of our FE students, most commonly our courses for this field are offered online. If you would prefer to take an in-class course then check back regularly for opportunities in which they are being offered – like the FE course beginning on January 19TH in 2019!


  • JANUARY 24TH – MARCH 3RD PE Civil Live-online (Sat. & Sun., 8am – 4pm)
  • FEBRUARY 2ND PE Civil classroom course in Fremont (Don’t miss this opportunity for a classroom PE course!)
  • BEGINNING FEBRUARY 14TH – 16TH   Live-online classes for PE Civil, PE Electrical-Power, and PE Mechanical 
  • REGISTER ANYTIME for one of our online PE courses and prepare for your exam on your own time. Due to the varying degree of schedules and locations of our PE students, most commonly our courses for this field are offered online. If you would prefer to take an in-class course then check back regularly for opportunities in which they are being offered – like the PE course beginning on February 2ND!



Excel offers official proctoring services for exams at our Fremont location between Monday and Friday from 9:30am – 6:30pm and on Saturdays between the hours of 9:30am and 2:30pm. If you are planning to take an exam and need an official proctor, call our office and set up an appointment at your convenience. 



Benefit by sharing Excel with your friends and family. When you refer other students to Excel you can reap the rewards and pass some off to your friends and family as well.  Excel also offers discounts for group registration of three or more people.  Plus, how great would it be to have your friends complete the test prep courses with you?  Save a little, share a little, everyone wins!



Practice makes perfect! If you have taken an SAT or ACT prep course with us then you have 6 FREE months of access to our Exam Club library of practice tests.  Register for a session of Exam Club through your student portal (or call our office for assistance) and practice taking tests until you feel comfortable.  If you haven’t taken a prep course at Excel and are interested in only taking practice tests, then join our Platinum Exam Club which will give you access to our library until you graduate!  Call our office today at (510)490-7000 to become a member.  Exam Club sessions coming up in January are as follows:

  • JANUARY 5TH, 8TH, 12TH, 17TH, 19TH, 22ND, 26TH, & 31STin Fremont
  • JANUARY 6TH, 13TH, 18TH, 20TH, 25TH, & 27TH in Cupertino
  • JANUARY 6TH, 13TH, 16TH, 20TH, & 27TH in San Ramon

Make sure you claim your seat today! (You can only miss 1 Exam Club session after signing up, please register only if you know you will be able to attend or cancel the ticket prior to the event.)  Don’t forget to bring your Exam Club ticket and your school ID with you!



Need additional help with your PSAT/SAT studies? Included with your PSAT/SAT course are 6 FREE group tutorial sessions (or 12 sessions for Platinum Exam Club members).  These sessions are led by an instructor and offer further assistance with SAT math, SAT reading, or SAT writing.  Each group tutorial session focuses on one of the mentioned SAT topics and has 30 seats available.  Register ahead of time to claim your seat!

  • JANUARY 4TH Writing in Fremont
  • JANUARY 12TH Reading in Fremont
  • JANUARY 18TH Math in Cupertino and in Fremont
  • JANUARY 25TH Reading in Cupertino
  • JANUARY 26TH Writing in Fremont and in San Ramon                   



Call our office at (510)490-7000 for more information on, or assistance with, any of our courses.  Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30am – 6:30pm and Saturdays from 9:30am – 2:30pm.  You can also visit our main office in Fremont, CA during those hours and take a tour before you register for your course.  We hope you all excel this week!

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