EXCEL AT A GLANCE; 3/1/19 – 3/7/19

Published Thursday, February 28, 2019 by Tifinie

See what’s happening this week at Excel!  Our courses are guaranteed to increase your scores or help you pass, click here for more details.

High school students:  Sign up for our upcoming SAT and ACT courses.  We are offering a variety of courses this spring and summer that are sure to fit your schedule.  Now is the perfect time to start preparing for next fall’s exams!  Our SAT and ACT classroom courses are generally 4 weeks long and come with 6 months of access to our Exam Club practice tests for free.  Our SAT courses come with 6 group tutorial sessions as well – each focusing on one topic of either reading, writing, or math.  Take a course in the next couple of months and then spend your summer taking practice exams so that by the time next fall’s tests roll around you will be well prepared to excel. If you want to take a course when you have more free time, then consider taking one of our courses being offered during the spring or summer breaks.  Sign up in the next couple of months if you are interested in a Summer Intensive SAT Course as the seats fill up fast. Click here for more information on the Summer Intensive Course.  Remember, our courses are about 4 weeks long, but we offer 6 months of additional services for students to use as tools after their course has ended.  To get the most out of your course, be sure to schedule enough time to take advantage of these opportunities!  Call our office for more details!


Curious how you would score on a practice SAT or ACT test?  Take one of our FREE diagnostic tests and see how you would score.  You may be weaker on one test and decide to take a prep course to increase those skills, which we can also help you with!  The diagnostic exam is the first administered practice test and will score your math, reading, and writing skills.   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:

  • MARCH 3RD           ACT diagnostic in Cupertino (Sunday, 8am – 12pm)
  • MARCH 16TH        SAT diagnostic in Fremont (Saturday, 8:30am-12pm)
  • MARCH 24TH        SAT diagnostic in Cupertino (Saturday, 8:30am-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 closes!

  • 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:

  • ACT EXAMS           APRIL 13TH, JUNE 8TH, & JULY 13TH
  • 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 online courses that can accommodate any student’s schedule and location. Register at ANYTIME for one of our online courses! (For SAT, for ACT)  If you are planning to take any exams in the spring, the time to prepare is running out!

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



We offer prep courses for the SAT, ACT, SAT Subject, and AP exams.  Need help with your College Admissions Essays?  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.  Call our office to schedule a guidance session with our counselor.

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.  Below is a schedule of our upcoming courses, courses highlighted in red are getting close to ending registration.  Register all the way up until classes begin!










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



Excel offers 1-on-1 courses for various reasons on various topics.  These courses are planned out to cover the same material and lectures as in our standard course, but students get the opportunity to make the schedule themselves to fit in-and-around their personal engagements.  We offer PRIVATE 1-on-1 courses for:



Excel offers preparation courses for students in graduate schools as well.  Learn strategies to excel when taking your exams through our following courses:


(Online)  (Private 1-on-1 Course)  (Private Groups)  (Custom Classroom Course)  (Tutoring)


(Online) (Private 1-on-1 Course) (Private Groups) (Custom Classroom Course) (Tutoring) (Bay Area Classroom Course)


(Online)  (Private 1-on-1 course)  (Private Custom Classroom Course)  (Bay Area Classroom Course)



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:



  • March 1st      Live-online courses begin for all FE disciplines (Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, and Other) on Sat. & Sun.
  • March 29th    Live-online courses begin for all FE disciplines (Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, and Other) on Sat. & Sun.
  • 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, our courses for this field are most commonly offered online.  Check back soon for updates on classroom and live-online classes available


  • AUGUST 10TH PE Civil Classroom course begins in Fremont, Saturdays and Sundays from 8am-4pm
  • 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, our courses for this field are most commonly offered online.  Check back soon for updates on classroom and live-online classes available



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.  Mention the name of a student that you know who has already completed a course and you can receive a referral discount on your course.

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:

  • CUPERTINO:  March 1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 22nd, & 24th
  • FREMONT:  March 1st, 2nd, 5th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 19th, 23rd, & 28th
  • SAN RAMON:  March 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th

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!

  • MARCH 1st         Math in Fremont
  • MARCH 8th        Reading in Cupertino
  • MARCH 8th        Writing in San Ramon
  • MARCH 15th      Writing in Cupertino
  • MARCH 15th      Reading in Fremont
  • MARCH 22nd    Math in Cupertino
  • MARCH 23rd     Math in Fremont
  • MARCH 23rd     Reading in San Ramon

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

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