EXCEL AT A GLANCE; 11/23/18-11/29/18

Published Saturday, November 24, 2018 by Tifinie


Think of this time of year not as an end, but rather as the introduction to next year. Any plans that you have for 2019 should be set into motion now so that by the time next year is here you will already be ready for it.  The best way to conquer your schedule is to get ahead of it!

As November comes to an end we excitedly look forward to December! This time of year can be chaotic with traveling, family events, tying up the previous year and preparing for the one to come.  Make sure you stay up-to-date on all of the important dates coming up:



The next opportunities to take formal exams will be in the spring of 2019. Keep your eyes on these dates as they will be upon us quicker than you’ll believe.  Make sure you register for your desired exams on time!

  • 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)

Be sure to get the test location you want, 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.



For those of you about to take one of your formal exams in December, we wish you luck! There are only two important test dates left to remember this year.  Don’t forget to use your Exam Club access and group tutorial sessions as tools to help you prepare!  If you feel like you are still struggling in a particular area, get some last-minute help by taking advantage of our 1-on-1 tutoring in this coming week before the test.  With our tools on your belt, we know you will do great!

  • DECEMBER 1ST SAT and SAT Subject exams
  • DECEMBER 8TH  ACT exam



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. Generally our classroom courses are 4 weeks long with 3 sessions each week – scheduled on weekends and one weekday after school. We also offer online courses for all of our programs as well as 1-on-1 programs for our students that want to get the most out of their Excel experience.  If you want to take any exams in the spring, now is the time to prepare!



Here’s a look at what’s coming soon at Excel:

  • NOVEMBER 25th HSPT classroom courses in Cupertino and in Fremont
  • DECEMBER 5th SAT classroom course in Cupertino
  • DECEMBER 8th SAT classroom course in Fremont
  • DECEMBER 22nd    SAT Xmas Cram Courses offered in Cupertino, Fremont, San Jose, and San Ramon   *This is a 2-week classroom course designed to be taken during winter break (Sun-Sat for 3 hours/day)
  • DECEMBER 22nd  SAT live-online Xmas Cram Course (8 lectures from 2pm-5pm)
  • DECEMBER 22nd    ACT Xmas Cram Courses offered in Cupertino and Fremont only  *This is a 2-week classroom course designed to be taken during winter break (Sun-Sat for 3 hours/day)
  • DECEMBER 22nd SAT Winter Intensive Course (Custom schedule 9am-6pm) in Cupertino, Fremont, and San Ramon  *This is a 2-week classroom course taken during winter break (practice exams & lectures every meeting)

Call (510)490-7000, visit our office in Fremont, or go online to register today!



If you are about to take your exam for the first time, or are repeating it, it may be in your best interest to register for a prep course that will supply you with all the tools you will need to pass your exam before it is too late. Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare!  Excel’s Engineering course options are as follows:

  • 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. Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 9:30am-6:30pm and on Saturdays from 9:30am-2:30pm. We are located in Fremont and welcome walk-ins. You can also sign up online at your convenience if you would prefer. We look forward to working with you!
  • REGISTER ANYTIME for one of our online FE or PE courses and prepare for your exam on your own time. Due to the varying degree of schedules and locations of our FE/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 when they are being offered like the one beginning in January 2019!



Benefit by sharing Excel with your friends. Excel offers discounts for group registration as well as coupons for referrals.  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!



Curious how you would score on a practice test? Not sure which 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 tell us 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:

  • NOVEMBER 25TH SAT diagnostic in Cupertino (Sunday, 8:30am-12pm)
  • DECEMBER 2ND ACT diagnostic in Cupertino (Sunday, 8am-12pm)
  • DECEMBER 8TH SAT diagnostic in Fremont (Saturday, 8:30am-12pm)
  • DECEMBER 15TH ACT diagnostic in Fremont (Saturday, 8am-12pm)
  • DECEMBER 23RD SAT diagnostic in Cupertino (Sunday, 8:30am-12pm)



Practice makes perfect! If you have taken a test prep course with us then you have 6 FREE months of access to our Exam Club practice test library.  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.  Call our office today at (510)490-7000 to become a member!  Platinum Exam Club members, use your access until you graduate and complete your formal exams for best results.  Exam Club sessions coming soon:

  • NOVEMBER 24TH & 27TH / DECEMBER 1ST in Fremont
  • NOVEMBER 25th & 30TH / DECEMBER 2ND in Cupertino
  • NOVEMBER 25th & DECEMBER 2ND 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 for Platinum 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!

  • NOVEMBER 30TH Writing in Cupertino
  • DECEMBER 1ST    Math in San Ramon
  • DECEMBER 7TH    Writing in Fremont
  • DECEMBER 7TH     Math in Cupertino
  • DECEMBER 14TH   Reading in Cupertino
  • DECEMBER 14TH   Writing in San Ramon
  • DECEMBER 15TH   Reading in Fremont
  • DECEMBER 21ST  Writing in Cupertino

Call our office at (510)490-7000 for more information on any of our courses or to register for one. We look forward to speaking with you!

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