Weekend Test Prep

We don't just teach the test, we teach real skills! 

We offer standardized test preparation. Exams include the NYS ELA and Math, SHSAT, SAT, ACT, PSAT, and Hunter High School Entrance Examination. 

Getting into educational institutes has become extremely competitive and your exam score is the single most significant element of your application. Whether the student is preparing for college or trying to gain admission to an illustrious private institution, we can help you achieve a top score.

TEACHERS/INSTRUCTORS- Our teachers are energetic, patient and highly motivating, so our students enjoy the time they spend learning and get the most out of their test prep instruction. 


Many parents ask what our secret is for improvement in writing, reading and math in such a short time. The magic is in our small group setting, which allows for individualized instruction. The teacher is able to provide appropriate support, and to better evaluate student progress. Performance also increases when the student notices that their teacher genuinely cares. 


ELA Reading and Math

100% Common Core Alignment 
NYS ELA Exam Dates: April 14, 15, 16, 2016
NYS MATH Exam Dates: April 22, 23, 24 2016

Grade 3 to 8

The Common Core Reading Standards are divided into two parts: Reading Standards for Literature and Reading Standard for Informational text. These two parts are each divided into three main subtopics, with specific skills listed in each each subtopics.

The materials of this program include features expected of Common Core materials, including using authentic and complex passages, focusing on close reading and using text-based evidence, and asking complex questions that require students to analyze, critique, and make connections.

The reading materials cover important skill areas including reading comprehensions, facts, and opinions, figurative language, main ideas and making inferences.  

September 19, 2015 - June 11, 2016 School Year Class Schedule:

Saturday 9:00 AM to 12 AM 
Saturday 1:00 PM to 4 AM 

Courses: Writing  It is our main FOCUS 
               Reading (vocabulary and grammar) 
               Math (word questions with explanations) 

Tuition: $2,000

NYS ELA and Math level 4 students $1,600


All Kids Can Write!  

We are very proud of our effective writing class.

In order to be placed into the appropriate level writing class, a reading test will be administered. 

Most children who have trouble reading and comprehending text will also have trouble writing. This program will prepare them for test-based writing exams such as the NYS ELA, but also will empower them with a love for writing. 

September 19, 2015 to March 31, 2016 

Saturdays 27 writing classes study plan


Descriptive                      3 classes 
Narrative                         3 classes 
Persuasive                      4 classes 
Argumentative                 4 classes 
Informative                      4 classes               
Literary response             4 classes 

NYS ELA Writing              

Short Response                  7 classes 
Extended Response/essay  20 classes

See the page on Writing 

SHSAT - Specialized High Schools 

Entrance Exam Test Dates:
Saturday, October 24, 2015 and Sunday October 25, 2015 
Free assessment test dates 
August  14th, 2015 

Prep Class Schedule: 

September 12 - October 19, 2015 (6 Saturday classes) 
September 13 - October 20, 2015 (6 Sunday classes)

Hours: 9 am - 2 pm 

Tuition: $1,200 (Saturday and Sunday Classes)
Tuition: $700 ( Saturday or Sunday Classes) 
Mr. Joe's Bookclub - "The House on Mango Street"
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Mr. Joe's Bookclub - "Hatchet"
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Mr. Joe's Bookclub - "The Witch of Blackbird Pond"
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Special Features 

Personalized Instruction
Admission to one of the Specialized High Schools is highly competitive. 20,000 students compete to fill the 2,000 available spots. One-on-one tutoring allows you to prepare for the SHSAT more efficiently. Our SHSAT prep program is customized to fit your particular learning style, at your pace. We'll explore your talents and focus on areas that require attention. Maximize your score and improve your chances of being accepted into a prestigious HS by having personalized attention.

Expert, Licensed Teachers/Tutors
Our teachers all have a proven record of exceptional teaching and service. Their academic excellence, good communication skills and nurturing personalities will ensure your chance to gain admission to one of the prestigious New York City specialized High Schools.

What is the SHSAT?
The New York City Specialized High School Admission Test (SHSAT) is the entrance exam required for acceptance into one of the NYC selective magnet high Schools. The exam was previously known as SSHSAT ~ Specialized Science High School Admissions Test,.

Who should take the SHSAT?
New York City 8th and 9th grade students who wish to attend one of the specialized high schools.

Which are NYC specialized high schools?
There were nine NYC science specialized high schools  

         Bronx science 
  • Brooklyn Tech
    HS American Studies at Lehman College
    Queens HS of Science at York College HS of Math 
    Staten Island Technical HS
    The Brooklyn Latin School
    Fiorello H. Laguardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts 
    HS For Math, Science, and Engineering at the City University of New York
  • When is the SHSAT offered?
The SHSAT is offered sometime in the last week in October or first week in November. In 2004, the SHSAT exam will be offered on October 25 & 26 and November 8 & 9

How does a student register for the SHSAT?
Only students who reside in one of the five boroughs of New York City are allowed to take the exam. Registration is available through the student's school guidance counselor.

What is the SHSAT Test Structure
The SHSAT consists of two parts that have to be completed in 2 1/2 hours. 
  1. Verbal Section (45 questions)
    • Scrambled Paragraphs
    • Logical Reasoning
    • Reading Comprehension
  2. Math Section (50 questions)
    • Arithmetic
    • Algebra
    • Geometry

How does the SHSAT determine admission to one of the specialized high schools?
Number of correct questions in the SHSAT determine the Raw score (out of 100), which in turn is converted to a scaled score (200-800). Candidates are ranked, and a "cut-off" score for each school is established based upon: overall scores, number of students selecting a school as their first choice and the number of spaces available. Places are awarded to those students who earn the highest scores on the entrance exam and are top-ranked.

We will help you succeed!
The stakes are high with the SHSAT. A great score on the Specialized High School Admission Test is your child's ticket into New York City's top public high schools. Through individual analysis of the student's strengths and weaknesses, we will help the student prepare for this difficult test by focusing on the specific knowledge and skills needed. Students prepared by our private tutor can feel confident in their ability to reach their goals. 


2015 Hunter Cut -off scores:
Math 357
ELA 346

September 12 - December 19, 2015  (13 classes) 
September 13 - December 20, 2015 (13 classes)
9 am - 12 pm 
2 pm - 5 pm

Course Includes: English/Math/Writing 

Tuition: $1,000 (Saturday) 
The Hunter College High School What is the Hunter College High School?
The Hunter College High School is a public school established to educate intellectually gifted students of diverse ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds from the five boroughs of New York City. It consists of an elementary school (PreK - grade 6 for Manhattan residents only) and is a combination of junior and senior high school with an enrollment of about 1,200 students. 

Admission to the Hunter College High School is highly competitive. Each year about 2,500 academically gifted students compete to fill roughly 250 spaces in the entering class. To be successful in this exam students must perform well above their present grade level. 

The only entry point to Hunter High School is the seventh grade. Thus, the exam is designed for New York City's intellectually gifted 6th grade students, as determined by performance in standardized assessments, who are performing at two to three and one half years above sixth grade level.

When is the Hunter College admission test offered?
The Hunter exam is offered once in January of each year to students residing within the five Boroughs of NYC who meet the specific criteria in reading and mathematics. The 2005 exam will be offered on Friday, January 7th. There are no make-ups or retests.

How does a student register for the Hunter Examination?
Each year, in September, school principal are asked to identify six grade students who are eligible to take the Hunter College High School Entrance Examination.  Eligibility is determined by a student’s performance on fifth grade standardized tests and residency in New York City.  There is no application form for parents to complete.  Principals are given a deadline by which to submit the name of all eligible candidates.  The deadline for principal submissions in early November.

For detail information about admission procedure and format of the entrance exam, log on to the website below.  


How can we help your child take Hunter exam?

Our teachers will challenge your student's intellect by targeting areas of interest, and raising the level of complexity, thereby improving your talented child's ability to perform well on the Hunter entrance exam. 

The Hunter Test – Essay/Writing Section

Hunter takes pride in its students being well-rounded; it boasts a strong humanities component in its curriculum. Therefore, unlike other specialized high schools such as Stuyvesant which put greater emphasis on math and science, Hunter has an admissions test which contains an essay section. This section tests the writing abilities of prospective students, expecting them to demonstrate basic essay writing principles.

The topic of the essay could be about anything, but the elements of a successful essay should remain the same. The essay should be in paragraph form. It should have an introduction, two or three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. It should have a main point, or thesis. The essay should focus around this main point, and answer the question completely. Therefore, the essay needs to have proper organization. Make sure to use a few minutes to create a brief outline. Use clear transitioning statements to move from paragraph to paragraph. Start each paragraph with a topic sentence that gives the reader an idea of what’s coming next. The essay also needs to have examples or evidence to illustrate or support the main point. It does not have to contain complex vocabulary – it is sufficient to demonstrate correct grammar and spelling. An essay following these general principles will without a doubt meet the requirements of the Hunter exam.

SAT Program


  • Top Tutors – Ivy League graduates with > 10 years of tutoring experience
  • Small class (max 6 students per session) - caters to each individual student
  • Real-time testing experience and thousands of realistic practice problems
  • Practical and proven methods for studying and test-taking strategies
  • Savings > $300 vs. comparable programs

Sessions are available on Sat 12:30pm-6:30pm and weeknights 5pm or 7pm. 


Free Assessment Exam is required for all prospective students, prior to enrollment. Dates TBA. 

Material costs are additional. Details will be given after application completion.

Space is limited. $100 deposit is required to reserve a spot (refundable upon completion of the program).


All payments are due before enrollment. 


Any special arrangements need to be made with the program coordinator, pending tutor availability.


Merit Scholarship: $50-$300 for students score >700 on both math and verbal. 

Contact Us 


96-19 69 Ave.,

Forest Hills, NY 11375


718 664 7408




Call us for a free assessment. 

To extend the learning process and ensure children reach their full learning potential though the utilization of the out-of school hours. All Kids Can Learn has been offering an afterschool academic enrichment program in a distraction free learning environment since 2001.  The children not only get a chance to clarify and crystallize what they are learning at school: they set to work on extra reading, advanced math, newspaper article discussion, historical events research, and various creative projects which go beyond their regular school curriculum. This stimulates their interest in learning and broadens their knowledge and vision.

When children enjoy learning, they show the largest improvement in their grades. At our program we strive to instill an attitude of enthusiasm and curious inquiry.  They understand their efforts and hard work will pay off as they meet their goals.

About the Founder

The director, Ms. Wendy Zhang has a Masters Degree in Education and many years experience as a special education teacher in both public and private schools and as a parent coordinator of a high school in New York City. Since its establishment in 2001, All Kids Can Learn School has helped hundreds of students make progress in their study, turned underachieving students into successful ones and made good learners even better.

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