TESTIMONIALS

Here’s what former and current clients have to say…

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Claudia S.

I ran by chance into Harriet after my youngest son got his SAT results. She took the time to explain both of us the meaning and the implication of his scores and designed a personalized coaching program for him, taking into account my son's individual abilities, and was flexible enough to adapt to our complicated schedules. She recommended that he should take the ACT instead.

To make a long story short my son improved his percentiles in the ACT test, jumping BIG from being in the 50% of the SAT to the top 1% of the ACT. I was not expecting that king of improvement. It also boosted his confidence and I am sure it will help him during college.

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Andrea L.

From our very first visit with Harriet I was very impressed with her techniques.  She worked with my daughter closely to understand her goals.  Harriet then developed a personalized tutoring program and schedule to fit my daughter's needs.  We have worked with other group tutoring programs in the DC area with my older child but now I have a great appreciation for the benefits of working one on one with a dedicated tutor.  I really can't say enough about Harriet and her team.  And in the end, the test results were amazing!

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Christine Z.

I could not be happier with the results that Harriet and the Team at Breakthrough Test prep helped my son achieve. He has already been through months of tutoring at another firm and did not preform well on the ACT. Harriett laid out a plan to help him be successful. his score went up 7 points in the ACT which is a difference-maker in the college application process. Additionally, the skills around Reading that he now has will help him be more successful in college. I highly recommend Breakthrough Test Prep!

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Florence L.

As an independent college advisor for creative students, I have recommended Breakthrough Test Prep to several students. The students have improved their scores resulting in admissions to more competitive colleges and increased merit aid. Everyone is very happy!

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Dorothy S.

Harriet and Charles did an excellent job on preparing my son for taking SAT.  My son was late to start to prepare for the test. He started the one on one tutoring with them on October 29th, took the SAT on December 7,2019, my son got his result yesterday. He had a better score than we expected. We highly recommend breakthrough test to anybody who wants their high school students to have a better SAT score.

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Vivienne

My son was late starting with test prep, so instead of an SAT prep class for groups, we opted for one-on-one test prep with Harriet. Best decision we made. Harriet got my son up to speed quickly -- she wastes no time, which is crucial with all the things students juggle these days. She was a very effective instructor, with lots of solid, smart advice and strategies. My son also enjoyed her company, which may not seem important at first glance, but I think it made him more accepting of her methods. I also appreciated that she did not try to "up-sell" me and in fact, talked me out of more sessions for my son. That not only speaks to her honesty, but also to her faith in her test prep methods. Thank you, Harriet.

I have known Harriet Broder, the principal at BreakThrough Test Prep, since she began working with my older son in 2007. I got Harriet�s name through the head of Norwood School � as I am probably the most critical parent when it comes to who is working with any of my kids � even one like my oldest who I knew didn�t need much prep.

In our initial conversation, Harriet immediately picked up on what kind on learner and student my son was. She told me he did not need a lot of SAT instruction � just tweaking. I thought, �This woman knows her stuff.� Yes, the tweaking worked and I was sold. What more can I say than my son�s SAT scores were off the charts, he got accepted into every school he applied to, and ultimately, he decided to attend Harvard.

A few years later my second child � who is a different type of student and test-taker � required a person he would respect to perform. He didn�t want to use the same person the first kid used, Well after visiting other SAT test preps, decided he could only work with Harriet. Based on her recommendation, he took the ACT, improved his scores, got accepted in his early decision school and is currently in CT as a freshman. � the ideal college environment for him

She is now working with my daughter who is a cross between my other two sons in terms of ability and confidence. I actually brought her to one of Harriet�s associates for SSAT prep several years earlier. We could only manage a few lessons, but it was enough to get her into the private school of her choice. We are now into her SAT prep. Through Harriet�s assessment, we confirmed that, in fact, the SAT will be her better test. Her latest scores are close to her goal, but Harriet believes she can do better � as I know she can. The next exam should do it!

Let me add that Harriet has not just been my kids� tutor but she has been a friend and a confidante to them as well as me. She and her math tutor, Charles Upton, are always there to lend a ear and/or to accommodate my kids� schedules. She made this whole testing process so much easier. I don�t know how I could have done it without her wisdom and guidance. I am so excited that she is branching out to help others.

I can honestly say that Harriet taught me how to read. Her strategy of teaching you to be a better reader and then applying that new skill set to the actual test is what makes her great. My reading needed a lot of work, and she helped me with an individualized plan. Although my math and science skills were already really good, Charles helped me hone those skills, teaching me strategies for how to better make use of the limited time. Overall, a learning experience that boosted my scores, and taught me reading skills that carried over into my school classes as well.

A Most Satisfied RM/IB student 

My daughter, worked with both Harriet and Charles at BreakThrough Test Prep, and I'm so glad she did. Not only did she thoroughly enjoy her sessions with them, but she raised her ACT scores more than we had hoped - enough so that she was offered a $15,000 per year scholarship to one of her first choices, Miami University in Ohio! What an incredible ROI! So if you are on the fence about investing a little more than you had intended for test preparation, let me say that it's well worth the investment. Needless to say, I am looking forward to my second daughter beginning her preparation this summer. Also, let me add that not only did she score a 31 composite on the ACT, she also learned invaluable critical reading skills that she will certainly take with her to Miami. I thank you, BreakThrough!

A More than Satisfied Landon Student 

Josh loved the preparation her received and he had great results!

A More than Satisfied Landon Student 

I just want to say how much I appreciated your wonderful advice that helped me polish my college essays. I received acceptance from 7 out of the 14 colleges I applied to, including Johns Hopkins University, Rice University, Emory University, Georgetown University, NYU Stern and a full scholarship to UMD College Park.

Harriet (for Verbal) and Charles (for Math) have been amazing tutors for the new SAT for my son; I can't recommend them highly enough! Harriet helped us determine that the SAT would be better than the ACT for my son. Several times, my son has remarked that he wished he knew what Harriet was teaching him years ago because it would have helped him in all of his classes. Harriet is not only helping my son prepare for the SAT but also for college. The skills he is learning can be applied to reading and studying in addition to test taking. My son is a strong math student, but by working with Charles, my son has scored way higher than I thought possible. Harriet and Charles are able to cater the instruction to my son specifically which is a very valuable use of time and money.

An Extremely Pleased Holton Dad

A More than Satisfied Landon Student 

A More than Satisfied Landon Student 

Prior to working with Ms. Broder, I was already an excellent test taker, but I wanted to push my SAT score up a notch. Standard SAT prep courses couldn't provide the specialized help necessary for me to do this. Working intensively with Ms. Broder through a customizing tutoring program, I achieved a perfect score on my SAT!

A More than Satisfied Landon Student 

Josh loved the preparation her received and he had great results!

A More than Satisfied Landon Student 

I just want to say how much I appreciated your wonderful advice that helped me polish my college essays. I received acceptance from 7 out of the 14 colleges I applied to, including Johns Hopkins University, Rice University, Emory University, Georgetown University, NYU Stern and a full scholarship to UMD College Park.

Prior to working with Ms. Broder, I was already an excellent test taker, but I wanted to push my SAT score up a notch. Standard SAT prep courses couldn't provide the specialized help necessary for me to do this. Working intensively with Ms. Broder through a customizing tutoring program, I achieved a perfect score on my SAT!

A More than Satisfied Landon Student 

Harriet (for Verbal) and Charles (for Math) have been amazing tutors for the new SAT for my son; I can't recommend them highly enough! Harriet helped us determine that the SAT would be better than the ACT for my son. Several times, my son has remarked that he wished he knew what Harriet was teaching him years ago because it would have helped him in all of his classes. Harriet is not only helping my son prepare for the SAT but also for college. The skills he is learning can be applied to reading and studying in addition to test taking. My son is a strong math student, but by working with Charles, my son has scored way higher than I thought possible. Harriet and Charles are able to cater the instruction to my son specifically which is a very valuable use of time and money.

My daughter, worked with both Harriet and Charles at BreakThrough Test Prep, and I'm so glad she did. Not only did she thoroughly enjoy her sessions with them, but she raised her ACT scores more than we had hoped - enough so that she was offered a $15,000 per year scholarship to one of her first choices, Miami University in Ohio! What an incredible ROI! So if you are on the fence about investing a little more than you had intended for test preparation, let me say that it's well worth the investment. Needless to say, I am looking forward to my second daughter beginning her preparation this summer. Also, let me add that not only did she score a 31 composite on the ACT, she also learned invaluable critical reading skills that she will certainly take with her to Miami. I thank you, BreakThrough!

An Extremely Pleased Holton Dad

I can honestly say that Harriet taught me how to read. Her strategy of teaching you to be a better reader and then applying that new skill set to the actual test is what makes her great. My reading needed a lot of work, and she helped me with an individualized plan. Although my math and science skills were already really good, Charles helped me hone those skills, teaching me strategies for how to better make use of the limited time. Overall, a learning experience that boosted my scores, and taught me reading skills that carried over into my school classes as well.

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I have known Harriet Broder, the principal at BreakThrough Test Prep, since she began working with my older son in 2007. I got Harriet�s name through the head of Norwood School � as I am probably the most critical parent when it comes to who is working with any of my kids � even one like my oldest who I knew didn�t need much prep.

In our initial conversation, Harriet immediately picked up on what kind on learner and student my son was. She told me he did not need a lot of SAT instruction � just tweaking. I thought, �This woman knows her stuff.� Yes, the tweaking worked and I was sold. What more can I say than my son�s SAT scores were off the charts, he got accepted into every school he applied to, and ultimately, he decided to attend Harvard.

A few years later my second child � who is a different type of student and test-taker � required a person he would respect to perform. He didn�t want to use the same person the first kid used, Well after visiting other SAT test preps, decided he could only work with Harriet. Based on her recommendation, he took the ACT, improved his scores, got accepted in his early decision school and is currently in CT as a freshman. � the ideal college environment for him

She is now working with my daughter who is a cross between my other two sons in terms of ability and confidence. I actually brought her to one of Harriet�s associates for SSAT prep several years earlier. We could only manage a few lessons, but it was enough to get her into the private school of her choice. We are now into her SAT prep. Through Harriet�s assessment, we confirmed that, in fact, the SAT will be her better test. Her latest scores are close to her goal, but Harriet believes she can do better � as I know she can. The next exam should do it!

Let me add that Harriet has not just been my kids� tutor but she has been a friend and a confidante to them as well as me. She and her math tutor, Charles Upton, are always there to lend a ear and/or to accommodate my kids� schedules. She made this whole testing process so much easier. I don�t know how I could have done it without her wisdom and guidance. I am so excited that she is branching out to help others.
I have known Harriet Broder, the principal at BreakThrough Test Prep, since she began working with my older son in 2007. I got Harriet�s name through the head of Norwood School � as I am probably the most critical parent when it comes to who is working with any of my kids � even one like my oldest who I knew didn�t need much prep. In our initial conversation, Harriet immediately picked up on what kind on learner and student my son was. She told me he did not need a lot of SAT instruction � just tweaking. I thought, �This woman knows her stuff.� Yes, the tweaking worked and I was sold. What more can I say than my son�s SAT scores were off the charts, he got accepted into every school he applied to, and ultimately, he decided to attend Harvard. A few years later my second child � who is a different type of student and test-taker � required a person he would respect to perform. He didn�t want to use the same person the first kid used, Well after visiting other SAT test preps, decided he could only work with Harriet. Based on her recommendation, he took the ACT, improved his scores, got accepted in his early decision school and is currently in CT as a freshman. � the ideal college environment for him She is now working with my daughter who is a cross between my other two sons in terms of ability and confidence. I actually brought her to one of Harriet�s associates for SSAT prep several years earlier. We could only manage a few lessons, but it was enough to get her into the private school of her choice. We are now into her SAT prep. Through Harriet�s assessment, we confirmed that, in fact, the SAT will be her better test. Her latest scores are close to her goal, but Harriet believes she can do better � as I know she can. The next exam should do it! Let me add that Harriet has not just been my kids� tutor but she has been a friend and a confidante to them as well as me. She and her math tutor, Charles Upton, are always there to lend a ear and/or to accommodate my kids� schedules. She made this whole testing process so much easier. I don�t know how I could have done it without her wisdom and guidance. I am so excited that she is branching out to help others.

I have known Harriet Broder, the principal at BreakThrough Test Prep, since she began working with my older son in 2007. I got Harriet�s name through the head of Norwood School � as I am probably the most critical parent when it comes to who is working with any of my kids � even one like my oldest who I knew didn�t need much prep. In our initial conversation, Harriet immediately picked up on what kind on learner and student my son was. She told me he did not need a lot of SAT instruction � just tweaking. I thought, �This woman knows her stuff.� Yes, the tweaking worked and I was sold. What more can I say than my son�s SAT scores were off the charts, he got accepted into every school he applied to, and ultimately, he decided to attend Harvard. A few years later my second child � who is a different type of student and test-taker � required a person he would respect to perform. He didn�t want to use the same person the first kid used, Well after visiting other SAT test preps, decided he could only work with Harriet. Based on her recommendation, he took the ACT, improved his scores, got accepted in his early decision school and is currently in CT as a freshman. � the ideal college environment for him She is now working with my daughter who is a cross between my other two sons in terms of ability and confidence. I actually brought her to one of Harriet�s associates for SSAT prep several years earlier. We could only manage a few lessons, but it was enough to get her into the private school of her choice. We are now into her SAT prep. Through Harriet�s assessment, we confirmed that, in fact, the SAT will be her better test. Her latest scores are close to her goal, but Harriet believes she can do better � as I know she can. The next exam should do it! Let me add that Harriet has not just been my kids� tutor but she has been a friend and a confidante to them as well as me. She and her math tutor, Charles Upton, are always there to lend a ear and/or to accommodate my kids� schedules. She made this whole testing process so much easier. I don�t know how I could have done it without her wisdom and guidance. I am so excited that she is branching out to help others.

I have known Harriet Broder, the principal at BreakThrough Test Prep, since she began working with my older son in 2007. I got Harriet�s name through the head of Norwood School � as I am probably the most critical parent when it comes to who is working with any of my kids � even one like my oldest who I knew didn�t need much prep.

In our initial conversation, Harriet immediately picked up on what kind on learner and student my son was. She told me he did not need a lot of SAT instruction � just tweaking. I thought, �This woman knows her stuff.� Yes, the tweaking worked and I was sold. What more can I say than my son�s SAT scores were off the charts, he got accepted into every school he applied to, and ultimately, he decided to attend Harvard.

A few years later my second child � who is a different type of student and test-taker � required a person he would respect to perform. He didn�t want to use the same person the first kid used, Well after visiting other SAT test preps, decided he could only work with Harriet. Based on her recommendation, he took the ACT, improved his scores, got accepted in his early decision school and is currently in CT as a freshman. � the ideal college environment for him

She is now working with my daughter who is a cross between my other two sons in terms of ability and confidence. I actually brought her to one of Harriet�s associates for SSAT prep several years earlier. We could only manage a few lessons, but it was enough to get her into the private school of her choice. We are now into her SAT prep. Through Harriet�s assessment, we confirmed that, in fact, the SAT will be her better test. Her latest scores are close to her goal, but Harriet believes she can do better � as I know she can. The next exam should do it!

Let me add that Harriet has not just been my kids� tutor but she has been a friend and a confidante to them as well as me. She and her math tutor, Charles Upton, are always there to lend a ear and/or to accommodate my kids� schedules. She made this whole testing process so much easier. I don�t know how I could have done it without her wisdom and guidance. I am so excited that she is branching out to help others.
I have known Harriet Broder, the principal at BreakThrough Test Prep, since she began working with my older son in 2007. I got Harriet�s name through the head of Norwood School � as I am probably the most critical parent when it comes to who is working with any of my kids � even one like my oldest who I knew didn�t need much prep. In our initial conversation, Harriet immediately picked up on what kind on learner and student my son was. She told me he did not need a lot of SAT instruction � just tweaking. I thought, �This woman knows her stuff.� Yes, the tweaking worked and I was sold. What more can I say than my son�s SAT scores were off the charts, he got accepted into every school he applied to, and ultimately, he decided to attend Harvard. A few years later my second child � who is a different type of student and test-taker � required a person he would respect to perform. He didn�t want to use the same person the first kid used, Well after visiting other SAT test preps, decided he could only work with Harriet. Based on her recommendation, he took the ACT, improved his scores, got accepted in his early decision school and is currently in CT as a freshman. � the ideal college environment for him She is now working with my daughter who is a cross between my other two sons in terms of ability and confidence. I actually brought her to one of Harriet�s associates for SSAT prep several years earlier. We could only manage a few lessons, but it was enough to get her into the private school of her choice. We are now into her SAT prep. Through Harriet�s assessment, we confirmed that, in fact, the SAT will be her better test. Her latest scores are close to her goal, but Harriet believes she can do better � as I know she can. The next exam should do it! Let me add that Harriet has not just been my kids� tutor but she has been a friend and a confidante to them as well as me. She and her math tutor, Charles Upton, are always there to lend a ear and/or to accommodate my kids� schedules. She made this whole testing process so much easier. I don�t know how I could have done it without her wisdom and guidance. I am so excited that she is branching out to help others.

I have known Harriet Broder, the principal at BreakThrough Test Prep, since she began working with my older son in 2007. I got Harriet�s name through the head of Norwood School � as I am probably the most critical parent when it comes to who is working with any of my kids � even one like my oldest who I knew didn�t need much prep. In our initial conversation, Harriet immediately picked up on what kind on learner and student my son was. She told me he did not need a lot of SAT instruction � just tweaking. I thought, �This woman knows her stuff.� Yes, the tweaking worked and I was sold. What more can I say than my son�s SAT scores were off the charts, he got accepted into every school he applied to, and ultimately, he decided to attend Harvard. A few years later my second child � who is a different type of student and test-taker � required a person he would respect to perform. He didn�t want to use the same person the first kid used, Well after visiting other SAT test preps, decided he could only work with Harriet. Based on her recommendation, he took the ACT, improved his scores, got accepted in his early decision school and is currently in CT as a freshman. � the ideal college environment for him She is now working with my daughter who is a cross between my other two sons in terms of ability and confidence. I actually brought her to one of Harriet�s associates for SSAT prep several years earlier. We could only manage a few lessons, but it was enough to get her into the private school of her choice. We are now into her SAT prep. Through Harriet�s assessment, we confirmed that, in fact, the SAT will be her better test. Her latest scores are close to her goal, but Harriet believes she can do better � as I know she can. The next exam should do it! Let me add that Harriet has not just been my kids� tutor but she has been a friend and a confidante to them as well as me. She and her math tutor, Charles Upton, are always there to lend a ear and/or to accommodate my kids� schedules. She made this whole testing process so much easier. I don�t know how I could have done it without her wisdom and guidance. I am so excited that she is branching out to help others.

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