Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ) is a magnet high school intended for highly talented and motivated math and science students who wish to pursue careers in science, medicine, mathematics, and/or engineering.
C2 Credibility for TJ Prep:
- High acceptance rate (100% of students who applied were accepted to TJ in 2011)
- 10 years of experience in TJ preparation with proven methods and results
- Top qualified teachers with years of experience in TJ prep
- Customized program just in a small group setting (1-3 students)
- Friendly, encouraging staff and environment
Our Students will benefit from:
- Practicing word problems and computation questions for math section
- Highly effective reading comprehension techniques, advanced vocabulary building, proven scrambled paragraph strategies, and extensive practice and clear explanation of logical reasoning problems.
- Receiving assistance with the entire TJ admission application process and relevant counseling
- Receiving assistance with current school homework and tests
The examination is a standardized test prepared by the TJ admissions office. Each year, the admissions office produces a sliding scale to determine which students will advance in the process for further consideration. The scale is determined so that a high score on the exam can compensate for a relatively low grade point average- and vice versa.
The TJ admission test is a 2-hour exam featuring a 45-question verbal section and a 50-question mathematical reasoning section. The verbal section is divided between reading comprehension, scrambled paragraphs (a series of related sentences that students must place into a logical sequence), and logical reasoning. Mathematical reasoning is measured by both word problems and computation questions. Roughly 10-20% of the math section is logical reasoning, often involving probabilities. In addition to direct work in these skill areas, the C2 program also works to enhance vocabulary and critical reading competence in order to further increase a student’s readiness for this exam.
Following the standardized testing portion, students are required to write two essays within one hour. Students are expected to write two coherent five-paragraph essays. While these essays are not integral to the exam, they are important as tie-breakers during consideration of applicants during the second stage deliberations. C2 instructors will provide students with sample essay questions that have appeared on past TJ exams and provide guidance on how to demonstrate mature writing in these essays to strengthen a student’s chance of admission.
We prepare students not just for the entrance tests but to excel and succeed once they enter TJ. We look forward to working with your child to maximize his or her potential to excel on the TJ entrance examination.