Direct Hits offers guidance on the college application process, helping to reduce anxiety for both students and parents. We specialize in targeted learning for students looking to excel on standardized tests, such as the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. This is not your old school "drill and kill" method of test prep. Our approach is to make what is normally a dreaded process into a fun and low-stress environment where we demystify what it takes to get accepted to college.   

My daughter, a Direct Hits alum, received a $20,000 scholarship from her college for being a National Merit Finalist. She also received a one-time $2,500 scholarship from the National Merit foundation. Direct Hits is the best PSAT & SAT prep program available.
— Parent

Upcoming Classes

Summer Standardized Test Camp

Common Skills and Individual Strategies for the ACT and SAT

With the changing test taking landscape in 2017 around standardized tests, many students are opting to take both the ACT and SAT before deciding which test is best for them. This four-day camp will prepare students for these tests. The class explores common skills tested on the ACT and SAT as well as the individual strategies needed for optimum performance on each test. Students will take a mock test to assess current skill levels on the ACT and SAT.

Key components of the class:

  • Demystify the tests and provide strategies
  • Familiarity and practice with the ACT and SAT
  • Focused review to ease stress
  • Improve confidence in areas of weakness
  • Provide individual feedback and evaluation to students and families

The Summer Standardized Test Camp will also address the PSAT for those students looking to qualify for National Merit scholarships.

The classes will run from 9 am to 4 pm and lunch will be provided.

Session 1: May 30 – June 2
Session 2: July 24 – July 27

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College Essay Weekend Workshop

Skills and Strategies for an Exceptional Essay

A college essay can be a daunting challenge for many students. The questions can be confusing, overly specific, overly broad, or just plain difficult. While grades, test scores, curriculum strength, and teacher recommendations may be the most considerable factors in the college admissions process, a great essay can tip the balance in the student’s favor.

Key components of the class:

  • Finding the right essay topic for each student
  • Critical thinking, organizational skills, and good grammar practices for every type of college essay
  • How to use creative devices, humor, and personal experiences effectively

The College Essay Workshop will also address scholarship essays for any students applying for scholarships and/or grants

The workshop will run from 12:30 – 4:30 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Session 1: Aug 19 & 20
Session 2: Aug 26 & 27

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Boot Camps On-Demand

Courses Curated for Busy Students and Busy Families

Direct Hits recognizes that class offerings may not fit the complex schedules of students and their families. With that in mind, Direct Hits will schedule an ACT, SAT, or college essay weekend course as needed.

ACT/SAT Weekend Bootcamp:

$500/student (minimum of 4 students required)

College Essay Weekend Workshop:

$400/student (minimum of 3 students required)

I just wanted to let you know with your help our daughter was admitted to 8 out of 9 schools she applied to! Thanks again for all of your great advice and time.
— Parent