Available to Lockwood Inner Circle Members and College Advisory Clients Only (details below)

Small Group ACT & SAT Classes To Help Get Into Your "Dream College" And Win Thousands In Scholarships

Focused, instruction...at group class prices...to CRUSH your test - GUARANTEED!

The Lockwood Test Prep Difference

Studies show that there are approximately 8,239 test prep options in Long Island, so , naturally, you might be wondering, "Why YOUR test prep classes?"

I wouldn't blame you for asking, because there's a lot riding on your decision.

Higher scores mean greater odds of getting into your life-changing, Dream College...
...and can make or break your chances of getting thousands - even tens of thousands - in scholarships!

So let me lay it out on the table why you should feel confident when you say "Yes" to our classes. Here is a short list of factors that differentiate us from the rest of the test prep world:

  • Bigger picture approach. Test prep is one, important piece of the college planning puzzle, but we look at this process being about more - the 40+ years of your child's life, not the four years of college.  We can help create a balanced and realistic  college list, applications and essays, financial aid and scholarships, and selecting a major that is both satisfying AND lucrative...so your kid can get off mom and dad's payroll sometime (wouldn't that be nice!)
  • Experienced, Full-Time Instructor.  This is a full-time gig for Marissa, she eats, drinks and breathes test prep.  Other companies plug their part-timers into their "systems" before they move on to grad school or wherever they're headed. Marissa worked for one of those other companies, ask her to tell you her war stories some time! 
  • We use REAL ACT exams, not "Fakies" that other companies use, sometimes to demonstrate how much you need their instruction (the 98 lesson package!). This means that you are better prepared for the actual ACT, and that you are maximizing your efficiency by prepping with legitimate materials.
  • REAL scores. Other test prep companies are notorious for "rigging" your initial diagnostic tests, which are WAYYYYY harder than actual tests.  Then, presto!  They show you an amazing score improvement when you take a real test!
  • Time management.  We teach you how to stay on pace and blow through the time-wasting problems, so you can score your best
  • Psychology. Get into the minds of the test question authors, so you understand where they're trying to "getcha"  - so you can avoid score-killing traps they're hoping you fall for!
  • Psychology Part II. Your brain! We'll teach you how to say "Goodbye and good riddance!" to panic and anxiety, one of the biggest causes of low scores!
  • Efficiency.  Marissa teaches EXACTLY what you need to maximize your scores in the shortest amount of time, no more, no less. We want you to stay with us for the PRECISE amount of time and instruction that you need, not a minute longer! (We don't recommend the "3 Year Plan" to our clients.)
  • Different approach than a high school teacher.  Test prep is not a high school course or AP exam.  Marissa teaches strategies to score your absolute best on the tests, not regurgitate information in a high school academic course.  She doesn't waste time on gimmicks or catchphrases to "game" the tests, either.
  • Relaxed.  Our tutoring center is down by the water. You can bring your surfboard!  Kidding, don't.  But we do try to keep the unpleasant, weird rite of passage known as standardized testing as enjoyable and low key as possible, which means your child will do better on his/her tests.  The more relaxed they are, the better they'll perform!


"I just received my ACT back and my score increased from a 24 to a 28. My parents and I are thrilled! Please pass my thanks along to Marissa she was a huge help!"

Luke Verdon
Northport, New York

"My son found Marissa to be an amazing teacher who explained math concepts well, taught him grammar in a way he was able to remember and showed him strategies to significantly help his reading comprehension. Marissa is kind, smart and patient and made my son feel confident and comfortable going into the SAT. On his first attempt at the SAT we saw a big score increase and we owe that to Marissa! I highly recommend Marissa and Lockwood College Consulting!"

Cindy Samide
Syosset, New York

"I want to thank you for starting your tutoring service. Marissa has shown my son how to understand the English, Math and Science sections and he has shown tremendous improvement on all parts of the ACT that he feels confident that he will score much higher than his last test, which he took without any tutoring. [EDITOR'S NOTE: Peter went from a 24 to a 31! And got into his top choice college :)]"

Barbara Rowan

"Hi Marissa, Katie and I wanted to be sure to thank you for all your efforts on her behalf. The scores came in this morning and she got a 32, up from a 30! She earned a 35 in both english and reading, up 3 and 2 points respectively, a 30 on the math, up 3 points, and a 29 on the science which stayed the same. She went off to school with a big smile on her face. Hopefully these couple of points will give her a leg up in the application process. Thanks again! Dawn"

Dawn Crawford
Seaford, NY

NEVER Blow a Deadline Or Miss Out On What You Should Be Doing - We're With You Every Step of the Way

When you enroll in our test prep classes you'll never again wonder "What should I be doing now - am I missing something?" The Lockwood Inner Circle membership gives you access to monthly client only workshops, the College Planning Edge Newsletter and more so you never blow a deadline or miss an opportunity to help your child get into his "Dream College," at "wholesale" prices, and succeed AFTER college!

Lockwood Inner Circle membership is 47/month and may be canceled at any time.  It is designed to make sure you NEVER blow a deadline or miss out on an opportunity when it comes to test prep, financial aid/scholarships and college admissions, instead of relying on haphazard and uneven efforts of your high school guidance counselor. 

As an Inner Circle member, you will receive the following valuable benefits, to help you navigate your college journey with the least amount of stress humanly possible:

  1. Monthly client-only  Q&A "Here's what you should be doing NOW" workshops, so you never miss a deadline or blow an opportunity (and hear what OTHER parents are asking, which may be even more valuable!)

  2. Subscription to The College Planning Edge  newsletter, a monthly, entertaining publication written by Andy (i.e. not "canned") chock full of articles about college admissions, financial aid, scholarship test prep and more - to help you achieve College Success - Without the Stress. (This is a hard copy letter, not an email that gets buried in your inbox)

  3. 10% Discount on Private 1-on-1 tutoring for the ACT or SAT
  4. Bonus, in office (or Skype) College Planning Deep Dive session with Andy and you/your child, to advise on: college list, class selection, extracurricular activities, summer activities, essay / application review, financial aid/scholarship eligibility, etc.

  5. Access to our private, secret Facebook Group, where parents post their questions and get answers from Pearl and Andy, share ideas, and more

  6. "College Guru" Software, to help you create a balanced and strategic list and target colleges likely to issue merit scholarships.

Note: this proprietary software is the "secret weapon" Andy uses with his private college advising clients.

Created by a long-time member of Princeton University's admission committee (and director of financial aid), this tool gives you an unfair advantage to figure out your chances of admission to your "Dream School!"

Unlike Naviance, the College Guru Software evaluates:

  • 20-25 factors considered by admissions officers, INCLUDING GPA and standardized test scores (Naviance looks only at grades/scores)

  • How you stack up versus EVERYONE that each college admitted in the previous year (Naviance considers kids from your high school, an artificially small data sample)

Bottom line:  this tool helps your child maximize odds of admission and qualify for tens of thousands of dollars worth of scholarships at her "Dream Colleges!"

The Lockwood Inner Circle membership regularly sells for $97 per month, but your price is only $47 per month when you sign up for our test prep classes or tutoring today!

Our Courses

For Inner Circle Members only. Choose the course right for you. Questions about "Which Test Is Best?" Call to schedule a free diagnostic - 516-882-5464.



Plus 47/month Inner Circle Membership

Sat Jan 12: diagnostic exam  8:00am

Sat Jan 19 1-3 pm

Sat Jan 26 1-3 pm

Sat Feb 2 1-3 pm

Sat Feb 9 1-3 pm

Sat Feb 16 1-3 pm

Sunday Feb 17 mock exam 8-11:20

Sat Feb 23 1-3 pm

Sat Mar 2 1-3 pm




Plus 47/month Inner Circle Membership

Sat Jan 5: diagnostic exam  8:00am

Sun Jan 6 12-3 pm

Sun Jan 13 12-3 pm

Sun Jan 20 12-3 pm

Sat Jan 26 mock exam 8-11:20 am

Sun Jan 27 12-3 pm

Sun Feb 3 12-3 pm



For students who want the convenience and fast results of private tutoring


Customized learning

Customized schedule

In-office or via Skype


First Class Guarantee

Because we're so confident that you'll love our live classes, we are putting our money where our mouth is with this simple, no fine print, no weasel clause guarantee:

Take the first class. If you decide, for any reason - even no reason at all - that our instruction isn't for you, just tell us that day and we'll promptly and cheerfully refund 100% of your tuition.  No hassles, no hard feelings, and we can still be friends.

NOTE:  Cancellations within 48 hours of the first day of class or no-shows are subject to a $50 fee, at our discretion, because the spot you signed up for represents a seat that another family could have taken, and paid for.


If you have any questions about content, strategies taught, scheduling, you name it - book a FREE Test Prep Strategy Session with our Master Instructor, Marissa, today!



Classes are held in our new Glenwood Landing office. Each "Crusher" course includes two (2) graded and analyzed practice exams. Materials fee of $30 collected 1st day of class.

135 Glenwood Road, Glenwood Landing, New York 11547


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