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Getting into college seems more confusing than ever. The current admission standards have turned our educational system into a pressure cooker for students. Helping our teenagers navigate college admissions can become a full time job for parents.

At Ames Seminars, we understand that to get into college, test scores matter. But how you arrive at a strong score and find a school that fits you best is just as important.

Ames Seminars has been a leader in test prep, college admissions help and academic support for over 17 years because you're much more than a number to us.

Ames Seminars focuses on the core skills and strategies that students need in order to successfully pursue higher education. We know how to strengthen your foundational skills, maximize your tests scores, and find your way through the college application process.

At Ames Seminars, we know that quality instruction, ample practice, and meaningful reflection yield results, so we give you more.




We offer courses and tutoring for the SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, and PSAT yet we know that preparing for these tests can be daunting and nerve-wracking. Ames Seminars creates an atmosphere that inspires success:

  • Our classes are small and personal
  • We make the classes fun
  • Our curriculum is outstanding and current
  • Our teachers are not college or graduate students but professionals who know these tests intimately. Meet our staff.



As educators, we realize that students need fundamental skills to build a strong foundation. They also need practice and feedback. Many of our students get their highest score on the second or third try.

That's why our courses include a variety of follow-up programs included in our course packages to meet individual needs:


    Before the spring and fall tests we notify former students of the many free review sessions.


    Students have the option of taking scheduled practice tests that mimic an actual testing environment or they may take them at home. All tests are computer graded.


    In the individual sessions, students have focused time to review test results, plan how to improve, troubleshoot content areas that need review, and improve their use of strategy.

Learn more about our test prep classes and our individual tutoring.


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Many students find that their performance on tests does not reflect their level of mastery in coursework or on practice tests. There are many reasons for this which stem from students' response to stress. The reasoning and language centers of the brain shut down when we experience heightened stress or fear. Fortunately, there are effective strategies for working through and beyond test anxiety which will not only help students' test performance, but also help them manage other stressors in their lives.

Overcoming Test Anxiety

This 3 session Seminar will support students in:

  • Identifying signals of stress and recognizing the ways they interfere with performance
  • Developing a toolkit of strategies to overcome the stress response
  • Reflecting on the effectiveness of their strategies and refining them
  • Developing self-awareness and stress management techniques to apply to test-taking and their lives

Section OTA:
November 11, 18 and December 2


7:00pm – 8:30pm
Fee:  $200
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For parents and students — Join Bill Ames for an informative overview of the college process.

Topics will include:

  • Timeline for the college process – the importance of starting early
  • Testing and GPA requirements for various colleges – and when to take the tests
  • SAT or ACT? – How to determine which test will be best
  • How do people get in? – Admission trends
Dates and locations will be posted as they become available.

Learn more about other free informational evenings

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Sophomores and Juniors:

See how you perform on a full-length SAT in a setting much like the real test: proctored, timed, in a full classroom.

We'll provide a detailed score report and a follow-up class for parents and students to:

  • Understand what your scores mean
  • Understand the differences between the SAT and ACT and how to choose which test is best for you
  • Learn about the college admissions process as it relates to test scores and grades
  • Get support in planning your timeline for test preparation and college applications

Sign-up for the following FREE practice test by calling our office at 925.937.2280.

Lafayette – Ames Seminars Classroom #202


Sunday, December 14, 2014 9:00 am – 12:45 pm
  Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (follow-up session) 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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Ames Seminars
3249 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Suite 207
Lafayette, CA  94549

Phone: 925.937.2280