Why is taking a standardized test prep course important?


There are a number of substantive answers to this question, including:


- Through the process, the student experiences a standardized test.

- The student has an opportunity to experience the level and calibre of difficulty of the material that comprises the standardized test.

- Feedback offered to the student enables her/him to assess areas of strength and identify areas of opportunity for improvement. 

- The student has an opportunity to benefit from the guidance offered by an educator throughout the preparation process.

Why is taking a standardized prep. course through DEFT Learning Academy a better alternative?


- I was previously contracted by larger organizations to administer other prep. skills courses and know the difference that superior materials - that are error-free and directly-aligned with the content of the standardized test - make to a student's success.

- Do you know who will be actually teaching the other standardized test prep program after you've bought into it ... based on a flashy presentation?  Does that person have enough of a comprehensive skill set - in advanced Math, English Language, and Science that will enable him or her to effectively teach your child in the different subject areas that are covered on a standardized test?  Will it be an experienced educator?  I've trained many people to offer other organization's standardized test prep. programs.

- Additional academic support available for students: DEFT Learning Academy is an independently-operated center of academic excellence that offers programs in Mathematics and English Language for students K-Adult, including to Grade 12. This means that students have access to additional elements of academic support as s/he requires.

- Affordability: DEFT Learning Academy is not a layer of academic 'middleware', Therefore, we're able to offer competitive rates for private or group standardized test prep. courses.

- Focus on academic results: With direct reference to recent revelations of a compromised American College Admission process in some situations, we've always known that a focus on student academic success - and not necessarily via collaboration with an intermediary - offers every student greater 'peace of mind' assurance for U.S. College or university acceptance.

The DEFT Learning Academy Math and English Language programs have been designed to foster excellence in our students' standardized test results. 

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For more information


​For more information about the ACT and/or SAT standardized exams, or to register for any of the standardized exam preparatory courses offered by the DEFT Learning Academy in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario, please contact us by Email, telephone [(613) 491-3338], or via the Contact Form below.

For the ambitious student


Preparing to write a standardized test requires an above-average level of organizational skills and a commitment to follow a process through to completion. Depending on the standardized exam schedule and when the student plans to write the standardized test, there could be more than six hours of homework to complete on a weekly basis to prepare for the test. 

Our standardized test prep resources


Students who choose any of the standardized test Prep courses do so because they seek an advantage over other students. They wish to significantly improve their scores in order to be selected by their Secondary School, College, or University of choice.  In order to enable this, our standardized test prep programs are primarily based on resources that have been developed by the creator of the appropriate standardized test.  After offering standardized prep courses for other organizations that created their own programs, I've confirmed that the choice of resources used to prepare is of paramount importance in helping a student perform well on a standardized test.


Standardized Test Prep - ACT & SAT - in Ottawa

DEFT Learning Academy is pleased to offer preparatory courses for a variety of standardized tests. This includes the Canadian Achievement Test (CAT) and Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT), in addition to the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) as well as the SAT Reasoning Test (SAT) - both administered by the Collegeboard - and the American College Test (ACT) standardized exams. A minimum of 10 weeks is recommended in order to allow for a student to prepare comfortably for most standardized tests.


The SAT test schedule (to June 2020) has been posted on the www.collegeboard.org website here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines

The 2019-2020 SAT exam and Registration deadline dates are as follows:


August 24th - July 26th

October 5th - September 6th

Nov. 2nd - Oct. 3rd

Dec. 7th - Nov. 8th

Mar. 14th - Feb. 14th, 2020

May 2nd - Apr. 3rd

June 6th - May 8th, 2020


The ACT exam schedule (to February 2020) is accessible here:  http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act-non-us.html


The 2019-2020 ACT exam and Registration deadline dates are as follows:


Sept. 14th - August 16th. 

Oct. 26th - Sept. 27th

Dec. 14th - Nov. 8th

Feb. 8th - Jan. 10th