Private Test Preparation
for Adults and Teens

-Available to anyone online, but available for
in-person reading and writing tutoring in
Downtown and East Oakland

-Begin with a comprehensive diagnostic session

-Continue with comprehensive instruction and practice

-1-to-1 or small group

-Advanced, intermediate, and beginner levels

-Help for native English speakers and English language learners

-Prompt and consistent meetings

-Zero empty promises

-Available for early-morning, evening, and holiday scheduling



▶ Praxis Core
▶ CSET: English
▶ CSET: Multi-Subjects

▶ US Naturalization

Private Test Preparation Services

Personalized exam prep is ideal for adults and teens who need help testing into their preferred schools, gaining or maintaining teacher licensure, or becoming naturalized citizens, but who don’t need watered down curriculum that doesn’t address their specific needs. Whether you’ve tested 0, 2, or 11 times, I can help make the next time your LAST time — provided you’re willin’ to shift your thinking, learn new habits, and work your butt off!

End the anxiety, self-doubt, feelings of failure, embarrassment, blows to your self-esteem, fear about your future, delayed entry to your preferred field, or reduced pay.

Stop wasting money on programs, services, and manuals that don’t work (or that would work if you had adequate guidance).

If you can relate to any of the following
4 scenarios:

  1. You know the material, but you struggle on tests.
    You have zero trouble with complex adjectives or dichotomous trials, but you have trouble completing all test questions before times up or even figuring out which answers to choose.
  2. You’re not sure you’re on the right track.
    Although your preferred universities focus on more than perfect SAT/ACT/GRE scores and high GPAs, you want to make yourself as competitive as possible to qualify to receive merit-based scholarships/fellowships or admissions, but you’re not sure you’re studying correctly.

  3. You earn A’s and B’s — even at private school — but something’s off.
    Although you earn high marks, are praised for how smart you are, and/or attend a well-regarded public or private school, you have trouble doing well on tests, but you don’t know why. There’s a chance, too, that you know — deep down — you’re missing something.

  4. You’re embarrassed by not knowing what you think you should.
    You’re embarrassed about falling behind or about not performing at grade level or age level. You want to fill your learning gaps, but you’re too proud to ask for help because you’re an adult or teen and — as everyone else says — “you should know this stuff by now”. Right?

…and you’re ready to make a few shifts in your thinking to
augment your reading or writing,
we should meet.

There’s competent, consistent, and compassionate (but firm, as noted by one of my favorite customers) help available to you.
The same ol’, same ol’ isn’t dished out, here. My methods aren’t always new and exciting, but they’ll pay off if

Pricing: How much will my test prep sessions cost?

Registration Fee*

One-time cost of processing your application (e.g., appointment scheduling, classroom set up, test set up)

No Homework*

Diagnostic Session*
Personalized Learning Plan
Exit Exam
No Homework
Zero Last-Minute Reschedules

Add Homework*

Diagnostic Session*
Personalized Learning Plan
Exit Exam
Zero Last-Minute Reschedules

*Diagnostic sessions are billed at $49 per hour. Session lengths range from 1.5 to 5.5 hours and are established before appointments for diagnostic sessions are finalized.


  • Professional academic coaching from an experienced and personable tutor who’s been in business since 2011 (but has 21+ years experience) with a reputation for helping students get the results they need

  • Consistent, reliable service and guidance

  • Accountability mechanisms that ensure you do what you need to do

  • Personalized program driven by a comprehensive diagnostic session

  • 1-to-1 or small group availability

  • Appropriate guidance for advanced, intermediate, and beginner levels

  • Differentiated guidance for both native English speakers and English language learners

  • Prompt and consistent meetings

  • Zero empty promises

  • Early-morning, evening, and holiday availability

  • In-person test preparation in The Bay Area’s Downtown or East Oakland, California regions

  • Online reading and writing tutoring available to anyone with internet access

Check out case studies of customers who’ve benefited from test preparation.

Meet Your Academic and Test Prep Coach:
Kenisha Carr

Kenisha helps adults and teens turn English and other academic subjects into tools for personal and financial success by closing their understanding gaps or helping them intellectually reach beyond what’s offered at school. Got a test you keep failing? She can help you pass—


Her specialty is English language arts (i.e., writing: advanced grammar and composition; reading: fluency and advanced comprehension; speaking: fluency, pronunciation, and listening), but she has a knack for effectively helping teens and adults make sense of arithmetic, basic and intermediate algebra, basic trigonometry, geometry, and other subjects. Let’s not forget her eagle eyes and the nimble fingers that aid her in sprucin’ up documents for professionals and graduate students.

With 21+ years in the education arena, an appreciation of different learning modalities, and a love of cross-curricular teaching, Kenisha’s developed proven approaches to strategically helping her customers earn more scholarship dollars, gain membership to their preferred schools or programs, get or keep their teaching jobs, improve their writing, get a solid grasp of math, earn US citizenship, and develop or improve their ability to communicate in English.

Looking back now, I could have saved so much money if I would have worked with her in the beginning. Overall, she was an amazing teacher and not a tutor…Do keep in mind that she will hold you accountable. She’s not about wasting time. She is a teacher that has impacted my life and my teaching career.

— Mrs. Nataly Lopez-Vega, CBEST & CSET Prep Customer

I’m sorry, but I can only determine that after meeting for a diagnostic session. When you visit a competent doctor, he or she runs tests, asks questions, and observes you before trying to help you make improvements. Well, the same is true for the work I do. I can’t help you until after I’ve figured out what’s going on with you.

Depending on your preference and availability, we’ll meet at one of three locations in Downtown Oakland, or we’ll meet at an East Oakland location.

Home visits occur on a ridiculously strict case-by-case basis. They cost a bit more, too, to accommodate for travel time, gas, and vehicle wear.

Typically, though, the answer is “no”.

I work with them on a strict case-by-case basis. Working with older children and adults is easier for me.

Ready to start?