We provide honest, supportive and experienced perspective to each student's school search.

SAT Test Prep Workshop
Saturday April 1 9 AM-noon        or       Sunday April 2 noon-3 PM
Click this link to sign up for the date of your choice: Sign Up Here or go to our website at www.stepaheadidaho.org

Why Should You Prep?

While many colleges have gone “test optional,” statistics released by most selective schools show preferential admission for students who submit test scores that are above the average scores these colleges receive. Students who are considering applying to selective universities, or competitive programs within these schools, might want to consider some test prep. Studying for and taking the SAT or ACT does NOT commit you to submitting scores, but this DOES allow you to see how you test, and decide whether to submit test scores to particular colleges.

In partnership with SAT/ACT prep pro Andrew Wilburn, we’re offering a couple of SAT Workshops in early April. These sessions are not comprehensive for all questions on the SAT; instead, they’re designed to help students get the most critical tips in a couple of hours. Students who want to dive deeply into test prep can contact Andrew or a number of other providers in our community for more extensive prep services. Class size will be limited to 20 students to facilitate answering students' questions as they arise.

Choice of dates:
Saturday April 1 9 AM to noon
Sunday April 2 noon to 3 PM
Location: Step Ahead Idaho at Hillcrest Library 5248 West Overland Road in Boise
Cost: $120  All of our programs, including this one, are sliding scale or even fully scholarshipped, for students with financial need. Just indicate that you’d like to talk about this option with us when you sign up.
Instructor: Andrew Wilburn, a graduate of Boise High, Seattle University, and The Ohio State University, has mastered the art of the SAT, having worked with students for over 10 years, focusing on strategies and key concepts so that you can show up on test day more relaxed and ready. These sessions are designed to prepare current juniors for this year’s Idaho SAT Day on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, or other spring/summer SAT dates.

The workshop will cover these topics:

Brief Overview of SAT (sections, info tested, etc)
Mindset for the Test
General Strategy
3 Key Concepts to Know in the Verbal and Math Sections
Cheap Tricks the SAT Uses
Free Resources for Students
Open Question Time

Free Virtual Zoom or In Person Drop-in

Private 1/2 hour meetings

Please limit yourself to one 1/2 hour Drop-in per week so that we can help as many families as possible during this busy season!

Two locations: Hillcrest Library Office at 5248 Overland Road in Boise                             Downtown Boise Y at 1050 West State in the basement

  • Sign up for Zoom  or in  peron at Hillcrest with Sharon on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 CLICK HERE
  • Sign up for Zoom  or in  peron at Hillcrest with Laura on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 5:30 CLICK HERE
  • Sign up for Zoom with Sue on Thursday from 3:00-6:00 CLICK HERE
  • The Downtown Boise Y will be CLOSED except by appointment this spring; to make an appointment email us at info@stepaheadidaho.org (see below)

And here's how to connect if you can't come to a Zoom Drop-In, or want to schedule a meeting outside of the above sessions:

  • Send us an email at info@stepaheadidaho.org
  •  Include:
    •  Your full name, year in school, and where you attend
    • What you need help with: a specific question, essay help, Common App, understanding SAT/ACT scores, financial aid information, how our services work
    • Step Ahead Idaho is a non-profit 501(c)(3); as such, we provide free and sliding scale services to qualified students, and offer no cost access to our drop-in services to all students, regardless of ability to pay.


Welcome To Step Ahead Idaho

Our Mission

step ahead idaho further educationDetermining the next step after high school is one of the most important decisions a student will make. There is a wealth of opportunities available—college, university, community college, trade school—but navigating the maze of applications, testing, and financial aid can seem overwhelming to both students and parents.

At Step Ahead Idaho, we recognize that no two students are the same, and we provide tailored counseling to meet the needs of each individual client. We provide honest, supportive and experienced perspective to each student's school search.

Our mission is to help each student:

  • discover his or her own interests and strengths to find the "best fit" schools.
  • sort through and organize each step of the planning and application process in a timely manner.
  • put his or her "best foot forward" to maximize acceptance to the school of choice.


We gratefully acknowledge generous grants from: