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

SAT/PSAT Fall Prep Sessions

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Hi students and parents:

There are lots of unknowns about the current role of standardized testing in college admissions this cycle, but we are recommending students put their best foot forward on the SAT if you're considering including scores in your application. Upcoming SAT test dates: November 4, December 2, March 9, May 4, June 1)  and PSAT (test date: October 12). The Idaho in-school April SAT date has yet to be announced. We want you to have a score you ultimately feel good about submitting if needed.
Step Ahead Idaho is sponsoring a short session to highlight ways to strategize these exams, and to help you understand how to maximize your scores. You'll leave feeling more prepared, and ready to tackle these tests.

This session is appropriate for Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors; material covered is for those taking  SAT or PSAT.

Here are the details:

Sunday, October 8, noon to 3 PM

Covered in these sesssions:

  • Brief Overview of SAT (sections, info tested, etc)
  • Mindset for the test
  • General Strategy
  • Key Concepts to Know in the Verbal and Math Sections
  • Free Resources for Students
  • Discussion of the Digital SAT for 2024 and the Digital PSAT in October
  • Open Question Time

 Our instructor is Andrew Wilburn. He's worked as a test prep guru for over ten years, and has tremendous insight into how to optimize what you know combined with tips about the format of the test to become more comfortable with taking the SAT.

Cost is $110 per student; as always, full and partial need-based scholarships are available. Indicate interest in this when you sign up! 

Hope you can come! Contact us any time for more information. 

Free Virtual Zoom or In Person Meetings

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

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  person at Hillcrest with Sharon on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 CLICK HERE
  • Sign up for Zoom  or in  person at Hillcrest with Laura on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 5:30 CLICK HERE
  • Sign up for Zoom with Tamar on Wednesdays from 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CLICK HERE
  • Sign up for Zoom with Sue on Thursday from 3:00-6:00 CLICK HERE
  • Sign up for Zoom with Lindsey on Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM CLICK HERE
  • The Downtown Boise Y Drop-In Center will OPEN for the the 2023-24 school year on Wednesday, September 6 from 3-5 PM

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:

  • The Mitchell Foundation
  •  Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation
  • The Robert Waller Foundation
  • Bev and George Harad
  • The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation
  • US Bank Foundation  
  • The Perkins Foundation