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How to master all sections of the test with targeted guidance




Where it began

We’ve worked with students just like you and helped them improve their GRE scores to get into their top choice schools. Kevin had his sights set on a Masters of Public Policy, and had a compelling application packet -- except for his GRE score. He had never been great at standardized testing, and had tried self-study and an online course to improve his GRE score without great success. The GRE score was the only thing in the way of his success in getting accepted to his top choice MPP programs.

Kevin had a strong GPA and a diverse set of strengths. He was good at math, and relatively quick at calculations, but really struggled to break down word problems and make sense of what they were asking. He could answer Reading Comprehension questions quite accurately, but he took far too long reading the passages so would often run out of time on the Verbal sections. Luckily, Kevin was an avid reader so vocabulary wasn’t a struggle for him! Kevin needed a professional to assess his overall performance and give him a strategic plan for boosting areas where he already had strengths, and fill in the gaps where he was struggling.

Working with us

We started by thoroughly assessing Kevin’s performance on previous practice tests, and watching him work through timed practice problems to get a sense of his work style when it came to the Quantitative and Verbal sections. We came up with an overview of his strengths, which allowed us to back-burner those initially and really focus in on the areas where Kevin needed help (don’t worry though, we came back around to those back-burner items before we finished our work together!).

We began by working on increasing Kevin’s reading speed without losing his retention. It doesn’t help to speed read if you can’t answer the subsequent questions! We strategized the time allocation for reading/answering and practiced, practiced, practiced. Next we carried over his reading comprehension skills to the quantitative word problems that were giving him issues. It turned out that a few skills were applicable across multiple sections, which really boosted Kevin’s confidence. Finally, we brought back in the areas where Kevin was already quite strong and made sure we did plenty of mixed practice of all question types.

By the time we finished working together, Kevin was scoring consistently higher on his practice tests, and when he took the GRE, he beat the elevated score he set for himself by 4 points! We were as excited as he was about his success!

GRE preparation doesn’t have to be something you dread! 

When you work with a JEM expert, you’re working with someone who has over 10 years of experience in teaching people how to achieve their test goals, and not only that, but also in making it a little bit fun!


Common Challenges

The students we've worked with have struggled with the full range of difficulties associated with GRE test preparation.

Content: Analytical Writing, Verbal, Quantitative -- the GRE covers a lot of ground, and it can feel like a lot if you’re trying to cram the details!

Strategy: how to approach each question type so that your skills can shine through!

Timing: sometimes the clock ticking down gets under your skin and you just can’t focus -- but we can help desensitize the timing pressure so you’re good to go!

Organization: preparation and materials can be overwhelming -- we help you understand what to focus on.

Confidence: even the strongest students can suffer from a lack of confidence, but when you work with a test prep expert, you have someone who knows you and your strengths cheering you on and giving you tangible tips to stay on an upward trajectory!

Motivation: how to break through those slumps where you’d rather do anything besides test prep!


Private Tutorials

The first step towards taking charge of your studies!
Let's look at what you can do with your hours.
Start with a thorough assessment of strengths and challenges and organize a personalized game plan.


Work on challenging content areas, keeping an eye out for strategy and confidence-building opportunities.


We’ll keep working on content areas, practicing timing and strategy, and start addressing motivation as needed.


Each hour is a power-packed session with a test prep expert.  Our experts have over 10 years of experience helping students in exactly your position, and that experience means you’ll have the best help available to achieve your goals.

Everything is customized to you










For added value, we have a free BONUS!

When you work with JEM Achievement experts for 12 or more hours, you’ll receive an Admissions Strategy Session, valued at $550 but yours for free.  An Admissions Strategy Session is a full hour of time with one of our Admissions Specialists to review your applicant profile and plan a timeline for your application process.  We’ll help you feel empowered and in control of your applications, setting you up for success!

We can’t wait to meet you and get started on achieving your goals!


Private Tutorial Packages

A la carte hours available at a rate of $175/hour for up to 12 hours, and $150/hour thereafter.
6 hours

Total Cost $1,050 $175 /hour
Most Popular
12 hours
Bonus Included!
Total Cost $1,800 $150 /hour
24 hours
Bonus Included!
Total Cost $3,600 $150 /hour

Meet the Experts



We (Joa and Emily) met while working for Big Test Prep companies and knew there was a better, more personalized way to provide digital test prep and admissions consulting services. Thus, JEM Achievement was born: tailored and flexible support available online, no matter where you are. JEM empowers students in pursuit of advanced education through curated courses, private tutoring, and strategic coaching. We strive to have a hand in developing future leaders within their communities, instilling a solid set of values to be carried forward.

We have worked with hundreds of GMAT, GRE, and graduate admissions students over the course of our 10+ year careers in private education and know how stressful test preparation can be. With jobs, families, and life, we realize that test prep courses are difficult to add into the mix, but we also know that they are an extremely important piece of the admissions puzzle. We also realize that you don’t always know if you’re paired up with an instructor who is a good fit for you.

Both of us have compatible styles with sometimes different perspectives and strengths, which is why we make such a great team! When you work with one of us, you can be sure that you’re still getting the other because we are in constant communication behind the scenes, strategizing ways to bring out the best in your abilities. We have worked with students from all over the world from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of goals. You can be sure with us that you’ll receive honest advice and work with people who care about you as an individual. We know what achievement can do for self-confidence, and we want you to find success!


Where do my Private Tutorial sessions take place and what kind of program will we use?
Our sessions will be online: we know you’ve got a full schedule, and we have clients all over the world. We’re accessible no matter where you are and what else you’ve got going on! We are happy to meet you via WebEx or Adobe Connect, both of which have screen sharing and whiteboards. Neither of these platforms will cost anything for you -- all you need is a bit of time to get set up to understand how the platform works, and then you’re ready to rock!
Can I access my sessions on my phone or tablet instead of my computer?
Technically yes! However, we recommend that you use a laptop or desktop computer to participate in your Private Tutorial sessions in order to get the most value out of the instruction offered.
Do the Private Tutorial sessions include any materials?
When you work with one of our test prep experts, you’ll get personalized recommendations for the best test prep materials on the market for your particular situation. During our initial consultation with you, we’ll find out whether you have any materials already, discuss the areas in which you’d like to make the most improvements, and suggest the best materials for you to purchase for our sessions.
Who are the Private Tutorials designed for?
We have specifically designed the Private Tutorial sessions for clients with busy lives who need a thoughtful guide through the process of preparing for the GRE. We help clients who need to boost their scores, but do not feel confident about being able to do it by themselves.
Who are the Private Tutorials NOT designed for?
If you already feel quite confident in your test-taking ability and are scoring in the range required for your graduate applications, our service may not be a best fit for you since you’re right where you need to be already!
How many hours should I sign up for?
The minimum number of hours we typically recommend is 12 -- this can be divided into 12 one-hour sessions, or 8 hour-and-a-half sessions. This is typically enough time to do either a deep dive on up to 2 sections with a high level overview of the remaining sections or a review of all sections of the test. If you suspect you may need a deep dive on all sections of the test, we typically recommend 24 hours of tutorial time. We’d be very happy to talk about the specifics of your situation and give you a personalized recommendation! Please click here to contact us.
How does scheduling work?
During our initial consultation with you, we’ll discuss a general outline of availability to make sure scheduling is a smooth process. Then you and your test prep expert will schedule directly with each other, deciding when and how often you’ll meet. Once sessions are confirmed, you’ll receive a Google Calendar Invite via email with information about the focus of the session and any other relevant links!
How do I get started with my Private Tutorials for GRE Preparation?
So glad you asked -- click below!

Private Tutorial Packages

A la carte hours available at a rate of $175/hour for up to 12 hours, and $150/hour thereafter.
6 hours

Total Cost $1,050 $175 /hour
Most Popular
12 hours
Bonus Included!
Total Cost $1,800 $150 /hour
24 hours
Bonus Included!
Total Cost $3,600 $150 /hour

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