School Code – US

Florimont now has a College Board code.  Students applying to the US will need this for their Common App application form.

Here is the info –

Please note that College Board school code 796238 has been assigned to Institut Florimont. 

The name, address, and code number assigned to your school will be entered in the National Secondary School List as noted below:




GENEVA, 1213


The Level I code assigned to your institution allows you to receive your students’ SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PLAN, or ACT scores; receive SAT or ACT publications; and administer PLAN.

Please advise your students to use this number when registering for either the SAT Program or the ACT Assessment. Let your students know that if they do not enter the correct code number, copies of their score report will not be sent to you.

If any of your students have submitted Registration Forms before the above date, the code number will show as invalid on their Admission Ticket. If corrections are needed, advise your students to complete the correction form attached to their admission ticket and mail prior to the test date they have been assigned.

SAT Preparation

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Latest from Alpha Prep –

I also want to let you know that I am coming back to Switzerland at the beginning of April!  I will be teaching a 1 day intensive SAT class at the International School of Geneva, La Chataigneraie (on a Sunday) – followed by doing private tutoring there for two days for anyone interested on Monday and Tuesday (the students will be excused from classes if they want to take advantage of private tutoring).  After this course, I will be going back to Aiglon College to teach a 5 day intensive course again.

..  Attached you can find a description of what I plan to do at the International School of Geneva, La Chataigneraie for that one day intensive class.  We will provide the College Board text book, as well as our AlphaPrep text book. We are charging $3000. US dollars for the day (9:00 – 16:00); this means that if the school charges $600 per student, they cover the cost of the 1 day intensive AlphaPrep course if 5 students sign up (which is what made me think of you, given the #s we spoke about).  Each additional student who signs up can act as a fund raiser for Institut Florimont, lower the overall cost per student, or can go into a fund to create more AlphaPrep course opportunities for you in the future, etc.  My private tutoring rate is US$250 per hour for those interested in that side of things.

At the moment, I am locked into other schools starting on April 6th (& am still waiting to hear back from one school); I am able to come to Switzerland before April 6th to come to Institut Florimont (or the school I am waiting to hear back from) if you are interested in trying to get something going!

SAT & ACT Preparation

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We are happy to recommend Alpha Prep (see as our SAT preparation provider.

The company is happy to tailor their services to our needs, so individual tutoring by Skype is possible as well as running classes at school should enough students be interested. (Let me know and we can arrange this – see for an example).

AlphaPrep Private Tutoring Packages

PSAT Results – Advice

Excellent advice from Peter Van Buskirk at


Life After the PSAT” 12.12.13

The middle of December is a time of important revelations for many young people as they apply to college. If you are a high school Junior, the chances are you will learn your PSAT result in the next few days. As momentous as this event (the unveiling of your scores) might seem, you need to keep it in perspective.

After months of preparation—pre-tests, test prep and practice tests—the PSAT you took in October is real. It is important to remember, though, that the result you receive does not define your intelligence nor does it reveal your worth as an individual. It can, however, serve as a starting point in giving definition to your opportunities as a college applicant. If you like what you see, congratulations! You’re off to a good start. But, if your numbers don’t measure up to your expectations, relax—your life isn’t over.

As a matter of fact, the last thing you want to do is jump to conclusions such as, “Wow! Look at that score! I’ll be able to get in wherever I want to go!” or “I might as well forget it. I’ll never get into a ‘good’ school.” Remember, this is just a starting point for your college planning. If you posted amazing scores, it is true you are likely to attract a lot of unsolicited attention from colleges—and considerable advice from anyone who has an opinion about where you should be looking. If, on the other hand, your score disappoints you, don’t despair. There is plenty of time to work on your credentials and to define a set of quality options for yourself.

However you feel about your test results, don’t let them change you. Big scores are no more a guarantee of admission and scholarships than modest scores are a limitation of opportunity. Use what you learn from the results to plan effectively. Stay focused on your priorities. Do what you do as well as you can. And look for colleges that value you for what you do well.

A few words of caution for students with high PSAT results:
While some institutions will offer you the “sun and the moon” because your scores are very high and you might be qualified for selection as a National Merit Scholar, make sure those places are good fits for you. Will they be able to offer you the kind of learning environment, as well as the program of study, that is important to you? Don’t make any commitments until you have visited their campuses. In addition, understand that the more selective institutions will see hundreds, if not thousands, of candidates with scores just like yours—and turn down most of them. A big score is not a guarantee of admission.

How to Use the PSAT Results
While I am not a fan of standardized testing as an evaluative tool in the admission process, your results can help you generate a list of schools at which you should be able to compete for admission. Here is what you can do: Multiply your PSAT results by 10 and then add 60 points to the overall score. This will enable you to approximate your SAT result. For example, a PSAT Critical Reading score of 57 is multiplied by 10 to become 570. The addition of 60 points to the total reflects the typical improvement shown over the course of 2-3 additional test administrations. Therefore, a PSAT score of 186 (that translates into an SAT score of 1860) could become an SAT score of 1920 down the road.

With that information in hand, look at the range of SAT scores for enrolled students reported by the schools that interest you. Focus on the places where your projected result would put you in the top half of the scores reported. Do the same for your ACT results if you took that test. This approach to selecting schools isn’t foolproof, but it will help you identify the right competitive “playing fields” for you given your credentials.

Where Does Test Prep Fit?
Effective engagement in test preparation can make a difference in your subsequent SAT/ACT results. As you consider test prep, though, keep in mind that success involves a serious commitment of time and effort. Simply buying the course won’t make the difference.

If you decide to invest in test prep, you will discover a plethora of options. Consider those that best suit your learning style and schedule. Possibilities include personal one-to-one tutoring, classroom instruction and online instruction. Plan your involvement in order to complete the course within two weeks of the targeted test date.

Be wary of guaranteed results. Quite often, the guarantee speaks to projected improvement from your last official test result to the practice test taken at the conclusion of the course—not your next official examination!

Among the test prep options you might consider, I suggest you take a look at ePrep. An online video course that teaches students how to deconstruct questions within the context of what they know about the given academic discipline, ePrep also allows them to move at their own pace while focusing time on those areas where they might need the most help. Using ePrep, my nephew increased his ACT from 24 to 31 and his sister improved her SAT results by 120 points—and she continued to use ePrep as a study guide for her regular homework after she was finished with testing. Frustrated by his initial test scores, my grandson started the ePrep course and, within 15 minutes, exclaimed, “This is going to be huge! Now, I know what they’re trying to do with the test!”

To learn more, visit and use Voucher CodeTAGPREPFORSUCCESS02 to receive a 10% discount on selected courses.

Additional Tips for Managing Your Test Results
Now that you have “gotten your feet wet” with testing, keep the following in mind as you proceed with additional testing.

  • You have testing options. In the coming months, try the SAT and the ACT to discover the style of test that fits you best. Then, focus on preparing for that test. Every college in the country uses ACT and SAT results interchangeably .
  • Limit yourself to three sittings for the test you choose (ACT/SAT). There is a point of diminishing return!
  • Remember you have “score choice” at your disposal. This means you can choose the scores you would like to forward to colleges. When you take the SAT, you will be given the opportunity to designate up to four colleges to receive your results. Don’t list any schools unless you don’t care that they see all of your scores. Instead, wait until you have taken the SAT several times to determine which sets of scores you’d like to send.
  • Speaking of options, 850 colleges universities now welcome applications without test results. Visit to see the list of “test optional” schools.