Sherwood Test Prep was founded in 2002 and provides nationwide classroom based test preparation courses in sixty-eight cities in thirty-one states including the District of Columbia. We focus exclusively on live, in-person, classroom based courses. We prepare students for the SAT, GRE, LSAT, and GMAT exams. Our focus on live instruction yields the best in-person, classroom based course offerings. Over the past fourteen years we have helped tens of thousands of students increase their scores on standardized tests.
Our Goal is to Help Others
At Sherwood Test Prep, our work is to help others. Our company’s mission is to help students maximize performance and reach their potential. We’re good people with integrity and we run an honest company whose primary concern is to help students succeed. Our goal is to make each student’s test prep experience as stress-free and successful as possible.
Students come to us from all backgrounds and with a variety of needs. We work with students who need strategy, content, timing, and focus or who are suffering from test stress or anxiety. Everyone, from our instructors, staff, and management, is united to help students achieve the best possible score on their exam.
Sherwood Test Prep History
Jeffrey Sherwood founded our company in July of 2002. Jeff had a background in psychometric theory (a fancy way to say test design and development) and had recently returned to Sacramento from his Doctoral studies at Washington State University. He founded Sherwood Test Prep with a social mission to provide the highest quality, full-length classroom based courses accessible to all students. For the first two years Jeff taught all of the courses himself, the GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and SAT. He personally designed the entire curriculum for each course and developed new, innovative, and original test preparation products unseen in the industry.
During our formative years he honed his test prep teaching, enhanced and continually redeveloped our core curriculum, and updated our courses to reflect all of his research and experience. Through his efforts we now provide the highest quality, classroom based test preparation products available. In the summer of 2004 Jeff expanded the company to five Western states and transferred to a managerial role. During this time, Sherwood Test Prep expanded significantly in terms of the number of exceptional instructors and scope. In the summer of 2008 Sherwood Test Prep expanded nationwide.
In 2010, when technology-driven courses began picking up in popularity, we rededicated our focus to live, instructor-led, classroom based courses. Other test prep companies were touting online course offerings or technology-based adaptive resources, but they failed to realize that standardized tests require a human component, the human edge. Sherwood Test Prep believes that the best test prep courses for students are in-person, instructor-led, classroom based courses: students learning from trained test preparation experts, working together collaboratively in a classroom format, face-to-face with their instructor. All of our students learn in a classroom with instructors who adapt the curriculum and the class to their students’ needs. Sherwood Test Prep focuses exclusively on four classroom based test preparation courses. All of our resources are committed to offering the best, most comprehensive, live, classroom based test preparation courses available.
Today we’re a national company that has provided in-person, classroom based test preparation courses to tens of thousands of students in sixty-eight cities in thirty-one states including the District of Columbia.
What Makes us Unique
We are the only nationwide test preparation company that focuses exclusively on full-length, in-person, classroom based courses. Our focus is on real people, with courses driven by the human edge. We do not offer private tutoring, admissions consulting, weekend only, or online courses. We’re passionate about our focus and we dedicate all of our resources to only four products: SAT, GRE, LSAT, and GMAT in-person, classroom based test preparation courses. Sherwood test prep leads the test preparation industry in the human approach.
We are all original, and have designed our test preparation courses from the ground up. Each year, we devote considerable resources to research and development to provide students with the most up-to-date and comprehensive classes available. No management team member or any staff member at our corporate headquarters has ever worked for Kaplan, Princeton Review, or any other test preparation company.
Our instructors are the most qualified in the industry. Every Sherwood Test Prep instructor has top test scores, university teaching experience, and a graduate level education. We strongly believe in well-rounded instructors. Top scores are a given with our test preparation instructors. In addition, all of our instructors have prior teaching experience; knowing how to teach is just as important as having a top score on the test. By requiring our instructors to have a graduate level education, we provide students with unrivaled instructors who have exceptional intellectual and analytical skills. Our instructors are without comparison.
We’re straight-forward and honest in our approach. We tell it like it is and we work smart. We speak like real people, provide straight-talk answers to questions, and work as a team to help others. Although we are a nationwide company, we have a distinct focus, and our streamlined products enhance the quality of our courses and aid in the selection of our instructors. You’ll notice our caring and professional service each time you interact with our staff or instructors. We’re unified under one goal: to help students reach their potential and maximize their test scores.
We are the nationwide value leader. Our company has a social mission to provide top caliber test preparation courses at a value price. Team Sherwood is committed to the social responsibility of accessible test preparation courses: Everyone deserves to put their best score out there.
Sherwood Test Prep partners with a number of universities, colleges, and high schools throughout the nation. We also offer on-site corporate GMAT programs. We welcome and encourage universities, high schools, and institutions to contact us for partnering and in-house work. Our expert team can customize a course specifically tailored to your institution’s requirements.
Recent and ongoing partnerships include: Reed College, University of Massachusetts Medical School, U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command, Sacramento State University, California State University, Bakersfield, Western Oregon University, South Lake Tahoe High School, and Carlsbad Educational Foundation.
Availability to Media, Public Speaking and Conferences
Sherwood Test Prep’s management is available for print and web articles, phone interviews, on-air radio broadcasts, and in-person interviews, panels and discussions. We can provide talks on a wide range of subjects related to standardized test preparation. Management is also available to speak at regional and national conferences. Please contact us to discuss your needs.
We’ve recently been invited to: University of Nevada, Reno, Seattle University, The Chance Foundation, and Lodi (CA) School District’s AVID Program.
Sherwood Test Prep donates to a number of local charities in Sacramento, CA. We feel its important to give back to our community and our charitable giving is related to our staff’s interests and our community’s needs. We donate not only a portion of our profits but also our staff’s time to events, fundraisers, and projects. In addition, we offer our courses to charities to aid in their fundraising efforts. If your charity would like to include one of our courses in your charitable giving, please contact us and we will be more than happy to help.
Recent Philanthropy: The American Heart Association, Rotary International, California Musical Theatre, Capitol Public Radio, The Sacramento Zoo, KVIE Public Television, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
How we View Standardized Testing
We support standardized testing as a valid predictor of future college, graduate, and professional school success. If properly used with other significant and explanatory predictors, standardized test scores can be useful in determining a better overall understanding of an applicant’s potential.
Testing in one form or another has solidified in our culture and is here to stay. This should not be interpreted that standardized testing is without flaw or misuse. Standardized testing is imperfect; we try to even the odds and maximize students’ potential by providing thorough and comprehensive courses accessible to a great number of individuals.
Sherwood Test Prep, Inc.
555 Capitol Mall, Suite 755
Sacramento, CA 95814
Plaza Five Fifty Five
on Capitol Mall.