Self-Study Workbooks

Our workbooks are nothing like the standard SAT or SSAT books you will find at the bookstore. That’s because they reflect our credo: “A solid academic foundation not only improves test scores – it lays the groundwork for future educational success.” For decades, we have helped our students excel on standardized tests and win entry to top prep schools, Catholic secondary schools, colleges, and universities by emphasizing the fundamentals: vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, logic, and mathematical and scientific principles. Now we are offering our workbooks to the public for use by home school students and anyone who wants to master English and basic math. Our workbooks include plenty of examples and exercises, while allowing students to work at their own pace.

Vocabulary Workbooks

Our workbooks help students improve their vocabulary – and their ability to figure out the meanings of unfamiliar words – by teaching them the basic building blocks of advanced English words: Latin and Greek roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Our approach does not depend on rote memorization, but on learning about families of words constructed from these building blocks.

Building English Vocabulary with Etymology: An Introduction

etymology-book-introImprove your English vocabulary by learning some of the basic building blocks: Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes. This workbook is aimed at middle school students and those studying for the SSAT or TOEFL tests.

Building English Vocabulary with Etymology from Latin: Book I – Prefixes

etymology-book-1The first in a series of three workbooks that improves English vocabulary through systematic study of Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes. These workbooks are filled with exercises for high school, college, and home schooled students who want to master advanced vocabulary or prepare for the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or TOEFL tests. Book I focuses on common Latin prefixes, or word beginnings.

Building English Vocabulary with Etymology from Latin: Book II – Roots

etymology-book-2Book II in this series focuses on Latin roots, the main part of a word, which is modified by prefixes or suffixes. All vocabulary words are broken into their component parts, defined, and used in multiple examples and exercises.

Building English Vocabulary with Etymology from Latin: Book III – Suffixes

etymology-book-3Book III in this series focuses on Latin suffixes, or word endings. All words are broken into their component parts, defined, and used in multiple examples and exercises.

Building English Vocabulary with Etymology from Greek

etymology-book-4This workbook is part of our advanced vocabulary series and focuses on English words of Greek origin. It is filled with exercises for high school, college, and home schooled students who want to master advanced vocabulary or prepare for the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or TOEFL tests.

Math Workbooks

First Math Review

workbook-first-math-reviewThis workbook covers all the basic mathematical concepts and rules students will be expected to know for standardized admission tests: Basic arithmetic, including fractions, decimals, percentages, and ratios; basic algebra, including integers, variables, and order of operations; and basic geometry, including perimeter and area, angles, circles, and solids. The combination of number problems and word problems makes it a valuable review tool for tests including the SSAT, HSPT, ISSE, SAT, ACT, and GRE.

Grammar and Writing Workbooks

Our grammar and writing workbooks aim to compensate for the lack of grammar instruction in many schools. While some highly literate students may have an intuitive grasp of good grammar, we break it down logically into parts and rules to help everyone understand it. These workbooks will help students who want to improve their speaking and writing skills or their performance on the grammar sections of standardized tests such as the SSAT, SAT, and TOEFL.

English: Book I – Structure

English Structure WorkbookThis workbook defines the parts of speech in English grammar and shows how they work together to build simple and complex sentences. Multiple examples and clear explanations are complemented by exercises in sentence diagramming. This book is especially helpful for non-native speakers who know a reasonable amount of English, but are not confident about grammar.


English: Book II – Usage

English Usage WorkbookThis workbook covers the finer points of grammar and syntax, so that students can write sentences whose meaning is clear. Each chapter examines common pitfalls that can make a seemingly grammatical sentence clunky or confusing to the reader. This book is aimed at literate native speakers and advanced non-native speakers who want to improve the clarity, grace, and power of their sentences.


English: Book III – Composition

book-cover-coming-soonThis book covers the elements of composition, showing how to build strong paragraphs and structure them into logical essays and papers. This book is aimed at anyone who wants to write compelling personal or persuasive essays and research papers.
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English: Book IV – Practice Tests

book-coming-soonThis workbook offers 12 practice tests that help students identify grammatical and syntactical errors in their sentences, such as errors in subject-verb agreement or parallel structure. It also includes eight practice tests in improving awkward or confusing sentences. These tests build on the exercises in structure and usage in Books 1 and 2 of the series and are aimed at students studying for the SSAT, HSPT, ISSE, SAT, ACT, and TOEFL.

Reading Comprehension

Perspectives Book 1: Literary Legacy

persp-1These workbooks improve students’ reading comprehension while taking them on a tour of seminal Western literary, historical, scientific, and philosophical works. Each passage introduces the reader to a great thinker or literary master. Each is also followed by questions that challenge the reader to understand the main idea, make logical inferences, and discern the author’s arguments and attitude. Book 1 emphasizes English and American literature of the last 500 years, with a handful of passages drawn from translated classics, including The Bible and Miguel Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

Perspectives Book 2: Historical Heritage

persp-2The second volume in this series includes historical, scientific, and philosophical writings from the ancient Greeks and Romans through the early 20th century. It introduces the reader to great essayists from Michel Montaigne to Virginia Woolf; historians and political thinkers from Herodotus to William Jennings Bryan; and scientists from Hippocrates to Albert Einstein. Both books help students improve their reading comprehension for tests including the SSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, and LSAT.