Exam Prep with Dr. Kerley

I specialize in exam prep. Since 2008 I have helped countless people prepare for high stakes make or break exams. Because I have worked with so many people on the exams listed below I know the tests extremely well, have created and procured excellent study materials to use in my courses and have developed specific strategies to set my students up for success.

Online classes work very well for exam prep.

Graduate School Exams

I have helped graduate students from Georgetown University, The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), American University, Catholic University and INSEAD prepare for (and pass) their French proficiency exams. Most graduate students come for a total of 12 to 15 hours, with lessons that typically last either an hour or an hour and a half. Ideally we meet once a week or once every two weeks over the course of several months…although one of my students actually fit in all his lessons in just two and a half weeks – and passed!

Foreign Service Institute (FSI) French Language Test

I work with Foreign Service Officers as well as USAID and Department of State employees preparing for the Foreign Service Institute’s French language test. Of all the exams I help people prepare for, this is the most difficult. For this particular exam, students generally meet with me for 25-30 hours. It is best to space the sessions out over several months if possible.

AP French, SAT II in French and IB French B Exams

I have extensive experience helping students prepare for the AP French exam, the SAT II in French exam and the IB French B exam. Students preparing for these exams generally meet with me weekly for hour long sessions over the course of a semester or school year.

Other French Proficiency Exams

I have guided students in intensive individualized study programs to help them prepare for the University of Tokyo French language entrance exam, Bright Language test in French and the DELF exam. I also provide specialized tutoring for the TEF, TCF and the Praxis II in French. These exams vary in level of difficulty. The amount of time necessary to prepare them depends upon which of the exams the student will be taking and the student’s level of French at the time they begin tutoring.

SAT II in French

Melissa is a truly superb French teacher.  I feel so fortunate to have found her as a teacher for our homeschooled son in his final year of high school.  Our son had completed all the online coursework available to him in French by the end of his junior year.  Melissa guided him through extensive grammar review and vocabulary enrichment in preparation for the SAT II:  His score increased quite significantly over the first time he had taken the exam.  She then planned an excellent and exciting literature course for him, including a study of French poetry that made me wish I were the one getting to take the course!  As a former language teacher and current literature teacher, I am full of admiration for her teaching methods, her preparation and the depth of her knowledge. ~ Michelle

AP French

Melissa tutored my high school daughter for French.  In her junior year, she worked with her for preparation for the AP. My daughter received a “5” on the AP exam.   Melissa takes time to know her students and developed a terrific relationship with my daughter.  Melissa is extremely professional, flexible in her approach, and always comes to the lessons very well prepared.  Each lesson was carefully planned out, and there was the right amount of flexibility to accommodate questions, and going into more depth in certain areas.  Melissa tailored and designed a curriculum to my student’s needs.  I highly recommend Melissa for all language levels!! ~ Marjorie

Studying for the AP French exam was a daunting task, especially since it is known to be one of the most difficult AP exams. Madame Kerley knew exactly what I needed to demonstrate on the test and explained precisely what the graders were looking for in each section. She helped me work toward that level of performance one week at a time, making the process much more manageable. Outside of our sessions, Madame Kerley encouraged me to watch short youtube dramas in French, which kept the experience entertaining and increased my vocabulary. She pushed me to dive right into the exam-style speaking and writing presentations. This was challenging at first, but with consistent practice, my performance greatly improved within a fairly short time period. Thanks to Madame Kerley’s knowledge, accountability, and feedback, I was comfortable and confident with my French abilities by the time of the exam in May. ~ Cynthia

In the fall of her senior year, my daughter was mapping out a study plan for the AP French exam. Madame Kerley’s Skype sessions were invaluable! From the convenience of our own home, my daughter completed assignments, watched videos, and held weekly Skype meetings to practice her speaking and writing skills. As a parent, I felt confident that my daughter was receiving individualized instruction to build upon her strengths and greatly improve her weaknesses. I could not have been more pleased with my daughter’s progress and Madame Kerley’s assistance to help her reach her goals. ~ Laura