About Us

PraxisGroup International Language Akademeia is a test-preparation institution that has been helping students meet test-score requirements for colleges and universities since 2007. The trained specialists at PGILA have been helping students pass seemingly impossible tests– The Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT), American College Testing (ACT), and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) with scores respected by universities. Our objective is to enable our students to achieve scores that will earn them scholarships and to give them choices of the best colleges and universities, and we do everything in our power to get them there. Years ago one of our students said it plainly, “All PGILA students go to university.”

PGILA has become a well respected test preparation institute where students greatly increase their test scores in a relatively short time. Today, we continue to use proven methods that have been developed by teaching hundreds of students of every academic level in the our classrooms over the past eight years. Most importantly though, while enabling our students to earn high test scores, we teach them the skills they will need to become successful in life. We believe that it is not enough to simply get into a university or college of their choice, they must graduate with either a career in place or running a successful business of their own.

PGILA has also proven to be a valuable source for college placement services. After passing the standardized tests, students are also encouraged to meet with Dr. Lizzie Gonzales-Hearn, who knows just how to match students with a college or university suitable to their academic and professional goals. Through the College Placement Program at PGILA, specialists assist students in completing the application process, while looking for eligible grants and scholarships that make education more affordable. To date, all previous Praxis students are either attending a college or university, or are preparing to graduate high school and attend their selected college or university. Please feel free to visit our testimonials page for more information about these students and their training.

According to CollegeBoard*, the average student improves his or her SAT scores by 50 – 70 points after taking a test prep course. Test specialists at PGILA find this to be unacceptable and have developed a program that guides students through test-taking strategies that have proven to improve scores dramatically by an average of 200 – 300 points using a proven system developed over the past seven years. With practice, our students who struggled to reach 1,500 points can easily score 1,650 points, and those who were able to score 1,650 can score 1,850 – 2,150 points.

Why such a dramatic difference? The problem with other courses is that they try to improve student’s scores by teaching them the basics of English grammar, reading and math skills. But, those are skills that students should already, and most certainly do have. The problem with academic reinforcement is that the SAT uses tricks and traps to use a student’s reasoning and academic skills against them. In other words, the SAT uses all the methods of learning and test taking that students use in school against them. Furthermore, the questions are designed to be confusing and the choices misleading. Also, for many questions there is no right answer. The instructions say to choose the “best” or “credited” answer. (the “best” or “credited” answer is the one that is left after eliminating wrong choices using a specific set of rules.) All of these things combined with the time restrictions and “guessing penalty” make for a very frustrating test. So, it’s no wonder that the best students are disappointed with low SAT scores.

The good news? What we have learned over the years is that the SAT is based on very specific structures and rules, and that if students know those structures and rules, they can achieve a high score. The PGILA difference is that we teach our students the structure and rules the test is based on, how to simplify the questions to make them easy to understand, exactly how to identify what rules the questions are testing, and how to eliminate wrong choices using a specific process of elimination for those questions that have no right answer. By using these methods a student can improve continuously as they practice. Furthermore, the methods we teach our students are transferable to other tests that they will be taking in university so that they may earn high grades and continue to receive scholarships.

Contact us today to schedule your FREE evaluation test and discover how you can step foot on the path to living your dreams.

Call us at:
US Phone/Fax:239.301.4166
US Mobiles: ACT/SAT Tutor 230.300.5039 or College Placement 720.684.8889
Estero, FL 33928
Email us at: drlizzie@pgila.org * william@pgila.org



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