The College Prep Difference
All test prep programs are not the same. We are a boutique college prep company that specializes in college entrance exams. Here’s how our programs are different:
Exclusive focus on college admissions exams (ACT, PSAT & SAT)
We don’t offer classes for every exam under the sun. We specialize so you can get focused, up to date, concentrated help for the test you need.
A program designed by a national expert
All course materials were developed and revised by College Prep’s founder, Megan Dorsey, a nationally recognized expert in the field of test preparation. Megan was a former SAT grader and is incredibly knowledgable in test content. She combines that with over 20 years of test prep experience and graduate work in testing, psychology, and learning styles to offer a program that delivers results.
Intentional time for practice and mastery
We understand learning theory and brain science (and everyday experience with students) and we know that learning the material is not enough. Students must have time to absorb, practice, and master the content and strategies before taking the ACT or SAT. This is why even our quick cram classes allow for a couple of weeks of practice prior to the actual exam.
Our classes are taught by certified professionals with years of experience. Megan Dorsey teaches many classes and closely supervises all instructors. We are NOT giving you a college kid trained to teach from a workbook or a school teacher looking to pick up extra cash by tutoring. Everyone on the College Prep team is a test prep expert; we know the exams, how to improve scores, and how to effectively teach teens.
Class structure that mirrors the test
You won’t find classes divided by subject here. Each prep class or tutoring session combines reading, writing, math, (science for ACT), and test taking strategies. The ACT & SAT demand students switch from one subject to another in a matter of seconds, so we do the same.
Exclusive use of official test materials
The ACT & SAT / PSAT demand attention to the slightest details. Companies that use mock exams written by their corporate publishing department are giving you the testing equivalent of a knock-off handbag. We rely on official tests so our students practice with authentic materials before taking the real exam.
Need that extra push to help bring your SAT/ACT results to the next level? Let me help you reach your goals.
Coaching Services For Students Headed to College
High School Courses, Extracurricular Activities, Applications
Yes, you want information, but what you really want are results. Learn how to select the right high school courses, maximize extracurricular activities, create a strong college list, and submit polished applications that will get results.
Improving scores to get into your dream college
Top scores, like great grades, are no accident. They are the result of preparation and planning. We have helped thousands of students prepare for the SAT, PSAT, and ACT and we are ready to help YOU!
Sugarland Prep Classes
Not all prep classes are the same
There are significant differences between our program and the big-box test prep classes or the no-name tutoring plan. We focus on your individual strengths and focus on you.
Our Approach To Coaching
They don’t offer classes for every exam under the sun. They specialize so you can get focused, up to date, concentrated help for the test you need. I was surprised to see my score skyrocket with the help of Megan and College Prep Results.
Megan is a national SAT/ACT expert and designed the program from the ground up. She is a former SAT grader and is incredibly knowledgable in test content. Her 20 years of test prep experience and graduate work in testing, psychology, and learning styles come together to create a program that delivers results.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer a guarantee?
We know a lot of the “big box” test prep companies offer a score improvement guarantee. Start reading some of these “guarantees” and you will find a lot of fine print. We don’t want to mislead you with sales gimmicks and fine print.
We are confident enough in the program to offer a money back guarantee. Start the program. Take a close look at the materials. If you don’t like what you see after the first lesson, you can request a refund on the remaining classes.
Keep in mind the ACT and SAT are performance based activities. It is almost impossible to guarantee how someone will perform on a given day. No one can guarantee test results. Think of test prep like working with a trainer at the gym. Part of the client’s success comes from the information and inspiration provided by the trainer, but the client still has to do the work.
What is the average score improvement?
Score improvement depends primarily on student effort. You wouldn’t expect the student who misses class or never does homework to get results.
Typically students who attend all the classes, take the practice tests, complete all the homework, and put effort into their work improve by 3-4 points total (composite score) on the ACT and 100 points per section (200 points total) on the SAT. Of course, that is an average—some students do even better and others may not improve as much.
How many students are in each class?
Some classes are smaller than others, but we never take more than 20 students per class. We have a six student minimum for all SAT and ACT classes.
How is your test prep different from the others?
The short answer is:
- Our class structure mirrors the test. Our class is structured just like the ACT / SAT. Students learn to focus on one subject for an extended time, but are also required to switch topics in class (just as they will switch section on the exam.)
- All our instructors are test prep professionals with years of educational experience. We will never have a college kid trained on a workbook teaching for us.
- You get one instructor for the entire class. Yes, our instructors are experts in the entire test: math, reading, grammar, date interpretation, and the essay. We don’t ask you to switch teachers each time, so you can ask questions anytime; you don’t have to wait for math day!
- Our program was designed by a nationally recognized expert. Megan Dorsey’s test prep advice has been featured on CBS, NBC, Wall Street Journal, Education Weekly and many other sources. Megan even teaches some of the classes (mostly on Sundays). You won’t get that with other test prep companies.
- We are a locally owned and operated business. We offer expert instructors and proven materials at a competitive price because we aren’t paying franchise fees or high overhead. We do a lot to give back to educational efforts in the community.
Should I take the SAT or the ACT?
Ignore the old rumors that say one test is more like school or the other test is better for students applying to highly-selective universities. These rumors are NOT true. Both tests are challenging. Both tests are equally weighed by any college asking for standardized test scores.
The difference comes down to personal preference. Here are some practical considerations to guide your decision:
- Compare scores from previous or practice tests. Make sure you are using NEW SAT scores not old ones. You can use this concordance table from College Board.
- If you haven’t taken either test, obtain an official full-length practice test at no cost from your guidance counseling office at school.
- Does one test offer a better format? Some students like the predictability of the ACT. Others prefer the shorter sections of the SAT. This is a personal preference.
- Does one test/class better meet your schedule? Check for conflicts with school holidays, sports or extracurricular, and family activities.
Unless your previous scores say otherwise, go with your gut. Take the test that feels most comfortable to you.
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