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.
We open registration about a month before classes begin.
We can give you access to a recording of that lesson taught on Zoom. Additionally, students may come early or stay after the following session to ask questions and discuss key concepts with their instructor.
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.
We strongly encourage students to attend ALL class meetings.
However, your child’s attendance is up to you. We don’t encourage students to skip classes. Often it is easier for students to improve in their strongest subjects. For example, a student who is already scoring well in English may come to ACT class to focus on math. By learning additional techniques she may improve her English score by 5 points and only improve by 2 points in math where she struggles.
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.
Yes! The PSAT is a shorter version of the SAT and doesn’t have a written essay component. The rest of the questions on the PSAT are just like those on the SAT, so our SAT programs will help you address the subject matter, test strategies, question types, and overall approach.
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You should take the ACT and/or SAT at least once during your junior year of high school. Most students take their choice of test two or three times their junior year and try to have all testing done by August of their senior year.
Any time after your sophomore year of high school. It is best to prepare right before you take the test because the material will be fresh and your test taking skills will be at their peak.
Yes! Parents might remember a time years ago where certain universities only accepted the SAT, but for over 15 years any college that requires standardized admissions tests will take either the ACT or SAT with no preference given to either one.
For a detailed analysis, read the full article on our blog: ACT or SAT: Which Test is Better? There is no simple answer. Any college or university asking for standardized test scores will accept EITHER exam– no preference is given to one or the other. (You will find Texas historically was an SAT state while the ACT was more popular in the mid-west, but those are old divisions.) Some students will do better on one test than the other, but neither is easy. Most student have similar scores on the SAT and 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:
Unless your previous scores say otherwise, go with your gut. Take the test that feels most comfortable to you.
Yes, students with documented needs (physical or mental) can receive accommodations on the ACT and/or SAT, but you need to contact ACT and College Board directly and present appropriate documentation. The process can take weeks and not every student is approved. For additional details see the ACT’s information for Requesting Accommodations and College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities page.
The PSAT is given each year in October and it serves two purposes: to qualify students for National Merit Scholarships (junior year only) & to offer students and parents feedback on potential SAT scores, strengths, and weaknesses. For more information on who needs to take the PSAT see Frequently Asked Questions about the PSAT and National Merit Scholarships.
Colleges expect students to take the ACT or SAT more than once. Don’t panic that schools may see your lower scores; they are looking for and focus on your best score. Colleges will determine your best score in one of two ways:
Taking the test over and over will not increase your score. Before you take the ACT or SAT for a third or fourth time you should change your preparation strategy — take a prep course or refresher, study new material, or implement a new approach. With proper preparation, it may be a good idea to re-take the SAT if you were unhappy with your previous scores.
When registering for the SAT or ACT students are given four score reports which can be sent to any college or scholarship program. These reports must be requested when registering for the test. Additional score reports requested later at an additional cost. Unless you are a high school senior who knows every school to which you will apply AND you need the scores sent immediately, most students choose not to use the four reports included with their exam registration. This allows you the freedom to see your results and decide when or if you want to send that score to the schools on your list.
Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch can receive a fee waiver to cover the cost of testing. Students who use a fee waiver to take the SAT/ Act qualify for three waivers of college application fees. See your high school guidance counselor for more information.
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