What to Look for When Searching for an SAT/ACT Prep Course
It’s finally that time. Time to prepare for that necessary evil in the college admissions process: the SAT/ACT.
With so many prep options, what should you look for when choosing a course for your child?
Here is a list of things to look for when selecting a program.
No quick fixes. When selecting a prep program, pay attention to how the company speaks about its curriculum. Companies focusing on quick tips and tricks might help for a practice test or two, but a more holistic, long-term learning approach will serve your child better on test day and beyond.
Best-in-class instructors. Many companies tout their instructors as the best in the country but when you dig deeper, you will find their most tenured instructors are teaching graduate level tests such as the GMAT and LSAT. Find a company with a high caliber of instructors that also assigns them to teach college prep curriculum.
Personalization. While the SAT may be a one-size-fits-all test, preparing for it isn’t. A strong prep company will have personalized components to all their programs, not just private tutoring. Find a program with the structure your student needs to stay focused while also remaining flexible enough to engage them in the areas they need the most help.
Realistic expectations. With so many options for test preparation, many companies are quick to promise unrealistic score improvements for their programs. The best providers are the ones that understand that huge score jumps are possible, but that these jumps are the result of commitment to hard work on both sides.
If a program passes these hurdles, you may have found the right fit for your child. With the right program, students can identify and focus on their greatest areas of improvement and work to not only master their course content, but build long term academic skills.