Considering how much time students sacrifice to their studies, sports and other extracurricular activitiesall in hopes of improving their resumes for collegeand bearing in mind that an extra hundred points on the SAT can mean the difference between acceptance and rejection… doesn't a course that can help them significantly improve their scores seem like a wise investment?
SAT scores have a big impact on the allocation of scholarships: Extra points can easily translate into extra dollars. In the end, an SAT prep course can pay for itselfmany times over.
Choosing: Classroom, Book, or Computer?
Students can learn something from SAT prep guides and on-line coursesprovided they stick to a strict regimen of self-instruction and self-evaluation.
But how many students have that kind of discipline? Heck, how many adults have it? A tightly structured classroom course led by a well-trained instructor can achieve dramatic results that are nearly impossible to duplicate with books or on-line courses.
Let's face it: prepping for the SAT isn't anyone's idea of a swinging time. Keeping kids interestedand even entertainedis crucial to achieving success. At PREPARE, we keep our pupils involved and motivated through drills and games that reinforce basic test-taking techniques; students find that the more effort they put into their homework, the better they perform in these classroom competitions. Sound simple? Yepbut it works.
Also, we recognize that a student's vocabulary is crucial to success on the SAT, Unlike other test prep companies, PREPARE doesn't just send students home with lengthy word lists to memorize. Instead, we show students how to break down words into prefixes and roots so that they can decipher the meanings of words they don't know.
We have also developed a highly successful system that integrates regular reading assignments (articles, essays, and stories) with related vocabulary and quizzes. This approach helps acclimate students to the voluminous reading lists that await them in college.