PREPARE vs the Competition
Why should you choose PREPARE?
Because PREPARE is the best test prep service in the area. Ask my customers. Take a look at my testimonials page—there’s a decent chance you’ll find someone you know there.
Also, feel free to check in with your high school guidance office—by this point, most local counselors are familiar with my work—or with paid college counselors. I do not have quid-pro-quo agreement with any of them (personally, I think you should be able to research colleges on your own), but they often send students to me because they know that my class is effective.
Which prep style is better? Classroom vs. Tutoring
I believe that a classroom setting, with a knowledgeable instructor, is the most efficient way for most students to improve their SAT scores. When kids are all together, they become a learning community: when one student asks a question, she helps everyone else because, chances are, a bunch of other students have the same question! I like you guys to see that you are not alone—that every other kid has weak areas, too… just like you! Whatever level you’re at, you can see for yourself that no one is perfect, and that everyone makes mistakes—including me.
There are some good subject tutors out there, for sure… but few of them are experts in the ACT or SAT, or they are experts in one area. Also, tutors are usually teachers, college students, and grad students looking to make some extra money. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that… but, frankly, my course is far more comprehensive and effective (see my Testimonials page) than anything they can offer; plus, since I have a lot of students, I can actually charge you less per hour than they can.
What’s wrong with the Competition?
Where do I start?
I have been doing this since 2004 and, to my knowledge, there are no other high-quality SAT classroom courses in the Lehigh Valley.
High school prep courses are cobbled together so administrators can tell parents, “Hey, we’ve got an SAT prep course!” Unfortunately, there is no quality control, and these courses are taught by subject teachers trying to earn some extra cash on the side. They don’t have a rounded view of the test and don’t take the test themselves regularly under real conditions—like I do.1
Courses at local community colleges are not much better, for the same reasons.
My for-profit competitors have pretty much abandoned classroom courses for on-line offerings, which are more profitable for them. However, there are a few national companies with local offices… they make you come in and take their diagnostic test—and charge you over $100 to do so—and then hitting you with their personalized recommendation for a bucketload of tutoring for thousands of dollars…
BEWARE THESE PEOPLE! Exactly who are their instructors? Are they full-time test prep folks with a verifiable track that you can examine? Or are you supposed to take the company’s word for just how awesome everything will be?
1. My last score on the ACT was a 33. My last score on the Old SAT was 2320. I’m taking the New SAT for the first time this fall. Can’t wait! Seriously, it may sound weird, but I actually enjoy taking standardized tests.