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Among all prep programs, PrepScholar is special because it customizes what you learn to your strengths and weaknesses.
Most other prep programs are one-size-fits-all. They treat you the same as every other student. This doesn't make sense - if you're strong in one subject but weak in another, why should you get the same program as every other student?
With PrepScholar, we focus your attention on the subjects that will make the biggest difference in your score. We want every hour you study to be as effective as possible - customization is how we achieve this.
There are two other special parts of PrepScholar:
All this combines to create PrepScholar, the best ACT program available to raise your ACT score.
After you activate your account, you will be presented with a 60 question diagnostic test designed to measure your aptitude across all of the skills tested on his exam. After you complete completing the diagnostic, PrepScholar creates a customized study plan and presents you with a set of lessons each week designed to help you improve in all areas of the test, focusing first on gaps in your knowledge and skills where you can gain the most points.
The initial diagnostic test contains 60 questions, and takes about an hour to an hour and a half to complete. For the best customized program, you should budget enough time to complete the diagnostic in a single sitting.
Our point guarantee is pretty simple. First, you need to have taken an official ACT before joining PrepScholar. We use only official tests to compare scores. (Some other companies use their own easier practice tests as the starting score, which artificially increases your score improvement).
Next, you need to complete the program before your official test. If you can reach this level of achievement, you'll be in amazing shape for the test.
That's it - if you don't improve on your official ACT according to the guarantee, you get all your money back.
There are two main ways we recommend keeping up to date with your student’s progress. First, PrepScholar sends out weekly reports on student activity. This report tells you the how much time was spent on PrepScholar, how many lessons were completed, and more. This gives you a weekly sync up.
Each week we also ask the student to fill out a study schedule for that week, with days and times they plan to study. You can use this to check whether your child is following the plan.
If you'd like to keep up to date in more detail, you can share a password with your student to log in and see how much work has been completed.
All together, you'll be able to have a clear picture of the progress your student is making.
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Generally, most schools nowadays accept both equally, so you don't have an admission advantage just from taking either test. Also, most students perform very comparably on both tests, even though the SAT and ACT have different formats.
At PrepScholar we have great success in prep for both of our SAT and ACT programs. We recommend that you choose one test as your primary focus and concentrate your studying for that single test.
So which test do you choose?
The way we recommend you figure this out (as recommended in the article) is to take a full length practice test for both, and see which one you tend to do better on. You'll need to research the schools you want to apply to and see how your score on each test matches up with the school's expectations.
Many ambitious students do try to study for both SAT and ACT at the same time, and PrepScholar helps a lot to coordinate your study scheduling. We recommend you start off with one PrepScholar test program, then join the program for the other test when you feel you’re ready to add it on.
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In an ideal case, we usually recommend that most students put in at least 40 hours of study time as a baseline, including practice tests. This time can be split up in a way that’s most convenient. If you have two months to study, then 5 hours per week is a good target. If you have less time, then you should try to study more each week. If you have more time, you are welcome to study less each week. Students are never hindered from working more than 5 hours a week, nor are they penalized for working less.
However, please do note that individual study times vary, so some students can complete the program way below 40 hours, while others won’t be able to finish it by 40 hours. Completion is based on finishing lessons and not any explicit time metric.
Even if you aren’t able to put in 40 hours, you should still see great results. We’ve had students who studied just 20 hours with us and made large gains to their score.
Of course, the more time spent studying, the better the results will be. We have students who study upwards of 100 hours and they tend to do much better than those who study 20.
For practice tests, we try to recommend completing at least 2 practice tests before the real test, 3 if at all possible. This allows you really get used to the format of the exam. Most importantly, you should take the practice test under realistic conditions and not give yourself any extra time or breaks.
Ultimately, our program works to build on all the testable skills on the exam and every lesson a student does in the PrepScholar program will be dedicated to one of these testable skills. Once a student makes their way through the skill lessons in PrepScholar, they’ll be in good shape to rock the test!
Although the essay is now optional for both the SAT and the ACT, we still think it’s important to support students who are practicing writing essays as part of their test preparation.
We have two effective ways of giving essay instruction. First, we provide detailed strategy lessons about how to excel on the essay, teaching you how to prepare for the range of topics, how to structure your essay, and how to prepare examples for any essay topic.
Secondly, after every practice test, we prompt you to send in your essay. Our head instructor grades the essay and gives you detailed feedback on how to improve your score. This is unique to us as a program (many other programs don’t offer essay grading at all, or use a computerized algorithm that isn’t accurate), and many students benefit from the expert grading.
We find that the best way to study for the PSAT is to use our SAT program. Our SAT program targets the PSAT because the content is identical to the SAT. The PSAT is just shorter and has some minor format changes. Many people prep for the PSAT and the SAT at the same time using PrepScholar SAT.
The current PSAT directly reflects the changes made by the CollegeBoard to the New 1600-point SAT and our program is updated for the new iterations of these tests!
Yes! PrepScholar offers the Complete Online Program for both the SAT and the ACT. We also have an option to add one-on-one tutoring to your program to supplement your student’s learning.
Our tutoring packages add on hours of 1-on-1 instruction with a head PrepScholar tutor. All our tutors have scored in the 99th percentile on the test, so they've mastered the material. Furthermore, they all have extensive teaching experience, so they actually know how to teach difficult concepts to you.
Students who tutor with PrepScholar usually see two major benefits. First, they have the chance to ask as many questions as they like. Miss a question in PrepScholar but not sure how to solve it from the explanation? Your tutor will walk you through the steps and make sure you master the question. Second, your tutor will be able to diagnose patterns in the mistakes that you’re learning. You’ll get customized strategies to overcome your weak points and boost your score.
Tutoring is delivered online through Skype. To improve teaching efficacy, we also employ webcams, overhead cameras and whiteboards. This helps the tutor work through problems and strategies.
Because your tutoring is done in combination with the online prep program, every tutoring hour is much more effective. Your tutor will plan in detail so that every tutoring session is maximally effective at boosting your score. Even though our cost might be a bit higher than the average tutor, our tutors are better, and we deliver better results in less time.
You can see more details at our PrepScholar Tutors website.
If you have questions about whether our tutoring option is the right fit for your student, feel free to give us a call to our hotline!
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