Why Your SAT Prep Course Could be Ripping You Off…

And the Little-known Insider Strategies That Can Improve SAT Scores by 203 Points – Or More!

If you’re the parent of a student preparing to take the SAT in the coming months or years, this could be the most important education report you will ever read.

You see, a dirty little secret… one held close to the vest by the college test prep industry… is costing unsuspecting families hundreds–even thousands–of dollars of their hard-earned money. This “sneaky” tactic routinely ropes parents into forking over additional cash for overcharged class time—helping to propel these SAT prep companies to record profits!

Fact is, more than 100 SAT prep companies operate in today’s market, with the majority offering some type of classroom-style course.  In a typical classroom environment, there’s a designated teacher and a set number of hours of class time.

But this is where it gets tricky…

The prep test companies have figured out two things.  One is to cram as many kids into one class as possible.  This drives up profits since they still only have to pay for one teacher.  Secondly, they include massive amounts of what’s called “filler.”  “Filler” in this case means charging 5-7 hours of class time per section when it really only takes 3 hours to effectively teach each section of material.  Parents are misled into believing that a large number of hours of classroom time equal better preparedness.  And yet, the reality is… long classroom time has never proven to increase test scores!

How to Spot a Truly Great SAT Prep Course

A good SAT prep course should be measured by a few very important benchmarks. The list below offers a firm starting point in identifying material worth using:

  • Track record of how much students have improved after taking the course (This is the main benefit)
  • Efficient time spent in the classroom.  No filler or wasted class time.
  • Convenience.  Many courses now run obscurely timed class schedules that make it very difficult to make.  (Some classes won’t even give you a make-up class if you miss).  Some of the very best SAT prep courses are self-study, and require no class time whatsoever.

However, avoiding rip-offs and knowing how to select a great SAT prep course is just the beginning.  The next step is to grasp the very best strategies proven to dramatically increase test scores.  This crucial next step can be found in Part 2 of this report. 

Here’s to great SAT scores,
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Scott Weingold

Editor’s Note: Scott Weingold has been ranked one of the top ten college funding advisors in the country. He has co-authored the book, “The Real Secret To Paying For College. The Insider’s Guide To Sending Your Child To College – Without Spending Your Life’s Savings.” Scott also publishes a popular free online newsletter, “College Funding Made Simple” which reveals insider’s tips, methods, and strategies for beating the high cost of college.

Scott is the co-founder and a principal of Ohio-based College Planning Network, LLC, one of the nation’s largest and most reputable college and financial aid servicing centers. CPN is a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling and the Better Business Bureau.

Scott, along with his college funding advisory team, helps thousands of families throughout the country with their college planning needs and offers a series of free educational teleseminars and workshops on “How To Pay For College Without Going Broke In The Process!” He’s been featured or mentioned in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Voice America with Ron Adams, Crains Cleveland Business, and on Cleveland Connection with James McIntyre.

 

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Editor's Note: Scott Weingold has been ranked the #1 “College Financial Aid Expert Worth Knowing About” in the entire country by CollegeStats.org.  He has co-authored the book, “The Real Secret To Paying For College. The Insider’s Guide To Sending Your Child To College – Without Spending Your Life’s Savings.” Scott also publishes a popular free online newsletter, “College Funding Made Simple" which reveals insider’s tips, methods, and strategies for beating the high cost of college.

Scott is the co-founder and a principal of the widely renown College Planning Network, LLC – the nation’s largest and most reputable college admissions and financial aid planning firm. CPN is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, the National Association of College Funding Advisors, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Scott, along with his college funding advisory team, helps thousands of families throughout the country with their college planning needs and offers a series of free educational webinars and workshops on “How To Pay For College Without Going Broke In The Process!” He's been featured or mentioned in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Yahoo News, TheStreet.com, Voice America with Ron Adams, Crains Cleveland Business, and on Cleveland Connection with James McIntyre.  Scott has published numerous articles and is a professional speaker who has addressed thousands of audiences online and offline throughout the United States.  His actionable insights and candid, open approach have earned him & his team numerous media interviews, citations, and speaking opportunities, and his free online video workshop is one of the Internet’s most widely viewed pieces in the college funding space.