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You spent $2000 on an SAT prep course and your scored jumped 250 points. You’re excited. Colleges will love this! Then you find out test scores aren’t the first thing college admissions officers look at. At best, they’re third.
Did you just waste your money?
Well, no, if all you wanted were better board scores, but if you wanted the full college prep experience – to be the sort of student colleges notice right away – then you certainly didn’t get the most bang for your buck.
Top Factors in College Admissions
For years, standardized tests have been charged with income bias: students from rich families do better, though it’s not likely related to the SAT prep courses they take. Their better board scores are caused by better schools, private tutoring, and greater educational opportunities.
You can pay a lot less and still get your admissions test scores to jump 200 points.
What you need when you start looking at college prep programs is one that not only helps you with the SATs and ACTs, but one that guides you through all aspects of getting ready for college. Investigate potential college prep experts thoroughly, comparing programs and price.
That way, you won’t wonder why you paid $1000 (or more) for one aspect of college prep when you could have paid half that for all the aspects of college prep. You’ll feel better, and have that much more money (and energy!) to put toward your college education.
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