NOTES ABOUT ACS TEST PREP:
Plenty of test materials are available for free online. If students are able to complete their test preparation alone and online, they can do so and yield positive results.
However, if you are contacting ACS, then you need more than what the free online resources can offer. At ACS, we are teachers and educators. Our expertise is in determining what students need in order to succeed on these standardized tests. This means that we will go well beyond simply taking practice tests. We require students to LEARN the academic material tested, THINK through the problem-solving process, and EXECUTE their strategies to answer quickly and competently. This process takes time and effort on both the students' and instructors' parts. We assign homework; we assign additional reading; we will call on students in class to explain their answers and thinking processes. All of these efforts will help the student learn more effectively and perform better on the ACT or SAT (PSAT) tests.
Did you notice the READING requirements? The ACT and SAT are READING tests. If the student is a slow or ineffective reader, these tests become more difficult. Therefore, we work heavily on READING speed, comprehension and reading strategies in our program. Students and parents must accept this requirement (when necessary) as part of our program. Again, free resources are available for test prep if one does not wish to read more
As part of the Dawson College Bound program, our services, for some, will no longer require a fee. Colleges and universities require a fee (tuition). Higher test scores can lead to scholarships and grants that lower these fees. If you explore the internet, you will find test prep fees in the $4000-$6000 range or more. ACS/DCB fees are free or reduced, depending on the student's family income. [ Free/reduced services are by invitation and/or application only. For the general public, we have partnered with a number programs who can provide exemplary prep services for a fee.] We do offer reduced rates for teachers, school employees, military families and some others; however, please be prepared to share income information with us to receive these benefits.
Finally, we make no claims regarding test scores nor do we publish our students' results. Our program works for many, but not all, students. Highly motivated students who expect to be challenged will be most comfortable in our program. While many of our students seek admission to the most selective universities, which means their scores must be in the top percentiles, we work with any student who wishes to achieve. Our target scores on the ACT are 30+ on each section and on the SAT 650+ on each of the Verbal or Math sections. [Of course, higher scores will be helpful to many students seeking admissions to the Ivies or other elite institutions.] Our only guarantee is that students are much smarter after working with us than they were before joining us. More importantly, since our staff is well educated, we KNOW what students need beyond test scores to gain admissions or secure scholarships to the best colleges and programs. After 22 successful years in college admissions prep, I know we can help almost any student improve on his or her results.
Thank you for your consideration. We hope to see you soon!
Khan Academy (free online SAT test prep)
ACT test prep (new online services recently announced by Kaplan; search online for information)
Reputable Online test prep (for a fee):
Compass Education Group: compassprep.com
Arbor Bridge: ArborBridge.com
Prep Gurus: Prepgurus.com
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