College Prep Course FAQ’s
What is your SAT class schedule? / When does the next class start?
We offer classes four times a year:
- August – September (for the October PSAT / SAT)
- October – November (for the December SAT)
- January – February (for the March SAT)
- March – April (for the May SAT)
We do not have any summer classes. We do offer online test prep and private tutoring and those can be done at any time.
How many students per class?
Some classes are smaller than others, but we never take more than 20 students per class. Typically our Sunday classes fill, but our other classes may have from 8 – 15 students.
When does registration open?
We open registration about a month before classes begin.
We are going to miss a class. How can we make it up?
Students who miss a class are encouraged to attend a corresponding session with another class. For example, if you miss your Sunday afternoon class, go to the Tuesday class that week to make up the lesson. Students who are unable to attend another class, may come early or stay after the following week to ask questions and discuss key concepts with their instructor.
What is your average score improvement?
Score improvement depends primarily on student effort. You wouldn’t expect the student who misses class or never does homework to get results.
On average, students who attend every class, learn all the vocabulary words, and complete all the homework improve by 100 points per section (100 points in each: reading, math, writing.) Of course, that is an average—some students do even better and others may not improve as much.
My son/daughter needs to work on one or two sections; can he/she just attend that part of the course?
Our class is not structured for students to attend only part of the session. Often overall strategy and test taking skills are taught as we discuss reading, math, and writing. By integrating strategy and skills, students are better prepared for the actual test.
Often it is easier for students to improve in their strongest subjects. For example, a student who is already scoring well in reading may come to class to focus on math. By learning additional techniques she may improve her reading score by 120 points and only improve by 60 points in math where she struggles.
Do you offer a guarantee?
We know a lot of the “big box” test prep companies offer a score improvement guarantee. Start reading some of these “guarantees” and you will find a lot of fine print. We don’t want to mislead you with sales gimmicks and fine print.
We are confident enough in the program to offer a money back guarantee. Start the program. Take a close look at the materials. If you don’t like what you see after the first lesson, you can request a refund on the remaining classes.
Keep in mind the SAT is a performance based activity. It is almost impossible to guarantee how someone will perform on a given day. No one can guarantee test results. Think of SAT prep like working with a trainer at the gym. Part of the client’s success comes from the information and inspiration provided by the trainer, but the client still has to do the work.
How are your classes different from other test prep companies?
The short answer is
- Our class structure mirrors the test. Unlike programs that spend an entire day on math or reading, our class is structured just like the SAT where students have to switch topics within each class.
- The schedule is designed for busy students. Class meets once a week.
- All our instructors are test prep professionals with years of educational experience. We will never have a college kid trained on a workbook teaching for us.
- Students have time to learn and master concepts. Our program is 8 weeks long, so students have time to process what they learn.
- Our program was designed by a nationally recognized expert. Megan Dorsey’s test prep advice has been featured on CBS, NBC, Wall Street Journal, Education Weekly and many other sources. Megan even teaches some of the classes (mostly Sundays). You won’t get that with other test prep companies.
- We are a locally owned and operated business. We offer expert instructors and proven materials at a competitive price because we aren’t paying franchise fees or high overhead. We do a lot to give back to educational efforts in the community.
Why do you have only one scheduled practice test?
We schedule one full-length test for the group, so all students can have the experience of applying the class strategies and content in a realistic test setting. Students will take additional practice tests for homework. Our high school students are busy and are more likely to take additional practice tests when they can schedule them around activities and school work. This is why we only do one test as a group and do the rest independently. We can proctor additional full-length tests for your student for a fee; please contact our office for price and scheduling.
What are the available locations?
Greatwood Rec Center (Sunday afternoons)
7225 Greatwood Parkway, Sugar Land, TX 77479
near the intersection of 59 & Grand Parkway
UH Sugar Land, George Building
14000 University Boulevard, Sugar Land, TX 77479
at the intersection of 59 & University (on the opposite side of the freeway from Cosco)