Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to your student’s education we understand you will have lots questions when choosing the best SAT or ACT Prep Course.
What Is The Structure Of Your SAT & ACT Classes?
Our 6-Week Flagship Courses meet for 6 hours of class twice per week, with a 4-hour exam each week. A total of 60 course hours. 4-hour exams are intended to simulate test-day conditions in order to help students build the stamina they need for the actual exam. In addition, homework is assigned throughout the course for students to complete at home between classes.
How Much Are Your Courses?
Our 6-Week Flagship Courses typically start at $1,099, which works out to $18 per hour for course time. Please note that we do have dynamic prices, and they may rise due to demand and start date; therefore, we recommend enrolling as early as possible to get the lowest price!
What If My Child Misses Class?
We understand that students occasionally miss a couple of classes or tests during our 6-week course, or even start the course a week late. There is no reason to worry because we hold makeup and review sessions at the end of the course that cover any material your student would have missed. In addition, students in our online courses can view recordings of the classes they missed. Please note that a certain amount of missed class time may void the guarantee associated with your course. To learn more, please visit our Terms.
When Should My Child Take An SAT/ACT Course?
The answer to this question is as soon as possible. We find that students who take our classes as freshmen or sophomores typically get the highest SAT/ACT scores, go to the best colleges, and win the most scholarships. It’s also beneficial to take an SAT course before October of your child’s junior year so that they score high on the PSAT in order to become a National Merit Finalist (equivalent to $100,000+ in college scholarships). In addition, our courses not only teach students how to become better at the SAT/ACT, but also how to become better standardized test-takers in general. The strategies students learn in our courses will help them on the SAT, ACT, PSAT, AP Exams, SAT Subject Exams, State High School Standardized Exams, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, etc.
Who Are Your Instructors?
Shaan Patel, Founder of Prep Expert and Perfect SAT Scorer, only teaches an occasional course given his current dermatology residency at Temple University. However, we have hand-selected a small group of highly qualified instructors who have mastery teaching Prep Expert strategies. With the excpetion of certain TAs, all instructors must verify their 99th percentile score on the SAT, ACT, or GMAT, whichever they are selected to instruct. Our instructors also need to have significant previous teaching and/or tutoring experience and be very gifted teachers. We “audition” them by asking them to teach a lesson, so that we can verify their talent in communicating difficult material. Accolades of our instructor group include having degrees from Harvard, Yale, and MIT, achieving perfect SAT scores, and having advanced graduate degrees (PhDs, MDs, MBAs, etc.). Our instructors have been doing this for a long time and generate incredible results for students resulting in us being able to provide score improvement guarantees of 200 and 4 points on the SAT and ACT, respectively.
Where Are Your Locations?
We conduct SAT and ACT prep courses both online and in several in-person locations across the United States. To see if there are any Prep Expert courses running in locations near you, please select “Locations” on the applicable SAT or ACT search pages.
Should my child take the SAT or ACT?
Traditionally, students better at problem-solving and critical thinking should take the SAT and students better at learning content should take the ACT. However, with the redesign of the SAT in March of 2016, both the SAT and ACT are more similar than ever. Therefore, it does not matter which exam your student takes. Colleges and universities do not prefer one exam over the other. One advantage to preparing for the SAT is that it will also prepare students for the PSAT that is administered in October of their junior year, which can qualify them for National Merit scholarships!
What Kind Of Guarantee Do You Offer?
We offer some of the the best score guarantees in the industry. If your child’s SAT score does not go up by at least 200 points after fully completing a 6-Week Flagship SAT Prep Course, or if your child’s ACT score does not up by at least 4 points after fully completing a 6-Week Flagship ACT Prep Course, we will refund 100% of your money! Please see our terms for full details.
How Do Online Classes Work?
Our online classes are taught in a virtual classroom program that is live over the internet. The instructor and a whiteboard are visible. The students will view a lesson that is identical to a regular classroom with a teacher at the front of the room drawing on the board. Students can use the chat box to interact with the instructor and other students. In addition, the entire class is recorded and for future viewing if students cannot attend a session or need additional review.
How Does Private Tutoring Work?
Many of our tutors are also instructors who teach 6-Week Flagship Prep Expert Course, so you are in good hands. Each tutoring session is 2-hours long and scheduled around a time most convenient for your student. Tutors primarily work with students via our online tutoring platform, but can meet students in-person in certain areas of the country based on their geographic location. Students will also be asked to take practice tests on their own at home – which is absolutely essential for large score improvements.