Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in Prep Expert’s SAT Prep boot camp, a 6 week SAT Prep Program, who markets their niche as the only program created by a student who has scored the perfect 2400 on the previous SAT. Less then 0.02% of students who took the test can claim that accomplishment. You may have seen Prep Expert CEO, Shaan Patel, close a deal with Mark Cuban on ABC’s Shark Tank this past year. Being a high school senior, I have had the opportunity to learn under many different teaching styles, attending over 9 schools throughout my journey through the perils of pre college education. I took this course with the mindset that the SAT was the final test, and possibly only test in high school, I wanted to do well on. I am an okay student, maintaining a GPA of around a 3.7, but standardized testing is not typically my strong suit. In this unbiased review, I’ve outlined what Prep Expert has done for me, what it took for me to do it, and if it’s something you should try out.
Prep Expert Review – Online Classes
By far, the best part of this program was the classes instructed by Mike Dubois. Every Wednesday and Sunday from 6:30-9:30 PM EST, I logged on to the Clickmeeting video conferencing software. Mike, a very accessible and articulate, non-chalant guy, serves on the side as an essay grader for the real SAT’s. He knew first hand the requirements, what he was looking for and the format that he would give full points to. A typical class consisted of an hour of review from homework assignments, and two hours of new material. We ran through all the SAT categories and practice tests in depth, and during the short breaks every hour, students from all over the world connected, chatted, joked around, and simply threw questions at each other. The group tempo was very up-beat, and served as an open forum for anything SAT. Anytime I had a question, I just typed it into the chat box, and Mike answered every single one accurately. I have never used a better platform in an online classroom, and applaud Prep Expert for their ability to create the most surreal classroom experience online. Throughout the online part of the course, Mike pulled slides up of Expert Strategies, a name coined to represent the best techniques to use while testing. Some seemed very obvious, and some were completely new. For instance, it outlined how much time was wasted flipping back and forth between a answer sheet and the test booklet. I saw this, and did not think much of it till I took another SAT Practice test, and realized full on how right they were. It proved that my natural conscious mind seemed to prefer to waste precious and rare testing time. My main critique was class tended to end late, especially since school began in Florida on August 12, right when the program started. If ever possible, it may be worthwhile to have more flexible time slots for those who live in different time zones.
If an individual decides to take Prep Expert like I did, that person must be willing to devote two things to the course. If you comply with both, there is a very realistic chance, with the preparation Prep Expert provides, of actually scoring a perfect 1,600 on the new SAT. In the course, they mentioned these as a prerequisite learning experience, but the first commitment is the student must have a reason for doing well on the SAT. If your goal is to do well on the SAT, so you can get accepted into an Ivy League college like Stanford on a hefty scholarship, perfect. Take this course, and you’ll have the best opportunity to make it happen. That may sound easy, but goals are powered by passion and drive, and in order to complete them, one must be loaded on both. The second commitment is be prepared for a heavy workload, and much of it may be repetitive. Part of the reason Prep Expert, and other SAT Prep courses exist, is because they teach you that the SAT has somewhat of a pattern to it, and implementing the proper strategies can help you choose your answers wisely and fast, therefore increasing your score. The best way to do this is by assimilating yourself multiple times with the material, so you know how to instantly recognize a question, and find the answer they are looking for. There are multiple approaches to solve a problem, but the SAT only writes for roughly one approach. Prep Expert shows the pupil how a question should be solved in untraditional ways, while using few pre-meditated skills. Prep Expert provides its students with multiple Prep SAT’s, along with 5 books written by Shaan, homework assignments, and lastly, the online course, accessible at any time in case you missed it. To sum it up, instead of teaching materials learned in school, they tell you how to best implement it, and recognize tricks to solving questions faster and better.
Multiple people have scored perfectly on the new SAT using Prep Expert’s strategies and lessons. The reason this article refers to the SAT as something that could be beat, is because it shows you how to ‘game’ the test. I am extremely impressed in how this program managed to blend lessons and questions together to boost the average student’s score almost 400 points, typically unheard of in this industry. (National average is 30 point bump from NACA) While I am a stanch opponent of standardized testing in general, I cannot change that the SAT exists, and is valued so dearly by colleges. It is simply a measurement of how well one exceeds in testing their knowledge on K-12 schooling. On October 1st of 2016, I will walk into the SAT testing area of the local high school in Satellite Beach, Florida. I will sit down in the hard wooden stools provided, and pick up that glossy pencil to answer all the questions, yet in the back of my mind, I’ll be grateful to Prep Expert for the fact that I knew how to solve almost every problem on that test, before I even stepped foot in the building.
Prep Expert courses are available for purchase on PrepExpert.com, and currently cost $999 in comparison to $1,200+ from their current direct competitors.
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