Are you looking for some help in increasing your test scores? Look no farther than the number one rated prep program, PrepScholar. PrepScholar has been featured in ABC, Fox News, USA Today, Lifetime, MSNBC, Time, AARP, Wall Street Journal, and CBS News. So what is PrepScholar, and what are the benefits and features?
What Is It?
PrepScholar is an online prep program tailored to fit your needs. It is a top-ranked prep program that competes with The Princeton Review and Kaplan Test Prep. A group of SAT experts created this program after acing their SATs back in 2013. They were not happy with the SAT prep available and found the teachers/tutors to be uninspiring. The price for their prep was too high, and they wanted to create a business that guaranteed growth on the SAT. PrepScholar employs a group of SAT experts that are committed to helping students master their SAT. These employees are perfect scorers or 99%ile scorers. PrepScholar doesn’t allow their program to become stagnant; they consistently add new practical lessons.
To continuously update their curriculum, PrepScholar takes in student feedback, and researches SAT trends and changes to better their program. These changes make it the best SAT prep program available. PrepScholar has prep programs for the SAT, PSAT, ACT, College Admissions, GRE, GMAT, and TOEFL. Each comes with its money-back guarantee. We will look at this more later. The College Board reports PrepScholar students to improve their scores over four times as much as any other prep program.
How Does It Work?
More than just videos and reading material, PrepScholar works through creating individualize lesson plans based on a diagnostic tool that is administered only after sign-up. The customized instruction gives an exact step by step instruction on what to study, what lessons to take when to take practice tests, and how to review your mistakes. PrepScholar will diagnose, guide, and motivate students to increase SAT scores.
Using its Smart Diagnostic software, PrepScholar finds each student’s skill level and customizes instruction based on the results. Consisting of 60 questions, which will take 60-80 minutes to complete, the diagnostic feature uses computerized adaptive testing. The computerized adaptive testing means the student’s answers will guide the test in which questions to ask next. The goal of the diagnostic is to determine the precise skills students need to improve on to improve their overall score—the diagnostic tests over 30 SAT skills.
After the diagnostic is complete, PrepScholar creates an individualized lesson plan, so the student is always working on skills that will give them the most significant score increase. Concentrating on the weaker skills first will ensure growth. As students take lessons, the lesson plan will adapt, getting harder if needed or more accessible if growth isn’t occurring. The process of using a diagnostic to guide an instructional method is what makes PrepScholar stand out above all other SAT/ACT prep programs. Students need a curriculum tailored to their needs, and PrepSchoolar has it figured out.
The guidance of PrepScholar is top-notch. Once you’ve taken the diagnostic and gotten your plan, PrepScholar gives exact step by step instructions on what to study, what lessons to take, and when to take them. You will have reading lessons, drilling questions, and a chance to review your mistakes. Included in your lesson plan are practice tests, but there is no guessing as to when you should take them, the plan tells you. Available through your dashboard, PrepScholar assigns 10-15 lessons a week. These lessons may include strategy lessons, quizzes, or practice tests. You do get some choice; you get to decide which subject you want to work through first. During this time, if you are struggling, you have access to tutors. They do cost more, but we will look into the tutoring aspect a little later.
PrepScholar tries to motivate you through several avenues. First, delivering weekly email reports is one-way PrepScholar tries to drive completion. These reports go to both parents and students. The reports show the number of lessons completed and the number of hours that studying occurred. You will receive compliments when studying is going well and warnings for when you slack off. PrepScolar has created several reports to keep track of progress and motivate. These reports include a time tracker so you can make sure and complete your goals.
A skill chart show progress and how much more progress you have to complete. Finally, there is a log of all progress. This log will show you a complete record of work and past quizzes. Viewing these previous quizzes can help improve SAT scores. Although PrepScholar tries to motivate their students, it is tough to do so. Students do need to be self-driven, and confidence is vital.
PrepScholar has outlined its curriculum to make it the most beneficial and best use of time. The first ten minutes of PrepScholar is for sign up and program choice. After the first ten minutes, the first hour is set aside for the diagnostic test. The next two-ten hours are for your first eight lessons. The design of each lesson is three parts. The first 20 minutes of each lesson is for reading texts and watching videos. The next 20 minutes is for question practice. The questions are SAT style questions and focused on the skill you are learning. The final part of the lesson requires you to look over the items missed and read a detailed explanation with the correct answer given. You can’t skip this part, and it is vital to understand the explanations to see growth on your SAT scores.
The next part of the program is to take a full practice test. Just like the real SAT, you will complete this practice test with paper and pencil. After completing this test, the answers will be entered into PrepScholar to get the score almost immediately. You also can upload your essay for PrepScholar teachers to grade and give feedback. From this point forward, students will continue working on their customized plan. The final step in the program outline is to master the SAT. PrepScholar says their baseline for completion is 40 hours, but more may be needed depending on the student. Following the program outline will guarantee a rise in SAT scores. If the framework isn’t monitored or not completed, PrepScholar will not ensure their services.
PrepScholar has five different levels available for purchase. All of them build on top of one another. The first level of PrepScholar is the Complete SAT Online Prep. It is the most popular plan. It grants one year access to 210+ hour content, 7100+ question bank, 700+ videos that encourage problem-solving, and 98 skill lessons that include strategies. Also included in this plan are 49 fine-grained skills to master. All sections (math, reading, writing, and essays) are withing in this plan. The user can find detailed answer explanations and customized diagnostic quizzes. Finally, this plan contains ten certified SAT practice tests. The Complete Premium plan is the same as the Complete but gives two years of access, and includes expedited support.
The next plan is the PrepScholar Classes. The PrepScholar Classes add expert-led classes that are online with top teachers. The teachers with PrepScholar must be perfect scorers or 99%ile scorers. They are highly qualified and go through a rigorous screening process. The expert-led classes are small group instruction.
The Complete+ Tutoring plan adds hours of tutoring. When this package is purchased, students generally double their point of improvement. This option adds on personalized teaching. The final option is the Dual SAT & ACT plan. It grants access to SAT and ACT Complete program.
As mentioned before, tutoring can take place through PrepScholar. The teachers are highly qualified, and coaching is one-on-one and face-to-face. The one-on-one approach will encourage active learning and working during a lesson. It is more than just a teacher reading materials to you; it is active and encourages engagement. When purchasing tutoring times, you can choose between Plan A and Plan B. Plan A gives you more tutor time and less self-study time. Plan B gives you more self-study time and less tutor time. There are three levels of tutoring available, varying from 4 hours of instruction to 50 hours of instruction.
Whether you decide to purchase for PrepScholar or not, PrepScholar offers some free resources to help you be successful in taking your SAT and ACT. They offer prep E-Books, articles, and have a blog. There are nine eBooks available that range on topics from calculating scores to tips and tricks to scheduling practice tests and taking the real deal. The articles cover three topics. The first topic is tutoring, benefits of coaching, and how to optimize your tutoring time. The next item is understanding and mastering the SAT and ACT. The final topic covers articles designed to help you plan your future. These articles help you get into your perfect college or university. The last free resource is the PrepScholar Blog. This blog help with the use of PrepScholar and mastering the SAT and ACT.
“Online Test Prep Done Right” is PrepScholar’s motto, and we agree. Although the company is relatively new, they are a company that will be around for a long time. Their consistent improvement shows they are in for the long haul. There are so many positive aspects of PrepScholar.
Money-back guarantee and free trial
The founders of PrepScholar fully back their program. This support is evident through their trial period and money-back guarantee. PrepScholar offers a free five-day trial. During this trial, students can complete up to 10% of a program, and if they don’t like it, they don’t have to continue their curriculum. The money-back-guarantee is for all new students. This guarantee says if a student does not improve by 160 points on their SAT, they will get their money back. There are some exclusions, so be sure to read the fine print. Any negative customer reviews that we have seen come back to not qualifying for the money-back guarantee, so check and double-check. Money-back guarantees are for the SAT, PSAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and TOEFL. Each test has a different goal to receive your money back if not met.
Organization is essential to PrepScholar, and students can see improvement without being overwhelmed. Several users have said that working through their PrepScholar Plan feels like playing a video game. Each time you accomplish and master a lesson, it is just like “leveling up” with each experience. We feel like PrepScholar is better than a live class or tutor as the student gets to work at his/her own pace. PrepScholar gives anytime and anywhere access as it is online; however, there is no app. Another aspect that is positive with PrepScholar is that lessons are not just content lessons but also strategy lessons. The strategy lessons help with how to take the SAT and ACT.
The pricing may seem expensive; however, that is the flat price. There are no additional fees, curriculum fees, or other fees that will pop up during the process. Included in your cost is technical support, which is essential to ensure completion of the program. If you want tutoring, be sure to purchase a plan that has it; otherwise, you will have to pay more money.
One of the downfalls of PrepScholar is that it is only for self-starters and self-motivators. On the flip side, if you are a self-starter and self-motivator, PrepScholar can do wonders to help you improve your SAT score. There are numerous success stories of PrepScholar students, will you (or your child) be the next one? PrepScholar is a world-class prep program with world-class tutoring that will help you take your next step into a successful future.