Is Taking a Prep Class REALLY Worth It?
As parents, it’s natural to want to do whatever it takes to increase your child’s chances at getting into his or her dream school. But then you take a look at the cost of some of the SAT/ACT Prep courses being offered (e.g. Princeton Review, Kaplan, etc.) and the prices are astronomical. As you contemplate taking out a second mortgage to put your kid in these classes, the immediate question you ask yourself is: are these classes REALLY worth it?
Many tutoring companies will tell you that the answer to this question is “not straightforward” or that it “varies from student to student”. Having tutored the SATs for 7 years, I can tell you that these answers are deliberately misleading. It IS true that the answer to this question is not the same for every student, but over time I have encountered only 3 types of students: