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Small Group SAT/ACT Test Prep
Why are your Small Group SAT/ACT Test Prep classes broken out into 8-week sessions?
Our experience has taught us that students cannot adequately process, practice, and learn all of the requisite SAT/ACT material in a shorter amount of time. Students need consistent instruction and skill practice that builds sequentially during the interactive 8-week program. Additionally, instructors need time to fully present the material and to determine each student’s needs.
What is GroupSmart®?
GroupSmart® is our secret sauce. After years of test prep and tutoring, we know it’s critical that students feel comfortable in their learning environment. We use our proprietary GroupSmart® algorithm to intelligently group students for our award-winning Small Group SAT/ACT Test Prep. It’s efficient and it’s effective. Students are in class with others of similar strengths and challenges. They confidently ask questions and learn from each other’s queries. No other test prep company does this. Learn more about GroupSmart®.
What if my student needs additional one-on-one sessions?
Although our course is comprehensive, we do offer discounted individual tutoring rates for those who desire to continue their prep after the course is complete.
My student has a very tight schedule. Will she still be able to take the Small Group course?
Yes. After you enter your student’s information during the registration process, we run our GroupSmart® algorithm. We then determine the optimal class options for your student. You will have several schedule choices for both the math portion and the reading portion of the course.
What if I’m on vacation or miss a class (or two)?
We understand that at times, sicknesses/school/sports/personal commitments prevent students from attending a particular class. The course is designed with one extra session, so if students miss one class, it will not affect their progress as long as they keep up with the homework. If student miss more than one session or would like to supplement their program with individual tutoring, we offer discounted rates on individual tutoring for program participants.
My student forgot to log on for her last individual tutoring session. Can she reschedule?
We accept cancellations as long as you give us more than 24-hours advance notice. With more than 24-hours advance notice, we will work with you and your student to reschedule the session. With less than 24-hours advance notice, this will simply be a missed session that cannot be made up.
What is your Refund Policy?
Please visit our Refund Policy here.
I’d like to register. What are the next steps?
You can register online for any of our Small Group Test Prep classes or Small Group Tutoring classes. After entering the required information, you’ll select the schedule that best fits the needs of your family. For our Small Group SAT/ACT Test Prep classes, we’ll also have your student register for a pre-test that we will be reviewing during our first class together.
For our Individual Test Prep and Individual Academic Tutoring, you’ll register for a package that works best for your student. We’ll then contact you within 24-hours to create a tutoring schedule that works for your family.
My student already took the SAT/ACT test but didn’t get the score he wanted. Can PrepSquared help?
Please contact us. We’d love to help with one of our individual tutoring packages. We will take a look at your student’s results and recommend the appropriate package. We’ll prepare your student to take the test again with greater success!
How are you different than other popular test prep programs?
We give you 10 good reasons on our Why Us? page. We offer a different approach to SAT/ACT test prep that is highly customized, interactive, and proven to increase scores.
How do I know whether my student should take the SAT or the ACT?
Great question, but it’s not a simple answer. We’ve dedicated a page to answering this very question. Check it out here.
May I speak with your past students?
Yes, in fact we encourage these conversations! Just fill out our contact form and we will be in touch with you.
THE PREPSQUARED DIFFERENCE
Top 10 Reasons We’re the Best SAT/ACT Test Prep and Tutoring Company
1) We GroupSmart®
GroupSmart® is our secret sauce. After years of test prep and tutoring, we know it’s critical that students feel comfortable in their learning environment. We use our proprietary GroupSmart® algorithm to intelligently group students for our award-winning Small Group SAT/ACT Test Prep. It’s efficient and it’s effective. Students are in class with others of similar strengths and challenges. They confidently ask questions and learn from each other’s queries. No other test prep company does this.
2) We practice
There’s a reason people quote the 10,000 hour figure from Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers so often. Practice does make a difference. Our students take real practice SATs and/or ACTs with real proctors (all web-cams on) and real test timing.
When the actual test day arrives, our students walk in with confidence. They’ve learned test-taking-time-management, they know the topography of the exam, and they’ve answered hundreds of practice problems.
3) We iterate
We don’t just march out the same thin class syllabus to every student. If a concept doesn’t resonate, we refine our approach until we strike that harmonic resonance. And we’re firm believers that every student has one.
4) We’re math geeks
Founder Vinay Bhawnani probably has one and zeros coming out of his pores. Math is a subconscious competence for him – it flows freely. Because of his profound mathematical foundation, he’s been able to create a variety of simplified, methodical approaches to complex subjects – all of which work.
5) We care
It sounds cliché, but it’s a fact. No one is hired at PrepSquared™ unless they care. Candidates might have multiple PhDs and suitcases of Ivy League awards, but if they don’t have a vested interest in the success of those they teach, they won’t teach our students.
6) We’re flexible
We’re not a factory, nor are students spare parts. Once we determine the right group for your student for Small Group SAT/ACT Test Prep, we offer several schedule options. If none of those fit with your student’s schedule, you can instead enroll in Private Test Prep Tutoring. This way your student can continue with their music, sports, or other extracurriculars, but still receive exceptional test preparation.
7) We offer value
We don’t have any hidden charges lurking in the fine print. We offer unlimited proctored SAT and/or ACT mock tests in our Robust SAT/ACT Test Prep courses. Our books and materials are included in the price, and we ship the materials to your doorstep. We even offer recommendations after students receive their real test results to help them map out further study if needed.
8) We’re always innovating
Founder Vinay Bhawnani is a teacher at heart, but a techie in his bones. We’re constantly investigating and incorporating new tutoring methods and strategies. Adaptive learning techniques dynamically enter our team’s instructional repertoire.
9) We have a talented team
Our instructors are masters in their fields, and have high emotional quotients (EQs) as well. Our founder, Vinay Bhawnani, personally interviews all candidates. It is critically important to him and to PrepSquared™ that we maintain our award-winning company culture.