Christmas time brings gifts to Connecticut students and none better than early admission to colleges of choice, except perhaps scholarships to colleges of choice.
Every year, I receive wonderful e-mails and Christmas cards from past students and families who went through our SAT programs: “I was admitted to My Favorite College and was given a $XX,XXX scholarship. Thank you for the SAT help as that led to both.”
I used to be far more circumspect about advocating test prep. The dread of looking self-interested has been squashed by own experience as a father with three college bound children. I know with certainty both from my years as an educational advisor and now as a Dad that strong SAT (and ACT) scores will help pay for college. My worries about appearing sales-like has always haunted me in building a company that was sparked by idealism. But now the evidence is clear: doing well on the SAT will lead to college scholarships. And, of course, I urge you to ask older parents and school officials about the quality of our SAT courses and individual instruction. I no longer feel guilty about urging people to pay for SAT classes because, for many, the classes end up being an investment. $595 for a class often leads to $48,000 ($12,000/year seems to be the median college scholarship I’ve seen for students with top test scores).