“THANK YOU!” the headline read on my e-mail this morning from Annie, the mother of a Guilford High School student. Those who live in Guilford, CT, as well as most Shoreline, CT towns, rarely qualify for financial aid. But merit aid is open to all. Those in Guilford and other affluent Connecticut suburbs routinely earn merit awards.
Every year, I receive wonderful e-mails and Christmas cards from past students and families who went through our SAT programs: “I was admitted early action 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 self-conscious about urging parents to sign up for test prep. But 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 still haunts me in but now the evidence is overwhelming: 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.