With something as important as the ACTs and SATs, it’s crucial to make sure you’re doing everything you can to prepare. If you’ve decided to enroll in a college test prep course, you should know what to look for before you enroll. Here are a few tips to help you find the best course for you.
The Guarantee: What You Need To Know
A college test prep course worth its salt tends to offer a guarantee. Be wary if you don’t find one. But how do you know if the guarantee holds any water? You’ll want to look for a few key points:
- Fine print. Does the guarantee require you to jump through a thousand hoops before it becomes active and binding? At Jantzi, for example, our guarantee only requires the coursework be completed and that the test be taken within 30 days of completion.
- Less than a full refund. A 10 percent discount on your prep course is great, but if it failed to help improve scores at all, doesn’t it feel like you’ve wasted that other 90 percent? You want full accountability when it comes to improving your scores.
- The guarantee. What is the content of the guarantee itself? At Jantzi, we guarantee that our courses will lead to an improvement in test scores. Read the fine print on any guarantees you come across to make sure that the guarantee itself isn’t much milder than the taglines might suggest.
The guarantee is a big start, because it will tell you a lot about what you can expect by the end of the course. But it doesn’t mean you should ignore the content of the course itself.
Evaluating A Prep Course
What should a test preparation course look like? Should it be highly intensive, full of long study sessions—or should it include higher frequencies of shorter ones?
It’s tempting to come in with your own theories about the best way to prepare. Perhaps the most important feature of a course, however, is that it’s clearly-defined. A course should be able to spell out the kind of workload that comes with attending. Have a look at our test prep options here at Jantzi to get an example of what this might look like. You’ll see that there are two options that allow you to customize your experience based on variables like schedule and budget.
There are a lot of other ways to evaluate a course—the price, the ease of registration, and so on—but it’s important to know that you’re enrolling in a course that will stay accountable to the student. That’s where classes like Jantzi’s ACT and SAT Test Prep succeed. These are designed to help increase confidence and test-taking skills to give each student the best possible chance at beating their previous scores. Register today in your area.