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SAT & ACT SCORE INCREASES - MYTH vs REALITY

 

Having taught hundreds of students from high schools from ALL OVER THE U.S. ( & even foreign countries ) which includes students of all GPA's, motivation levels, income levels, ages, languages, and special learning needs, we know what lies in the realm of reality with even the best possible tutoring & teaching, and what amounts to myth and fantasy.

 

Should you believe these claims?

 

 

Sure. Can you guarantee admissions to Stanford too?

 

       

Example: 500 points  - Are you kidding?

     

 

These companies, headed by non-teachers, can't even correctly calculate an SAT score increase. How can they possibly provide good SAT / ACT courses?

 

In fact, this is deception is so widespread that the Wall Street Journal did some INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING  to uncover the lies & deception: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124278685697537839.html#CX

 

Wall Street Journal - John Hechinger

 

More facts: Page 24

AVERAGE SAT or ACT Score Increases Tell You Very Little

There is actually no point looking at the high scores or high score improvements of other students, because it's not reliable because there are too many variables.

 

EVEN IF EVERY COMPANY USED THE EXACT SAME METHOD OF CALCULATING SCORE INCREASES ( using a real score before, and real score after ) IT'S STILL PROBLEMATIC:

 

Sickness / Injury

Company A had students who mostly got sick the day before the SAT.
Company B had students who mostly were well-rested and in good health.

 

Previous Studying

Company A gets students who never studied or took an SAT course.
Company B gets students whose parents already made them sit through one or two other SAT courses.

 

Achievement & Motivation

Company A has motivated, high-achieving 4.1GPA students who work hard.

Company B has low-motivation 2.7GPA students who don't go to classes or finish homework.

 

First Language

Company A gets mostly American born & raised students, increasing score increases

Company B gets mostly minority students who don't speak English as a first language, reducing score increases

 

ADD / Learning Disorders

Company A gets lots of ADD / dyslexic students, thus reducing score increases

Company B gets "normal" students, thus increasing score increases

 

You get the picture.
 

What is a REAL SAT or ACT Score Increase?


1) Student takes the SAT for real AND TRIES TO DO WELL and scores 1500.

2) Student takes SAT course.

3) Student takes another SAT for real AND TRIES TO DO WELL after the SAT course and scores 1600.

Actual SAT Score Increase = 100 points.


What is a Fake & Deceptive SAT or ACT Score Increase?

 

Harder baseline "SAT" test and an easier end-result "SAT" test.

Most companies give a fake, harder "initial" SAT and an easier "end-result" SAT.

 

Kids who don't try / sick / don't care on the first baseline "SAT"

Kids who take an initial "assessment" harder fake exam USUALLY DON'T TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. FEW KIDS actually try their very best, or can even do their very best, on these initial diagnostic exams ( which last 4 grueling hours), thus further creating artificially low scores.

 

Yes, we get kids who "improve" 500 - 600 points all the time using a SAT score when the kid just took the test to see what it was like, but WE DON'T COUNT THOSE.

 

Deceptive score charts and deceptive essay grading.

Companies use their "trained readers" to arbitrarily give lower initial essay scores.

Moreover, their score charts give the wrong scores. For example, on the REAL SAT you get 35 questions right and score a 650. On their fake SAT, you get 35 questions right and your score is 570 ( It's actually MUCH more complex than this, but you get the idea )

 

Only reporting SAT / ACT score increases that are the highest.

Sure- if you are cranking out 200 to 300 students a month, at least a few are bound to have large increases. But what is the AVERAGE that includes the students who DIDN'T improve?

 

Making up scores.

Many companies will make-up score increases. How can you verify them?

 

We can sit here and tell you we have students with 500 point increases all the time. How would you know?

 

PRINCETON REVIEW BACKS OFF ON SCORE INCREASE CLAIMS:

 

Only ONE WAY To Accurately Determine Score Increases:

 

In order to ELIMINATE AS MANY VARIABLES AS POSSIBLE, the ONLY way to find out is to have the SAME STUDENT ( same motivation & same potential) go through TWO courses, and that way you can figure out which Teacher + Course works better.

 

There is, in fact, only ONE indisputable, definitive way to tell how good a course is compared to another: TAKE THEM BOTH. Or, there is a faster, cheaper method.

See the research: ( Begins on page 23 )

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