The False Claims & Deceptive Marketing
Many tutoring and test prep companies lie and deceive unwitting parents and students with clichés and buzzwords: FALSE “SCORE IMPROVEMENT GUARANTEES”, FAKE “AVERAGE SCORE INCREASES”, and UNSUBSTANTIATED claims of “BEST TUTORS” “ELITE INSTRUCTORS” “PROVEN METHODOLOGIES” “GUARANTEED RESULTS”.
SCORE LIES & DECEPTION:
Learn about REAL versus FAKE SAT or ACT score increases
Tutoring / Test Prep Companies deceive & lie to unsuspecting parents & students every day:
1) Making up score increases
REALLY? I’m sure you have the official College Board score reports from BEFORE and AFTER to prove it?
2) Harder DIAGNOSTIC “SAT” or “ACT” which gives lower first score
Those PRACTICE SAT/ ACT tests given at your high school are harder, fake tests, designed to give lower scores.
This test looks so real. But it was given to students at a local high school.
Very fake, and gives much lower scores.
3) Deceptive score charts which leads to lower first score
- Giving essays lower scores
- Using score charts which give lower scores
4) “Score Guarantees” to lure in unsuspecting Parents & Students
No one can guarantee a score any more than they can guarantee admissions to UC Berkeley
And what if you don’t get the guaranteed improvement? You just re-take the same course that didn’t work
In order to get “Average Score Increase” that would mean EVERY student ( not just the ones that improved the most ) that went to that tutoring company has to take a REAL SAT or ACT ( not some fake harder test ), then take the course, and without tutoring from somewhere else, take another REAL SAT or ACT, and then on top of that, actually report the scores back.
( The Scientific Method: A lesson for all those test prep companies that can’t do simple calculations correctly )
1) Take a real SAT or ACT JUST ( not a few months ) before the course, trying to score as high as possible.
Don't count lower SAT & ACT start scores if the student was tired or sick or didn't really try.
2) Take the course, AND DO EVERYTHING required. Don’t count kids who “slacked” or didn’t complete the course
3) Take a real SAT or ACT RIGHT after ( not a few months ) the course, trying to score as high as possible.
An increase of 300+ points on the NEW SAT 2016 ( the old SAT was out of 2400 points ) or 8 points on the ACT would actually RAISE SUSPICION and get a student AUDITED for possible cheating.
HOWEVER, “AVERAGE SCORE INCREASES” are a useless method of comparing SAT ACT courses
Why? There are too many factors that affect scores which have nothing to do with the tutoring itself:
1) Differences in motivation and drive: Highly motivated hard working students will improve more.
Student A and Student B both score 1300 and have the same ability ( can reach 1450 ). Then they both get the same tutoring. Student A is highly motivated, studies hard and does all the homework, whereas Student B isn’t paying attention during tutoring. Guess who is going to improve more?
2) Inaccurate starting baseline score
Student A and Student B have the same ability ( can reach 1450 ). Student A didn’t study at all and walked in and took the SAT scoring 1200. Student B went through tutoring before taking the first test and scored 1300. Then they both get the same tutoring. Guess who is going to improve more?
3) Fake Harder Diagnostic SAT & ACT exams create a fake baseline
Student A and Student B have the same ability ( can reach 1450 ). Student A took a fake harder diagnostic SAT and scored 1200. Student B took a real exam and scored 1300. Then they both get the same tutoring. Guess who is going to “improve more”?
4) Students scoring higher to begin with have less room for improvement
Student A took the SAT and scored 1200. Student B took the SAT and scored 1500. Student A still has 400 points to go, whereas Student B can AT MOST improve 100 points ( the maximum score is 1600 ).
5) The SAT & ACT vary in difficulty from test to test
Student A and Student B have the same ability ( can score 1450 ). They both took the SAT on same date for real and scored 1300. They both get the same tutoring. Student A and Student B take the SAT again, but different test dates. Student A has a much harder SAT. Student B has a much easier SAT. Guess who is going to improve more?
Here is what a VERIFIED, GENUINE SCORE INCREASE looks like from one of my students:
Another student of mine started at 30 then went up to 34. Indisputable proof of score increase.
Irrefutable proof of SAT score. Great job Ji-Won!
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