Anyone ever use Kaplan test prep for SSAT/PSAT/SAT?

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Posted 11/14/2012 by worker-pea in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 11/14/2012 2:15:40 PM
DS has aked us to look into SSAT test prep courses for him, and I see nothing general, just "advertised" in our area. I'd be curious to hear what kind of luck or success or not anyone has had with Kaplan.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 2:20:33 PM
My girls used Princeton Review. My oldest dd ended up with a perfect Verbal SAT score, so I think they're good.



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Posted: 11/14/2012 3:01:03 PM
Not necessary, I just think DS wants some structure and incentive, as opposed to just a workbook. I kind of feel that if you aren't motivated to do the workbook, how motivated are you going to be to particpate in class, but, DS thrives on structure so its kind of a double edged sword. Thanks for the input!


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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:41:21 PM
Check with the high school. DS took an ACT Workshop at school. Two solid days were spent on math, science, and reading. There was a workbook we purchased for $45 that was full of practice tests. We'll see how much it helps his score in two weeks.




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Posted: 11/14/2012 6:59:50 PM
We had a Princeton review tutor. The tutor told me that for my son the value of the coaching was in the test taking strategy not the content. After disappointing PSAT results he scored a 2250 on the SAT.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 7:06:11 PM
My daughter took an online SAT prep course through Sylvan; she liked the structure and feels it helped although since she didn't take the test prior to taking the prep course we have no way of knowing for sure.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 7:19:54 PM
I used to teach at one. I also did LSAT and MCAT prep. To be honest, the actual score gains for most clients were very minimal. We would see big improvements in people who had poor test taking strategies to start with, if we could teach them better ways of approaching the whole experience. And sometimes it helped with people who were phobic about test taking situations-- kind of desensitizing them by repeated exposure. Other than that, meh. Not worth big bucks.


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