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Yes! All options are available online — classes, small group sessions, and one-on-one tutoring.
No! You can attend live classes from the comfort of any location, and with any device! Mobile phones, tablets, or laptops are all acceptable, but we recommend the latter.
We are currently using Blackboard Collaborate for our virtual classes. This platform allows us to share our screens and cameras with our students, and it also features a chat box, a hand-raising option, and much more.
For our tutoring program, we use either Blackboard Collaborate or Skype, as we have found that they both work seamlessly in a one-on-one setting.
The test prep process can certainly be overwhelming, and you may be wondering when and how to begin. Here’s what we have to say:
- The When: When it comes to test prep, earlier is better than later! Despite that every student is different, we generally believe that beginning test prep at the start of your tenth grade year is the best way to go. That way, you can benefit from a full year of learning and practice tests and still have plenty of time to take the real deal. However, some students feel more comfortable starting test prep during their freshman year, while others start at the inception of their junior year. In the end, what matters most is that you create a schedule that works best for you.
- The How: The best thing that you can do when starting test prep is do your research. At Brilliant Prep, we offer a variety of programs (as well as video courses!) that are catered toward different students’ needs. We advise that you and your parents work together to decide which type of test prep program is best suited for your schedule. Then, you can proceed to signing up for a class. Once you do that, we will communicate with you regularly to help you ease your way into the test prep process.
This is a difficult question to answer because when it comes to test prep, one size doesn’t fit all. Because all students start off with a distinct knowledge base and diagnostic test score, some experience a more significant score increase than do their peers. For instance, we have had students begin our courses with an SAT test score of 1100 and improve by nearly 300 points, while others have started with a 1400 and have improved by around 100 to 200 points. What we can guarantee, however, is that if your child makes a conscious effort to learn our material, ask questions, and practice daily, her or she will be able to succeed.
We believe that all our students are capable of growing and improving every day. If they follow our advice and work both hard and smart, they can achieve their target scores.
Absolutely! You can contact us through email, WhatsApp, or even Facebook, and we will try our best to respond as soon as possible. We also have a Q&A form in which you can ask us questions about (almost!) anything, and we will respond with a personalized video explanation. From specific queries about practice test problems to general ones about college admissions, all questions are welcome.
We understand that the test prep and college prep processes are two very complex (and oftentimes confusing!) tasks, and we are here to help you every step of the way!
If possible, we prefer that students avoid missing class. Although we do offer makeup classes — students can attend a different session after notifying their instructor — this can result in uneven class sizes and less time spent per student. However, we do understand that students may occasionally experience schedule conflicts, and we will be able to discuss this with them on an individual basis if need be.
As for practice tests, we do not offer a makeup option. For this reason, we highly recommend that your students plan their time with our weekly practice test schedule in mind.
It all depends on which class you are taking! For our ACT & SAT Prep + College Admissions Guidance program, for example, we have course options starting in both July and August. On the contrary, our 9th Grade Program begins in June before students enter ninth grade. Furthermore, our tutoring sessions and video courses begin whenever you register for them – your starting date is entirely up to you! Thus, remember to pay attention to course-specific dates so that you know not only when to register for classes, but also when our classes begin.
Unlike our competitors, we support students through every stage of their test prep journey. Students who complete our courses gain access to hundreds of our content-based and strategy-based videos as well as detailed answer explanations from our online library. In our classes, we frequently give pop quizzes and tests to assess student progress, and we teach using material from our handcrafted, comprehensive workbooks. In addition, we provide our students with a multitude of practice tests, weekly workshops, and additional resources to alleviate their stresses and maximize their confidence. Through not only our test prep classes but also our college admissions guidance, we help each and every one of our students achieve their goals.
Click on specific program links for course-specific costs and payment information. For our in-person classes we accept payment through checks ONLY, whereas for our video courses and one-one-one tutoring sessions we accept payment through credit card or Paypal. If you have concerns regarding course pricing or payment, contact us and we will work with you.
It depends on the course offering that you choose. For our video courses, for example, we ask that you make a one-time payment, whereas for our tutoring sessions we offer a little more flexibility. On the contrary, for our in-person courses parents are required to pay in two installments: one just before the program starts and one during the second cycle of the program (ie. the SAT part of the Combined ACT & SAT Prep program). If you have any questions about course payment, contact us and we will work with you.
As a matter of fact, we do! From the SAT Chemistry Subject test to an ACT English Bootcamp, we have several (free!) playlists to assist you throughout high school. Our channel is constantly growing with new webinars, practice problems, Q&A sessions, and more!
Both! A solid grasp of the content (Math, Grammar, etc.) as well as specific strategies for beating your particular test are both critical to scoring high on the SAT and the ACT. Some students might need more focus on content, while others might have the content down and thus need more strategy review. Either way, we do cover both for all students!
Yes! No matter the class, we assign some kind of Math, Reading, and/or Grammar homework to keep our students in touch with core concepts. We always review assignments during the following session and allow for student questions and collaboration. We believe that at-home study is just as important as in-class instruction because it allows students to reinforce their knowledge of commonly tested topics.
|Arrive to class five to ten minutes before it starts.||Arrive late to class. Punctuality is key!|
|Avoid missing class. We offer makeup classes, but we strongly prefer that you attend the session time that you signed up for!||Inform instructors well in advance if you will be attending a makeup class.|
|Complete your homework assignments before class starts.||Work on your homework while class is going on. You are responsible for completing your assignments on time!|
No. However, students who would like private tutoring can pay an additional fee for one-on-one tutoring sessions with us.
Currently, we do not offer SAT or ACT prep classes for seventh or eighth graders. However, we do offer a Duke TIP prep program for middle schoolers who aspire to earn state or national recognition by taking the SAT or ACT. To learn more about this program and whether your child is eligible, check out this link.
Yes! We offer a Combined ACT & SAT program as well as an ACT & SAT + College Admissions Guidance program. Both programs are designed for high school sophomores who are serious about preparing for the ACT and SAT. However, students starting later in the test prep process may choose to focus on one test rather than both, so we offer SAT or ACT only options as well.
Of course! We offer a College Admissions Guidance webinar series and an in-person bootcamp to work with students on their essay-writing skills, financial aid opportunities, resume building, and more! Students are free to choose which option works best with their schedule and personal preferences. If students are looking to explore our ACT and SAT prep offerings as well, then we would recommend that they sign up for our ACT & SAT + College Admissions Guidance package, which merges test prep with college advice to create one comprehensive, all-inclusive program. In short, we have a variety of college admissions programs designed to accommodate all kinds of students. After all, our dedication is for your higher education!
We do not give refunds.
Although there is no limit to how many times you can take the SAT or ACT, we advise that you take each of them around three or fewer times. After all, if you can achieve your target score within your first three tries, then you’re done! Also, keep in mind that several colleges practice superscoring, meaning that rather than looking at one test as a whole, admissions officers look at how you performed on each section of exams you took on different dates. If your dream school offers superscoring, then you may consider taking the SAT or ACT fewer times.
Despite that many people assume that colleges prefer the SAT over the ACT, different colleges have different requirements when it comes to standardized tests. While most colleges are indifferent to which scores you submit, a few schools may ask for one test over the other. So, do your research, and pay close attention to what your target schools are looking for!
If you have enough time to prepare for both the SAT and the ACT, then we suggest that you take both. This way, you have more options when deciding which score(s) to send to colleges. Furthermore, as both tests are fundamentally different in their form and structure, you may find that you are significantly better at one over the other. You won’t find out unless you give both tests a shot!
The SAT subject tests are one-hour content-based tests over a variety of subjects that you usually take in school. These tests are different from an ordinary SAT exam because rather than being forced into taking each one, you get to choose which tests to take. Let’s say you love biology, but physics just isn’t your thing. Not a problem! You can go ahead and take the biology SAT Subject Test and not the physics one. This way, you will be able to showcase to colleges what you can do and what you are strong at, rather than stress over subjects that make you squirm with anxiety.
While some colleges require a certain number of SAT Subject Tests, others categorize them as optional. Some don’t ask for them at all! Be sure to do your research so that you know if your dream school looks for Subject Test scores in your application.
If you want to learn more about SAT Subject Tests, take a look at this article.
The answer – it depends. It depends on where you want to go to college, what you plan to study in college, how much time you can commit to test prep in high school, and so much more. If you want to get college credits while you’re still in high school, you may wish to consider taking AP classes. Although there is a heavy time commitment that comes with these classes, you will discover that the benefits outweigh the pitfalls.
As for the SAT Subject Tests, not all colleges require them (and others don’t even ask for them!), but we still recommend that you take at least three tests over the course of high school. This way, you can further highlight your academic strengths on your college applications. A huge plus point to taking these tests is that even if you are taking an AP exam for the same course, you only have to study once because the Subject Test covers the same content. Pretty neat, right?
In short, if you think that you can commit to taking AP courses and SAT Subject Tests, then we would advise that you take them. You will not only gain valuable skills needed in a collegiate environment, but you will also significantly enhance your applications for future endeavors.
The PSAT/NMSQT®, also known as the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, is taken by most students during October of their junior year of high school. Like the SAT, it has four sections: Reading, Writing and Language, Math – No Calculator, and Math – Calculator. However, unlike the SAT, the PSAT not only has fewer questions in almost every section, but it also is mainly important for aspiring National Merit scholars. In other words, while the majority of high school students take the SAT, far fewer students take the PSAT because PSAT scores are not required on college applications.
We recommend that you take the PSAT if you want to qualify to become a National Merit Semifinalist and receive a National Merit Scholarship. Even if you don’t become a National Merit Semifinalist, you still have the opportunity to become Commended, and that itself is a huge feat! Taking the PSAT will only help you, so we strongly encourage you to give it a try. And who knows? In the end, you may get a substantial college scholarship!
If you want to learn more about the PSAT/NMSQT®, check out the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s official website.
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