The Family Who Didn’t Think They Could Afford High Scores
Sinclaire J. had all the pieces of her college application put together except one: her SAT prep.
Sinclaire is a high achiever according to any definition. She has a 4.33 average at her Virginia high school, she’s incredibly interested in science and STEM, and her dream schools all rank in the top 20 American universities. Her mother, a Harvard graduate who has devoted herself to public service, has done everything in her power to provide Sinclaire with every imaginable educational opportunity. Unfortunately, before they found Green Test Prep, they thought that affordable, high-quality test prep was out of reach.
Fortunately, through her research online, Sinclaire’s mother found out about Green Test Prep – an option that they could afford with their limited budget, and that they thought might complement Sinclaire’s work ethic and drive to succeed.
Sinclaire immediately took to the program. As she describes her experience:
“I really liked how the program was structured and how it was divided into lessons and the lessons were divided into sections that were easy to follow. One of the first things Anthony has you do is figure out what kind of learner you are and that was really helpful. I learned that I am a visual learner, so I figured out the best way to study for me. He made it easy for me to figure out how to approach all kinds of learning and it was arranged so clearly. It really was easy for me to follow.”
As we’ve learned through 14,000+ hours of experience, the math facts, grammar rules, and reading concepts tested by the SAT and ACT are the tip of the iceberg. The real key to effective test prep is to unlock the most effective learning strategies and tactics within each student. Once you know how you learn best, and once you get the right tools at your disposal (and discard the irrelevant ones), you can approach these tests with an entirely different attitude and chance of success. Sinclaire continued:
“I started in 9th grade and studied for a few months. I made a plan and had a few things to do each day. After I took my first test in the spring, I knew I would study over the summer and get ready for the second test in October. So I picked it back up in the summer before sophomore year and took the October test. I was amazed at my results! I couldn’t believe it worked so well for me and that I was done so early! What a relief!”
Over the course of one summer, Sinclaire transformed her scores from a 1960 to a 2200, achieving a 99th percentile score by the fall of her sophomore year. She can now spend the rest of her high school career focusing on the countless other obligations that she needs to meet to achieve admission to the country’s best schools, knowing that her scores are high enough to achieve admission at all the best colleges in the country.
But for Sinclaire, who no longer needs to worry about her SATs, the benefits keep on coming:
“Green Test Prep was a comfortable learning environment for me. What I love about it is that you can apply everything Anthony teaches you to so many other areas of your life. From academics to other things. Your school life…time management…every kind of studying for any subject. It all applies everywhere…translates everywhere. It is so much more than studying for the SAT. It amplifies everything else you are doing and studying.”
Sinclaire isn’t alone in her experience. One of the most frequent themes of our student feedback concerns the effects that our program has outside the SAT. By focusing on the roots of your education – your study skills, your time management, and our strategies – Anthony doesn’t teach you how to cram for the SAT – he teaches his students how to master anything they put their minds to.
We asked Sinclaire how it felt to finish up the process:
“When I was done, it was such a relief! So much stress is now gone. To hear the Green Test Prep staff tell me I was finished was truly amazing! Being finished early allows me to now focus on other areas. I can keep up my grades and get ready for AP exams and Subject tests without worrying about the SAT.”
“I’m now able to shift my focus away from this area of my application and concentrate on other things. It has freed me up incredibly.”
We asked Sinclaire if she had any advice to other students like her:
“I’m telling everyone I know about Green Test Prep and Anthony. Friends are starting to talk about test prep and I want to tell them they should do this program versus being driven to some class. You all have done so much to support me through your staff and Anthony, I can’t thank you enough for everything you have done to support me and help me get the scores I need for these hard schools to get into.”
Her final thought:
“If I could say one thing about Green Test Prep, it would be that it applies to every area of your life outside of just the SAT…and you get really good results! “
Sinclaire’s mother let her do all the talking, but when we asked her what she thought about the program, she had just one thing to say:
“It’s quality test prep at a fair price, and it has made all the difference in my daughter’s prospects.”
Sinclaire’s family thought that a limited budget would prevent them from achieving Ivy-level scores. Yet Green Test Prep provided them with 99th percentile SAT scores for a few hundred dollars, and saved them costs, time, and inconvenience of dealing with tutors, classroom courses, and “test prep bootcamps.”
We’re thrilled to offer an affordable, effective program to students all over the world, and we hope you’ll join the thousands of families, just like Sinclaire’s, who’ve achieved incredible SAT and ACT scores without the expense.
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