The Princeton Review is an SAT prep course offered at North Atlanta. This course is nationally known for preparing students all over the world for the SAT and ACT. Juniors and Seniors can sign up for a fee of $325 and receive all of the necessary materials, text books, and study guides for the course.
This year’s class has 23 students in it, and is held every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:00. The class is from the beginning of August to the end of October. At the beginning and end of the course, they give out a PSAT that the students take over two classes.
The point of the PSAT is to show the parents and students the difference the class has made in their scores. The instructor, Mr. Cumberfield, tells students to set a small goal that they want to improve in their scores. He urges them not to set it too high though, because he wants the goals to be realistic. He has said that many of the students always imagine going up 300 or more points, which is in many cases unrealistic at first.
With the first PSAT he assigns, the average student will improve about 100 points. By the time the real SAT comes around after the course is completed, students from the course have been seen to improve by 500 points from their original score. This all comes with hard work, and taking advantage of your resources in the class.
If you don’t have time for a class, or are unable to afford it, there are many other options available. The best is to go with a study book at first.
In my opinion, the book I thought was most helpful was “How to Survive the SAT (or ACT) (By Hundreds of Happy College Kids)” written by Hundreds of Heads. Yes, that is the real author.
It is pretty much written by a bunch of different college students who all struggled with the tests and eventually found ways to study the best. I liked this book the most because it’s not one of those stuffy, hard to read SAT prep books. It’s written in simple terms so regular students can understand it easily, and still benefit from it.