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SAT Classes | ACT Classes | ACT Bootcamps | AP History Bootcamps


Note: Looking for ACT Bootcamps? Look here.
Note: Looking for SAT Groups? Look here.
 

Our ACT classes remain the single most popular option that students choose for ACT prep. Some students do the class by itself, while others will do the class before their first ACT exam, followed by a small amount of 1-on-1 tutoring before the second exam.


Why our ACT classes are markedly different:

  • They are taught by tutors with over 20,000 hours of combined tutoring experience (more experience than that of many companies' entire roster of tutors, and more hours of experience than any other tutors in Georgia!)
  • You are not getting the "B Team" -- Edison Prep's founders teach the classes.  
  • The teachers still take the test each year and earn top 1% scores, including 3 perfect 36's. Approximately 50 people out of 50,000+ get a 36 in Georgia each year.  
  • The teachers published their own ACT Book (now in its 8th edition), and continue to revise it each year as they stay current with the ACT's shifts in content.  
  • Despite all of this, our prices are the same as or less than the competition. We keep overhead low; we have neither a stock price to support nor do we purchase expensive radio ads.
  • Finally, we have good students in our classes. We intentionally limit our advertising to allow us to continue cultivating a word-of-mouth client base of passionate students who are serious about increasing their scores, which includes doing homework. This philosophy improves the classroom environment for everyone.
Detailed Information about our ACT Group Classes:
Edison Prep vs. the Competition:


Companies with a broad price range charge different rates based upon tutor experience level (e.g. Master Tutor, Premium Tutor). The level of experience, the unique top 1% score requirement, and the quality of results of Edison Prep tutors would place them at the upper end of other companies' pricing structures. Many companies hire tutors with mere top 10-15% test scores. This strikes us as odd, since a large portion of our students would then start with a higher score than their tutors!

"Can an ACT Class be as effective as private tutoring?"
  • We get that question all the time, and the answer is yes. We regularly get feedback from parents each month who have previously done other private tutoring and/or group ACT preparation elsewhere (e.g. classes of 20+ hours or individual tutoring of 20+ hours) who tell us that just the first class of the six classes was more effective than those months of prior preparation. The quality and experience of the tutor matters far more than the quantity of hours in the class or style of tutoring. No other tutors except for Edison Prep's tutors take the ACT each year, publish their own books and diligently revise those books each year as the exam adds new concepts each year.
What's the difference between an ACT Class and an ACT Bootcamp?
ACT Classes are a longer-format course than our abbreviated ACT Bootcamps. ACT Classes have 18 hours of instruction and allow students to delve more deeply into all of the sections, especially the math component that has been covering increasingly advanced material these past 24 months. Students who are shooting for a 30 or above on math and/or are considering UGA (UGA's average score is a 30) should strongly err on the side of the longer-format ACT Class, since many of the math concepts that matter only in the 28-36 score range for math (the top 12% of the score curve) are not covered in the abbreviated Bootcamp format. Additionally, UGA only utilizes the English and Math sections and discards the Reading and Science sections in its admissions decisions.

ACT Classes are optimal for students who are looking for a more affordable alternative to 1-on-1 private tutoring, and/or families who like the accountability and structure of weekly homework assignments over the course of 6-7 weeks. These classes are optimally designed for students with initial ACT scores between 19 and 29. That said, students with scores of 30 are still missing over 40 questions and would still be appropriate for the class. At least 1-2 students in each class typically start off at a score of 30+.

ACT Class Structure:
  • 18 hours of classroom instruction
  • 2 full-length graded and analyzed mock ACT tests (a pre-class diagnostic test and an intermediate mock test midway through the course)
  • Price: $579 (includes all materials)
  • Location: Edison Prep's Office (5825 Glenridge Drive, Building 1, Suite 109, Atlanta, GA 30328) 
    (more detailed location information and a map is here)
  • More detailed information on the ACT Class is at the very bottom of this page.
     
Upcoming ACT Classes through December 2017:

ACT Class Description: 
  • The class consists of 18 hours of classroom instruction, as well as two timed, graded mock ACT exams (a diagnostic mock test at the beginning, and a second mock ACT exam midway through the course). Students who do the best tend to do significant homework between the class and the actual test.
  • For our group classes, we keep classes engaging with two-way material, real-life examples, and short quizzes to test newly-learned concepts.
  • Parents are strongly encouraged to check in with their students weekly to monitor homework progress; each week's homework assignment is uploaded to the website 1-2 days after each class.  All of our 150+ ACT classes throughout the years have seen the highest-improving person improve at least 5 points more than the lowest-improving person, and homework volume/homework completion drives over 80% of that difference. Parents who make the homework "due to mom and dad" two days before each class are rarely not in the top 20% of score increase results. 
  • It is strongly recommended that students take the exam immediately following the course, while the material is fresh.
  • Students are highly recommended to bring a TI-83 or TI-84 model graphing calculator to the class, since strategies for the math section are based on this calculator that most students use. Students who do not use a graphing calculator on the test are at a severe disadvantage on the Math section.
     
Materials Include:
  • "The Bulb" (Edison Prep's very own ACT guide, now in its 8th edition)
  • 6 real full-length ACTs. If students run out, we are happy to give them more! 
  • Additional Edison Prep handouts and practice materials
     
What if I miss a group session / have a conflict with one of the dates?
  • The Saturday, Tuesday, and Wednesday classes are not interchangeable; students who sign up for Saturday cannot attend Wednesday some weeks and vice versa. The reason behind this is that classes float at their own pace and greatly diverge as each class passes. Additionally, all but four of our 250+ SAT/ACT classes since 2011 have filled to capacity with a healthy waitlist, so there wouldn't be space even if the curriculum did match up.
  • Two options exist for making up the material: 
    • Option 1: Private tutoring can be purchased to make up a missed group session and/or to supplement group instruction. 
    • Option 2: If a student isn't able to make up a missed group class in a private setting, the homework for each class is always uploaded to our website a day or two after each group session so the student can attempt the homework and hit the ground running at the next class. Because our company is purely word-of-mouth, many students have a classmate in class whom they could copy notes from as well.
    • NOTE: Even if a student had to miss one of the group ACT sessions (3 hours), she/he would receive the remaining 15 hours of group instruction for about 25% of the price of doing an 18-hour individual tutoring package.

ACT Class Policies:
  • Holding your student's seat: Classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, where your payment holds your student’s seat in the class.  As a courtesy, we allow students to hold a spot in the group class for a few days as long as the class is not yet close to full (3 seats or fewer remaining).  However, once a class gets down to 3 or fewer seats remaining, we require payment to continue holding the student's spot. Once a group class is full, a waiting list is established in case a seat opens up.
  • Students are expected to arrive to the mock test and classes on time with all materials.
  • Students will be expected to put in at least an equal amount of time outside of class as inside of class in order to cement the material that they have learned and achieve optimal results. For students with lower starting scores and/or very ambitious score increase goals, more time outside of class is especially critical. If a student runs out of tests in their initial spiral that we give them, we are happy to give them another few tests. The volume of timed, graded, and reviewed practice tests matters!
  • Cancellation Policy / Refunds: ACT class payments are refundable and/or students may move into another ACT class with open space as long as Edison Prep is notified of such changes via email no later than 1 week (7 days) before the initial mock test for the given class. After that point, the group fee becomes non-refundable.
 
Please contact us at edison@edisonprep.com or 404-333-8573 to hold your spot and arrange for payment.