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Test Selection / Retaking the Exam
ACT vs. SAT: Which test is right for me?
Are both tests accepted at all schools?
When should I take the test?
Should I take the test again?
Why does superscoring likely mean I should take the tests more than once?
Do you have a privacy policy?
How do I enroll and register?

Payment
What types of payment do you accept?
Refunds
Cancellations
Scheduling of and payment for sessions
What if my student misses a scheduled Group Session? Can s/he make it up?
Score Increase Guarantees for SAT and ACT

Other
Why is SAT/ACT tutoring some of the smartest money I'll ever spend?
I have another question not covered here. Whom do I ask?

 


TEST SELECTION / RETAKING THE EXAM

ACT vs. SAT: Which test is right for me?

The best way to figure out which test is best for your son or daughter is to do a diagnostic test for both tests prior to significant study to see which test he or she is naturally better at. In our experience, about 70% of students perform approximately the same on the SAT and ACT, with about 20% performing better on the SAT and 10% performing better on the ACT. Do not rely on old rules of thumb from teachers or friends to decide which test to take; simply take a diagnostic on each and then focus on your naturally stronger test.  The only tests that should be utilized when taking these diagnostics are actual SATs and ACTs.  

Are both tests accepted at all schools?
Yes. 99% of schools have accepted both tests for decades, and the two final holdouts (Wake Forest and Harvey Mudd) changed their policies in the early 2000's. While several small liberal arts schools have begun to experiment with "test optional" admissions policies, over 95% of the nation's top-ranked universities and public universities require you to send one of the two tests, including all 25 of the US News Top 25 schools. 

When should I take the test?
First and foremost, you should take the test when you have time to study. In general, the best present students can give themselves is to be done with their ACT and/or SAT exams before the end of junior year. Senior year is a busy time of college visits, college essays, college applications, and schoolwork, so starting early is strongly recommended.

Unless there are extremely unique circumstances, SAT/ACT tutoring should not begin prior to the end of sophomore year of high school; the main goal for your student during freshman and sophomore year should be to earn excellent grades and get meaningfully involved in a few activities that interest him or her.

That said, one of the smartest things sophomores can do is to take a full length mock test of both the SAT and the ACT between December and April of sophomore year. Reason being, many people wait til after finals are over to take mocks, and might be gone all summer as summer camp counselors, etc., such that by the time students finally do mock tests in mid/late Summer, the tutoring availability for us (and most other quality tutors in town) is long gone for the July-October timeframe. If a student will be taking the test in Winter of junior year or later, taking mocks during the summer before junior year is more than adequate. 

Should I take the test again?
For the vast majority of students, yes. Most schools allow you to "superscore" -- that is, combine the highest individual section scores from multiple test dates. Part of what is included in your tutoring is advice on whether retaking the test makes sense. The students that ended up being "one and done" in 2010 could be counted on one hand. That said, after a certain number of times, most students see a distinct plateau where they "top out." 

Why does superscoring likely mean I should take the tests more than once?
When other students combine their best section scores from multiple dates but you don't, it causes a general "score inflation" for those students, but not for you. What impact can this have? To use the University of Georgia as an example, the average score for an admitted student for the Class of 2009 was 1940, whereas it was hundreds of points lower just a few years prior. This happened partially because of the depressed economy and HOPE scholarship, but also because savvy parents and guidance counselors began to understand the true power of superscoring across multiple test dates.  
Note: While the SAT is almost universally superscored at all colleges, the ACT is only superscored at about 20% of schools.  It is highly advisable to check with each individual school you are considering to check their ACT superscoring policy.

Do you have a privacy policy?
Yes. Edison Prep realizes that your personal data, including academic information and test scores, is sensitive. Your information is kept confidential and never provided to other organizations. If a student requests that we share their information with an independent college counselor or counselor at their high school, we are happy to forward it if we have permission via email/in writing.

How do I enroll and register?
Please contact us by phone (404-333-8573) or email (edison@edisonprep.com). We will talk with you to take down your information, help you determine what tutoring is appropriate for your son/daughter, and set up a tutoring schedule.


PAYMENT

What types of payment do you accept?

Credit Card, Check, or Cash. Online credit card payments are available via Mastercard, Visa, AMEX, and Discover (processed by PayPal, but no PayPal account required).
 
Please make all checks payable to Edison Prep, LLC. 

Checks can be mailed to:
Edison Prep, LLC
PO Box 28903
Atlanta, GA 30358

There is a $40 fee for checks returned for insufficient funds (NSF fees).

For group classes, your check or credit card payment confirms your son or daughter's spot in the class. Signing up sooner is best. If all groups for a certain test date are full, we will have a first-come, first-serve waitlist for those who are interested.

Payment for tutoring is required before the group class begins. For individual sessions, the full amount is due at the beginning of each session. If you are doing 12 or more hours of tutoring, purchasing a discounted package where you pay at the beginning is recommended because it saves you money and is less of a hassle. 

Refunds
We do not offer refunds for purchased services. However, students are able to utilize any unused tutoring hours for related services such as SAT subject tests and college essay advising.

Cancellation Policy
Except in the event of inclement weather, Edison Prep reserves the right to charge for an individual tutoring session that is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.

Group Cancellation Policy / Refunds: SAT Group Class and ACT bootcamp payments are refundable and/or students may move into another group 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 bootcamp. After that point, the group fee becomes non-refundable. For AP History Bootcamps and Calculator Bootcamps, Edison Prep must be notified via email no later than 1 week (7 days) before the bootcamp in question (there is no mock test for those two styles of groups).

If a group class does not receive the minimum number of sign-ups, those students in the class may apply their fees toward reduced rate private tutoring if desired, or s/he may join a different SAT group class on the schedule.

As a courtesy, please contact your tutor as soon as you know of your cancellation.

Scheduling of and payment for sessions
Tutors fill up their schedules on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pre-payment for group classes is required to hold your student's spot, and a discount is given for those who purchase individual tutoring hours as an upfront package. If the current day's session has not been prepaid, the full payment is due at the beginning of the session. No credit balances are allowed.

What if I miss a group session (e.g. have a conflict with one of the dates)
  • Private tutoring is available for making up a missed group session.  
  • Even if a student has to miss two of the group sessions (6 hours) and makes them up with our, she/he will receive 24 hours of group instruction for less than 50% of the price of doing a 24 hour individual tutoring package.
Score Increase Guarantees for SAT and ACT
Please see our Guarantee page for additional details.


OTHER

I have another question not covered here. Whom do I ask?
Email us at edison@edisonprep.com or call 404-333-8573 and leave a detailed message. Thanks!