SAT prep classes are a WASTE
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While every other student started their vacation at the beach or an amusement park, my summer started at 8 AM at a SAT prep class. For five days a week for three weeks, I spent four hours learning the tricks and keys to achieving the highest score on the SAT. I attended Robie’s Learning Center because I was unhappy with my first score in which I had not attended any classes and did not use any tricks. But now after taking the SAT again over a year later, and after spending hundreds of dollars on a class, I am fuming at the idea of prep classes and the results of my second SAT score.
I have been in honors and Advanced Placement level classes throughout all of high school and I have succeeded in all of them. I like to be realistic of my capabilities, but never did I imagine my SAT score would not reflect the work I put into my courses. After spending a ridiculous amount of money on a prep class, I thought that my score would improve. But due to the large gap between the class and the SAT test date, I was extremely disappointed. I have taken the SAT four different times and each time, I have used different preparation in order to maximize my success. Funny enough, in three of my four tests, I scored exactly the same.
SAT prep classes are overrated, although I do believe that they are helpful when understanding how the test functions. Without the class, I would not know that questions continuously increase in difficulty or the time constraint of writing the essay portion. But overall, SAT classes are a waste of hard earned money coming out of a student’s budget. The most frustrating part is that standardized tests scores do not correlate to GPA and I wish colleges would understand that dilemma. But in order to achieve the success of college acceptance, it is important to have both. And in my case, I have become a victim of the stress of SAT scores affecting my future.