Benjamin Franklin said there are only two things certain in life: death and taxes.
So if a test prep company guarantees a certain amount of points increase on the SAT or ACT: run fast!
There are too many factors in point increases including: new material learned, how much studying between sessions is done, comprehension, test anxiety, enough sleep the night before, the higher your initial score; the harder it is to increase next time accordingly, etc.
Guarantees are more of a desperation sales tactic. It’s getting the sale and offering a money back guarantee if it doesn’t happen. Bold, but at the same time crazy.
Tutors don’t take the test. Students do.
If anything a tutor can provide it’s accountability. It’s challenging for a student to be motivated to take the SAT or ACT, yet much more challenging without some additional help.
Parents, we welcome your involvement in the tutoring process. It’s why we invite you to the complimentary 30 minute video meet and greet with your child and tutor. You can request recordings of any tutoring session to review. Our hope is with our transparency we can earn your trust.
Students don’t want “helicopter” parents, but we also understand parents are paying for this service. They deserve to know what’s going on.
Focus on constant communication in the form of update emails, phone calls, student-tutor, tutor-parent and parent-company conversations. Similar to an annual review, there should be no surprises about an outcome if the feedback is regular.
We’d love to offer a score increase guarantee, but the problem is it’d be a lie. Doing business ethically is more important to us than just another sale. When it comes to serving families we try our best to put our money where our mouth is.