SC Test Prep
We believe that each student deserves the opportunity to attend the college or university that is the best fit for them where they will be given the resources needed to reach their greatest potential, academically and professionally.
This past August, as part of their company’s annual report, the ACT released data suggesting that only a quarter of America’s graduating high school seniors in 2013 possessed the reading, math, English, and science skills needed to succeed in college. Though these findings were not new (the ACT reported the same thing in 2011 and 2012), they nonetheless raised a considerable uproar at the time.
The public outcry forced educators and administrators, and most visibly reporters and commentators, to discuss and think about the relationships between the high school curriculum, standardized test scores, and college admissions. Questions were asked regarding a lack of standardized test preparation in the classroom and about the most appropriate way to measure academic ability and progress. Perhaps most significantly, fears were again voiced over a perceived racial or socio-economic bias in standardized testing, with only five percent of African-American test-takers meeting the ACT benchmarks in all four subject areas.
These are all valid concerns, worthwhile questions, and challenging academic problems. However, as I listened to the news coverage, none of these were the thought that was continually running through my mind. That was, “How must it feel to be a high school student, particularly a minority student, to hear this news and to know, before you ever submit an application or register for a test, that you are statistically unlikely to be considered prepared for college or even capable of earning a score necessary for admission?” I am guessing that it must feel pretty awful. And frustrating. And depressing.
In fact, I think that I might just conclude that college, or at least the ones that my friends talked about applying to or that my parents really wanted me to attend, was simply not for me. Instead, I should settle for going directly into a trade, attending a local community college, or applying to “safer” schools, where maybe I won’t receive as high quality of an education, but at least I’ll get in!
This example may seem a bit over the top, and it is meant to, but too often students are forced into making these exact types of “decisions.” The problem is that while I sincerely believe each of the career and educational choices I just mentioned can be excellent ones, for many students they are their only choices, with the option of attending a top-tier, four-year college or university simply not perceived to be available.
At SC Test Prep, we believe that each student deserves the opportunity to attend the college or university that is the best fit for them where they will be given the resources needed to reach their greatest potential, academically and professionally. Moreover, we want to help. SC Test Prep offers SAT/ACT preparation and college counseling, helping students find the right school for them and then working with they and their families as they earn the test scores needed for admission, develop a strong academic transcript and extracurricular resumé, and navigate through the admissions and financial aid processes.
In the coming months, I will be posting regularly about SC Test Prep, the college search, financial aid, and higher education in general. In the meantime, if you would like to know more, visit our website at EnterPrepared.com or contact us via phone or email at 864.384.1021 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Spring 6-week SAT class begins on Sunday, March 2nd at the downtown Spartanburg Public Library. Students’ combined Critical Reading and Math scores typically improve by an average of 100 points, seats are still open, and scholarships are available for those with financial need.