…there’s a pretty good chance you or a teenager whose cell phone bill you pay will be taking the SAT or ACT and applying to college sometime soon. You may be feeling a little stressed by the whole process, or (more likely) you may be feeling very stressed by the whole process. After all, when did college admissions become so, well, insane?
At The Playbook, we can’t do anything about the tests themselves, but we can change the way that students approach preparing for exams and applying to college. Whether you’re looking to ace the verbal sections of the SAT, learn shortcuts for ACT challenging math problems, or craft a college application essay that will linger in the minds of admissions officers, we have a proven playbook to help you achieve your goal.
Oh, and one more thing:
We’re not boring! We realize most high school students, even ones in seventeen A.P. classes, would rather do pretty much anything other than study for the SAT or ACT. In fact, we’ve even compiled a list of 1,000 Things Most Teenagers Would Rather Do Than Prep for the SAT or ACT right here. That’s why we strive to make our courses not only comprehensive but also engaging and fun. (Well, fun for a prep class.) The SAT and ACT may be boring, but learning to ace them doesn’t have to be.
Shortcuts for tricky Math questions. Strategies for uncovering hidden clues in Reading passages. Techniques for avoiding sneaky trap answers. March into the SAT with confidence, momentum, and every key strategy fresh in your mind.Learn More
Strategies for Reading faster without sacrificing comprehension. Techniques for deciphering confusing Science passages and graphs. Shortcuts for math problems that stump 95% of test-takers. March into the ACT with confidence, momentum, and every key strategy fresh in your mind.Enroll
Learn a proven system for crafting truly riveting application essays, from the brainstorming process all the way to the finishing touches of the final draft. Write a personal statement that will leave admissions yearning to learn more about you – and determined to vote “admit.”Learn
Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Program honors students whose PSAT scores place them in the highest category of test-takers in their state: the top one-half of one percent. Our Future National Merit Scholars program maximizes students’ potential to be among the chosen.Coming Soon
The ultimate course for ambitious students who wish to go from a very good SAT Reading and Writing score to a truly elite score. Ideal for A.P. students who are gifted in STEM and capable of earning a top score in SAT Math but have yet to achieve an SAT Reading and Writing score of 750 or higher.Coming Soon
The average years of teaching experience for our instructors and admissions advisors.
The average SAT score-improvement for our students during the 2020-’21 academic year.
The average student rating, out of 5, for all of our courses – the highest rating of any test prep and college admissions firm on Trust Pilot.
The average number of naps taken by our students during our courses and programs.
Lowell High School
San Francisco, CA
“Before, I could never figure out how to tell right answers from the wrong ones. I could usually get Reading question down to two choices, but then I would sit there, unsure which one to pick. I used to lose so much time in SAT Reading, going back-and-forth between answer choices. Now I know how to spot when an answer seems to be right but is really a ‘trap.’ Thank you. I feel much more confident for October.”
J. P. Stevens High School
“Up from 620 to 760—thank you, this course was amazing!”
Whitney Young Magnet High School
“I was able to raise my SAT score from a 1370 to a 1540. That’s a 170-point increase, something that may seem daunting but becomes easier with great guidance.”
Somers High School
Thank you for helping me earn a 1550 on the SAT! I was a bit nervous the day of, but as I was going through the test, I felt very prepared. The course taught me how to read and analyze passages as well as the questions, which really helped me narrow down the choices and choose the correct answer each time.”
The Mary Louis Academy
Jamaica Estates, NY
University of Michigan-educated. Handsomely bespectacled. And gifted with any instrument capable of being strummed.
Duke-educated. Super into skiing. And head over wheels for roller derby.
Northwestern-educated. Devoted to data. And keen on anything relating to writing, performing, and live music.
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