Friday, September 11, 2009

College Prep Genius

I must admit that I am not a big fan of standardized tests. As a homeschool teacher I have avoided them like the plague believing I was a much better judge of my children’s knowledge base than a computer graded test designed to evaluate the norm. As homeschoolers, after all, our family continually walked outside the norm blazing our own trail. My curriculum choices and lessons chosen for my children were made with very little regard to standard time tables and benchmarks set forth by most public and private schools. I never wanted my little ones burdened with test anxiety or focused on scores or ratings. I wanted them to approach their educational endeavors as a joy-filled gift, no something to be mastered and graded. True education, in my opinion, could never be measured by silly little bubble sheets.

Unfortunately, even homeschoolers distrustful of standardized tests must leave the fray and dive in with affection to the standard testing pool as college application time draws near. Most colleges, no matter how progressive in thought, still rely on the information gleaned from the ACT or SAT tests in determining acceptance and scholarship awards. The sometimes thought disposable, PSAT/NMSQT test is currently the only component available to those wishing to be considered for National Merit Scholar status. Prepping for testing success is a game played by the masses and even homeschoolers must suit up if they want to win scholarships and compete with other college bound kids.

Homeschool mom, teacher, author and conference speaker Jean Burk, realized her children would need high SAT scores in order to win scholarship for their pending college education dreams. She determined to discover the logical patterns and test taking strategies of the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT tests. After much research Burk developed a method of using acronyms, other test taking strategies and utilizing lots of practice tests. Her efforts paid off for her two children who according to Burk’s website, scored very well.

“We received 7 trash bags full of scholarship offers from colleges across the country---ALL based on his (her son) PSAT score!!!! My daughter received over $140,000 worth of scholarship offers (including money to study abroad) based on her SAT score. It was an incredible blessing and one that I have been able to share with countless students across America”.

Burk offers her College Prep Genius class throughout the country and describes it as being appropriate for students in grades 8-12. Her website contains locations and schedule of her classes as well as information for those wishing to hire Burk to teach a class in their neighborhood.

Customers desiring a more intimate approach will be thrilled that College Prep Genius materials are now sold at the site’s on-line store for $79.00. Included in the $79.00 cost are a “Master the SAT” DVD starring Burk, College Prep Genius textbook and College Prep Genius workbook; a 30% savings for the set compared to purchasing each item individually. College Prep Genius is offered with a 100% money back guarantee within 30 days of purchase.

I have graduated two daughters from our homeschool. They were both scholarship winners at the college of their choice and are doing very well academically. We did not spend much time preparing for their ACT and SAT testing, but I now wonder what their results might have been if we did. My 15 year old son is on the threshold of PSAT time and will be using College Prep Genius over the next few months for this review and to test Burk’s theories. Burk stresses the importance of PSAT and SAT preparation by stating, “These exams test more than just a student’s ability to answer questions. They test time-management skills, logical aptitude and much more. College Prep Genius helps students pinpoint weak areas of the test by emphasizing the strategic and logical approach to taking the SAT”

Stay tuned……as Jonah and I will post his comments and results at a later date. To satisfy curiosity beforehand visit the College Prep Genius website to read answers to FAQ and testimonies from satisfied customers.


zingiber said...

This was very interesting. We must, at times, have to jump through hoops. bob hochwalt

Susan said...

I'm curious about the results you got using College Prep Genius. I'm considering it right now and would appreciate any feedback you could give. Thanks!