The diagnostic process is the first step for everyone in what is a very long road. Why do we do this? It is extremely important for the student, the family and our staff to understand where we are starting from on both the SAT and ACT; knowing what you're up against is half the battle. Sometimes knowing what you don't want to do in your test prep is just as important as figuring out what to do, and we want all of our families to understand all of their options in totality before making a decision together. After we complete the diagnostic process, we can prepare a game plan for each student that addresses their specific needs.
A question I get asked all the time now is why take the SAT during the diagnostic process. While it is true that most students will end up taking the ACT because of the wealth of practice material that is available for the ACT, we want all of our students to have an understanding of both options. It also brings clarity for the entire process. While it doesn't happen often, we don't want a student to change strategy and tests midway through their test prep. Creating a unified goal for us to work towards is crucial to set at the beginning of the process. As mentioned earlier, if I have a student take a diagnostic SAT and they come back to me and say, "I never want to see another SAT again," that tells me everything I need to know.
Another key component in the diagnostic process that sets us apart, is the ability to meet with different instructors and pick whom you would like to work with. While all of our instructors are incredibly talented and bright, they all bring different personalities and teaching styles. Finding the right fit for each student is paramount to success.
At the end of the process, we want to empower our students to be in control of their test prep. This is an important process that allows for a lot of growth and we want to foster that growth.
In the words of our late founder, Jesse Kolber, "don't be the sage on the stage, be the guide on the side."