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Does the Princeton Review course really work?

hayhay828hayhay828 Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
Has anyone taken the Princeton Review course? I heard they give you a 200 point guarantee. Does it really work?
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Replies to: Does the Princeton Review course really work?

  • rnguyenrnguyen Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    depends what you are aiming for.
  • lil_killer129lil_killer129 Registered User Posts: 4,706 Senior Member
    No. I would not recommend it.
  • hayhay828hayhay828 Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    really? why would you not recommend it?
  • lil_killer129lil_killer129 Registered User Posts: 4,706 Senior Member
    First of all. My CR score went up 10 points. Second of all. My Writing score went up 10 points. Third of all. The whole thing is crap. I recently took a course, and they teach you the same nonsense where you can read about them all in various prep books. If you're paying for the course, I suggest you try looking into TestMaster's or something with that caliber.
  • hayhay828hayhay828 Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    Oh wow..that's horrible. You paid all that money for your score to go up 20 points? So..then why do they have the guaranttee? Do they give you additional test prep or something if you don't get 200 or more points?
  • karchkarch Registered User Posts: 638 Member
    don't. i also used to really think i needed a course to force myself to spend time, and was THIS close to doing so, but.. considering the prices of the SAT courses, it's not worth it. plus, they don't teach you anything you wouldn't have learned yourself if you had just spent the time to take practice tests and look over your answers.

    you just need to take enough tests and KNOW what ETS is looking for, enough so you know the structure (not needing to read instructions and knowing how to manage your time), know that the english they test is standard english, and that many things that are appropriate in spoken english are wrong. practice using a watch. know when to cut your losses. know how to cross out answers, and to skip tiny tiny details in passages, and reread the question after you choose your answer, just to make sure one more time, and yeah. you can learn these things without a stupid course, just through practice alone. and potentially save hundreds or more... think about it, ~$50 in practice books cheap from half.com, or $300-$1000 in a course that's not even substantially more helpful.

    on the other hand, if money is no object, then there are a few courses that i hear are okay. such as testmasters or ... eh. maybe testmasters is bad. i think there's something better than testmasters, but i'm short on time right now, so you can find that out yourself.

    so.. yeah, i'd recommend not taking it, but it is always comforting to have someone with experience hold your hand all the way through. it's your choice.

    fake edit: oh and btw, happy halloween!
  • karchkarch Registered User Posts: 638 Member
    ALSO - one more thing. you have access to something many people who take those courses don't know about - CC. you can find out what books and tests are good, and which aren't worth your time. this is also a major reason you are better than SAT courses.
  • filmxoxo17filmxoxo17 Registered User Posts: 2,625 Senior Member
    Take it. If you don't go up 200 points you'll get your money back. Thats a pretty sweet deal that no one can guarantee if you self study. Theres a lot of anti prep elitism on this website( ie 'I didn't prep at all and got 2400' barf), often to the detriment of those asking for advice. It's silly.
  • beastmasterbeastmaster Registered User Posts: 571 Member
    A lot of my friends took Princeton Review classes and didn't get much improvement. The thing you have to realize is that the classes can only take you so far, the rest is on you. Also, the teachers tend to just read straight from the book that they give you so it doesn't help that much unless you are iliterate.
  • The_WhoThe_Who Registered User Posts: 725 Member
    i took a princeton review course

    sat1: 1450--->1870+ (retaking in nov) thats at least 310 points
    math2c: 650--->720 thats 70 points

    i liked it because it made me practice for the sat/sat2 and i learned many good techniques
  • TuftsPleaseTuftsPlease Registered User Posts: 990 Member
    They gear the problem for stupid people. This is how you add alg. equations etc etc.

    It's retarded. Don't take it.

    Most of the mistakes are generally not from lack of knowledge but sloppiness and reasoning behind it. Only effort can help you there.
  • The_WhoThe_Who Registered User Posts: 725 Member
    my bad...420 point increase for sat1
  • 2400SAT2400SAT Registered User Posts: 201 Junior Member
    Classes are generally not going to be helpful for anyone whose score is already relatively high and who already knows the basic strategies. A tutor is a much better option as long as you get someone really good. If you live in northern or southern CA and you can afford it, check out www.****. I scored 1320 (old SAT) before Compass. You can probably guess what I scored on the new.

    [Yes, I suppose it is true that anyone can raise their score with the help of CC and enough personal motivation, but that doesn't mean outside help is a bad thing. It's like hiring a personal trainer if you want help getting into shape.]
  • JoethemoleJoethemole - Posts: 954 Member
    look. i took the generic kaplan's course and it raised my mark from 1910 june to 2230 oct.
  • IcedragonadIcedragonad Registered User Posts: 301 Junior Member
    I don't know what to think...

    1st Diag test in the class (Jan): 1930
    March SAT: 1990
    No additional prep- May SAT: 2180

    Friend who also took the course
    1st Diag (March): 1850ish
    May SAT: 2090
    Some additional prep- Oct: 2140 (now has a 2180 composite)

    Another friend who took the course.
    Not sure about where she started but I know she got a 2250 right after taking the course and she was very pleased.
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