Though a growing number of U.S. based universities are moving away from requiring applicants to submit their SAT or ACT scores, many will agree that having a high test score (and GPA) not only maximizes a student’s chances for admission, but it may also help them qualify for a scholarship. Of course, preparing for the exam isn’t always an easy feat. Rather than going at it alone, you may want to consider taking an SAT or ACT prep course with one of these DFW companies. You will also find more excellent test prep services listed here.
More Than A Teacher
5934 Royal Lane, Suite 228
Dallas, TX 75230
(214) 295-8265
www.dfwtestprep.comFrom private tutoring and in school prep classes to top-quality supplementary materials and highly trained instructors, this company truly lives up to the name: More Than A Teacher. They also guarantee your money back if you don’t see at least a 100-point improvement after taking one of the full courses. All of the SAT/PSAT and ACT prep classes (held in both Dallas and Plano) are priced at $499 and include eighteen hours of instruction that cover every aspect of the exam. Students here also get the added benefit of having free access to make up classes, tutorials, practice tests and refresher courses. And for those who are unsure whether to go for the SAT or ACT, the company offers free diagnostic practice tests on Saturday mornings at Parish Episcopal School’s Upper Campus in Dallas.

Set For College
4011 W. Plano Parkway
Plano, TX 75093
(214) 453-1183
www.setforcollege.comBoasting everything from college planning to classroom instruction, private tutoring and online programs for the ACT, PSAT and both (new and old) formats of the SAT— Set For College is a virtual one-stop resource for all your college bound needs. All of the programs last for six weeks and are priced at $599. Included in the package are a host of extras, ranging from official SAT study guides and specialized workshops to proctored practice tests and two hours of college planning consultation. The classes are small in size and students begin the program by taking a diagnostic test to determine their strengths and weaknesses. Along with regular course sessions, the company also offers a 1-day intensive PSAT/SAT strategy session as well as SAT/ACT summer camp study programs.

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TestWise By Betty Harris
P.O. Box 1134
Hewitt, TX 76643
(817) 219-5120
www.testwiseusa.comWith flexible and affordable course options and free refresher sessions prior to test time, it’s no wonder that TestWise is a popular choice for students around the metroplex. The course focuses on test strategies and follows the study material provided by American College Testing and The College Board. For the SAT/PSAT prep, students have the option of enrolling in one, two or all four (approximately 32 hours) of the classes offered, with prices ranging from $195 to $595. The ACT prep consists of a sixteen-hour course priced at $365. Private tutoring is also available for $75 an hour. In addition to classes, TestWise holds a SAT/PSAT boot camp during the summer and also offers college essay writing workshops. All of the sessions take place at Carroll Senior High School in Southlake.

The Waterton Group
One Energy Square
4925 Greenville Ave, Suite 200
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 228-5822
www.thewatertongroup.comOne-on-one interaction, personalized lesson plans and flexible course times are just a few of the benefits a student receives from the private tutoring sessions offered by The Waterton Group. Here, students are first assessed on their quantitative, verbal and logic capacities before a program is specifically tailored to their needs and goals. Flexible hourly plans are available at $150 per hour, and although there is no minimum requirement of hours a student must sign up for, most students typically receive around thirty hours of instruction. Along with the sessions, Waterton provides supplementary materials such as workbooks and access to a fully personalized smartphone app. The results? According to the company, most students can expect to improve their SAT and ACT test scores by 22% and 24% respectively. Better yet, students can contact the company from 7 a.m. until midnight, seven days a week.

Brookhaven College
3939 Valley View Lane
Farmers Branch, TX 75244
(972) 860-7848
www.ed2go.comThose looking for an accessible and affordable option may find Brookhaven College’s online SAT/ACT preparation courses ideal for what they need. This instructor-led program, priced at $105, prepares students for both tests and includes both versions of the SAT. The course is offered in two parts: Part 1 focuses on the verbal questions of the ACT and the new SAT, while Part 2 delves into the math portion of the ACT and older version SAT. Students receive two lessons per week during each of the six-week courses. Though the course is online, it does include a discussion area where the students and teacher can interact after each lesson.

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