Deciding where to go to college can be one of the most terrifying experiences in a high school junior or senior’s life. There’s the pressure of selecting the right school and then there’s uncertainty of whether or not he or she will get in. Increase your teen’s chances of acceptance by having them attend ACT and SAT prep courses. There are a variety of local options in South Florida and though it varies in price and level of instruction, the skills that it teaches your child are priceless.

Score At The Top

6250 Coral Ridge Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33076
(800) 989-0582

If you can spare the money, Score At The Top is an excellent SAT and/or ACT program for your teen. The Coral Springs and Miami branches are run by director J. Harris and each offers individual and group training with the group classes of no more than six students per class. Prices start at $795 and education is based on a technique called error forced learning where students are required to take an actual SAT test with the student’s parents serving as the proctor. Then instructors will assess your child’s weaknesses based on the result and work on them over seven weeks, meeting for a total of 3.5 hours per week. Harris encourages participants to start early in their junior year to ensure better results and to allow your teen time to retake the test if he or she wishes to.

Miami Dade College

11011 S.W. 104 St.
Miami, FL 33176
(305) 237-2000

If you are of moderate income or are looking to save money, Miami Dade College has SAT and ACT prep classes at its Kendall, Wolfson and InterAmerican campuses. Depending on the campus and program you choose, classes are available in early September and typically meet two days a week over a six-week session. You can choose from either online classes, on campus classes, ACT prep, SAT prep or both. Prices start at $119 and up, not including books and materials, and class sizes range from 20 to 30 students. During the session, your teen will be given a pretest the first day of class to assess his or her’s skills and weaknesses and will end the class with a test to show the improvement over the course of time.

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Broward County Libraries (North West Region)

1100 Coconut Creek Blvd.
Coconut Creek, FL 33066
(954) 357-7990

Broward County is once again offering ACT and SAT workshops at its libraries. Registration begins in August for the September session and it’s completely free to the public so this is a great option for those of you who want a quality education for your son or daughter but can’t afford to pay hundreds of dollars. Schedules vary per library but your college-bound teen will receive approximately two to three hours of prep over the course of a session, the length of which also varies. Contact your local Broward County library for individual dates and times.

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Broward County Public Schools

7720 W. Oakland Park Blvd.
Sunrise, FL 33351
(754) 321-0000

Broward County schools are invested in their children’s education so they offer free ACT and SAT prep at a number of schools across the county. The program varies from school to school, so parents are encouraged to contact their child’s Broward County school directly to find the course of curriculum and meeting schedule. Some schools offer after-school study groups while others meet on Saturdays. Either way, it saves you money and the hassle of driving to an unfamiliar location.

Wise Choice Tutoring

10481 N. Kendall Drive, Suite D200
Miami, FL 33176
(305) 630-3600

Wise Choice Tutoring offers a six-week-long, comprehensive SAT preparatory class. Each class last two hours and the entire session costs $1,000 (roughly $41 for 24 hours), so in comparison to other programs, it’s relatively inexpensive. Additional costs include $25 for books and teens are guaranteed 12 hours of math and 12 hours of reading and writing. Class size is minimal so parents are assured that their child will get individual attention and they can also trust this institution because it was given a Title I Excellent Rating for the last four consecutive years.

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