College entrance exams are a daunting but necessary first step toward learning how to pry open dorm-room windows. Help a student make surprise friends with today's Groupon: for $198, you get a six-week ACT prep course, including six classroom sessions and four diagnostic exams, from Atlas Test Prep, with classes held at Tulane University (a $399 value). Diagnostic exams are held each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and classes begin after Saturday, September 10 in preparation for the October 22 ACT. Class times include:
• Sundays 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
• Tuesdays 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
• Wednesdays 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
The expert instructors at Atlas Test Prep set out to improve the overall scores of college hopefuls sitting the ACT exam. With a history of bolstered test scores, the preparatory outfit aims to help students get into better colleges and potentially receive higher scholarships, touting an average 4.5-point score gain over those taking the test without preparation or while wearing horse blinders. The six-week course comprises 34 hours of strategy-based content review in an interactive class with 10–15 students that maximizes the amount of individualized attention each pupil receives. On Saturdays, each student takes diagnostic exams to assess progress and to clear out any buildup that may be jamming brain sprockets.
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