Kaplan Test Prep SAT Course Review Part 2 ~ Lesson Structure

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Amber’s back with a mid-way review of the Kaplan Test Prep SAT Course.  Keep reading to see what she has to say about the way the lessons are structured.

While Kaplan’s SAT prep has a cool rewards program, you aren’t going to earn anything until you start learning. To get you started, the Kaptest program has you set a few goals–what date your SAT test is on and what score you’re hoping to achieve on it. With those two things decided, you’re ready to start working on improving your skills for test day.

The ‘skills’ that are taught are divided into three sections, just like the SAT: Math, Reading, and Writing. So if you have a certain section you’re not confident in, working on skills in that area would be the most worthwhile for you.

Each lesson is split into three parts. You first watch an instructional video narrated by one of Kaplan’s instructors, who will guide you through helpful Kaplan methods to solving certain problems on the SAT. These videos are extremely helpful and will be the backbone of your success, so commit the tips and strategies to memory.


After the video, you’ll go through ‘guided practice’, which are three problems relating to the video that are not graded. Here, you can apply the skills you’ve learned without fear of being graded if you’re wrong. Once you’ve completed all three practice problems, you’ll go to the final section of the lesson: the quiz. The quiz is ten (or sometimes five) problems long, and will test your knowledge of what you learned in the instructional video. After it is completed, the quiz will be graded to see if you mastered (eight–or four–or more questions correct) the skill.


Kaplan’s methods are extremely helpful and informative for specific sections of the SAT you may be having trouble with. Even ones you may have down, the Kaptest program can help you solve them faster and save you time for the even more difficult questions. All of this will result in a higher score!

Now from a parent point of view…

I like how I get a Weekly SAT Progress Report e-mailed to me.  I get to see in a chart form her practice test scores, subject areas and details about them, whether she’s completed the sections, instructions, and quiz scores.

Here’s a portion of what it looks like – it’s far longer, and the picture would be huge if I showed it all, but this gives you an idea of what a parent gets e-mailed on a weekly basis.


It is a visual way to see the progress & performance that your child is making in the course.

So far I’d have to say the course is working.  Amber took the first of four practice SAT tests and scored a 1730 on it.  Pretty decent for a kid just starting her Junior year, but she has a goal of a score of 2130 (which if she can get that, we *hope* she can get a scholarship score on her PSAT this fall). 

Here’s where we’ve already noticed Kaplan Test Prep SAT Course On Demand paying off….she wrote the second test last week and scored a 1910.  So with just some of the course under her belt she got 180 points higher… and is almost halfway  from her original to her target score. 

We’ll have another couple of posts up with some more information, and another progress report, and then one when she’s finished the course to let you know if she made her goal.

* We received complimentary enrollment into the Kaplan Test Prep SAT On Demand Course for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are our own.

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