12 Days of College Prep

By Linzie Ezzell

Christmastime is the season for giving, so why not give your student the gift of being thoroughly prepared for college admissions tests and applications? KD College Prep is the gift that keeps on giving—until your student reaches their score goals or until they graduate from high school.

Here’s a holiday-themed sneak peek into our programs following the theme of the “12 Days of Christmas.” You’ll notice that some of the numbers don’t directly relate to the items described. Humor us—we think you’ll get the picture! And if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

12 Days of College Prep

On the first day of college prep, KD gave to me… a Brand-New Book of Test Prep

Students who join our Complete™ Program will get a unique set of test prep curriculum each year in 9th grade, 10th grade, and 11th grade. Although we prepare most of our students to complete testing by the end of 11th grade, students who join us in 12th grade would get a unique set of curriculum as well.

Our proprietary curriculum for the PSAT, SAT®, and ACT® tests is written by our in-house test prep experts. Our experts live and breathe college admissions test prep and even take the tests each year right alongside high school students. Our curriculum teaches students what to expect on the tests and the specific strategies we recommend to deal with each question type effectively and efficiently.

Students are guided through this curriculum by our top-notch teachers over the course of 14 lessons. For students attending in-person classes, we give them a spiral-bound book containing all the material they will need during the subsequent 14 meeting times on the first day of each year’s classes. For students attending live-online classes, we ask Dallas area students to drop by a KD campus prior to their first class to pick up curriculum, and we ship the curriculum to out-of-area students.

On the second day of college prep, KD gave to me… Two Types of Lessons

The lessons in our curriculum are broken up into two types: math and verbal. Math lessons teach students about the “Math with Calculator” and “Math with No Calculator” sections on the PSAT and SAT tests and carry over to the basic principles of the Math and Science sections on the ACT test. The Verbal lessons teach students about the Reading section and the Writing and Language section on the PSAT and SAT tests and carry over to the basic principles of the Reading and English sections on the ACT test. (See the Six Bonus Lessons section for more on the ACT test).

These lessons are foundational—they introduce the content and question types found on the tests. They also give students all our tried-and-true strategies for dealing with the unique kinds of questions students will be asked on the tests.

A common question we get from new KD parents is what will their students do after they finish the 14 core lessons—will they just be done with KD at that point? We always assure these parents that their students have only just begun with KD once they finish the core lessons!

Think about it this way: Our core lessons are like the first time the director hands out a new piece of music for choir, band, or orchestra. The director is going to introduce the group to the different sections, guide them through the difficult parts, have them sight-read a first attempt making corrections as they go. By the end, the group should have a basic understanding of the piece, but they aren’t ready to perform a concert just yet.

Each lesson is two hours long and is taught by one of our experienced teachers. Each teacher is specifically vetted for the type of lessons they teach to ensure that students receive the highest quality instruction and answers to their questions. Students attend six math lessons and six verbal lessons each year, followed by a full-length practice test and an instructor-led test review. (For more on practice tests, see the Five Practice Tests section).

On the third day of college prep, KD gave to me… Three Make-Up Options

We have new classes beginning year-round, and the class schedules are flexible. Because we specifically design our curriculum to be modular, the lessons can be taken in any order. When a student signs up for a class schedule, they are simply choosing the meeting date and time that works best for them. Students can sign up for in-person classes at one of our four campuses (Coppell, Flower Mound, Frisco, or Plano), or they can sign up for live online classes. New classes start often, so a student can begin our program at any time of year.

If a student misses a class, it’s no big deal! We will send make-up lesson options via email, and the student can choose the best date and time for them. At this time all classes (live online and in person) will have live online makeup options.

Don’t worry! Students can have more than three make-up lessons—technically, students could miss their scheduled lessons times for all 14 meeting times and attend the lessons entirely through make-up lessons. Realistically though, if a student is missing every lesson, the student would probably be better served picking a different class date/time so they don’t have to keep rescheduling.

On the fourth day of college prep, KD gave to me… Four Workshop Hours

Workshops are the bread and butter of our program. They are applied practice, and they are how students master content and commit the strategies we teach them to memory. Students need to practice until the strategies are second nature so they can move quickly through the tests, and they learn how to do this through workshops.

To return to my music analogy, workshops are like rehearsal—going through the song again and again, identifying rough patches, smoothing out the mistakes, and crystallizing the notes in their memories.

A workshop is two hours long and is split into math and verbal practice (one hour for each). Workshops will briefly review a question type or a strategy that students were introduced to in the lessons. Then workshops will have either instructor-led practice or individual timed practice with instructor-led review.

We recommend that students attend four hours of workshops a month (which is equal to two workshops). However, KD offers eight hours of unique workshop material on normal months and even more hours during months that have holidays or national SAT or ACT test dates. For example, in December KD offered 24 hours of unique workshop hours.

Don’t freak out—we know 24 hours is a lot of time! Remember, we recommend four hours per month. Workshops are buffet-style: students can take as many hours as they have the time and energy for and can put their fork down for the month once they are full!

On the fifth day of college prep, KD gave to me… Five Practice Tests

Practice tests are where students “put it all together.” Practice tests are the dress rehearsal where the group performs the piece exactly as they would for the real concert. And, in much the same fashion as a director would follow the dress rehearsal up with notes about where the musicians can improve, each KD practice test is followed by an instructor-led test review so students can learn from their mistakes.

KD students can come to one of our campuses to sit for full-length practice tests in a simulated testing environment, or they can take a practice test home and time themselves (preferably in a quiet and distraction-free space).

Then, students attend a test review. The instructors will break down the test, going over the right answers and (more importantly) the wrong answers and the “why” behind it all. The test reviews are the most important part of taking practice tests because the test reviews are where students learn from their mistakes so they don’t make the same ones next time. (Please note that, at this time, all test reviews are conducted live online).

And don’t worry, you definitely get more than five practice tests. How many practice tests you should take depends on what grade you are in. Each student is different, but here’s a simple breakdown:

  • If you are in 9th grade, you should take one to two practice tests per season.
  • If you are in 10th grade, you should take one to two practice tests per six weeks.
  • If you are in 11th or 12th grade, you should take one to two practice tests per month until you are finished testing.

On the sixth day of college prep, KD gave to me… Six Bonus Lessons

Remember how I said that the principles in our core lessons carry over to the basics of the ACT test? Well, we want to prepare our students for more than just the basics. That’s why we offer a series of six bonus lessons for the ACT test. These six lessons cover the material that is unique to the ACT test in depth and are a part of KD’s Complete Program.

The bonus lessons are available once per year to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. Each lesson is two hours, and the lessons are available on a continually rotating basis (please note that at this time the bonus lessons are conducted live online).

On the seventh day of college prep, KD gave to me… Seven Planning Seminars

Our College Planning & Guidance Seminars are one of the most valuable services we offer to our families, and they are already included in the Complete™ Program. Parents and students attend a live-online seminar once each year in the winter or spring (depending on your grade level).

Note that the “seven” here is arbitrary. You won’t attend seven planning seminars during your time at KD. With the Complete Program, you will have the opportunity to attend four planning seminars before your students graduates. That is one for each year of high school. It’s very important to us that our families stay informed throughout the journey, which is why we offer these sessions.

Content is specific to each grade level, but these seminars help parents and students learn how to use each year to improve their chances for college admissions success.

On the eighth day of college prep, KD gave to me… Eight Teachers Teaching

Our teachers are the best! I may be biased since I used to be one of our verbal teachers, but don’t let my enthusiasm fool you—our students agree with me.

Our teachers all have bachelor’s degrees, at minimum, though many have post-graduate degrees as well. Our teachers are often tutors and teachers at the high school or college level.

As I mentioned earlier, all KD teachers are specifically qualified to teach math or verbal topics. A few truly special individuals, who can flex both their left-brain and right-brain muscles, are qualified to teach both math and verbal.

The long-and-short of it is that our teachers know their stuff.

On the ninth day of college prep, KD gave to me… Nine Private Sessions

While KD’s Complete™ Program is made up of classroom activities (where students learn with groups of other students), we recognize that sometimes students need extra help and individual attention. We do offer a lot of ways for students to identify areas they are weak and practice those skills independently (see the 12 Student Reports section for more information).

When self-guided learning simply isn’t enough, and students need the guidance of an instructor, we offer one-on-one tutoring at an additional cost. Discounted rates are available.

Our one-on-one coordinators specifically choose material that focuses on a student’s areas of weakness. Then, the student works through the material under the guidance of one of our expert instructors.

Students are free to ask questions, and they set the pacing of the session as well. If they need to really focus in on one set of questions, looking at them from different angles until the questions make sense, then that’s what will happen in the one-on-one!

On the tenth day of college prep, KD gave to me… Ten College Options

If you attend the College Planning & Guidance Seminar, you will learn that we typically recommend that students apply to 9-10 colleges to maximize their chances of getting accepted into a college they will love. Find more advice about how to build a college list.

We also offer three different college counseling programs to help students adequately prepare for the college admissions process. Whether you’re looking for answers regarding a specific aspect of your journey or need one-on-one guidance throughout the entire process, we can help! Learn more about our college counseling programs.

On the eleventh day of college prep, KD gave to me… Eleven Questions Answered

We know that raising your hand and asking questions out loud can be hard for some students. Our teachers do their best to anticipate those unasked questions, but they aren’t psychic. They are usually available for questions right before or right after an activity though.

Students love our live online classes because they can ask questions freely. The most common feedback we get about our live online activities is that they feel like one-on-one tutoring because students only see and hear the teacher as all student mics and cameras are turned off.

Students can ask questions through the “raise hand” feature or by typing a question into the chat box. If only having their names associated with their questions isn’t enough anonymity though, students can even type in questions anonymously.

When I’ve led live-online workshops, I’ve even noticed that the same question will pop into the chat from multiple students at the same time. This only serves to reinforce the idea in students’ minds that, if one student has a question, other students probably have the same question.

For the times that students can’t find ways to ask their questions in the moment, or for times that students only think of their questions upon later reflection, students can reach out to our full-time staff with specific questions. We will either know the answer and respond back, or we will find someone else on our team who knows the answer and respond back! And trust me, our teachers and advisors answer a lot more than 11 questions.

On the twelfth day of college prep, KD gave to me… Twelve Student Reports

Remember how I said that we offer a lot of ways for students to identify areas they are weak and practice those skills independently? Well, we do! Maybe not 12 different reports, but there are several and they are packed with valuable information.

We send monthly progress reports called the “RX for Success” that let parents and students know how many activities they have attended along with our recommendations for how many they should attend. These progress reports help keep us on the same page with our parents and students and allow students to pivot their test preparation on a monthly basis.

We also send out a test analysis sheet after each practice test has been scored. These test analyses tell students much more than their scores. The questions are broken down into easy, medium, and hard question types as well as the specific skills being tested on every question. The analyses then tally how many questions were offered for each skill type and advise student on how many questions they missed in each skill type.

The test analyses let students know what kind of questions they need to focus on studying until the next practice test. And if a student needs more data, we can do a combined analysis of every test that student has taken. The combined analyses let students know where they may need to go back to the basics and review specific content in their past lessons and workshops.

For students who want to do more than review the content they missed, we have targeted practice on demand in the KD Student Portal. On-demand content is video-recorded explanations that allow students to work targeted practice whenever they feel like it—if students want to do test prep in the middle of the night when KD is closed, they can!

And last, but by no means least, we offer parent-student conferences as a part of the Complete Program. We will sit down with parents and students to interpret these reports, review student work, and answer any questions. We want our students and parents to feel as confident in the college testing and application process as we do!

Need help preparing for college?

At KD College Prep, our team is available to answer your questions about the college prep process and help your family build a plan. Since 1992, we’ve helped more than 72,000 students reach their test score and college admissions goals. Schedule your free consultation to talk to one of our advisors

Linzie Ezzell is an advisor and test prep instructor at our Frisco campus.

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TESTIMONIALS

lexie school of mines
“My daughter completed your program in the Plano location. In the fall, she is headed to Colorado School of Mines to study engineering. I asked her if KD had helped her with the SAT® and ACT® tests. She said they helped her know how to manage her time while taking the test as that is a huge aspect to the test.”
“My daughter completed your program in the Plano location. In the fall, she is headed to Colorado School of Mines to study engineering. I asked her if KD had helped her with the SAT® and ACT® tests. She said they helped... Read more...

Julie M. – Daughter, Class of 2022

Neha Tulane University
“(I wanted) help with writing essays and getting into my dream colleges. (I was most concerned with) keeping up with everything I have to do and meeting all the deadlines. The constant and honest feedback about my essays regardless is what I really appreciated. There was a time that writing essays just clicked, and it was much easier after that.”
“(I wanted) help with writing essays and getting into my dream colleges. (I was most concerned with) keeping up with everything I have to do and meeting all the deadlines. The constant and honest feedback about my essays regardless is what... Read more...

Neha C. – Class of 2022

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“It’s hard to believe we are finally done at KD Prep with our three children. We are incredibly grateful to you for all of your support over the years, which undoubtedly helped each of our children realize their college dreams. All three were accepted to colleges with single digit admission rates. Our eldest was selected as a National Merit® Finalist and was able to apply to colleges with a perfect SAT® score. Our other two were both named National African American Recognition Scholars and National Merit Commended Scholar. One of them applied to college in 2020 with an SAT score of 1520 (780 math and 740 verbal) and the youngest scored 1500 on the October 2021 SAT test (720 verbal and 780 math). Our... Read more...
“It’s hard to believe we are finally done at KD Prep with our three children. We are incredibly grateful to you for all of your support over the years, which undoubtedly helped each of our children realize their college dreams. All... Read more...

Nike A. – Parent of 3 KD Students

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“Obviously SAT® test prep was NOT fun. The experience was difficult and exhausting, but learning through KD definitely made the experience much less stressful and definitely easier. It's a great system with tons of resources all aimed to give you what you need and more to reach whatever score range you set as your goal (I was able to get a 1540). My favorite part though, specifically with the Coppell campus, was the people! Everyone was so incredibly nice and always in impossibly good moods. It was a great environment to learn and improve in!”
“Obviously SAT® test prep was NOT fun. The experience was difficult and exhausting, but learning through KD definitely made the experience much less stressful and definitely easier. It's a great system with tons of resources all aimed to give you what... Read more...

Alex N. – Class of 2023

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“I want to thank KD College Prep for helping me get the score I needed to receive over $464,000 in scholarships, including two full rides. I started the program the summer going into my junior year. I had an excellent GPA but struggled on standardized tests. Taking the test prep classes throughout junior year and taking practice tests got me more prepared each time I took the test. I achieved my best score the summer going into my senior year. That score allowed me to apply to my top schools as soon as early decision opened. I am so grateful to Karen Dillard and the extra practice and proctored exams! My parents are grateful too—for the small investment they got a great return.”
“I want to thank KD College Prep for helping me get the score I needed to receive over $464,000 in scholarships, including two full rides. I started the program the summer going into my junior year. I had an excellent GPA... Read more...

Saadia P. – Class of 2022

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“I really enjoyed KD because the teachers helped me look at the SAT® test in a whole new angle. I really began analyzing the test and learned how to work math and reading problems in a smarter way, which was really helpful. I also really appreciated all the varied practice and detailed breakdowns from instructors, helping me see not just what answer was correct but why those answers were correct.”
“I really enjoyed KD because the teachers helped me look at the SAT® test in a whole new angle. I really began analyzing the test and learned how to work math and reading problems in a smarter way, which was really... Read more...

Pranathi P. – Class of 2022

armaan testimonial
“KD had a very streamlined process of learning the ins and outs of the reading and grammar part of the SAT® test as well as a very well-structured mathematics process that went through the subjects of algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus in depth. Another great part of the KD experience was the wonderful staff giving me so many useful tips and strategies for the areas that I was specifically struggling with. The staff understands students have different strengths and weaknesses, and the fact that they tailor the info they give to each student is very useful. Overall, KD has helped me not only with SAT preparation but also with my normal school work.”
“KD had a very streamlined process of learning the ins and outs of the reading and grammar part of the SAT® test as well as a very well-structured mathematics process that went through the subjects of algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus in... Read more...

Armaan C. – Class of 2023

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“I am very grateful that KD was able to offer so many resources and guides for the SAT® and PSAT tests. They really helped me get a good grasp on the types of questions that the SAT exam tested on, and I was able to get a really good score the first time I took it! Once again, thank you KD, and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to earn a high SAT score.”
“I am very grateful that KD was able to offer so many resources and guides for the SAT® and PSAT tests. They really helped me get a good grasp on the types of questions that the SAT exam tested on, and... Read more...

Sri Vamsi Krishna Putti – Class of 2023, Frisco ISD

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“My husband and I are so impressed with your course and the quality of guidance that you provide. It feels like you really want our son to succeed. Thank you!”
“My husband and I are so impressed with your course and the quality of guidance that you provide. It feels like you really want our son to succeed. Thank you!”

Debra H. – Son, Class of 2023

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“KD taught me so many useful strategies for the SAT® & PSAT/NMSQT® tests. They helped me improve my SAT score by over 400 points, and I got done with the SAT test at the beginning of 11th grade! I would recommend KD to anyone who wants a highly competitive SAT score.
“KD taught me so many useful strategies for the SAT® & PSAT/NMSQT® tests. They helped me improve my SAT score by over 400 points, and I got done with the SAT test... Read more...

Praneel S. – Class of 2023

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“My time and experiences at KD College Prep have efficiently guided and prepared me for my future educational career as a college student. Not only did KD help me with college entrance exams but also provided numerous informational seminars that helped me with the various steps required for college admissions. At KD I enjoyed learning from amazing teachers, who cared for each of their students individually and were ready to help wherever it was needed. Being a student at KD has also helped me figure out which learning techniques work best for me. The opportunity to engage in different learning methods such as small group interactive learning, larger group discussions, or individual practice are all ways that helped me come up with a learning... Read more...
“My time and experiences at KD College Prep have efficiently guided and prepared me for my future educational career as a college student. Not only did KD help me with college entrance exams but also provided numerous informational seminars that helped... Read more...

Tanisha P. – Class of 2020

My feedback can only be positive, given how much you helped me get ahead with my application process. I really appreciated how much work both of you put into helping me write the best essay possible, especially reviewing my essays twice to polish them completely. In addition, I have noticed that writing my resume has released a lot of stress off my shoulder when it comes to making sure I have all the things necessary to apply to schools.
My feedback can only be positive, given how much you helped me get ahead with my application process. I really appreciated how much work both of you put into... Read more...

Claudia A. – Class of 2020

“My favorite things about KD were the mirroring it had to actual test questions, the availability, and the relationships you built with all the teachers and advisors who made the process of learning easier. I think that after you started going to a good amount of classes and the workshops, you knew every teacher, and they were always available to answer any questions that you had...Everyone was just so welcoming and made learning more engaging for the students, especially with the workshops. All of had their own unique style of teaching which never made a class boring.”
“My favorite things about KD were the mirroring it had to actual test questions, the availability, and the relationships you built with all the teachers and advisors who made the process of... Read more...

Rishab P. – Class of 2021

“I want to thank both of you so very much for making this dream come true. When I first came to KD, I wanted to get a score of 1520 or above... So many people told me it would be impossible to reach my desired score. After months of using KD's methods my scores definitely improved but hovered around 1350—still not near the score I needed but closer. After finally working with both of you during one on ones, my scores started to see heavy improvement and while I didn't get a score of 1520 or above as a single score, I got it as a superscore... Read more...
“I want to thank both of you so very much for making this dream come true. When I first came to KD, I wanted to get a score of 1520 or... Read more...

David P. – Class of 2022

“It takes a village to raise a child—this is so true. KD College Prep staff have been nothing but uplifting to my child and to us parents through their eager attitudes to assist, in-depth guidance and unparalleled wisdom. I am in awe at the consistent level of professionalism yet genuine concern for each and every person that walks through their doors. Thank you KD staff for being great mentors for our children!”
“It takes a village to raise a child—this is so true. KD College Prep staff have been nothing but uplifting to my child and to us parents through their eager attitudes to assist, in-depth guidance and unparalleled wisdom. I am in... Read more...

Gloria D. – Daughter, Class of 2021

“I attended KD for the last 3 years, and I was blessed with the opportunity to take the SAT® test one last time last month. I got a 1430 on the test. I wanted to take the time to say I have finished college applications, and I would love to thank all the teachers and aides at KD for giving me the score that I got on the test. Without the extra practice, I wouldn't have been able to get through to the score I got. These past 3 years went by so fast, and it is so fun to look back at where I started and how much I have come out with flying colors. Thank you so much!”
“I attended KD for the last 3 years, and I was blessed with the opportunity to take the SAT® test one last time last month. I got a 1430 on the test. I wanted to take the time to say I... Read more...

Kareena A. – Class of 2021

“I just wanted to say thank you to KD for all the help and support you’ve given over the past couple years! I was able to get the scores I wanted for the PSAT, SAT®, and ACT® tests. The resources were very helpful, and the individualized assistance I received from teachers were what really supported my learning. Special thanks to Ms. Barwick and Mr. Hoffman!”
“I just wanted to say thank you to KD for all the help and support you’ve given over the past couple years! I was able to get the scores I wanted for the PSAT, SAT®, and ACT® tests. The resources were... Read more...

Advika R. – Class of 2022

“I shifted toward taking practice tests and going to workshops because I felt those were the best ways to apply the concepts (I was) learning in class. I started applying the tips and tricks that the teachers were showing me in class. In conjunction, those two things helped me raise my score a lot because I was not a math kid before KD or high school. The repetition and being able to practice in a non-stressful environment and simulating that testing experience is something that was very beneficial for me... “The college counseling team was super patient and honest about the work I was submitting. I know for a lot of kids, it’s hard to articulate who you are through 250-300 words. It was definitely... Read more...
“I shifted toward taking practice tests and going to workshops because I felt those were the best ways to apply the concepts (I was) learning in class. I started applying the tips and tricks that the teachers were showing me in... Read more...

Blaine W. – Class of 2021

“Both of my sons have been guided by KD College Prep counselor Steve Peifer on their journey to finding the right college for them, and we could not have had a better experience and outcome. My oldest son is now a rising junior at the University of Miami, and my youngest son is an incoming freshman at Vanderbilt University. Steve’s help in navigating the complicated college landscape and finding the BEST FIT for my two sons is what has made this resource invaluable. “What made the biggest difference for my two sons was the depth and breadth of knowledge Steve has of the many universities and colleges in the U.S. First, by getting to know my kids on a one-on-one basis, he was able to... Read more...
“Both of my sons have been guided by KD College Prep counselor Steve Peifer on their journey to finding the right college for them, and we could not have had a better experience and outcome. My oldest son is now a... Read more...

Julio M. – Parent

“My daughter loved the program—the program materials and the teachers both online and in person. She participated in a year of online and a year of in person. It was incredible enrichment and helped her keep her skills sharp over the summer. She liked being challenged academically, and she loved taking classes with high school students who were focused on their college goals. These students were also excellent role models! The lessons were especially important during the pandemic when it wasn’t a typical middle school experience.”
“My daughter loved the program—the program materials and the teachers both online and in person. She participated in a year of online and a year of in person. It was incredible enrichment and helped her keep her skills sharp over the... Read more...

Beth L. – Advanced Start™ Parent

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“I wanted to say thank you to all of the teachers and directors at KD for helping me get a great score on the SAT® test. I started with a 1250 on the first KD test I took, and I got a 1530 on the December 5th SAT test. KD played a huge role in this, and I just wanted to say thanks to everyone there for helping me achieve this.”
“I wanted to say thank you to all of the teachers and directors at KD for helping me get a great score on the SAT® test. I started with a 1250 on the first KD test I took, and I got... Read more...

Vyom S. – Class of 2022

"Our twin 16-year-old boys used KD College Prep to study/practice for the PSAT test, and we believe the classes and coaching were invaluable. Very professional and concise. Worth every penny!"
"Our twin 16-year-old boys used KD College Prep to study/practice for the PSAT test, and we believe the classes and coaching were invaluable. Very professional and concise. Worth every penny!"

Jerry – Sons, Class of 2022

“I'm writing to thank the KD team for all the help and guidance over the last couple of years! All the resources provided were very useful to me and helped me achieve the scores I was aiming for on the PSAT, SAT®, and ACT® tests (1520, 1580, and 34). I really appreciate everyone's willingness to be flexible and accommodate my requests!”
“I'm writing to thank the KD team for all the help and guidance over the last couple of years! All the resources provided were very useful to me and helped me achieve the scores I was aiming for on the PSAT,... Read more...

Mithra A. – Class of 2022

"The resources that KD offers have greatly prepared me for the college admissions process. Without KD, I would not have been this prepared and confident... I am a rising senior, and I ended up receiving a 1570 on my SAT® test (third time) and a 35 on my ACT® test (first time). I remember the first ever practice test I took for the SAT test was a 1230 (about 1.5 yrs ago) and the first ever practice test I took for the ACT test was a 31 or 32 (about 6 months ago)."
"The resources that KD offers have greatly prepared me for the college admissions process. Without KD, I would not have been this prepared and confident... I am a rising senior, and I ended up receiving a 1570 on my SAT® test... Read more...

Elise P. – Class of 2022

“I want to thank KD College Prep for helping both of my kids over the last years reach successful outcomes on their SAT® and ACT® scores, which helped them get into great colleges. I found the college prep class for parents very informative and helpful during the process as well.  My son (Jacob) graduated in 2018 and got a 32 on the ACT test. got accepted into Texas A&M but chose Baylor for Health Sciences.  My daughter (Morgan) graduated in 2020 and got a 1450 on the SAT test and a 32 on the ACT test. got into an Ivy League school (Cornell) for Engineering.  Both my kids say that they apply the test taking skills they learned at KD Prep to... Read more...
“I want to thank KD College Prep for helping both of my kids over the last years reach successful outcomes on their SAT® and ACT® scores, which helped them get into great colleges. I found the college prep class for parents... Read more...

Jon D. – Parent

“Coming into this whole process, I had absolutely no idea what anything was, and your help was invaluable—your encouraging words, strategic advice, and wholesome stories and jokes really got me through a stressful time! I'm still on the waitlist at Harvard and other schools, but I've really started to immerse into the Emory culture, especially their debate team. Not having to pay for college and still attend a private institution is really a dream come true, and it wouldn't be possible if it were not for you.”
“Coming into this whole process, I had absolutely no idea what anything was, and your help was invaluable—your encouraging words, strategic advice, and wholesome stories and jokes really got me through a stressful time! I'm still on the waitlist at Harvard... Read more...

Shreyas R. – Class of 2020

“The most beneficial guidance I received during my College Counseling experience was being taught that it's completely ok to not know what I want to do with the rest of my life at 17/18 years old. Steve told me that a good school will help me find my path. Also, Steve's knowledge about what colleges were wanting to see in potential admissions candidates was a huge help... “There was not one specific beneficial moment or turning point in my time working with Steve, there were many. He encouraged me during the entire application process and brought to my attention many colleges I wouldn't have considered or heard about without his help.”
“The most beneficial guidance I received during my College Counseling experience was being taught that it's completely ok to not know what I want to do with the rest of my life at 17/18 years old. Steve told me that a... Read more...

Jake W. – Class of 2020

"I'm very happy my daughter chose KD as her learning partner to achieve her goals. All the experiences with KD and the Directors there are fabulous. My daughter has improved significantly."
"I'm very happy my daughter chose KD as her learning partner to achieve her goals. All the experiences with KD and the Directors there are fabulous. My daughter has improved significantly."

Zarni, Daughter – Class of 2021

"I took KD classes the summer before my junior year, and I was finished with my SAT® test by December...The test prep classes also helped me earn the award of National Merit® Finalist."
"I took KD classes the summer before my junior year, and I was finished with my SAT® test by December...The test prep classes also helped me earn the award of National Merit® Finalist."

Claire I. – Class of 2020

"It's been super helpful, and I've noticed my scores go up both on my SAT®/ACT® scores as well as test scores in school... Overall, I believe this to be the best college prep that money can buy."
"It's been super helpful, and I've noticed my scores go up both on my SAT®/ACT® scores as well as test scores in school... Overall, I believe this to be the best college prep that money can buy."

Gopi C. – Class of 2021

"KD helped me come up with a game plan for the colleges I wanted to attend, as well as any backups, and how to manage my time during this stressful period. They helped to ease the stress and made sure that I would be successful in whichever college I picked, and I am eternally grateful for all their help and hard work!"
"KD helped me come up with a game plan for the colleges I wanted to attend, as well as any backups, and how to manage my time during this stressful period. They helped to ease the stress and made... Read more...

Omar S. – Class of 2020

"My initial goals when I first started working with the KD Counseling crew was to compile a list of colleges that I would be somewhat interested in attending and fit my career goals. I think that this step I was by far the most concerned about. I didn’t know how exactly I should go about choosing which places to apply to and if I were to be accepted, if they would fit me. The team did a wonderful job considering my likes and dislikes and helped me compile a list of colleges that suited my tastes and would further my academic career. "After this integral first step, my focus turned towards time management and writing quality essays that would stand out to colleges. I got... Read more...
"My initial goals when I first started working with the KD Counseling crew was to compile a list of colleges that I would be somewhat interested in attending and fit my career goals. I think that this step I was by... Read more...

Nina H. – Class of 2020

"I was thankful for all the help I received from KD in preparing for my SAT® and ACT® exams. The workshops they offered, as well as the practice exams, gave me the tools I needed to do my very best."
"I was thankful for all the help I received from KD in preparing for my SAT® and ACT® exams. The workshops they offered, as well as the practice exams, gave me the tools I needed to do my very best."

Morgan D. – Class of 2020

"KDCP is a must for students wanting to stay a step ahead of the game for getting into college. My son has gained huge insight from the ACT®/SAT® practice workshops, practice tests, and essay class."
"KDCP is a must for students wanting to stay a step ahead of the game for getting into college. My son has gained huge insight from the ACT®/SAT® practice workshops, practice tests, and essay class."

Tiffany – Son, Class of 2021

"KD helped to increase the efficiencies of how I took the national exams. I was also able to implement these efficiencies in my daily school studies within the IB program at PESH. I would (and have) recommend KD to those students wanting an edge on their national test scores!"
"KD helped to increase the efficiencies of how I took the national exams. I was also able to implement these efficiencies in my daily school studies within the IB program at PESH. I would (and have) recommend KD to those students... Read more...

Daniel J. – Class of 2020

"Not only have I been able to significantly improve my test scores, I have learned a tremendous amount of information about the college application process due to complimentary events that KD offers."
"Not only have I been able to significantly improve my test scores, I have learned a tremendous amount of information about the college application process due to complimentary events that KD offers."

Sam H. – Class of 2020

"I came to KD the summer before my senior year with only my determination and big goals! KD provided me with the resources necessary to improve my test score to increase my chances at my dream school, Notre Dame, with the help from amazing teachers and staff. I am so grateful for KD!"
"I came to KD the summer before my senior year with only my determination and big goals! KD provided me with the resources necessary to improve my test score to increase my chances at my dream school, Notre Dame, with the... Read more...

Matt K. – Class of 2020

"I started classes at KD the summer before 9th grade. I...made a perfect score on the PSAT (earning the National Merit® scholarship) and, after taking the SAT® test only once (a relief!), scored a 1590/1600."
"I started classes at KD the summer before 9th grade. I...made a perfect score on the PSAT (earning the National Merit® scholarship) and, after taking the SAT® test only once (a relief!), scored a 1590/1600."

Thomas D. – Class of 2019

"In just one year, I was able to raise my score by 300 points and get into my dream school."
"In just one year, I was able to raise my score by 300 points and get into my dream school."

Piper F. – Class of 2020

"Having our recent GHS graduate attend KD was life changing. It provided our son with choices and opportunities that he might not have had otherwise."
"Having our recent GHS graduate attend KD was life changing. It provided our son with choices and opportunities that he might not have had otherwise."

Kathy – Son attends Mizzou

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“I came to KD College Prep after already using another tutoring service which we were not seeing results with. Due to time constraints, the traditional classes were not going to be feasible for my daughter. They took the time to figure out a personal plan that would work for her and were always available for our questions and helping her reach her goals. Every employee from the managers to the students working at their locations are top notch.”
“I came to KD College Prep after already using another tutoring service which we were not seeing results with. Due to time constraints, the traditional classes were not going to be feasible for my daughter. They took the time to figure... Read more...

Tracy – Daughter, Class of 2020

"The KD College Prep course not only provided test practice but also motivated her to work hard for her college applications. It gave her the confidence to dream big!"

"The KD College Prep course not only provided test practice but also motivated her to work hard for her college applications. It gave her the confidence to dream big!"

Prema – Daughter attends Rice