In-Person vs. Online Test Prep

Students have busy lives, so finding the best test prep option is vital. One of the first choices you need to make is whether to prep in person or online.

Your plate is already full, so adding to it will be a delicate balance. A recent survey indicates that students spend, on average, ten hours per week on extra-curricular activities, with some putting in even more time.

Add that to 35 hours per week of school and additional time spent on homework, and it’s clear that teens are “working overtime.”

Let’s explore how each of these options could help you prepare yourself for the challenge of taking the PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT®, and ACT® tests, which all play a role in your journey to college.

The Pros and Cons of In-Person Test Prep

In-person test prep offers many advantages.

Meeting in person provides accountability. It’s a lot easier to say “I’m not feeling like doing test prep today” to a computer than it is to no show a scheduled event with a live instructor.

Having familiar faces around you week after week builds a feeling of camaraderie and shared purpose. You’ll be rooting for each other’s successes on your respective test prep journeys.

This may make the drive to a center and the thought of having to wear something other than your pajamas to test prep more appealing.

There are many benefits to working in a group such as increased productivity, social interaction, and enhanced self-awareness. Rick Reis of Stanford points out in his recent blog on small group learning that “no one can be anonymous in a small group.” You’ll be apt to participate and stay engaged when working in a small group.

The Pros and Cons of Online Test Prep

Online test prep can take many forms.

You may be required to log in at an assigned time, or you may be left to find windows of time on your own. The latter may seem most appealing at first, but keep in mind that it’s up to you to stay accountable.

Whether you will force yourself to get these tasks completed will come down to personal motivation.

If you’re the type of person who relies on others to help you stay on track, online prep may not be the best option for you.

You won’t have to leave your home, so you may be able to cut down on some time spent on travel to and from a center, and you also won’t have to change out of your pajamas to prep if you don’t want to.

Online prep sometimes occurs in individual sessions or in group classes much like in-person test prep. However, meeting virtually may or may not help you feel connected to your instructor and/or classmates.

While an online test prep experience may offer convenience and flexibility, you’ll miss out on building strong relationships with your classmates and teachers like those you would cultivate if you choose to prep in person at a test prep campus.

In-Person Test Prep at KD College Prep

Since 1992, KD College Prep has helped over 65,000 students in Dallas-Fort Worth achieve test scores to reach their college admissions and scholarship goals.

We have five campuses in the DFW metroplex: Coppell, Frisco, Plano, Colleyville, and Flower Mound.

The staff at each of our campuses take pleasure in building relationships with our students and their families. Through learning about the unique challenges of each individual, we’re able to guide families through the entire testing and college admissions process.

Small Classes

If you choose in-person test prep at KD College Prep, you will meet in small classes of no more than 15 students.

You will meet with these classmates during your class schedule in person at one of our conveniently located campuses to learn the content covered by the PSAT, SAT, and ACT tests. These classes are ability grouped when possible, allowing for an approach customized to meet your needs.

You will find yourself interacting with your peers. Questions from others may prompt you to ask a question you didn’t even realize you had.

This in-person interaction brings with it a whole new level of synergy that you just can’t always find with online test prep.

Experienced Instructors

Your KD teachers will present strategies to help you tackle the unique challenges of the PSAT, SAT, and ACT tests. All teachers at KD College Prep demonstrate their knowledge of these tests before they begin teaching in our classrooms.

Teachers lead our lessons, workshops, and practice test reviews. This allows you plenty of opportunities to ask questions and find the additional help necessary to understand the concepts and strategies effectively.

What makes these tests arduous for many students is that they do not align exactly with the type of tests you are used to taking in school.

Not all high schools follow the same curriculum, for one thing, and, for another, these tests have a format that you may not have encountered before.

Questions may be written in intentionally complicated ways, which is not typically the case with the teacher-created tests you take during your school career.

Many standardized college admissions test items are not even written as questions themselves, but instead give you lengthy stems to complete with even lengthier answer options.

Having specific strategies to help you navigate these confusing items at an efficient pace is critical to your success. At KD College Prep, we specialize in college admissions testing rather than tutoring all types of school content.

Your instructors will explain not only why the correct answers are correct, but also why the incorrect answers options do not work.

They will help you see patterns in your incorrect responses, while a lively in-person discussion with your classmates at one of our campuses will help cement this information in your mind in a way that would be difficult for an online test prep option to rival.

Timed Practice Tests with Instructor-Led Reviews

When testing, you will also be battling the clock.

The SAT test boasts 145 items and only 180 minutes of testing time, so you will be answering them at a rate of approximately one every minute and a quarter.

The ACT test ups the ante even more, requiring you to push through 215 items in only 175 minutes, meaning you’ll need to clock in at just over three quarters of a minute per question.
At KD College Prep we offer many practice exams (up to 29 tests your junior year alone).

We conduct in-person, small group reviews of these exams so that you can learn how to course correct for the next time.

We have a proprietary test analysis system, which will allow you to receive feedback on your specific strengths and weaknesses. This system also allows our instructors to target the most cumbersome items.

Working in a small group will expose you to many methods of solving these items and allow you to hear multiple perspectives on approaches.

If you’d like to meet individually in person with an instructor for an even more customized approach, we also offer one-on-one tutoring for the tests.

Online Test Prep at KD College Prep

KD College Prep offers two different options for online test prep.

1. The On-Demand Core Program

This program is for students who want the freedom and flexibility to prep any time, any place. The On-Demand Core Program offers students six months of access to approximately 120 hours of recorded instruction and student activity. At their convenience, students view on-demand videos featuring our proprietary curriculum taught by expert instructors.

This program does not offer any live online activities.

Included in the On-Demand Core Program

Six months access to about 120 hours of instruction and student activity:

  • 1 Set of On-Demand Lessons
  • 1 Set of Homework Activities
  • 12 Vocabulary Development Units
  • 24 Workshops for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT Tests
  • 1 Set of Bonus Lessons for the ACT Test
  • 4 Workshops for the ACT Test
  • Up to 6 Practice Tests for the SAT Test
  • Up to 3 Practice Tests for the ACT Test

Learn more about the On-Demand Core Program.

2. Live Online Lessons with the Complete Program

KD College Prep’s second online option is the Complete Program, including live online activities, as well as on-demand content if the student desires. For a one-time fee, students stay with KD College Prep until they achieve needed scores or until high school graduation.

The Complete Program, KD’s premier test prep program, gives students the opportunity to sign up for a variety Live Online activities taught by experienced instructors.

Unlike the On-Demand Lessons, the Live Online Lessons are real-time classes that occur in a virtual classroom environment. Students can ask questions, raise their hands, participate in polls, demonstrate their answers and solutions, and otherwise engage with the instructor. Many students feel more comfortable asking questions in an online setting where they can remain “anonymous.”

Included with the Live Online Complete Program:

Unlimited access to the following content until high school graduation:

  • 1-3 Sets of Live Online Lessons*
  • 1-3 Sets of Homework Activities*
  • 24-96 Vocabulary Development Units*
  • Weekly Live Online Workshops
  • 1-2 Sets of Bonus Lessons for the ACT Test*
  • Additional Test Week Workshops for the ACT and SAT Tests
  • Diagnostic Tests
  • Up to 65 Practice Tests for the SAT Test*
  • Up to 16 Practice Tests for the ACT Test*
  • Parent and Student Orientation
  • Parent and Student Planning and Guidance Seminars
  • Ask the Expert Special Events
  • Monthly Progress Reports
  • Access to On-Demand Activities**

* Number of activities varies depending on grade level. See full online program comparison here.

**Limited Time Offer

Which test prep option is best for you?

At the end of the day, it all comes down to what your needs are.

If you’re interested in online-only test prep, check out our On-Demand Core Program.

If you’re interested in our Complete Program offering live online classes as well as in-person test prep or even a combination of the two, call a campus near you: Frisco, Plano, Flower Mound, Coppell, or Colleyville. If you are out of the area, any of the these campus directors can assist you as well.

If you’re still on the fence and unsure of which option to choose, check out our testimonials, ask a parent or friend about which option they think would be most effective for you, or call one of our campuses for a specific recommendation.

This is where we would normally say we hope to see you at one of our five DFW campuses soon…and we still do. But if you’re set on prepping in your pajamas or just can’t get to the Dallas-Fort area very easily, we hope to see you online soon. Whichever option you choose, the rewards of achieving your score goals will be worth it. Let’s get started!

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TESTIMONIALS

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“(The) KD team is very professional and has a great program. They sincerely want to help kids realize, uplift, and enhance their potential. What better way to do that than maximizing the SAT®/ACT® score!! KD is not just a tool for parents to navigate through the college selection process but also a great treasure trove of information and help that they provide through their years of experience. They are experts in their craft. Thank you, team KD.”
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Satya P. – Daughter, Class of 2026

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“My experience with KD College Prep was immensely beneficial. The structured program and guidance provided me exactly what I needed to enhance my test score. Starting with a SAT® score of 1410, I was initially unsure about reaching my goal score. However, through dedicated practice sessions, personalized feedback, and consistent support from knowledgeable instructors at KD College Prep, I saw a significant improvement in my performance. Ultimately, they helped me achieve a score of 1530 on the SAT (test). The program not only boosted my score but also my prospects for college admissions.”
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Pranav K. – Class of 2025

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“KD provided exceptional instruction and coaching as I prepared for the college application and admissions process. The classes and skills I learned while being part of the program increased my test scores and my readiness for college. The personalized counseling and advice I received is what really made KD so special and invaluable to me. I walked away from each conversation with a KD staff member feeling valued and confident I could reach my goals for college admission and the next chapter of my life. KD played a very significant role in preparing, equipping, and giving me the confidence I needed for the college application and admissions process.”
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Olivia B. – Class of 2024

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“When I first started KD, I had zero SAT® experience. The summer lessons helped me build my foundation and I really started to see a boost in my scores after taking numerous workshops throughout the school year to build on that foundation. Without KD, I don't think I would have the motivation to consistently study for the SAT (test). In the beginning, every time I saw a KD email, I'd remember to sign up for a workshop and practice test for the weekend. Then, it became a habit to go to KD on Saturday mornings. Going to these workshops and taking practice tests consistently helped me get exposed to every question on the SAT (test) for math. Therefore, I was hardly ever surprised to... Read more...
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Meenakshi S. – Class of 2024

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“My wife and I wanted to thank you profusely for working with (our daughter). She picked Texas A&M, and we are all delighted with the decision. We have visited the college a couple of times and feel it was the right choice for us... We appreciate your patience with her. She could not have gotten here without your help.”
“My wife and I wanted to thank you profusely for working with (our daughter). She picked Texas A&M, and we are all delighted with the decision. We have visited the college a couple of times and feel it was the right... Read more...

Arun K. – Daughter, Class of 2023

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“KD College Prep has offered me multiple resources, makes the effort to craft comprehensive courses, and personalizes instruction that is adjustable to my schedule.”
“KD College Prep has offered me multiple resources, makes the effort to craft comprehensive courses, and personalizes instruction that is adjustable to my schedule.”

Quynh T. – Class of 2023

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“Ethan is a National Merit Finalist, so he received scholarship opportunities from a number of universities based on his National Merit status, including the University of Houston, where he will be attending tuition-free. He also scored an almost perfect SAT® score (1560), thanks in part to his preparation with KD College Prep.”
“Ethan is a National Merit Finalist, so he received scholarship opportunities from a number of universities based on his National Merit status, including the University of Houston, where he will be attending tuition-free. He also scored an almost perfect SAT® score... Read more...

C.J. S. – Son, Class of 2023

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“This was perfect for our son! He needed the structure to get organized to study and did better than expected!”
“This was perfect for our son! He needed the structure to get organized to study and did better than expected!”

Hillary B. – Son, Class of 2023

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“KD has been very useful for me and has helped me become a better test taker. I don’t think I could’ve gotten the score I got without the countless hours I put in attending workshops, taking tests, and attending reviews.”
“KD has been very useful for me and has helped me become a better test taker. I don’t think I could’ve gotten the score I got without the countless hours I put in attending workshops, taking tests, and attending reviews.”

Samarth S. – Class of 2023

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“Taking KD College Prep has been one of my best choices in high school! All of the instructors definitely know their stuff and teach an extremely useful curriculum in an engaging and efficient manner. I recommend KD to anyone looking to learn more or maximize their scores!”
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Preston King – Class of 2023

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“Overall, it was a good experience. It instilled the discipline to focus on test preparation through workshops and assignments. The review of each test was also very helpful.”
“Overall, it was a good experience. It instilled the discipline to focus on test preparation through workshops and assignments. The review of each test was also very helpful.”

Sajitha N. – Daughter, Class of 2023

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“Honestly, was really, really solid. Doing the program the summer before junior year — and I only did the one — actually got me a lot of experience and review of technical skills needed for the SAT® test. I only had to do it once because I got to relearn those pesky algebra skills that I forgot through the program.”
“Honestly, was really, really solid. Doing the program the summer before junior year — and I only did the one — actually got me a lot of experience and review of technical skills needed for the SAT®... Read more...

Katya G. – Class of 2023

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“Working with KD was incredible! I truly enjoyed how experienced the counselors were and how deeply they cared about their students. I would recommend KD and especially their college prep plan to everyone who is looking to get professional college admissions advice!”
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Ananya A. – Class of 2023

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“Our son, Joseph, is our fifth child to go through the KD College Prep program and our fourth National Merit Finalist. He had another test prep program available to him through his private high school but chose KD because he felt like it made the biggest difference in his scores in the least amount of time. He found the program easy to follow and adapt to his strengths and weaknesses. As parents, we cannot say enough good things about the KD program and would recommend it to anyone looking to improve their scores and earn scholarship dollars!”
“Our son, Joseph, is our fifth child to go through the KD College Prep program and our fourth National Merit Finalist. He had another test prep program available to him through his private high school but chose KD because he felt... Read more...

Ellyn A. – Parent of 5 KD Students

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“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.”
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Julie M. – Daughter, Class of 2022

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“(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.”
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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...
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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!”
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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

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“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.”
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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.”
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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

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“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