a Review of Green Test Prep SAT Service

OCTOBER, 2016 UPDATE: OUR SAT CHALLENGE IS OVER THE RESULTS:
STARTED:  MATH 290 READING 410 FINISHED:  MATH 600 READING 720
IMPROVEMENT: MATH +310 READING +310 for a total of 620 points
As of this update, the price is Only $397 - jump on it use WIT50 to save $50
Best advice, do as many practice tests as possible in as "real" an environment as possible.  Use a clock, do the full tests to build up stamina and familiarity with the test.  Follow the Green Test Prep and put in the effort. Next up for us, college applications and selections, plus FAFSA and CSS.  WOW !  So much to learn.

I bought the SAT/ACT Green Test Prep System for my teens.
Was it too good to be true?

Quick answer it was awesome!  Best $600 spent.  I would highly recommend Green Test Prep to anyone who has the commitment to doing the work to getting better test scores.  The Green Test Prep is a process that will achieve higher scores if they put the time and focus into doing the steps.  If they need someone to make them do the work, this is not the solution for you.  Try the Green Test Prep online system, they guarantee results or you get your money back. 
Use WIT50 at check-out to save $50 if you decide to give it a try.
THE ONLY THING that REALLY matters are the SAT test or ACT test scores

THE ONLY THING that REALLY matters are the SAT test or ACT test scores

BACKGROUND

My kids are hard working with great GPAs,  maybe not the strongest math skills but I always thought, “how much does that SAT score really matter any way?  Don’t the colleges look at the whole picture?”

Here’s a little advice,  THE ONLY THING that matters are the SAT or ACT scores to getting your kid’s application read.  So then all that other stuff they did can help get a "YES"

We all know SAT/ACT scores are important, but why don’t they hit you over the head and say  –  “STOP ALMOST EVERYTHING ELSE & PREP FOR THE TEST"

How do I know this  Anthony Green’s online test prep system with parent resources.

We tried prep books, group courses and private tutoring but got minimal improvements.  I tackled Google and found Anthony Green, America’s #1 tutor for SAT/ACT Test Prep, according to Business Insider.  Was this the solution?  No,  the 1-on-1 sessions were $1,000/hour – with 20 hours recommended.  $20,000? and by the way,  sold out for the next year.  But wait, there was a self-help online version that promised similar improvement – was it too good to be true?

Green Test Prep System – what is it?

Anthony-James Green has been a top rated SAT tutor since his days at Columbia University.  He has created the online system to give more kids the chance to use his techniques and strategies.  He methodically explains that test prep is just like anything, become a team with a mission, train, practice, train, practice, get game fit, and you will do well.  The process is a drill and you keep doing it until you get the scores you want.  Be prepared and you will do fine.  The Green Test Prep is a guide to successfully not getting your college application rejected, starting with getting the best test scores possible.

There are excellent free parent resources on greentestprep.com.  These documents are well written, very structured and goal oriented.  You will find what makes college applications successful – the first priority has to be get the BEST SAT/ACT SCORES POSSIBLE.  He also gives a lot of really good stuff away for free if you sign-up for emails.

the green test prep  dashboard keeps track of your SCORES and shows you your improvement over time  VISIT www.greentestprep.com

 

Our Experience

We had a team discussion and agreed to buy the online system, the kids would do the work.  Key Club was out, part-time job gone, Cross-Country in, we had a focus.  We got a calendar and marked down Saturdays for practice tests, Sundays for test reviews.  We bought hundreds of flash cards.  They signed up for Vivid Vocabulary.  We loaded up with AP classes.  They committed to 30 minutes a day for test prep.  They followed the online Green Test Prep schedule daily.  They supplemented Baron’s SAT math guide with Khan Academy videos and Anthony YouTube videos.  They ran through multiple official SAT test practice test books.

The first practice test scores showed there was lots of room for improvement.

They questioned, “What if this had been our first real SAT test?” They got scared but determined. They agreed to an earlier bed time, and added an extra half hour of sleep per night.
— my kids

We read the New York Times and the BBC every day online. The app for the BBC is free if you have a smart phone.  We discussed the articles and focused on comprehension.  We added fruits, juices and vegetables.  They started test prep spring of sophomore year.

Their goal is to be done with the SAT test on the last date of the Old SAT test.  They may have to take the New SAT or ACT depending on the results. They want to be done testing by June, so during summer and fall they can focus on essays and application deadlines.

They took their first real SAT – their scores had improved 320 points and 400 points from their first practice test.  They plan to go through the SAT test answers and identify how to do the missed questions. They still have time for 1-2 additional test dates.  Their journey is not over but they have come far already.

After every practice test, they say it’s getting easier.  After their first real SAT they said the practice tests had really helped.  To give you an idea, over the last 8 months they have taken 9 full length practice tests and weekly partial practice tests with either just math or reading sections.  They knew what to expect.  They knew the question format.  No surprises.

 

What did the Green Test Prep System do for us?

  1.  Anthony Green’s parent resources are extremely useful.  We completely underestimated the importance of the test scores.   We did not really believe you can do better on the test with practice.  We thought GPAs, teacher recommendations, clubs, part-time work, service hours would make up for lower scores, Anthony clearly convinces you that this is not the case.
  2. Anthony gets the kids on board so they are motivated to do well and keep them working hard.  It is not easy especially with other school assignments.
  3. Anthony’s strategies work.  He is easy to understand.  There is always help available.  The prep system is an independent process — if you do the work, you will see results.  This took the stress out, we had a plan to follow and the kids knew what to expect.
  4. He offers resources to help with different issues.  He or his support team will always answer a question by email.
  5. Anthony has great advice for the college application process.  His explanation of how not to get your application rejected is a classic.  He explains in detail how test scores matter and why.

The Take-Aways

  1. Start early [freshman year – if possible]
  2. You can score better – SAT Test practice matters
  3. Do the work – see point 2 above
  4. Learn from what you get wrong, analyze where you need to focus
  5. Simulated Practice tests make a difference
  6. Sleep, nutrition, exercise help -  regular sleep is important
  7. Flashcards are your own personal library of things you need to work on, reduce the pile
  8. Know the strategies, personalize them to your skills
  9. Make SAT/ACT exam Scores a priority
  10. Do 30 minutes a day, make it a personal challenge to do better (a good thing like getting a better time in a race)
  11. You can improve by cramming with this course but be prepared for a heavy load  – see point 1 above

YES Best $600 spent.  I would highly recommend Green Test Prep to anyone who has the commitment to doing the work to getting better test scores.  The Green Test Prep is a process that will achieve higher scores if they put the time and focus into doing the steps.  If they need someone to make them do the work, this is not the solution for you.
 

Here’s an example of how Anthony helps you prioritize time for SAT Prep:

THE NUMBERS TO JUSTIFY ELIMINATING A PART TIME JOB

4 hours per week x $8 x 24 weeks = $768 versus

4 hours per week x 24 weeks = 100 SAT points = $10,000+ scholarship + $1 million dollars over a life in increased salary
   from a college education

Try the Green Test Prep online system, they guarantee results or you get your money back. 
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The Skimm turns 3 and celebrates with 1.5 million readers ― keeping people in the know

the skimm founders Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin  keeping people in the know

the skimm founders Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin  keeping people in the know

Not too Cool ― being out of date on current events and influential happenings.  Enter The Skimm  a clever daily newsletter delivered early each morning to your inbox to convey the essence of  top current events, internationally & domestic, from politics & sports to pop culture, and of course, the stuff that’s going viral on the internet.  Hence the tagline

....We Read, you Skimm
— the sklimm

the skimm Readership

Up 50% since the beginning of the year the Skimm now boasts a growing readership of 1.5 million who open their daily Skimm at 6:00am every work day and sign up friends for exclusive Skimm Swag.  Follow this link to see the latest daily Skimm Issue.

Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin met while studying abroad in Rome back in college, and created The Skimm, leaving their news jobs behind.  This month marks The Skimm’s third anniversary, and in addition to their massive subscriber base, the company has raised $7.9 million so far.  Not to shabby!

Expanding from two friends on a couch the team is now fourteen people in an actual office.  Responsibilities have grown;  time now spent managing and hiring people, plus making sure everyone gets paid, with benefits.

Urban millennial women were the initial target, but the audience has since grown to include a broader demographic (20% of Skimm readers are now  male)  funds were raised from RRE, Greycroft Partners, and Homebrew, as well as big names like Irving Azoff, the former chief executive of Ticketmaster, and even Chelsea Handler got involved.

Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin celebrate the third anniversary of their e-newsletter, With fans like Michelle Obama, sponsors including Netflix, and plans to expand to a new platform this year.  Lifestyle brands are also being planned with the new funds, as is continued subscriber acquisition growth.

Weisberg and Zakin remain focused on maintaining their record open rate (the number of subscribers who consistently open the e-mail), which is currently at 45%, as well as expanding lucrative partnerships.  Netflix is the most recent sponsor to join an impressive list that includes ABC, HBO, Showtime, and the NBA.  Later this year, Weisberg and Zakin will bring their voice to a different platform, the details of which they are keeping under wraps at present.

“In order to keep something relevant, you have to stay creative,” says Weisberg.

BRAVEN PRO Bluetooth Wireless Speakers — Rugged, Waterproof, Portable

THE BRAVEN PRO IS FEARLESS AND VERSATILE.  YOU CAN USE IT ANYWHERE DURING most activities you love to do

THE BRAVEN PRO IS FEARLESS AND VERSATILE.  YOU CAN USE IT ANYWHERE DURING most activities you love to do

Braven introduces this month, BRAVEN-PRO  a modular ultra-rugged Bluetooth speaker designed for the outdoors enthusiast.  Built to play music no matter where you are or what you are doing, climbing, hiking, surfing, mountain biking, kayaking the list is endless.  Braven- Pro gives you great HD sound in a certified IPX7 rated waterproof design fortified with aircraft grade aluminum so it's strong but light and capable of blasting music for up to 15 hours.

TAKE THE BRAVEN PRO ANYWHERE YOU GO  WHETHER IT'S A MOUNTAIN PEAK OR DESERT PLAIN

LOADS OF ACCESSORIES

The BRV-PRO can also be outfitted with a solar charging panel for virtually endless music and power.  The rechargeable battery doubles as a power bank to charge smartphones and other USB devices.  As a bonus, you can boost your phone’s battery by charging it right from the speaker and answer calls hands free using the built-in speakerphone  — Could be useful if you're rock climbing. For fixed placement add a GoPro® compatible mounting system.

 

The BRV-PRO ecosystem of rugged accessories includes:

  • BRV Battery Pack – Double your music and charging power with 3800mAh of added power to keep you rocking all day
  • BRV Solar Panel – Harness the energy and power of the sun to endlessly charge your devices and blast your favorite music
  • BRV Stacking Plate – Multiple the power and sound of your BRV-PRO by simply placing one above the other.
  • BRV Glow Deck – Enhance the ambiance of your tent or campsite with an LED panel to illuminate the night.
  • BRV Action Mount – GoPro® compatible action mount makes listening to music easy when surfing, riding, driving, and more
mount the braven pro on your bike, ATV or kayak

mount the braven pro on your bike, ATV or kayak

 

Amplify your Summer activities – no matter where you are.

the Skimm – Changing the Way We Read the News

We Read you Skimm. Very Worthwhile & Free to subscribe to ―

Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin, Co-founders and Co-CEOs of The Skimm

Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin, Co-founders and Co-CEOs of The Skimm

 ―  a short sophisticated and sometimes witty look at current news & current events where daily consumption is good for you.   Arrives to your inbox first thing in the morning, catching you up on all the latest news. If you are busy like many and don't have time to stay on top of the all the nuances of the latest happenings the Skimm will definitely enable you to become a conversation starter and stay in the know.

Co-founders and co-CEOs, The Skimm Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin will often let you know where issues were Skimm'd ― like  in between "House of Cards episodes" for example.

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Peloton Live Spin classes in your own Home?

 

Peloton Studio Classes Live. and on-Demand

Avoid the trek to the gym, meet up online for spinning sessions with friends  ― awesome.  Take Classes from the World’s Best Indoor Cycling Instructors from the privacy of your own home.  Live Broadcasts from the Peloton Studios in NYC are streamed right to your bike’s touchscreen that also tracks your results – super cool! Conveniently workout anytime with on-demand recasts.

21.5" Full HD 1080p multitouch screen -  comes with built-in WiFi 802.11 b/g/n

The Peloton Bike Experience  $1,995

Jump onto your Peloton bike and connect directly to your online account to track your progress, earn achievements, see other riders on the leaderboard, plus more. If competition isn’t your thing, simply turn off your metrics with a double tap of the touch screen and have a fun ride by changing the scene to a virtual outdoors setting on the open road.  You can select from a number of iconic trails and landscapes across the globe.

bring your favorite instructor home

track your Progress or chnage the screen to bike outdoors

 

@Home – Take Better Photos

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE LIGHTING

Your new smartphone has an AMAZING camera built right in. You’ve watched the pros do it – doesn’t look that hard right?
What sets them apart?  It’s all about the lighting.

Photo Studio 600W Day Light Umbrella Continuous Lighting Kit by LimoStudio-Photography

 
$54.50

For less than 50 bucks set yourself up with a simple kit that will transform your indoor photography. Why go to the hassle of a studio with the dog and kids each year when you can do it yourself on your terms? It’s all about the lighting!  They even include instructions. Get snapping!


Want to learn more about lighting? Here's a great Video from Wistia.  How to pull together  an effective video lighting kit for less than $100

Video: 3 minutes   By Chris Lavigne, Video Producer sourced from Wistia  The product brands  referred to above are not endorsed by Wistia.