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The Xceptional Advantage Overview
The Xceptional Advantage consists of a holistic approach to preparing students for standardized tests. We consider many aspects relevant to excellent test preparation. We focus exclusively on in person, classroom based courses. Our comprehensive courses include the best instructors, a strategic, straight-forward approach, an adaptive curriculum, the most effective test strategy and content mastery available, and a comprehensive understanding of the psychology behind the test: everything you need to achieve your personal best test score. Together, all of these components interconnect to make for the most effective and comprehensive test prep education available. At Xceptional, test preparation is easy to understand and as stress-free as possible. Our classroom based courses are the lowest priced of any classroom based national brand in the industry. With our courses, you can be assured that you are getting the best value for your money. Please read more to find out why Xceptional Test Prep is the best value in test preparation.
The Xceptional Advantage consists of five distinct areas: the best instructors, a strategic, straight-forward approach, an adaptive curriculum, test strategy and content mastery, and a thorough understanding of the psychology behind the test. The Xceptional Advantage is all-encompassed by the human edge, our exclusive focus on classroom based courses that emphasize the human interaction that is so critical to student learning. Please learn more about the Xceptional Advantage by clicking on the tabs above or by clicking on Learn More > below.
The Human Edge
We lead the test prep industry in the human approach. At Xceptional Prep, we focus exclusively on live, in person, classroom based courses. In person, classroom based courses are more effective than other course types because they provide direct human interaction. We believe that the unique social aspect of human interaction in a live classroom environment is critical to student learning. We focus our time, energy, and resources into classroom based learning because we believe it is the most effective learning model for test prep students. With the structure of an in person course, instructors hold students accountable for completing their work and staying on task. An in person course elicits greater dedication from students and encourages them to be fully committed to the task at hand. It enables students to get help in real time and provides easier access to their instructor. In a live, in person, classroom based course students excel and see improved performance on their test. To achieve your best personal score, you need direct guidance, instruction, and interaction from a live, expert instructor in an in person, classroom based course.
The Best Instructors
A Xceptional Prep Instructor makes the class. Our selection of highly qualified and knowledgeable instructors is unmatched in the industry. We hire high-level instructors who are articulate, intelligent, and experienced. All of our instructors have Top Test Scores, University Teaching Experience, and a Graduate Degree (e.g., Ph.D., Master’s, or J.D. degree). They are test taking experts who will thoroughly prepare you for all aspects of the exam and provide comprehensive, guided instruction to help you achieve your personal best test score. Every Xceptional instructor is expertly trained in our methods and curriculum. All of our outstanding instructors have prior university teaching experience. This gives them the ability to teach, not just the ability to get a good score. Xceptional instructors work hard, are diligent, and put student needs first. They care about their students and are committed to their success. Our Instructors are the best qualified in the industry.
A Strategic Straight-Forward Approach
Our pragmatic approach is a clear, concise method that provides a logical structure to preparing for the exam. Our strategic, straight-forward approach reduces student stress and anxiety and helps students approach the test logically and strategically; test prep does not have to be any more difficult than needed. Our full length comprehensive courses are logically structured like university classes. They feature lecture, interactive learning in the classroom, and homework and practice tests that reinforce topics and strategies learned in class. We logically plan our students’ work both inside and outside the classroom to effectively maximize their time and effort. We make efficient use of time and have a structured course that includes concise materials which utilize real test questions. With Xceptional you can trust that you’ll have the most pragmatic, concise course available for maximum score improvement. Our structure encourages the discipline and confidence needed for success.
An Adaptive Curriculum
Xceptional Prep courses adapt to students needs and are for all scoring levels. With our custom curriculum and personal attention, we ensure that everyone will have a test prep program that leads to success. Our adaptive curriculum is the best in the industry and is continually updated to reflect recent test changes. Our instructors have been trained and are equipped to expertly adapt the course curriculum to student needs, and at the same time, present the curriculum in an engaging manner that focuses on our easy to learn building blocks approach. Our curriculum covers every major section and subsection of the exam; all of our courses come with everything you need to thoroughly prepare for your exam. With our small class size, instructors can adapt the curriculum better so that students are learning at or above their performance level. With our adaptive curriculum, students learn what they need, at their own pace, and in the most effective way possible.
The Best Test Strategy and Content Mastery
We believe that a great test prep course should provide both test strategy and content mastery. We know how each test is designed and know the content required and strategies to use to help students reach their best possible test score. Our content lectures develop student skills and knowledge that leads to a confident approach to any test problem. Xceptional Instructors teach exclusive techniques and specific test strategies for each question type and test subsection. We deconstruct the exam into simple and straightforward concepts which translates into increased understanding and manageable problems. Once students learn how to solve problems correctly, we work on timing and speed to help students complete problems more quickly and efficiently. Our highly organized and structured approach provides students with a toolkit of proven strategies and techniques, and combined with complete content mastery, ensures that students can approach every question on the exam with confidence.
The Psychology Behind the Test
We incorporate psychology into our classes and it is one of the core strengths of our course offerings. Our curriculum is an immersion approach that encompasses a holistic test prep experience. We have developed a curriculum that integrates the linkage between psychology and test performance. With our approach students are better able to relax, focus on the task at hand, and devote all of their mental energy into doing their personal best on the exam. Our psychology discussion motivates students to reach their full potential and allows them to come to the test center with a relaxed mindset, and thus perform better on their examination. When a student is “all in” to preparing for a test, he or she has the best possible chance for success. We make studying for test prep as stress-free as possible. Our goal is for you to perform at your potential on test day.
Our Exclusive Focus: In Person, Classroom Based Courses
At Xceptional Prep, we focus exclusively on live, in person, classroom based courses. If you learn best in an interactive classroom setting, with guided and expert instruction from a real, live instructor, then our test prep courses are for you. All of our company resources are committed to classroom based learning and we prepare students for only three standardized tests: the SAT, GRE, and ACT exams. Students come to us because they know we focus exclusively on classroom based instruction: we devote all of our energy, time, and resources into creating the best classroom based courses available.
Many companies offer in person, classroom based courses, but additionally offer many other services and products such as online, weekend, or video courses plus tutoring, private instruction and admissions consulting. This dilutes their ability to provide an effective classroom based course. Think about it, companies that spread themselves too thin can’t be experts in everything. We have over 17 years of experience and expertise in classroom based learning and our company mission is to be the best test prep value in classroom based test preparation instruction.
We focus exclusively on live, classroom based courses because we believe there is no substitute for a real, live instructor. We believe that the unique social aspect of human interaction in a live classroom environment is critical to student learning. Classroom based learning has been around for centuries and has stood the test of time. Other forms of learning just do not measure up. We focus our time, energy, and resources into classroom based learning because we believe it is the most effective learning model for test prep students. We’re excited and focused about classroom based instruction.
Unlike most other test prep companies who are jumping on the technology bandwagon, we do not provide online, internet-video, or online game-based courses because we know they are not effective. Instructors are irreplaceable and nothing can ever take the place of instruction from an in person, classroom based course. We do not offer admissions consulting, one-on-one tutoring, private instruction, or provide courses for any subject tests. We do not create publications or write test prep books for retail or online bookstores. We have dedicated all of our energy and resources into classroom based courses. This is our exclusive focus and this is why our test prep classes are so successful.
Live Human Interaction is Critical to Learning
In person, classroom based courses are more effective than other course types because they provide direct human interaction. The unique aspect of test prep is the heightened anxiety and stress that many students experience. This heightened stress can be best alleviated and managed in a live, interactive classroom format; a format in which an expert instructor guides a class of students towards the same goal: your personal best score.
Our focus is classroom based learning, and we lead the test prep industry in the human approach. People will always need others around them, we are hard wired for it. Human interaction in a classroom based setting is critical to learning. Technology can be useful in some cases; however, nothing can ever replace learning from an expert instructor in a real, live classroom. Professors have been teaching in university classrooms longer than online or video instruction has been around. As long as professors are teaching in university classrooms, we’ll still be here.
Advantages of an In Person, Classroom Based Course
An in person classroom based course provides many advantages over an online, live-online, video, or game-based course. Our in person classroom courses allow students to get help in real time; a dynamic course affords easier access to the instructor. Our instructors can pick up on weaknesses and address questions as they occur, and they provide techniques and strategies to guide students in the right direction. Students can ask questions about challenging problems and receive immediate feedback. In a classroom environment, having other students with you is especially beneficial if you are too nervous to ask those same questions yourself. An in person classroom based course provides in person support and allows you to spend time on what really counts.
Students in classroom based courses are required to actively listen and take notes in class, and are more active, focused, and diligent in their studies. An in person course elicits greater dedication from students and encourages students to be fully committed to the task at hand. We have found that when students study on their own or utilize an online based course, they are not as responsible and/or disciplined enough to take their practice tests, actively participate, or complete assignments. With the structure of in person course, instructors hold students accountable for completing their work and staying on task; classroom based students excel and see improved performance on their test.
An in person, classroom based course allows students to form a support network with their fellow classmates and build relationships within a cohort group. We have found students to be more motivated in an interactive learning environment with a group of other students than with an online or video course. Xceptional Prep courses facilitate productive interactions between students and help classmates foster positive relationships with each other and with their instructors. These interactions are critical to class dynamics and students become more engaged in the subject matter due to the classroom environment.
For many, test prep is too stressful and overwhelming to go through without a live, structured, classroom based course. To achieve your personal best test score, you need direct guidance, instruction and interaction from a live, expert instructor who has experience and knowledge — someone who has been through it before. Nothing is better than instruction from a real person, and test prep students learn best in a real classroom with an instructor. An in person, classroom based course through Xceptional Prep is one of the best investments you can make for your educational goals.
The Xceptional Advantage comes with an affordable course price. We are the best test prep value and want to ensure that every student has access to high-quality test prep courses. Our in person, comprehensive, classroom based courses are all priced under $550 – the best value out there and the lowest course cost of any national brand. Our courses come with everything you need to thoroughly prepare for the exam, so there is nothing more to buy. Our 6 week courses include 18 hours of in person instruction, a live instructor, small interactive classroom support, self-proctored full-length practice tests, and effective, expertly integrated course materials.