Question: I'm trying to determine if it's worth it for my son to take an SAT prep course. As a sophomore he scored a combined 212 on his PSAT: 69 Critical Reading, 66 Math, and 77 Writing. He just took his Junior PSATs, so we don't have those scores yet. We'll spend the money if we have to, but the class will take time away from his studies and he has 5 APs at a very rigorous private high school. He wants to go to an Ivy. Should he take the course?
If you do decide to spring for the pricey prep course, don't even think about it NOW. We would suggest that you first wait to get your son's junior PSATs back and then, assuming they're at least as strong as his soph scores, have him give the SAT I a shot in the spring without a class.