Frequently Asked Questions

In-Person Test Prep

How many sessions are in each class?

The In-Person ACT Test Prep class consists of five 2.25-hour sessions.  The In-Person SAT Test Prep class consists of four 2.5-hour sessions.

What is covered in each session of the In-Person classes?

Generally the ACT class is taught in this order: Session 1: English and Reading; Session 2: English, Reading and Intro to Math; Session 3: Math and Intro to Science; Session 4: Math and Science; Session 5: Review of all four sections and Writing.

What is the cancellation policy for the In-Person Class?

Cancellations must be made prior to the first session of your registered class. In the event of a cancellation, registration may be applied to a future class. Refunds are not available.

What if I have to miss a class?

Students cannot make up a missed class online.  If a student must miss a class session, he/she should please make it up by attending the same session at one of our other OTC ACT or SAT/PSAT Prep courses (click here for schedule). No need to notify us—please just show up. If this is not an option for your student, a class session can be made up with one of our master tutors, subject to limited availability, with an additional $100 fee. Click here to ask about this option if needed.

What if I missed the registration date for the ACT or SAT?
The ACT offers a Standby Request Period for approximately two weeks after the late fee deadline. Additional fees apply.  Standby Requests for the ACT do not guarantee a seat or test booklet. Click here for more details. 

The SAT offers a Waitlist Status for approximately one week after late registration deadline has closed. Additional fees apply. Waitlist Status Requests for the SAT do not guarantee a seat or test booklet. Click here for more details.

What if I've completed the In-Person course, but still want to improve my score?

Many of our In-Person students have retaken our class and achieved even better results (see our testimonials) on their next test. If you’re an OTC alum, please contact us for a discount code to retake the course for only $98.

Some students prefer to work One-on-One with a tutor on specific subject areas, at a reduced alumni rate. To discuss scheduling and arrangements, please email Jamie@OnToCollege.com. Tutoring also includes online access to Additional Prep materials.

Online Test Prep

Does the Online Test Prep courseinclude sample tests/exercises in addition to the videos?

The ACT Course has three practice tests, four online subject tests, and one quiz after each of the 12 sessions. The SAT Course has four practice tests and one quiz after each of the 10 sessions.

What is the difference between the online ACT Prep course and the online ACT Fundamentals course?
Our ACT Fundamentals course is designed for students who have scored a 20 or lower on a previous ACT.  The course goes at a bit slower pace, and John does not cover the most advanced material.
How long can I access the course content?

Our full-year plans include access for one year from date of purchase. Boot Camp plans provide access through the purchased test date.

What is your refund policy for an online course?

The Online Test Prep class provides immediate access. Therefore, we are unable to cancel or refund your purchase.

Are test-taking strategies covered in the videos?

About 80% of the content is subject specific, and 20% is test-taking strategies and college counseling.

What is the expected score increase?

On average, our students see a 2 point increase in their ACT score, and a 70-200 point increase in their SAT score.

What courses are available for homeschool students?

Special pricing is available for homeschool coops and homeschool groups of six or more students. See https://www.ontocollege.com/homeschoolers/ for details.

Is tutoring available for a single subject?

Students who have previously taken our course may sign up for tutoring on a hourly basis. The cost is $70 per hour, and can focus on one particular subject or multiple subjects. Students who have not completed an OTC test prep course may purchase five 2-hour tutoring sessions for $850, and choose to cover one or more subjects.

One-on-One Tutoring

What type of tutoring do you offer?

 We offer tutoring for the ACT, SAT, PSAT, LSAT, GRE, and GMAT.

Is tutoring available for a single subject?
Students who have previously taken our course may sign up for tutoring on a hourly basis. The cost is $70 per hour, and can focus on one particular subject or multiple subjects. Students who have not completed an OTC test prep course may purchase five 2-hour tutoring sessions for $850, and choose to cover one or more subjects.
Who are your tutors?

Our tutors are a combination of college students, teachers, and professional tutors. All of our tutors have personally achieved high ACT and/or SAT scores. Our tutors are all fully trained and tested on the material and strategies.

College Counseling System for Families

What different packages are available for the OTC College Counseling System?

We offer families four different options:

  1. College Counseling System  | Includes one year of online access to the OTC College Counseling System video collection, planning materials, financial resources, family action plans, parent checklists, and student timelines, PLUS two proprietary books mailed to your home: America’s Most Affordable Colleges and our Platinum Guide for College: Finding Your Best Fit College at the Lowest Cost.
  2. College Counseling System + Planning Session | Includes everything above PLUS a two-hour one-on-one planning session with John Baylor to provide a personalized road map for your college planning journey.
  3. Comprehensive College Counseling System | Includes everything above PLUS ongoing College Counseling support and guidance through college selection and admission with an OTC College Counselor.
  4. Comprehensive College Counseling System with John Baylor Himself | Includes everything above PLUS ongoing College Counseling support and guidance through college selection and admission with John Baylor himself, up to five meetings per year.
How long will I have access to the OTC College Counseling System?

All of our College Counseling System options provide unlimited access for one year from date of purchase.

Test Prep for Schools

What can we expect for score increases?
On average, our schools will see a 1-3 point increase in their schoolwide composite ACT scores, and a 75-200 point increase in schoolwide composite SAT scores.  Schoolwide implementation is key to success.
How is a school licensed to use OnToCollege?
A purchased license is active for one year and provides unlimited access to OTC.  Our contract dates run from August 1 through July 31 (school year), or January 1 through December 31 (calendar year).
How does a school implement OnToCollege?
We will work with you on a strategy to meet the unique needs of your school.  A schoolwide implementation showing the videos in the classroom is key to your success. OTC is turnkey, making it easy to implement, and your teachers and staff do not need to develop a curriculum.
OTC's Privacy Policy for Schools

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What is included with OnToCollege Test Prep? Or OnToCollege Suite?

OnToCollege Test Prep includes At-Home Access for students, ACT Prep, ACT Fundamentals Prep (for students expected to score below 20),  ACT Refresher Course (for students who have previously completed an ACT course), Aspire For Early High School Prep, PreACT Prep, PSAT Quick Power Prep, SAT Prep, SAT Fundamentals Prep (for students expected to score below 1000), SAT Refresher Course (for students who have previously completed an SAT course), and Study Skills & Test-Taking Strategies.

OnToCollege Suite includes all of the above, plus the College Counseling System: video collection, planning materials, financial resources, family action plans, parent checklists, and student timelines, PLUS three proprietary books: College Counselor’s ManualAmerica’s Most Affordable Colleges and our Platinum Guide for College: Finding Your Best Fit College at the Lowest Cost.

Our newest course, Middle School Matters, was created at the request of one of our partner school districts. MSM is a 12-video course to help 6th-8th grade students with ALL standardized tests, and covers three subjects: Grammar, Reading & Data Interpretation, and Math. 

What does "Study Skills & Test-Taking Strategies" include?

OTC is committed to helping all students learn more effectively. The 22-minute Study Skills session gives students an action plan for improved studying and note-taking so that school is more valued, enjoyable, and successful. John covers note taking, general study skills and habits, test preparation, etc. It is appropriate for middle school-12th grade. We’ve heard from seniors who wished they had taken the course earlier, but know it will help them in college.

So often we hear from students, “I’m just not a good test taker.” In this 23-minute video John gives students strategies to do better on ALL tests.

What are the system requirements to run OnToCollege?
OnToCollege requires access to a browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Explore) and a strong broadband internet connection.
How many schools use OnToCollege?

As of October 2019, we work with more than 480 partner schools and districts in 28 states, plus the country of Armenia.

Are flyers available to share at parent-teacher conferences?

Within the For Educators Only course, a Family Communication Letter (Word format) can be personalized and even printed on school letterhead. The letter gives a good explanation of the program and why students are taking it.

What is the National Clearing House?

The National Clearing House provides reporting on high schools’ two and four-year college matriculation and graduation rates.  These reports are comprehensive and can be received quickly.  All services are compliant with FERPA. Full Student Tracker services cost $425 per year per high school. Here is the link to register and to see sample reports. StudentTracker for High Schools

College Counseling System for Schools

How much time will counselors need to use the OTC College Counseling System?

The OTC College Counseling System is designed to SAVE your counselors time.  We provide them with the tools to streamline and improve the process they are currently using with students.  We realize counselors are responsible for hundreds of students and do much more than just college counseling.  

General

Where and when do I register for the ACT?

Here is the link to the ACT website for registration information http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html

Where and when do I register for the SAT?

At the College Board website students select a country and test site for their preferred test date. This link gives a complete listing: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/find-test-centers

What if I missed the registration date for the ACT or SAT?
The ACT offers a Standby Request Period for approximately two weeks after the late fee deadline. Additional fees apply.  Standby Requests for the ACT do not guarantee a seat or test booklet. Click here for more details. 

The SAT offers a Waitlist Status for approximately one week after late registration deadline has closed. Additional fees apply. Waitlist Status Requests for the SAT do not guarantee a seat or test booklet. Click here for more details.

What is the average score on the ACT and SAT?

For 2018, the national average ACT score was 20.8 of a possible 36 and the national average SAT score was 1080 of a possible 1600. (In 2015 the SAT changed the maximum possible score from 2400 to 1600 points.

What did John Baylor get on his ACT?

In high school John only took the SAT and scored the equivalent of a 31-32. Not bad—he was admitted to Yale, Rice, and Stanford—but sadly not a 36.

Which calculators are allowed on the ACT?

The rules for calculators allowed during the ACT can be found here: www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/taking-the-test/calculator-policy.html

Which calculators are allowed on the PSAT/SAT?
The rules for calculators allowed during the PSAT/SAT can be found here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-subject-tests/taking-the-test/calculator-policy 
Why was there a fifth section on the recent ACT?
Several times a year the ACT will have a fifth section on the test to ‘test’ new material.  This section is not counted towards a student’s score.
To improve one's ACT score, is it better to concentrate on improving strengths (ex. English & Reading), or focus on boosting scores on weaker sections (ex. Math & Science)?

The answer depends on how large the point range is between section scores, and how much one could feasibly improve in each. Generally, a Composite score is more likely to improve with gains to the areas of strength. Score increases in any section can help boost a Composite score, but one is more likely to increase the Composite score with score jumps in 2 or 3 sections of the test, rather than a single subject score increase.

How can I improve my Reading score?
  1. Practice with many ACT reading passages. Many are available in Additional Prep in our courses. Your counselor will have some practice tests, and more can be found on the ACT website.  You can also purchase old tests on Amazon or similar websites.
  2. Be sure to time yourelf: 8:45 for each passage and circle/mark any question that you guess on.
  3. Review those guesses and wrong answers before doing the next passage in 8:45.
  4. Read, read, read at least two books a month—a “classic” and one you choose.  Here’s a few of John’s suggestions. While reading, circle/highlight any unknown words or any phrasing you like, then once finished, review all those circles.
How can I listen to or watch the OnToCollege Show?

Radio Show episodes can be found here: www.johnbaylorprepshow.com. The full show can be downloaded from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/john-baylor-prep-podcast/id955330707

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