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Knewton Review & SAT Test Prep Course Giveaway – Frugal Novice

Knewton Review & SAT Test Prep Course Giveaway

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Even though my boys are years away from preparing for the SAT, I’ve heard a lot about prep courses lately as several of my coworkers’ children are finishing up their junior year of high school. Since scholarships are often based on test scores, investing in a prep course to help boost scores can really yield a high return.

I’d heard of a few companies that help students prepare for the SAT, but was most recently introduced to Knewton. Knewton is unique in its cost-effectivenes; while many programs cost as much as $899, $1,499 or more, Knewton is much less at $490 – and is changing the model of SAT test prep.

Knewton takes a “classroom 2.0” approach, online rather than in a traditional classroom setting. This enables them to cut costs, and in turn keep costs down for customers. It also allows them to invest more in the essential parts of the product.  Their experience combines live video chat with a team of instructors and adaptive prep questions/tutorials – in other words, the “smart” online practice tests keep track of what students are understanding (or not understanding), and automatically adapt to help them achieve the best results.

The virtual classroom setup has a nice, clean arrangement. You can see in the screen shot below the material being discussed in the left portion of the window; in the upper right area, students are able to vote on what the correct answer is; and in the lower right portion of the screen, students are able to chat with the instructor. The chat feature is really nice because it makes the instructor completely accessible – almost more so than in a traditional classroom, because there’s not any intimidation that can sometimes accompany talking to a teacher face-to-face. Students are able to see their instructors, though – see that gray box in the upper left corner? That’s where students will see live video of their instructor. If you’d like to see what this would look like, go here and click “Watch a class in action.”

As I mentioned, students take practice tests online so Knewton’s system can gauge what areas need to be focused on most. Students are then able to keep track of their progress with test scores. This is an important feature in my opinion, because seeing how I’ve improved is really motivating for me.

Students can also get an explanation of why a particular answer is wrong , which is incredibly helpful to keep them from making the same mistake on similar questions in the future.

Along with the practice tests, there are homework assignments with practice questions in various areas. These are all broken down by category, making it easy for students to focus on areas in which they need the most improvement.

Email updates are sent to keep parents updated on their child’s progress. This is key because it keeps parents tuned in to improvement and also provides a level of accountability at home for the student.

Knewton offers a program that optimizes the learning experience for students by tailoring it to their specific needs. The online format allows you to make the most of your time. It also means that no matter where you’re located you have equal access to quality instructors.

Want to find out more about Knewton? Go visit their site for more details – you can even sign up for a free trial to see if their program is a fit for you – but also take this opportunity for a chance to WIN an SAT Prep Course with Knewton!

Win It

Knewton has provided one SAT Prep Course (valued at $490!) for giveaway. The winner will receive personalized instruction that plays to your strengths, and help you focus on your specific weaknesses, allowing you to raise your score dramatically. Entries for this giveaway will be accepted until midnight CST on Wednesday, June 30. The winner will be selected using random.org.

How To Enter

Mandatory entry: Follow Knewton on Twitter, then leave a comment letting me know you’ve done so.

Bonus Entries

(Only valid after the required entry has been completed)

Please leave a comment for each extra entry – if you blog about this giveaway and get 4 entries, for example, comment 4 times.

Note: This was not a paid post, and honest opinions were provided. Knewton is providing the SAT prep course  for the giveaway. I was not compensated in any way.

Christi

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  • Vinamrata June 16, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I’m following Knewton
    Twitter: girlrockingguna

  • Vinamrata June 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Btw, I followed you, tweeted about it, and also liked both you and Knewton on facebook.
    +4 entries

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  • Elana Kahn June 22, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    I Follow Knewton on Twitter

  • Elana Kahn June 22, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    I Follow you on Google Friend Connect #1

  • Elana Kahn June 22, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I Follow you on Google Friend Connect #2

  • Elana Kahn June 22, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I Subscribe to your RSS feed #1

  • Elana Kahn June 22, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I Subscribe to your RSS feed #2

  • Elana Kahn June 22, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I Follow you on Twitter

  • Elana Kahn June 22, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I “Like” Frugal Novice on Facebook

  • Elana Kahn June 22, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/emk808/status/16819277352

  • Elana Kahn June 22, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I have your button on my right sidebar #1

  • Elana Kahn June 22, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I have your button on my right sidebar #2

  • Elana Kahn June 22, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I “Like” Knewton on Facebook

  • Heidi June 23, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I’m following Knewton on Twitter. :)

  • Heidi June 23, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I’m following on GFC #1

  • Heidi June 23, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I’m following on GFC #2

  • Heidi June 23, 2010 at 9:17 am

    2nd entry – I’m following on GFC

  • Heidi June 23, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I like FrugalNovice on FB.

  • Heidi June 23, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I’m following you on Twitter.

  • Vinamrata June 23, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I double tweeted about the giveaway
    +2 entries (see twitter girlrockingguna)
    I’m following you on Google Friend Connect
    +2 entries

  • Vinamrata June 24, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I am subscribed to your RSS feed (either girlrockingguna or laura.nexium or vinamrata.singal).

  • Vinamrata June 24, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    That was +2 entries btw

  • Vinamrata June 25, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    For GFC, it’s girlrockingguna (same as my twitter account).

  • Elana Kahn June 27, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    I blogged about the giveaway: http://www.thetwinners.com/2010/06/sunday-blog-linkup_27.html #1

  • Elana Kahn June 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I blogged about the giveaway: http://www.thetwinners.com/2010/06/sunday-blog-linkup_27.html #2

  • Elana Kahn June 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I blogged about the giveaway: http://www.thetwinners.com/2010/06/sunday-blog-linkup_27.html #3

  • Elana Kahn June 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I blogged about the giveaway: http://www.thetwinners.com/2010/06/sunday-blog-linkup_27.html #4

  • Susieqtpies June 28, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I’m a new twitter follower of knewton. I’m following as @susieqtpies

  • Susieqtpies June 28, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I’m following you on twitter- @susieqtpies

  • Susieqtpies June 28, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I “Like” Frugal Novice on Facebook! Susan Buetow

  • Susieqtpies June 28, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    I LIKE Knewton on Facebook! Susan Buetow (arteachersusan at gmail dot com)

  • Susieqtpies June 28, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    #1 I put your button on my blog with my bloggy friends!! http://cafescrapper-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com/p/blogger-friends.html

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    #2 I put your button on my blog with my bloggy friends!
    http://cafescrapper-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com/p/blogger-friends.html

  • Susieqtpies June 28, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    #1 I’m a google friend connect follower!

  • Susieqtpies June 28, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    #2 I’m a google friend connect follower

  • Susieqtpies June 28, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I’m following your RSS feed via cafescrapper at gmail dot com #1

  • Susieqtpies June 28, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I’m following your RSS feed via cafescrapper at gmail dot com #2

  • Vinamrata June 30, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    twitter: @girlrockingguna to see next tweet
    Blogged about it: http://blahblahloser.blogspot.com/2010/06/great-giveaway.html
    Put button on blog: http://blahblahloser.blogspot.com/
    RSS feed: laura.nexium@gmail.com
    +9 entries

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