Frequently Asked Questions
The first meeting of every class at Andover is a practice test. We will use the results of that initial test to gauge your child’s improvement. If you or your child is not satisfied with the results of his or her official exam, your child may take our course again, free of charge.
Can I register online?
Because we cap our courses at 10 students, we do not allow online registration. To register for a course, please contact our main office at (203) 226-6211.
My student might have to miss some classes. How can he or she make them up?
Andover typically runs several courses in preparation for the same exam (usually a Saturday course, a Sunday course, and a weeknight course). If your child misses a lesson, he or she is welcome to sit in on any of the concurrently running classes to make it up. In that case, please call the office (203-226-6211) to confirm that the class your student plans to attend will be the appropriate lesson. In some instances, the student’s instructor may offer to catch the student up individually for about an hour. This one-on-one tutoring will be billed at a reduced rate of $125/hr. Most one-on-one makeup sessions take about one hour.
Is the official SAT/ACT exam given at Andover?
No. Andover offers practice tests, but students must register online to take the official exam that will appear on their high school transcripts. Students taking the SAT can register online at www.collegeboard.com, and students taking the ACT should register at www.ACTstudent.org.
How much homework do we get?
At Andover, we figure students are busy enough with school work and extra-curricular activities. Therefore, our courses are designed to fit all practice work into class time. That means, typically, the only homework we assign is to study pages out of our comprehensive vocabulary list. However, our instructors will provide additional work to any student who requests it.
Will I be able to afford Andover?
Yes. We can arrange an interest-free installment plan to make paying for our courses easier. Please call our main office (203-226-6211) to discuss a plan that works best for you.
How long are the courses?
Each course comes to a total of 52 hours of classroom work (including an optional three-hour review session the night before the actual SAT). Depending on how often the classes meet, the number of weeks of the course varies. Typically, classes that meet once a week are 4-5 hours long and meet for either 11 or 12 weeks. Classes that meet twice a week are usually 3.5 hours long and meet over 6 or 7 weeks.
How do parents or guardians learn about their students’ progress?
For our regular SAT and ACT prep, as well as for private tutoring and college admissions courses, there is no application required. Simply call the main office (203-226-6211) to enroll your student. Please note, however, that our classes are capped at 10 students and fill quickly. For this reason, we recommend signing up at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.Do you accept part-time students?
Andover’s Advantage programs are designed for students of all levels in all subjects. To receive the full benefit of our programs it is recommended that students attend our full programs. We do offer custom courses and private tutoring for people who wish to focus on specific aspects of the tests. We can only offer our guarantee, however, to students who complete the full program.
Who teaches the courses?
Our courses are taught by graduates of top colleges and universities (mostly Yale and Columbia). All of our instructors have been thoroughly trained in our patented Andover techniques and have hours of teaching experience with us. We pick instructors based on their ability to hold a class’s attention and relate to young students.
What activities does Andover offer?
In addition to our test prep and academic tutoring, Andover offers overseas summer programs. These programs combine cultural immersion with our full SAT advantage program. Please call the main office (203-226-6211) for details on this year’s trips.
What are the criteria for joining Andover?
We can help everyone at Andover. There are no academic requirements to join any of our programs. We simply ask that students come to class with a positive attitude and willingness to learn.
Can a student transfer mid-course?
Andover offers courses in preparation for the SAT, SAT II subject tests, and the ACT. We also offer College Admissions Advantage classes, which help students develop their college applications. All classes range in size from 3-10 students and meet over the course of several weeks. We also offer private tutoring for test prep and in all academic subjects. Please call our main office (203-226-6211) for more information.