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Q: Where are you? What is this? Can anyone come prepare for a test with you?
A: Jennifer Dziura meets most students at her Wall Street location. Some of her students are Manhattanites, but many come in on the Metro North or Long Island Railroad. She also meets with students online, using an online tutoring platform made especially for this purpose.

Q: How long does it take to prepare for the SAT?
A: How long does it take to learn to tango? Do you need to not embarrass yourself at a wedding, or do you want to become the world champion of tango? The SAT is kind of like that. How much prep you need depends on where you are now and where you want to go. That being said, most students don't prepare nearly enough.

Q: Aren't grades more important than the SAT anyway?
A: The SAT isn't everything -- it's true that your grades are more important. But even if your grades were, for example, four times more important to college admissions officials than your SAT, your SAT score would still be equivalent to your grades from an entire year of classes. (And for many students whose grades are not ideal, the SAT is much more important as a compensatory measure). How much do you study for an entire year of classes? Are you putting that level of effort in for the SAT? If not, you may lose out to someone who is.

Q: Doesn't the SAT just test a bunch of nonsense anyway?
A: The maxim that "The SAT just tests how well you do on the SAT" is a bit of a truism. (Anyone who says something that comforting is probably selling something). While there's certainly not a one-to-one correlation with intelligence, it's also not a coincidence that smart, engaged, hardworking students tend to do better than slow, disaffected, indolent students. And the SAT does test real things; given enough time to teach the SAT in a serious manner, we teach academic content that will continue to benefit a student throughout his or her further education and career. Certain parts of the test are very teachable, others a little harder to improve upon, and a few (the essay, which is graded in part by a computer) just plain weird. But even the weird parts serve a purpose; excelling shows the world that you're someone who figures out what the requirements are for a task and then nails that task. Isn't that ... exactly like having a job? Fulfilling somewhat arbitrary requirements with excellence is a highly useful life skill.

Q: Is HappyPrep similar to an Asian academy?
A: Not exactly, although HappyPrep founder Jennifer Dziura has taught in Asian academies before. We like to think we're a little ... happier. (For those who are unfamiliar with Asian academies, many Asian-American neighborhoods in the New York area are heavily dotted with after-school and summer study academies just like those back home in Korea, etc.) About one-fourth of our students have grown up attending such schools, and tell us tales of academies populated with Korean teachers whose English is questionable, and academies that focus on memorization and on taking excessive numbers of practice tests rather than on exciting, engaging teaching leading to comprehension and motivation on the part of students. However, Jennifer's time teaching in Korean-American hagwons also opened her eyes to what can be accomplished in double or triple the class hours allowed by the major American test prep companies. (Most non-Asian parents would be very surprised to learn that their children's competition has been studying for the SAT for 2-3 years!) So we like to think that HappyPrep's approach combines the best of American and Asian-style test prep. (And as for the logo, Jennifer's just a J-Pop fan).

 
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