Kaplan Inc., is probably one of the most famous companies students turn to when they need help taking a test. Their preparation courses for tests like the SAT and ACT are part of an industry worth hundreds of millions of dollars (if not in the billions). In fact, the company offers a prep course starting at just under $1,000, and tutoring for $2,600.
If the SHSAT is simply about testing someone’s knowledge of information they should have already learned, why are test prep organizations such big business? And how exactly, outside of a few groups that provide prep inexpensively or free, are those with limited financial means supposed to get access to it?