These days, however, many Asian parents are unfortunately wasting hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on expensive tutoring and preparatory classes. This industry’s sole purpose is to train children to ace standardized admissions tests, which bar the entrance to many magnet high schools and colleges across the country. “Enroll your child, and we’ll virtually guarantee they get into the top schools!” This, of course, is a lie. For example, TJ only has a few hundred openings each year, despite the thousands of kids who apply. Starting in the early 2000s, countless Asian parents across the region were marketed to with the same message: access to TJ has to go through these test prep programs. If you weren’t willing to spend the money, then you weren’t a good parent.