CollegeSpring’s Academic-Year 2012-13 Results, In Context

San Francisco, CA, August 14, 2013 – Today, CollegeSpring released the results of its second year of academic-year programs: students in CollegeSpring programs showed average SAT score gains of 188 points. Overall, CollegeSpring’s results appear to be in line with for-profit test preparation providers, and may be significantly better for students with low baseline scores.

“While test preparation companies like Kaplan and The Princeton Review do not release their results publicly, The Princeton Review does offer a money-back guarantee for students who improve by less than 150 points in a similar classroom program, which gives us one point of comparison,” says CollegeSpring Director of Research and Evaluation Mariana Preciado.

Low-income students made significant gains on the SAT last academic year working with CollegeSpring, California’s largest nonprofit provider of SAT test preparation and college-readiness programs for students from low-income backgrounds. While for-profit test preparation companies generally focus on test-taking strategies to help students who have already mastered test content, CollegeSpring emphasizes the need to help low-performing students master core academic skills.

“The most interesting piece for me is that The Princeton Review limits their money-back guarantee to students with base test scores above 800 out of 2400.” said Preciado, “The majority of CollegeSpring’s students enter our program with low baseline scores. We meet students where they are, and see impressive results even for students with the lowest baseline scores. Fifteen percent of CollegeSpring’s students last academic year had baseline scores below 800, and those students showed an average improvement of 267 points, even higher than their peers by a statistically significant margin.”

On average, students in the lowest income quartile score 359 points lower on the SAT than all other students, according to results released by the CollegeBoard. These students have a harder time competing for admissions to four-year college and universities and succeeding once they arrive.

CollegeSpring’s program is tailored to low-income students, who need to master both content and strategy in order to succeed. In addition to helping students succeed on the SAT, CollegeSpring also helps students understand how the SAT fits into the college choice and college admissions processes, and provides support around college and student aid applications so that better SAT scores translate to better life outcomes.

Research by the CollegeBoard shows that students with SAT scores above 1550 are most likely to persist to college graduation. CollegeSpring makes a measurable difference: during the past academic year, only 3% of students hit that benchmark before participating in CollegeSpring’s program, compared to 19% who achieved the benchmark after participating.

For more information or to schedule interviews contact Erin Fogg at 831-402-0871 or [email protected]


About CollegeSpring

Founded in 2008, CollegeSpring is the largest SAT preparation program explicitly designed to meet the needs of low-income and first-generation college students. It was founded on the belief that test preparation and college-readiness instruction should work together as an effective springboard to college. CollegeSpring partners with individual schools, school networks, and other community organizations in the Bay Area and Los Angeles to serve thousands of high school students from low-income backgrounds. CollegeSpring’s program includes small-group mentoring with current undergraduates as well as instruction by professional teachers, so that students receive the personal and academic support they need to succeed. Across all programs (summer and academic year), CollegeSpring students see an average SAT score improvement of 180 points and gain the knowledge they need to succeed in college admissions. The program has served 4,400 students statewide and expects to reach an additional 7,600 by 2015.