Independent Test Results

In four independent school studies in Colorado and Illinois, the composite scores of 576 students prove the effectiveness of the ZAPS® instruction.

ACT Composite Score Change after a ZAPS seminar for the study
in four high schools in CO and IL; n = 576

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The graph above shows the impact of the ZAPS ACT Test-Preparation Seminar on ACT scores at four high schools in Illinois and Colorado. Of the students in the study, 84.2% realized an increase in their Composite Score. In fact, 46.8% of all students increased their Composite Score by 3 or more points. The results of this study demonstrate the highly effective and positive impact of ZAPS ACT prep courses to improve students’ scores.

The study included 576 students who took the ACT for the first time in October 2011. These students participated in a five-hour seminar, and each received a ZAPS Study Guide and practice materials for the ACT subtests: English, Math, Reading, and Science. Following this preparation, the students again took the ACT in April 2012.

Case Studies: See the Score Improvement Proof

In schools that have provided a pre- and post-test comparison, the results invariably show a positive correlation between improving ACT scores and participating in the ZAPS ACT seminar. The following reports all involved carefully controlled studies:

According to the 2005 ACT College Readiness Study – which measured the results of programs like ZAPS – there is a statistical score difference between students who take an effective test preparation program and those who do not.

Students who take a ZAPS ACT strategy seminar or webinar typically raise their score on the ACT 2 to 4+ points and often higher (max score: 36). Those who have taken a PSAT/SAT strategy seminar or webinar (prior to the 2015–16 redesign) usually see increases of at least 5 to 15 points or more (max score: 80) on the PSAT and 50 to 150 points or more (max score: 2400) on the SAT.

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If your school or district is interested in conducting a case study on ZAPS test prep for improving ACT or SAT, please contact the Doorway to College research department for assistance. 
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