How much do the courses cost?
The SAT course and the ACT course are each $90/month or $390 for six months of access.
The courses are free for students demonstrating need (eligibility for free reduced school lunch) and for teachers at Title I (under-resourced) public schools and their classes, even if their districts have not signed on with The Olive Book. If this is you, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You offer a full money-back guarantee if I’m not thrilled with the course. Is there a catch?
No, there’s never a catch with us and we’d never put an asterisk on our refund policy. We have a great course and know you will love it (and it will help you). If you don’t love The Olive Book or if it doesn’t help you, let us know and we will refund 100% your money, no questions asked.
You say that this is the only study material I need for the ACT or SAT. Can this be?
Yes. . . . and no. Hear us out:
Both courses cover all the content you need to know to get a great ACT or SAT score. If you complete at least 75% of the course (and understand all the material you studied), then we guarantee you’ll see a score increase.
The courses are designed to teach you what you need to know, not just drill you with practice. That’s why we’re confident in your success.
However, there may be some topics in the course that you haven’t covered yet in school (if you’re younger than 11th grade) or maybe just really struggle with. You may need to seek outside help for those specific topics.
How should I start?
The courses are self-paced, so you can start wherever you’d like.
However, we designed the courses to be completed in the order you see them appear: In the By Subject courses (temporarily unavailable) you'll see Math, then English/Writing and Language, followed by Reading and then Science (ACT course only). If you want to keep things simple, start with the Math section of the course and continue, section by section, until you have completed the course. If you get tired of doing math (it's a long section!) take some time on the English/ Writing and Language section. Becoming proficient at the English/ Writing and Language section is the quickest and easiest way to raise your score.
The Blended Subjects courses are also designed for you to work in the order the content appears. But, because the subjects are blended, you'll get work on Math one day and then get to work on Reading or English the next. Some students prefer this more mixed approach to studying.
You can also use the study schedules in the Tips and Strategies section of the course to create a more structured schedule. If you use the sidebar to scroll down, you can find this section toward the bottom of the course.
Above all, when you practice, make sure you are really learning the content covered by the practice questions. If you miss a question, take the time to figure out why you missed it. That way, you won't miss it again! Truly learning the content is the best way to ensure you raise your SAT or ACT score.
What if I need help?
If you need help with a problem in the course, you can ask your question via the Discussions feature, located on every problem in the course. One of our course creators will respond to your question in a timely manner. Please include the question number and leave as much detail as possible in your question so they can answer it thoroughly!
If you have questions concerning enrollment, billing, or your account, please email us here.
Are there study tips for the SAT and ACT included in the course, or just practice questions?
Yes, there are study tips included in the course!
There are study guides for each section of the course located in the Tips and Strategies section. You’ll also find practice tests for the Math and Reading sections, as well as an official full-length practice test.
Our blog is another great resource for tips and strategies for the SAT, ACT, and college admissions. Visit the blog at www.theolivebook.com.
For weekly testing tips in a video format, check out our Test Tips video series on YouTube!
- Do you post tips on social media?
Can I use the course when I am not connected to the internet?
No, the course can only be accessed with an internet connection.
- How do I sign up for the ACT or SAT?
How did Olive Book come up with their average score improvement numbers?
Your course includes pre- and post-tests for each section and those are scored to give corresponding realistic ACT and SAT test scores. The average improvement is derived from the average delta between individuals' pre/post scores. For now, our sample sizes are small because we are new, but know that we never cherry-pick data to make us look good and our pre- and post-tests are of equal difficulty. Want to learn more about our methodology? Write to us at email@example.com and we’ll explain in more detail.
Do you offer a military discount?
Yes! Tuition discounts are available to all service members, spouses, dependents, and veterans. Just use code MILITARY at checkout for $100 off either course price.
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