College Admission Prep Camp is an 11-day program that comprehensively prepares students for the college admissions process. It gives students the unique chance to live on a prestigious college campus, learn about college life first-hand, and prepare for significant academic opportunities with the help and guidance of experienced professionals.
The program curriculum includes three core components: SAT preparation that uses market-leading materials and instruction; personal statement writing for the college admission essay; and college counseling from an experienced staff of academic advisors.
- SAT Preparation: College Admission Prep Camp is an opportunity to learn the skills needed for success on the SAT, including essay writing techniques, grammar skills, advanced math and critical reading. Our experienced instructors employ the exclusive and time-tested Test Scholars SAT curriculum, which familiarizes students with all aspects of the new SAT exam. Our focus is to provide students with the test taking strategies and reasoning skills, rather than training students to rely primarily on tricks. Test Scholars students have historically scored average increases of nearly 200 points! College Admission Prep Camp is uniquely equipped to maximize SAT scores because our curriculum utilizes College Board materials. Rather than try to mimic the College Board’s questions, CAPC purchases all exams directly from the test maker. Students receive practice workbooks and exams, and a set Test Scholars’ exclusive flash cards- 800 of the most important SAT vocabulary words, plus 250 math flash cards for review of important formulas and techniques. Overall, campers receive 40 hours of supervised SAT prep. This is double what most competing programs offer and will undoubtedly ready students for this monumentally important examination.
- Personal Statement Writing: The Personal Statement is a student’s chance to show that he/she is more than a test score or grade point average. It is a significant platform for demonstrating clarity, character and unquantifiable qualifications for college admittance. To this end, College Admission Prep Camp offers every student hours of one-on-one consulting with expert writing instructors during a daily block dedicated solely to honing each student’s work. From the conception of an essay topic to the final revised piece, the writing program teaches students how to write the kind of essay that will present them in the best light during the college admission process. Students learn to express the self-awareness, imagination, and curiosity that will make them attractive candidates to selective colleges. By the end of the program, each student will have written about a meaningful personal topic that is ready, or nearly ready, for submission with his or her college application.
- College Counseling: Even at the most prestigious private high schools the ratio of students to counselors can exceed 100:1, offering minimal individual contact and attention. CAPC gives each participant direct access to some of the top guidance counselors in the country. College counselors identify excellent colleges that are appropriate for each student’s interests and academic background. In addition, the counselors teach students how to prepare their applications to match the expectations of college admission officers, including help with the finer points of style and phrasing. CAPC counselors help students pinpoint top quality schools that are best suited to their particular needs and interests. Students leave CAPC with a list of potential schools that have been reviewed and discussed individually with a CAPC counselor, advice from their counselor, and a college admission calendar that will help families avoid last minute scrambling and missed deadlines. Students also receive interview training that prepares students to present themselves in application or scholarship interviews.
“My son commented on just how fantastic the entire staff was. They really made the camp.”
-Jon Valentino, CAPC Cal Parent
"My fear of the college admission process was taking the SAT test; but with all of this practice, my fear faded away. The college counselor helped me realize other factors when looking for a college besides being qualified."
-Elizabeth Magana, CAPC Camper
“The best features of the camp are its intensity and [the staff's] dedication to its students...the camp demanded your focus."
-Ben Cohen, CAPC Camper
"I would recommend this program to international students because it gives you a lot of knowledge on US universities.”
-Jose Aguilar, CAPC Camper