Apparently SAT preparation is so popular that it’s now showing up in some unexpected places. According to an article by Jacques Steinberg in the New York Times, college prep was,
on Monday, offered by a benefits program of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. to more than 13 million union members.
The Princeton Review, one of the nation’s largest test preparation companies, said… it would work with the union to develop a suite of “college readiness educational services” for the families of its members. While details of the program are not yet final, the company said that participants in Union Plus, a benefits plan, would have access to “a series of undergraduate and graduate products,” at least some presumably at a discount.
Apparently more than 40 percent of union members recently indicated that they wanted college test preparation (presumably for their children) as part of their benefits package.
While unusual, the AFL-CIO benefits package ideal pales in comparison with the new perks offered by Cablevision, the television company and internet provider serving New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.
Cablevision announced last week that it would provide free Kaplan SAT preparation courses to households that sign up for its Optimum service.
Though if you’re so concerned with boosting your SATs, one wonders what the hell you’re doing watching.