One composite point on the ACT is, on average, worth $2500 in scholarship money!
About Outlier's Advantage
Who we are:
We are a human development organization.
To be a world-class life success and leadership program for students.
The problem we solve:
Students are rarely trained how to be successful in school and life.
How we currently solve this problem:
We train students in skills and success principles to be successful in college and beyond.
We use the ACT as a means to teach and practice these skills and principles.
Though higher ACT scores are a great immediate result, we are most interested in how students must grow to achieve these results.
About Our 13-Week ACT Prep Academy
Outlier's Advantage: ACT Prep Academy is a rigorous prep program designed to help students achieve a five-point increase or greater on the ACT. We specialize in assisting students in scoring above the 30s. We built the program to train students for the ACT in a similar way to how elite athletes train for an event. Students can take the skills, methodologies, and success principles they learn in the program to achieve challenging goals in several areas of their lives.
Students learn much more than just how to get a higher ACT score. In our program, students learn advanced techniques for goal setting, top-performance mental game, performing under pressure, focusing on mastery before moving to the next step, overcoming self-limiting beliefs, embracing failure as a part of learning, time management, memorization, teaching themselves anything, thinking bigger, self-talk, and planning for success. We also rebuild grammar and math foundations, improve reading speed and comprehension, and simplify reasoning skills.
We have structured the program for maximum engagement and individual attention. We divide the classes into teams who compete against each other to win gift cards for members of their team each week. Each team has an Academic Coach who has coached more than 100 students. In addition, each student gets a dedicated Assistant Coach who is in contact with them almost every day of the program to look over their goals, provide feedback, answer questions, and give encouragement or whatever else is needed to achieve their goals. These Assistant Coaches also make it possible for us to custom design every program and modify it to the individual student's needs throughout the semester. Every one of our coaches scored in the top one percentile in the world on their own ACT.
Bobby Nicholson founded Outlier's Advantage in January of 2012. He is the lead instructor of our classes. Bobby's background is very different from what most expect from an ACT prep coach. He was a horrible student when he was in high school. He never went to class, had to retake algebra 1 five times, and eventually dropped out of school. He tried to make it in the real world without having a high school diploma and found that things would not go as he had hoped. So Bobby got his GED, enrolled in Pellissippi State Community College, and was fortunate enough to have mentors take him under their wings and teach him how to succeed at school and in life. And it worked! Bobby became president of his student body, made almost a perfect 100% in every math class he took, graduated with a 3.84 GPA, and made it on U.S.A. Today's All Tennessee Academic Team. Then, after he graduated from Maryville College, he won the International Student Excellence Award from Southwestern Advantage. Bobby considers himself one of the "dumbest people to ever superscore a 34 on the ACT." On official ACT tests, he has achieved a 36 on English, 36 on reading, 35 on math, and a 30 on science. His background allows him to understand and connect with students of all different academic levels.
The program only works if the students do, but the results speak for themselves. More than 70 percent of students who keep the Five Pillars of Success achieve at least a five-point composite increase or a 32. Greater than twenty percent of students who complete the program achieve at least a 32 superscore. One out of every five students who completed our program in 2019 achieved at least a 10-point improvement on the English section. More than ten percent of students earn a 36 in at least one section on the ACT. Though most of our students achieve incredible results, some do not. For any family unsatisfied with our services, we will give part or all of their money back, whatever they think is fair.
Though our headquarters are in Knoxville, TN, our live-online program allows participation from students from all over the nation. The live-online program works the same way as our in-class program. Both live-online and in-class students are in the same class. Both live-online and in-class students engage in the program to the same degree. No other program in the nation consistently helps students achieve the types of increases our students get every class. We see almost identical percentages of students who achieve 5, 6, 7, and greater composite point increases in the live-online program as in the physical class. If students put in the work, they will achieve the same results.
We offer custom one-on-one programs, our flagship 13-week group program, our 31+ Guaranteed! year-long program, and a Fast Track 5-week program. Our 13-week and 31+ Guaranteed programs have start dates almost every month. For our 13-week and 5-week programs, students will have 1.5 to 2 hours per day of homework (with one day off each week). Therefore, students should do the program when their schedule allows them the necessary time to devote to the program. We recommend students start the program as soon as possible after completing or while enrolled in Algebra 2 and geometry.
13-Week ACT Prep Class and Hybrid Program
We offer two variations of the class. We offer the normal class, and we offer a hybrid option. The hybrid option incorporates one-on-one and the class. Students get all of the benefits of the class but they get one-on-one attention to help them focus on the areas where they most need help. It comes with four 1.75 hour one-on-one tutoring sessions during the course of the program. The class by itself is $927. The hybrid option is $1445. We do our physical classes at Pellissippi State's Hardin Valley Campus. Our live-online option is open to students all over America. Only foreign students with excellent English skills should join. Everything is the same in our live-online program as the regular program except students are attending via the internet instead of having a physical seat.
We charge $220 for admission and supplies. After the initial payment, the program costs $150- $215 per week (depending on the tutor you choose) to be paid at the end of every session. We don’t do any contracts or commitments, so families can do as many or as few sessions as they want. Most families do 8-12 sessions. Most students increase on a spectrum from a quarter of a point to a full point per week.
31+ Guaranteed Program (This is a one-year long program): $1,899
This is an opportunity for students to truly change the trajectory of their lives. For most students, there is simply too much information for them to learn in 13-weeks to achieve the types of increases they are hoping for. This program is an opportunity for them to completely rebuild their academic prowess from the ground up regardless of what level they are on. Students choosing this option will be in the program for almost a year. Students will receive three one-on-one hour coaching sessions before each 13-week leg of the program to help them customize their program to maximize their results each time. For students starting with a 25 or above, we GUARANTEE at least a 31. For students starting below a 25, we GUARANTEE a six-point composite increase. If students do not reach these increases, we will give part or all of your money back, whatever you think is fair. (Students MUST have taken an official ACT prior to the first day of class to be eligible for this guarantee).
If students are local, they can do their first thirteen weeks in the physical class (as long as they sign up before the physical seats fill up), but for the remainder of the program, they will join each week via our live-online platform. After the completion of their first 13-weeks, as long as they maintained their commitments and met the base requirements of a leadership team member, they will be given the opportunity to have a spot on the leadership team for the remainder of the program. This will give them the opportunity to play a leadership role in the program, lead by example for the other students, and gain advanced coaching advice and competitions. Over the course of the year, these students and the coaches become very close and these students become an essential fabric of the program as a whole.
We recommend students start prep as soon as they can after or during the completion of algebra 2 and geometry.
If students are doing our 31+ Guaranteed year-long program, they can start as early as 8th grade with no math or other requirements.
We offer one-on-one tutoring year-round for any start date as long as we have availability.
All classes in 2021 and 2022 meet on Sundays from 4:00-6:00 pm est.
The deadline to sign up for any program is two weeks before the start date.
Students attending in-person meet at Pellissippi State's Hardin Valley Campus.
2022 Class and Mock ACT Schedule
2023 Class Schedule
January 8: Prep for the April ACT (sign up)
February 5: Prep for the June ACT (sign up)
March 12: Prep for the June ACT(sign up)
April 2: Prep for the July ACT (sign up)
May 7: Prep for the September ACT (sign up)
June 11: Prep for the September ACT (sign up)
July 9: Prep for the October ACT (sign up)
August 6: Prep for the October ACT (sign up)
September 10: Prep for the December ACT (sign up)
October 8: Prep for the February ACT (sign up)
November 5: Prep for the March ACT (sign up)
Call us anytime at 865-643-6030
(Increases are based on official ACT scores before and after the program.)