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APStudynotes Review has been around for over 10 years now, and we have not conducted a review of this organization, because it is not a writing service in the strict sense of the term. Rather, it is an organization dedicated to helping high school students who are looking toward college admissions and taking Advanced Placement exams, in order to “test Out” of some of the general education requirements of their early college years. As a result, the same criteria that we use to review other writing services do not necessarily apply to AP Study Notes. There are no on-site testimonials, no writing products offered for sale, and no customer reviews to guide our review. We can, however, offer the following by way of evaluation.

Factor 1: Types of Writing Services Offered

As we stated above, APStudyNotes does not offer writing products or services. Instead, it provides high school student with study guides to prepare for Advanced Placement college exams. As well, it has a number of other resources, specifically examples of college admissions essays that were “winner” and examples of essays that were submitted to major American colleges and universities in response to their specific prompts.

While not providing specific writing products, students can contract with recent college grads to have their admissions essays edited and proofread, and there are three fee-based plans for this service.

Factor 2: Trust/Reliability has been in business for a number of years and has provided valuable information and study materials to students. Students can register on the site to access the study guides and sample essays. Once they do, however, they are subject to a lot of third party marketing and advertising. Some users of the site have complained about this.

In terms of reliability, the company does stay current on essay prompts, both for the common essay application and for specific institutions. This is helpful for students as they craft their own admissions essays.

Certainly, we can say that AP Study Notes is not a fraud or scam. It does provide valuable help to students. We do have concerns that there is no Terms of Use or Privacy Policy on the site. this may mean that personal information of users is not protected.

Factor 3: Level of Quality

The only assessment in terms of quality is the editing and proofreading services that users can purchase as they are crafting their college admissions essays. The feedback we have received is mixed. Student expectations are perhaps higher than what is provided, based upon the editing plans that are available.

There are three editing plans to choose from – and they range from basic proofreading to actual phone consultation with an editor.

We purchased the basic package and submitted an essay with a number of grammatical and sentence structure errors. When we received the edited product, not all of the errors had been caught and corrected.

Factor 4: Pricing/Payment

The company has three editing plans – basic, standard and premium. And the prices are $99, $199, and $399 respectively. Each plan adds additional services, from basic proofreading and an email from the editor up to phone consultation and much deeper editing help.

There are no discounts and users should not look for any kind of promo code for a break on pricing.

Payments methods are via major credit card.

Factor 5: Additional Important Considerations

There are some very valuable resources for students on this website. The study guides have been put together by teachers, professors, and recent college grads and are therefore current and relevant.

And the sample wining admissions essays can provide lots of ideas for students as they write their own.

Concluding Comments

As we look at pros & cons of this organization, we do see that there is value to students who take advantage of their free content and examples. On the con side, however, students should not expect to get an admissions essay written for them. The editing services are strictly that, and they are pretty pricey for what is offered.

Students can get the same help form other writing services at far less cost.

We have provided an overall rating of “Fair” to the fee-based services offered by this company.

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