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Premium Prep | Important FAQs

For students who have little-to-some coding experience, Premium Prep is a great option. Premium Prep allows students to study asynchronously using the current Prep curriculum (which all students have access to on the website) and adds the additional benefit of live support from Hack Reactor staff as needed. We create a space in Premium Prep where individuals can prepare themselves for our Technical Admissions Assessment.

About the Premium Prep program

Premium Prep costs $250, due upon registration.

Premium Prep is offered for 4 weeks (Monday - Friday). The experience is 100% online and each session has a dedicated communication platform to interact with staff and peers while studying.

The curriculum utilized in Premium Prep is the same curriculum students access on our website through Basic Prep (this includes basic functions, conditionals, iteration, and traversing nested data structures, and more) plus some additional complementary Javascript Fundamental content.

In Premium Prep students have access to both technical and non-technical support. Technical Mentors and Teaching Assistants (TA) use a variety of tools and techniques to support your technical development as needed. Additionally, each session has a Cohort Lead available to hold you accountable and champion you towards your professional goal. Staff Members are equipped to answer both your technical and non-technical questions and connect you with additional staff throughout your Premium Prep experience.

Each day's session begins with kick-off via zoom where we go over important deadlines, information, and/or strategies that could benefit your technical development. After kick-off, you spend the majority of time coding asynchronously, being resourceful with our curriculum and external resources. There will be opportunities to participate in lectures and interactive demos throughout the 4 weeks. 

When you register to join us, you will receive a detailed welcome email with all of the logistical information you need. This includes technical requirements for your computer and what apps you need to have installed.

We recommend students participate in the live support available to them in order to reap its many benefits. Students are welcome to participate any time we're online, for as long as they're available. However, the time commitment is flexible, and students can attend or not based on their needs and availability.

Joining the Premium Prep program

After registering for Prep, you'll gain access to Hack Reactor’s proprietary curriculum. If you're a beginner, you should start working on: “Module 0: Building Blocks Intro” content immediately. We also strongly recommend you read through this additional content: 

If you are seriously committed to becoming a software engineer and want to develop your skills in preparation for a Technical Admissions Assessment, you are ready.

Yes. As a Premium Prep student, upon passing your Technical Admissions Assessment, you will become eligible for consideration of a Hack Reactor scholarship. However, you must pass the Assessment prior to the scholarship application close date.

Please refer to our scholarships page for information regarding our scholarship programs, deadlines, and eligibility requirements. You may also email scholarships@galvanize.com 

After Premium Prep

No. You must pass the Non-Technical Admissions Assessments, the Technical Admissions Assessment, and comprehend and complete all Precourse work by the deadline of your target immersive cohort to successfully join. Read more about our admissions process here.

If you do not pass the Technical Admissions Assessment (TAA), you will not move on to the Software Engineering Immersive at that time. You will receive limited feedback from your enrollment officer on your performance with a recommended timeframe to wait to retest for the immersive. You have a maximum of 3 attempts at the TAA. After the third attempt, you must wait one year to retry. 

If you don't meet our required score on the assessment, you are permitted an opportunity to re-apply to our program in one year.

No. Technically there is no such thing as “completion” of Premium Prep.  This is not a course that you must complete to qualify for acceptance into our immersive - this is a preparatory experience that includes live support during dedicated hours while you prepare yourself for your Technical Admissions Assessment. Students get access to support while working through our curriculum and have the option to complete whatever modules they choose and prepare how they see fit.  We highly recommend completing modules 0 through 3 of the curriculum before attempting the Technical Admissions Assessment (TAA), as that is the content you can expect to be covered on the TAA.

If you withdraw from Premium Prep within the first week, you are eligible for a full refund. No refunds will be provided after the first week has elapsed.

A student needs the following specs in order to be successful in our programs:
  • Processor:

     Intel Dual-Core i5 or equivalent (minimum)

  • Memory:

     8 GB RAM (minimum), 16 GB RAM (recommended)

  • Storage:

     50 GB available space (minimum)

  • Peripherals:

     Working Webcam 

  • Operating System:

    • Highly Recommended: 

      • Mac OS X (v10.14 minimum, recommended)

    • Acceptable:

      • Windows 10 

        • We do not provide full instructional support for Windows users.

        • Our staff can assist with WSL2/Ubuntu-related issues, but may be unable to troubleshoot Windows-specific issues.

    • Acceptable Alternative: 

      Ubuntu Linux (minimum)

      • Note that Zoom and other communication apps, webcams, and microphones may be buggy on Ubuntu, and is outside of the control of staff as they cannot support debugging these issues.

Yes. As a Premium Prep student, upon passing your Technical Admissions Assessment, you will become eligible for consideration for a Hack Reactor scholarship. However, you must pass the Non-Technical and Technical Assessments prior to the scholarship application close date.

Please refer to our scholarships page for information regarding our scholarship programs, deadlines, and eligibility requirements. You may also email scholarships@galvanize.com