Preparing for the SAT is hard work, and demands concentrated study and review
POTTSTOWN PA – Research over several years shows that studying for the national Scholastic Aptitude Tests does help to increase student scores, according to testing expert Cristiana Quinn, founder of Rhode Island-based College Admission Advisors LLC, an educational consulting firm.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Pottsgrove High School has scheduled a month-long SAT Prep Course during April, aimed at helping its juniors do as well as possible on the late spring SATs that will be offered locally May 3 (2014; Saturday) at both Pottstown High School and The Hill School.
The course includes an explanation of test directions and chapters, proposed strategies for success (even when the right answer to a question isn’t readily apparent), and the chance to take and review results on several sample tests with the goal of boosting individual SAT numbers.
“Similar courses (show) a tremendous potential for improving the math, verbal, and writing components of the SAT,” according to a flyer promoting Pottsgrove’s course. “Scores have improved 30 to 350 points per student on … portions of the test with an average increase of over 150 points. Over 90 (percent) of the students increase their scores,” it claimed.
But beware, Quinn writes. Using an SAT tutor, or taking a course like that being provided by Pottsgrove, helps “only marginally” unless students “make the commitment to study several hours a week on (their) own in addition to class time.”
Two Pottsgrove veterans are handling the prep course teaching duties: Dr. Elizabeth Mays-Coleman for the verbal and writing portions, and Jaime Reinhart for the math portion.
The course is slated to run Tuesday and Wednesday nights from roughly 6-9 p.m. for five weeks and a total of 30 hours. Tuition is $125 per student and includes a workbook, but the registration deadline has already passed. It is unknown whether the class met enrollment requirements (11 of 24 seats available) or if late registrations can still be accepted; call the high school (610-326-5105) for information.
There’s one more all-important deadline that’s only eight days away. Registration to sit for the May 3 SAT must be completed by April 4 (Friday). Juniors can do that in the guidance office, or online.
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