Our SAT program is only offered during the summer session. We have found over the years that students do not have the quality of time to allocate during the school year in preparing for the SAT exam. The preparation process takes diligence, attentiveness, and hours of extra study time. During the school year, students are tasked with a heavy load of school work, thus we have found that summer time is the best opportunity to prepare for the SAT so that the student can optimize their success in learning the material and preparing for the actual exam. We have divided our SAT program into three different sections of the SAT exam so that students can enroll into the section of the test they think they need most help in. However, most of our students will enroll into all three sections of the preparation.
We encourage all Freshmen taking Biology at school to consider enrolling into the SAT II Biology Preparation course during the winter session. After taking Freshmen Biology, it is an optimal time to prepare and take the test in the month of June during Freshmen year as the course content is still fresh in the mind of the student. If the student has potential plans to either apply for a private college or major in the field of Science, taking the SAT II Biology test is advised.
SAT I Math Preparation
This course is designed to prepare students to take the Math sections of the SAT. The SAT contains both multiple-choice and free response questions from Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. These questions are quite often application problems and written in a different style than what students encounter in their high school math classes. Areas of math included in the SAT I Math are inequalities, exponentials, probability and statistics, averages (mean, median, mode), functions, solving equations, sequences and series, lines/ planes/ triangles/ quadrilaterals/ circles/ polygons, areas and volumes, two and three dimensional coordinates, logic and word problems, and Algebra II/ trig. In addition to reviewing the pertinent algebraic and geometric concepts, the instructor will focus on strategies to solve a wide variety of SAT-style problems. Also, students will learn test-taking techniques to help with time management and how to avoid common mistakes. Students will practice these skills through guided practice, quick quizzes, and several practice tests. Upon finishing the course, students will understand the types of problems they will see on the SAT and have the confidence and strategies to complete these problems accurately.
SAT I Verbal Preparation Part 1 (Vocabulary / Critical Reading)
This course is designed to prepare students to take the SAT I Verbal test, a comprehensive multiple choice and writing exam. Areas of verbal acuity included in the SAT I Verbal are sentence completion, critical reading, Standard English grammar, and a 25 minute essay. Part 1 of the course will provide expert instruction in vocabulary development, sentence completion, and critical reading. It is the opinion of the MCA Director, Mrs. Cheri Sabraw, that this part of the SAT I Verbal (Part 1) is the more difficult of the two parts. The instructor will lecture on these topics and discuss test-taking strategies. Students will memorize SAT vocabulary and practice the above named skills. Students will take 5 practice tests and learn MCA strategies for achieving the type of score needed for admission into the university level.
SAT I Verbal Preparation Part 2 (Grammar / Writing)
This course is designed to prepare students to take the SAT I Verbal test, a comprehensive multiple choice and writing exam. Areas of verbal acuity included in the SAT I Verbal are sentence completion, critical reading, Standard English grammar, and a 25 minute essay. Part 2 of the course will provide expert instruction in Standard English grammar and the writing of a 25-minute essay. Included in the grammar review will be subject/verb agreement, pronoun case and reference, pronoun/antecedent agreement, diction, parallelism, modification, coordination, subordination, illogical comparisons, verb forms and tense, punctuation and double negatives. The instructors will lecture in grammar and writing instruction. The students will write at least 15-20 essays, which will be scored by the teacher. Both teachers have been successfully guiding students to very high scores. Many of our students have scored perfect 800’s in this section and we expect that the SAT I Verbal scores will be enhanced by the addition of grammar/writing to the total SAT I score.
SAT II Biology Preparation
The SAT II Biology course will prepare students in the areas of cellular and molecular biology, ecology, genetics, organismal biology, and evolution. Students will take a diagnostic test upon entering the class, review all components of the test, study major topics in biology, and then take 5 practice tests.