One of the goals of this course is to prepare students to take either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). One week will be devoted to each test. The schedule is designed to utilize and maximize the two-hour time allotment for teaching fundamentals of the test. During this week, students will take a pre-test as an introduction to the test and to also assess their strengths and weaknesses. For the remainder of the week, students will be educated on various sections of the test through discussions and receive sample test questions. The time allotted for each objective section will be no more than thirty minutes. At the end of the week, the students will take a complete practice test similar to the real testing environment. However, variations will be made due to time constraints. During this time, students will also receive test-taking strategies. Various technological methods will be used including the following: Official Question of the Day from the SAT/ACT site, YouTube videos illustrating techniques and tips, Dictionary.com website for vocabulary, and New York Times.com website for critical reading.
This is a brief summary of the weeks based upon a 2 hour per day, 5 day work week model:
SAT Preparation (Week 1: June 19 – June 28)
Monday – Students’ activities will include group introductions, course introduction, and take a SAT pre-test exercise. Students will discuss and review pre-test.
Tuesday –Students will also cover test objectives of number and operations, algebra functions, geometry, vocabulary, critical reading, and sentence level reading.
Wednesday – Students will cover objectives of statistics probability, data analysis, grammar, usage, and diction.
Thursday – Students will review objectives learned and spend a portion of the day taking a simulated SAT test (post-test exercise).
Friday – Students will review the SAT post test results. Instructors will provide strategies and tips for test-taking. Students will prepare their projects.
ACT Preparation (Week 2: July 1 – July 2)
Monday – Students’ activities will include course introduction, and take an ACT pre-test exercise. Students will discuss and review pre-test.
Tuesday – Students will also cover test objectives of pre and elementary algebra, geometry, grammar usage, and mechanics.
Wednesday – Students will cover test objectives of trigonometry, science data representation, science research summary, and conflicting viewpoints in science.
Thursday – Students will review objectives learned and spend a portion of the day taking a simulated ACT test (post-test exercise). Students will review the ACT post test results. Instructors will provide strategies and tips for test-taking.
Friday –Students will prepare their final projects.