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Penn State York Offers Spring SAT Preparation Courses

3/16/2011 —

High school students getting ready to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) can find help through SAT preparation courses being offered at Penn State York in May. The four-session courses for verbal and math SATs are designed to help students improve their SAT skills. Sessions begin Saturday, May 7 and meet on May 14, 21, and 28 in preparation for the SAT on June 4 or later. Classes are held in the Main Classroom Building at the campus.

Students participating in the Preparation for Your Verbal SAT (9:00– 11:00 a.m.) will review important skills assessed in the verbal section and have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the format and type of questions on the Verbal SAT. Participants will also practice test-taking in simulated exam conditions. Cost for the Preparation for Your Verbal SAT course is $95.

Dana L. Sauers is the course instructor. Sauers was named Poet Laureate of Hanover, Pa. She is an English instructor at Delone Catholic High and the author of “My Letter to the World,” her most recently published book of poetry.

The Math SAT preparation starts with an introduction to the SAT Math format. Then, the students are introduced to the two types of questions:  Grid-ins and Multiple-choice. The problems solved are taken from past SAT exams and the major topics covered include: Geometry, Basic  Arithmetic, and Algebra I & II. A Calculator can be used in solving the problems, but all the SAT Math questions can be solved without a Calculator.

Bruce Babcock, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics at Penn State York, is the instructor. Babcock earned a doctorate in mathematics from Michigan State University and is a former winner of the prestigious AMOCO Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award. He was also honored with the Outstanding Teaching Award at Penn State York in 1991 and the James H. Burness Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007. He has authored numerous study guides for the University's Independent Learning Program and developed with a colleague a blended learning course for the Penn State World Campus. With the same colleague, they have authored a course that is currently being used by World Campus at Penn State.

Register for both sessions at $155 and save $10. The course fee includes “The Official SAT Study Guide: For the New SAT” by the College Board. For a brochure or more information, please call Penn State York at (717) 771-4032 or visit the website at www.ce.yk.psu.edu and click on youth programs.

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