(Online) SAT Prep Boot Camp

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Program Description

Online SAT Prep Matters is an SAT prep course designed for college-bound high school sophomores and juniors who plan to take the SAT test on paper before the SAT switches to a digital platform.

The SAT is changing to a digital test available online beginning in the spring of 2024. The new test will require a whole new approach to studying and practicing. The test will be guided by an interactive artificial intelligence response to questions answered incorrectly. Getting too many questions wrong will result in the program limiting how high a score a student can obtain.

Current sophomores can study and take the paper test up through the fall of 2023. With the uncertainty of how the new test will work, now is a good time to take the SAT and get a score that can be used in college admissions.

Dr. Mary Smyth’s SAT Boot Camp has been used successfully to prepare students to take the SAT for many years. Students attend class every day during a school vacation week and practice taking short sections of the test. Dr. Smyth teaches test strategy and topics in the content areas of math, reading and grammar. Students are relaxed and well-rested, so they are able to absorb the lessons and practice at their best. Many students have benefitted from participating in this format of SAT prep.

Course instructor Mary Smyth, M.D., believes that students need to understand the concepts, not just cram at the last minute in order to pass a test. Smyth has tutored students for the ACTs, AP Calculus, SATs, and SAT subject tests for fifteen years. Under Smyth’s tutelage, and through their own hard work, most of Smyth’s students have improved their SAT scores by 100-200 points.


Program Dates & Times

April Boot Camp
April 18, 29, 20, 21, 2023
10–11:30 a.m.

If these dates don’t work for you, please check out the options for SAT Prep Matters or sign up for the interest list and we’ll let you know when future program dates are announced.


Taught synchronously via Zoom. Participants will need access to stable internet.

Basic familiarity with Zoom is highly recommended. Zoom tutorials will not be a feature of this training. An introduction to the platform can be found at Getting Started with Zoom Meetings.

The Hutchinson Center has a limited number of computers (and plenty of Wi-Fi to go around). If you’d like to participate virtually via the Hutchinson Center, please request support via the form here.

Program Benefits                                               

Participating in this training will help students to:

  • Increase their likelihood of improving their SAT scores
  • Develop effective study methods and habits
  • Improve confidence
  • Identify the most important concepts in math and grammar
  • Learn to use an evidence-based reading comprehension technique

Topics Covered

  • High school math content through Algebra II and beginning PreCalculus
  • Standard English conventions in writing
  • Reading comprehension

Who Should Enroll

This course is designed to benefit:

  • Current high school juniors who will be applying to colleges in the fall of 2023
  • Current high school sophomores who want to finish their SAT testing prior to the switch to online testing (digital SAT) in the spring of 2024. These students should be taking Algebra II in their sophomore year.

Not sure if this program is right for you? Contact us at um.fhc.pd@maine.edu or 207.338.8002 and we can help you figure it out.


Portrait of Mary Smyth, in front of a chalkboard in a classroomMary Smyth, M.D. (she/her)
Dr. Mary Smyth has taught all levels of math at Watershed School (an independent high school in Camden, Maine) for the past 13 years. A retired pediatrician who became interested in the math curriculum when her sons were in elementary school, she has tutored and taught in SAD 28 and the Five Town CSD, and was a Gifted and Talented instructor in RSU 13. Smyth is also an expert on college admission testing and has tutored many students over the past 15 years in preparation for SATs, ACTs, SAT subject tests and AP Calculus exams.    

Program Fee


Need-based scholarships for Knox and Waldo County students. More information about scholarships is here.



Class Capacity



For more information or to request an accommodation contact um.fhc.pd@maine.edu; 207.338.8000 or stop by the UMaine Hutchinson Center (80 Belmont Ave. in Belfast).

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