Preparation for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) will be the focus of six weekly classes at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center beginning May 3.
The course, taught by Mary Smyth, will be held Sundays, 1 p.m.– 3 p.m. Prep Matters is designed for high school sophomores and juniors who plan to take the SAT in the spring of 2020.
The recently redesigned SAT now has two scores — verbal skills and math. According to the College Board, to be able to attain at least a C in a non-remedial college math class, a student must score 530 out of 800 on the math section of the SAT. However, only about 40 percent of high school students can do so.
“It is important that students understand that they need to work for a semester, not just cram at the last minute for one test,” says Smyth, who has been teaching algebra through calculus at Watershed School in Camden for over a decade, and has coached SAT prep for 14 years. Smyth is a retired pediatrician and a local expert on college admission testing. She has tutored students for the SAT, ACT, SAT subject tests and AP calculus exams, many of whom went on to earn scores of 800.
According to a parent of one of Smyth’s students: “Mary is the ultimate SAT coach — intelligent, patient, funny and, most importantly, she knows the SAT inside and out. Thanks to Mary’s coaching, my daughter’s score dramatically improved from the PSAT to the SAT, and she now understands concepts that were confusing to her before. I highly recommend Mary Smyth to anyone looking to improve their SAT score.”
The cost is $350 per student for a six-week course in preparation for the verbal, math and essay portions of the test. A limited number of scholarships are available.