MCS reboots SAT Boot Camp


After a brief hiatus, Mount Carmel School will once again offer its SAT Boot Camp.

First offered in the fall of 2009, the six-week camp is designed to help students improve their performance on the College Board’s SAT, a standardized test used for most college admissions in the United States. The boot camp program has been updated to reflect changes in the SAT.

The curriculum helps students master several skills necessary to do well on the test. These include analyzing and explaining how the test is designed and scored; learning and using effective test-taking strategies; and easing test-taking anxiety and increasing comfort and confidence by taking practice tests. Students will also review and refresh their content knowledge in English and math.

Over the years, over a hundred students have taken the boot camp, many of whom have increased their SAT scores by an average of 200 points. In some cases, students have raised their scores by almost 400 points.

Last year, the College Board redesigned the SAT to increase the number of curriculum-based questions, revise the essay section, and refine how student performance on the test is scored. In turn, the school’s SAT Boot Camp has been retooled to help students prepare for the new test. In addition, the program will continue offering proctored practice tests, which have been effective at improving student focus and persistence during the test.

This year’s SAT Boot Camp will run from Aug. 29 through Oct. 5, leading up to the Oct. 7 SAT, and is open to all high school students. The fee is $200 for Mount Carmel School students and $300 for those not enrolled at the school. Application forms are available at the school and online at the school’s website, Application forms are due by Monday, Aug. 28. For more information, call 234-6184 or email (PR)

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