SAT Workshops

About Our Prep Workshops

EMPHASIS ON CONTENT AND STRATEGY

Because strict college enrollment and stiff competition for scholarship funds have made performance on the PSAT, SAT and ACT even more important than in past years, HPHS provides a comprehensive approach to prepare students taking these tests.   Measuring reading, writing, and mathematical reasoning abilities, the PSAT, SAT and ACT provide colleges with a comparison of academic preparation and abilities of students applying for admission.

Regular attendance and promptness will greatly influence the effectiveness of the workshop for each student.  Students must arrive on time and bring their materials to class, and be motivated and willing to set aside the study time required outside of class in order to get the maximum benefit from these workshops.  Materials are included in the cost of tuition, and provided on the first day of class.  Text supplied for the SAT Reading, Writing and Language and Math courses will be The Official SAT Study Guide (2016 edition).   All assigned work for the class will be from this text.


 

ABOUT THE SAT

The SAT is given seven times annually, and most students take it at least twice, preferably at the end of the junior year and in the fall of the senior year.  The link to register for the SAT test is on the Counseling Page of the high school website.  Choose “Preparing For College” then click on “SAT General Information”.

 

READING and WRITING AND LANGUAGE questions test students’ ability to perform the following skills:

  • command of evidence
  • words in context
  • analysis in history/social studies and science
  • expression of ideas
  • standard English conventions

 

MATHEMATICS questions test ability to solve problems involving:

  • Heart of Algebra, which focuses on the mastery of linear equations and systems.
  • Problem Solving and Data Analysis, which is about being quantitatively literate.
  • Passport to Advanced Math, which features questions that require the manipulation of complex equations.
  • The Math Test also draws on Additional Topics in Math, including the geometry and trigonometry most relevant to college and career readiness. 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SAT

Q:  Is the SAT as important as students seem to think?

A:  One selective college admissions officer explains that at “most institutions test scores count less than students think and more than the colleges are willing to admit.”  Designed to be used as a common standard in college selection, the SAT is a good confirming tool.  If test scores are inconsistent with the level of work done in high school and with other elements of the application, their importance is increased or reduced.  Overall, however, the SAT still holds considerable sway in most college admissions offices.

 

Q:  How much will these workshops really help?

A:  Advantages of completing these programs include:

  • The “Practice Factor” -  Preparation encourages familiarity with the SAT so that students know what type of questions to expect and specific test-taking techniques to utilize.
  • The “Comfort Factor” -  Preparation can increase the comfort level of students thus reducing the anxiety often experienced during testing.
  • Most importantly, the “Skill-Building Factor” - Preparation can develop and/or reinforce specific skills needed for the test.

Because of students’ busy schedules, they often think that taking the SAT course prior to their tests is not an option.  Rather, we advise that you take the class either immediately before your anticipated test date, or earlier, whichever suits your schedule better.

 

Q:  How can I obtain references and recommendations for this class?

A:  We encourage students to talk directly with the instructors and ask the opinions of students who have formerly taken the class  for the most objective opinion.

 


SAT Fall Workshop Dates

Reading/Writing & Language: October 18, 23, 25, 30, November 1   4:00 – 6:00pm

Math: October 19, 24, 26, 31, November 2            4:00 – 6:00pm

The registration deadline for this workshop is one week before the session begins.   Class size is limited, and enrollment will be honored on a first come, first served basis.  All sessions must have at least 7 students registered; otherwise, students and parents will be notified of cancellation.  Each workshop is $300.  Make checks payable to HPHS, and submit to Nancy Snoddy in the Counseling Office. The deadline for requesting a refund is one week prior to the first day of the workshop. 


CLICK HERE FOR FALL REGISTRATION FORM



SAT Spring Workshop Dates

Reading/Writing & Language: February 22, 27, March 1, 6, & 8 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Mathematics: February 23, 28, March 2, 7, & 9   4:00 - 6:00 PM

The registration deadline for this workshop is one week before the session begins. Class size is limited, and enrollment will be honored on a first come, first served basis. All sessions must have at least 7 students registered; otherwise, students and parents will be notified of cancellation.  Each workshop is $300. Make checks payable to HPHS, and submit to Nancy Snoddy in the Counseling Office.


CLICK HERE FOR SPRING REGISTRATION FORM


About The Instructors

Math Instructor: Dr. Melynda Wright is a veteran high school mathematics teacher of 23 years. She has taught every level of students from 7th grade math through Multivariable Calculus. She currently teaches AP Calculus BC at Highland Park High School and is the chairperson of the mathematics department at HPHS. She has served as an editor and writes ACT and GRE items for Cambridge Publishing and is a mathematics trainer for Laying the Foundation, a nonprofit teacher training company for Pre-AP and AP teachers. She was selected to participate in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading in Calculus where she evaluated and scored the free-response sections of the AP Calculus exams. She is also a certified Talented and Gifted instructor. Dr. Wright holds a Bachelor’s in mathematics from St. Edwards University, and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in education from Texas State University and Texas A&M-Commerce, respectively.

 

English Instructor:  Mrs. Valerie Davenport has taught English in grades 6-12 for the past 17 years, and currently teaches both Advanced Placement and Standard levels of English III at Highland Park High School.  She is a trainer for Abydos Learning International, a teacher training company specializing in research-based literacy instruction.   Mrs. Davenport is the author of a professional book for teachers that will be released in the spring of 2015.  She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English Literature from Abilene Christian University, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University.