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Penn State York Offers Summer SAT Preparation Courses

6/3/2008 —

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 this summer.  The four-session courses for verbal and math SATs are designed to help students improve their SAT skills.  Each class meets in four sessions on July 21, 23, 28, and 30. Classes are held in the Main Classroom Building at the campus.

Students participating in the Preparation for Your Verbal SAT (12:35  – 2:35 p.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.

Noel Sloboda, Ph.D., instructor of English at Penn State York, is the course instructor.  Sloboda earned his doctorate in English from Washington University.  Sloboda was honored by the campus in 2005 with the James H. Burness Award for Excellence in Teaching.  He has received numerous other honors and awards and has been published in “Studies in Humanities.”  He is also involved in many language associations and has been a judge for the Lancaster Scholastic Writing Awards.   He has written a book about Edith Wharton and Gertrude Stein and has published more than 100 poems in various journals in the United States and abroad.  Sloboda has a book of poetry which is set to be published in July.

Preparation for Your Math SAT (11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) will familiarize students with the SAT format, and then review SAT math topics including arithmetic, algebra, geometry, graphs, measures, and quantitative comparisons.  Please bring a calculator to the first class.  Cost for the Preparation for Your Math SAT course is $70.

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 a blended learning course for the Penn State World Campus.  He is currently working with a colleague on another World Campus course.

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) 771-4107 or visit the Web site at ce.yk.psu.edu and click on youth programs.

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