SAT Prep at MMA
Three of the most common questions about the SAT Prep class by parents and students are “What do you do in it?” ; “Will it affect my/his GPA?” and “Does anyone ever fail?” SAT Prep is a single semester pass/fail – no bearing on GPA – course that MMA provides as a service to seniors (first semester) and juniors (second semester) who can work the class into their busy academic schedules.
Online Courses for SAT Prep
Marine Military Academy subscribes to both the SAT and ACT Online Courses for the SAT Prep class, so there is no cost to parents for the programs which; if bought privately, which they can be, would be eighty dollars each for four months. The SAT course covers Critical Reading – sentences completion and comprehending and analyzing reading passages; Math – algebra, calculus, trigonometry, statistics; Writing (multiple choice) –punctuation, grammar, usage; and a student generated multiple paragraph essay.
In addition to the above academic areas, the ACT adds a Science section. The programs are designed to be self-contained so each student can work at his own pace and in the area(s) in which he needs the most practice. A student fails SAT Prep the same way he fails a core course: he chooses not to do the assigned work. But few make that choice because it carries the same stigma as failing Study Hall.
Alternatives to SAT Prep Class
If a student wants to take SAT Prep but can’t fit it into a schedule filled with Honors and Advanced Placement classes, I can still register him for the course(s), and as long as he has access to an internet-connected computer, he can work the programs. In a few cases, I’ve registered students younger than juniors and seniors who come in when they can – usually after school or during the latter part of Second Mess (Lunch) to work for fifteen to twenty minutes. Every little bit…
Michele (Mickie) Pickens has been teaching English at MMA for 34 years and added SAT Prep in the last six of those years. She has Secondary Certification and a Masters degree in English from Stephen F. Austin State University.