SAT Prep Syllabus

Course Syllabus & Guidelines for SAT Prep – Mr. Beretsky – Room B-230

 Course Description

SAT Prep is designed to help prepare students for the SAT test. In addition to reviewing the basic verbal and mathematical skills assessed on the SAT test, students learn test-taking strategies specific to the exam.  Although all sections of the SAT will be covered, emphasis will be place on mathematics.  Material includes samples with explanations, grading rubrics for peer and self-assessment, practice tests with complete multiple-choice assessments, essays prompts, and study resources. Independent practice is followed by guided collaborative review. Upon successful completion, students will possess the tools necessary to complete the SAT to the best of their ability.

 

Prerequisites 
Algebra I, Geometry, English 9 and 10 are suggested.

SAT Prep is a 1 semester – 1 credit course.

Course Objective

The Student will be able to:

  • Be familiar with the Writing Section of the SAT
  • Be familiar with the Reading Section of the SAT
  • Be familiar with the Mathematics Section of the SAT
  • Be familiar test-taking strategies used on the SAT Exam
  • Be able to discuss the questions on the Writing Section of the SAT Exam
  • Be able to discuss the questions on the Reading Section of the SAT Exam
  • Be able to discuss the questions on the Mathematics Section of the SAT Exam
  • Be able to analyze and score results from Practice Sessions of the SAT Exam
  • Get a better than average score on the Writing Section of the SAT Exam
  • Get a better than average score on the Reading Section of the SAT Exam
  • Get a better than average score on the Mathematics Section of the SAT Exam

 Textbooks

KAPLAN – SAT Premier Guide – usually left in the room may be borrowed or taken home as needed

PRINCETONREVIEW – 11 SAT Tests – usually left in the room may be borrowed or taken home as needed

Expectations

You should be taking this course as a way of improving your score in the SAT Test.  If you don’t care about this there is no reason for you to be in this room and you may want to consider having a study hall instead.  You will be asked to form a study group with two or three other students.  This is an important part of the experience.  The main purpose of the group is to share your knowledge, keep each other on track and help each other through any rough sections of the exam.  This can be a very rewarding experience for all members.   If you practice earnestly and are familiar with the various parts of the test, you will do better — so please take it seriously.

Internet Access

I have a homepage on the Internet. https://beretsky.wordpress.com

This page will contain a course specific section on which I hope to put a schedule, a copy of the course syllabus and links that will be helpful and interesting to you.  Be sure to visit this page regularly.  Email can be sent to me at sberetsky@belchertown.org.

 

Students are urged to go the website below and set up an account so that they may review strategies and practice SAT sections on-line.   SAT Prep Website: http://www.satexamprep.com/

You are expected to bring the following materials to class every day:

Notebook (discussed in detail below)

Pencils and erasers

A Scientific or Graphing Calculator

 

General Classroom Behavior

  • You are expected to respect and value yourself, your school environment and the diversity of the BHS community. 
  • You are expected to contribute to classes and work cooperatively whenever the situation requires. 
  • You are expected to come to class prepared to work and learn
  • You are expected to form a study group and discuss exam results with your group
  • Bullying of any kind is not permitted in this classroom
  • You are expected to use pencil and show work for all mathematics on homework, class work, projects, tests and quizzes
  • You are to be in your assigned seat when the bell rings.
  • You are expected not to talk while I am speaking or interrupt while other people are speaking.
  • There will be no getting out of your seat or speaking without permission.  If you want to speak or get of your seat during class, raise your hand and wait to be recognized.
  • There will be no leaving the room except for emergencies, which should not occur often.
  • If you need to leave the room, just take the pass and leave as quietly as possible.
  • The bell does not dismiss the class.
  • No eating or drinking in the classroom.
  • The Pass is to be used only in an emergency

Grading Policy

The Course is graded as Pass/Fail

Tests

Practice SAT exercises will be given and graded and discussed with the teacher and among the students

These exams will be given under the same conditions as an actual SAT Test

Homework

There is no required homework, except what you want to do to have more SAT practice.

Make-up Work

Make up work is not required

Extra Help

If you wish to discuss any material seek extra help from me.  I will be available after school in room B-230 from Monday to Thursday and before school by appointment on any school day.