Penn State York offers fall SAT preparation courses

August 25, 2009

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 fall. The four-session courses for verbal and math SATs are designed to help students improve their SAT skills. Two sessions are being offered: Sept. 5, 12, 19, and 26 or Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, and 21. Classes are held in the Main Classroom Building at the Penn State York campus.

Students participating in the Preparation for Your Verbal SAT (held from 9 to 11 a.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, instructor of English at Penn State York, is the course instructor. Sloboda earned his doctorate in English from Washington University, and 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 is the author of "he Making of Americans in Paris," a book on Edith Wharton and Gertrude Stein. He has published more than 100 poems in various journals in the United States and abroad and his poetry book, "Shell Games," was published in July 2008.

Preparation for Your Math SAT (held from 11:05 a.m. to 12:35 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, 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 and click on youth programs.

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Last Updated August 26, 2009