The Kishwaukee College Continuing Education Department is offering online courses to help area high school students prepare for the SAT and ACT college entrance exams. The course, offered through partnership with nationally recognized Ed2Go, will begin August 17. The course will also be available later in the semester with start dates of September 14 and October 12.
The online SAT/ACT Test Preparation course will include two parts: Part 1 covers Reading, Writing, English and Science and Part 2 covers Math. The SAT – which is the entrance exam that will be administered at Illinois high schools this year – had a change in both the Verbal and Math questions in March 2016. The online course is designed to prepare students for those changes.
The online course is an excellent option for students who want to get the best preparation for the SAT exam but also are involved in extracurricular activities or hold part-time jobs in addition to their studies. An online course allows students to log in and complete the course work at their own pace and on a day and time that is convenient for their busy schedules. The cost for the entire course is $174; the cost for students opting to register for only one of the available Parts is $109.
For the past two years, Illinois has participated in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing and as part of that assessment had planned to end long-time ACT testing offered at the local high schools. Under PARCC, students who needed to take the ACT or SAT could do so on their own, outside of district requirements. The ACT and SAT exams are both accepted as college entrance test scores.
In a letter to area school districts dated July 11, 2016, Tony Smith, PhD, State Superintendent of Education, noted that Illinois high school districts had indicated the importance of the annual college entrance exams. In response, Dr. Smith expressed support for reinstating the exams in his letter, stating, “Guaranteed access to the exam best ensures that students in Illinois, especially those who are most in need, have opportunities in higher education they might otherwise not receive. During the upcoming year, all public school students in grade 11 will complete the SAT, including a Writing component. The SAT will serve as the state assessment for purposes of state and federal accountability.”
For more detailed information on the Kishwaukee College SAT/ACT Preparation course, visit www.ed2go.com/kishc/online-courses/sat- practice-act- prep?tab=overview. For more information on Kishwaukee College, contact Tricia Hernandez at 815-825- 9441 or at email@example.com.
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