Preparation for the Scholastic Aptitude Test will be the focus of 12 weekly classes at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center beginning Jan. 14, 2018. Scholarships are available for the class, taught by Mary Smyth, to be held each Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

The course, called Prep Matters, is designed for high school sophomores and juniors, as well as seniors who plan to retake the SAT in the spring.

The recently redesigned SAT now has two scores — verbal skills and math. According to the College Board, to be able to attain at least a C in a non-remedial college math class, a student must score 530 out of 800 on the math section of the SAT, but only about 40 percent of high school students can do so.

“It is important that students understand that they need to work for a semester, not just cram at the last minute for one test,” Smyth said.

Smyth has been teaching math at Watershed School in Camden for 10 years and has coached SAT prep for 12 years. She is a retired pediatrician who became interested in the math curriculum when her sons were in elementary school. Smyth also is a local expert on college admission testing, and has tutored students for the SAT, ACT, SAT subject tests and AP Calculus exams, many of whom went on to earn scores of 800.

Course fee is $500 per student for a 12-week preparation in the verbal, math and essay portions of the test; $300 for a 12-week preparation in either the math or verbal portions of the test.

For more information, to request a scholarship application or a disability accommodation, contact Diana McSorley, 338-8093 or