SAT prep course available for college-bound students

Feb 09, 2018

Belfast — Prospective college students can prepare to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test in eight weekly classes at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, beginning March 4. The class, taught by Mary Smyth, will 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 spring 2018.

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 $375 per student for an eight-week course in preparation for the verbal, math and essay portions of the test; $275 for an eight-week course in preparation in either the math or verbal portions of the test.

Need-based scholarships are available through the Hutchinson Center.

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

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