On Saturday, March 10, 2018, over 80 students from the Connect School will take the National SAT test at the campus of Colorado State University Pueblo. Our middle school students will join over 1.5 million high school juniors and seniors who will take the SAT in the 2017-2018 school year. This test is created by the College Board and is the most widely used entrance exam for college admissions. It is a way for colleges to compare their applicants. The average national score on the SAT is around 1000 out of a possible 1600 points. The test has two subsections, math and evidence based reading and writing. Each subsection is worth 800 points.
So, who are we and why are we taking the National SAT when we are in middle school? We are a college prep middle school located in the heart of downtown Pueblo, Colorado. We are a National Blue Ribbon School with a passion for excellence. We strive to provide the very best education for our highly motivated student body. The test perfectly fits our curriculum so we are able to use the scores as a measure of our program’s depth and quality. Students qualify through the Western Academic Talent Search by submitting their Colorado state testing results.
It’s a tradition! We have prepared for and taken the ACT or SAT in the spring of each year for 24 years. We stared with just 4 students and now the program includes from 90 to 100 students a year. We partner with the Center for Bright Kids – Western Academic Talent Search to register and provide recognition, and access to special programs. The Western Academic Talent Search also gives certificates to each student in celebration of their efforts and achievement.
Preparation starts in mid November when each student receives a Princeton Review book for the SAT. This impressively thick preparation book is theirs to keep and use as they prepare for the test in their Junior or Senior year. Test preparation centers around three strategies: Know the Test, Know the Strategies, and Know the Content. We practice on Monday and Wednesday mornings before school. It is a challenge, but one that we gladly accept.
Test Day this year is March 10th. We arrive at CSU Pueblo with our admission ticket, calculator, and sharpened pencils. One or more of the test preparation instructors is there to greet us and guide us to our assigned room. The test starts at 8:30 a.m. We take the test with high school juniors and seniors. You can tell we are better prepared then they are because we actively write in our test booklets and know how to manage our time. We know the test and some powerful strategies. There is a break in the middle of the test when we have a snack provided by our prep instructor. The test is over around 11:30 p.m. and we catch our ride home.
Three or four weeks after the test we receive our scores in the mail from the College Board. Our goal is to break the national average of 1060 but what really matters is the experience. We learn how to prepare, how to take long tests, and not to be afraid. This test is just one of many steps on our road to success in college and our future careers. This is a valuable and exciting experience and one that we will never forget. Thank you Connect School