SAT/ACT Exam Preparation
College Prep - English
COURSE OVERVIEW: As students transition from high school to college or into the work force, their ability to apply language arts skills in real-world scenarios becomes essential. College Prep English focuses on the following student outcomes: Students understand and use effective strategies for reading and comprehending complex texts and assessing their relevancy and bias. Students utilize effective research procedures and produce results in prescribed standard from for short and long-term research projects. Students are equipped to gather and assimilate information from a diversity of reputable sources, including digital and online repositories. Students can give formal or informal oral presentations, including effective scholarship and job interviews. Students are skilled in utilizing multimedia resources where warranted in oral or written presentations. Students produce narrative, informative, and opinion writings showing good construction and adequate support. Students adhere to the conventions of Standard English in all written and oral presentations
Unit 1 – Resume - This unit discusses the format and look of a resume, and the reasons for creating a resume, as well as the objective statement, summary, work and volunteer experience, selected achievements, specific skills and job training, school organizations, and references. Also covered are interview skills and thank-you notes.
Unit 2 – Reading with a Purpose - This unit discusses annotations of written words and of visuals, summarizing for the main point, comparing and contrasting for theme, author’s purpose, using context clues, and tone versus mood.
Unit 3 – Types of Writing - This unit covers tips for writing under pressure, for discerning the actual assignment, and for writing a narrative story, a descriptive paragraph, a process essay, a definition, an illustrative piece, a compare/contrast paper, and a persuasive essay.
Unit 4 – Persuasion - This unit covers techniques of persuasion, including referring to an authority, using examples, predicting the consequence, and answering the opposition. Also included are writing a topic sentence and organizing and writing a persuasive piece, as well as audience and transitional expressions.
Unit 5 – Scholarship Essay - This unit discusses how to write a scholarship essay, including selecting a topic, the uniqueness of the topic, tips for keeping your essay within specified length limits while maintaining quality, focusing on a point, and writing to make your essay stand out among others.
Unit 6 – Research Paper - This unit covers how to write a research paper, including selecting and narrowing a topic; evaluating resources; taking notes; organizing a paper; writing a thesis statement, an introduction, and supporting paragraphs; quoting in your text; avoiding plagiarism; and using citations. Also discussed are point of view and appropriate language, sentence structure, using active versus passive voice, transition statements, the conclusion, and works cited. How to review and revise a research paper are also included.
Unit 7 – Grammar - This unit discusses punctuating quotations and citations, using commas, subject/verb agreement, semicolons, prepositional phrases, and parallelism.
Unit 8 – Vocabulary - This unit discusses commonly misspelled words and words that are commonly mistaken for each other, including a/an/and, accept/except, affect/effect, been/being, buy/by, it’s/its, know/knew/no/new, lose/loose, past/passed, quiet/quit/quite, rise/raise, sit/set, suppose/supposed, their/there/they’re, then/than, through/though, to/too/two, use/used, weather/whether, where/were/we’re, whose/who’s, and your/yours.
Unit 9 – Presentations - This unit covers making presentations, using PowerPoint, non-verbals, note-cards and pre-written speeches, movement, eye contact, and taking notes from a speech.
Unit 10 – Practical Writing - This unit discusses four practical types of writing with pertinent tips for each, including five steps for writing, topics for, and support of opinion writing; planning, clarity, brevity, simplicity, complexity, ambiguity, and verbs/voice in technical writing; types of, stages in, planning of, collecting/organizing information for, structure of, layout of, and illustrations in reports; and tone and subject lines in, limiting topics in, specifying a response to, and writing a personal versus a professional email.
College Prep - Math Exam
Course Overview: Specially developed to help students prepare to take the math portion of the ACT or SAT college entrance exam. Students watch as similar problems to those presented in these exams are solved in the high-quality video lessons. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to identify digits and place value with 3-digit and 4-digit numbers; write expanded form and word form of 3-digit and 4-digit numbers; use number lines; identify counting order; identify greater than and less than, odd and even numbers; count by tens, fives, and twos; use organized lists and charts for logical reasoning; round to the nearest ten, hundred, thousand, and given place value; count by 25s, 50s, 100s and 1,000s; use benchmarks; solve word problems; add using commutative, identify, associative properties, parentheses, as well as mental sums with tens, hundreds, and thousands; estimate sums for ten, hundreds, thousands, different place values and compatible numbers; add compatible numbers and solve word problems; add 2-digit numbers without grouping; add 2-digit, 3-digit, and 4-digit numbers with regrouping; add three 2-digit addends; add with different place values; use the guess and check method; choose an addition method; solve word problems; use mental math and find differences for tens, hundreds, and thousands; estimate differences for tens, hundreds, thousands, and compatible numbers; and subtract compatible numbers. Students will also be able to subtract 2-digit numbers without regrouping and 2-digit, 3-digit, and 4-digit subtraction with regrouping; find differences across zeroes; subtract with different place values; check subtraction with addition; compare differences, odd or even sums and differences; give exact or estimate answer; choose subtraction method; solve word problems; read a clock to the nearest second; say same time different ways; choose a.m. or p.m.; calculate time passage and elapsed time; name months of year; read calendar and time zones; count pennies, dimes, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, bills, and coins; calculate and count change; find patterns in counting to 100; use tally and frequency tables for surveys; read pictographs, bar-, line-, and circle-graphs, line plots; calculate mode and range; use ordered pairs; calculating probability of events and predicting outcomes; and judge fair and unfair games. Finally, students will be able to multiply by 0 – 11; multiply using multiplication properties, solve problems using tables; solve multiplication word problems; find missing factors; multiply with three factors; multiply using calculator; divide and multiply by 1 – 10; use division rules for zero; recall multiplication and division fact families; choose division operation; solve working backwards; find missing operation in equations and expressions; use order of operations; divide with calculator; describe, identify and classify lines, angels, polygons, solid figures, triangles by angles, quadrilaterals, circles, congruent figures, lines of symmetry; relate objects to solid figures; add and subtract mixed numbers, fractions, fractions as part of a whole and as part of a group; find fractions of amounts, equivalent fractions; compare fractions; solve word problems; add and subtract decimals to the tenth and hundredth place, with whole-number parts and their word forms; compare decimals; and decimals and fractions with money; measure length, weight, temperature, volume, mass, and capacity in U.S. and metric units; multiply by tens and hundreds; estimate products; multiply with regrouping; multiply 2-digit and 3-digit numbers; divide multiples of 100, 100, and 1,000; estimate quotients; regroup and divide 2-digit numbers; check division with multiplication; and solve word problems. This course is an excellent review for all students preparing to take either the ACT or SAT. Students completing the College Exam Math Preparation course should be well prepared to take the math portion of these very important exams.
Unit 1 – Pre-Algebra - This unit covers basic pre-algebra concepts, such as sets and sets of numbers, number bases, axioms, order of operations, absolute value, prime and composite numbers, lowest common multiples and greatest common factors, fractions, percents, permutations, combinations, and probability.
Unit 2 – Algebra I - This unit reviews concepts from Algebra I, including variables, like terms, linear equations, statistics, polynomials, factoring, and quadratics. Also covered are variation, exponents, radicals and radical equations, and distance and mid-point formulas, as well as age problems, geometric word problems, motion problems, coin and stamp problems, ratio problems, and work problems.
Unit 3 – Algebra II - This unit reviews Algebra II, including equation of a line, conic sections, functions, systems of equations, exponential and log functions, sequences, series, and complex numbers.
Unit 4 – Geometry - This unit discusses segment lengths, congruent angles, polygons, similar triangles, pythagorean theorem, 30-60-90 and 45-45-90 triangles, quadrilaterals, central and inscribed angles, area and perimeter.
Unit 5 – Trigonometry - This unit covers radians, degrees, trigonometric definitions and their graphs, inverse trigonometric functions, and identities. It further provides success strategies for taking college entrance exams.
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