By Johnny Jackson
Georgia Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox is encouraging high school students to begin preparing now for the upcoming SAT.
The state is offering high school students free access to the SAT Online Prep Course developed by the College Board, the group which administers the SAT.
The online course - free and open to all Georgia high schoolers - gives students access to virtual preparation exercises, review quizzes, and practice tests. The course's review quizzes and practice tests are scored, and include feedback.
"While usage of the program continues to rise, we want to make sure that every parent and student knows about it and knows the impact it can have," Cox said.
According to Cox, students who used the course scored, on average, 48 points higher on the college entrance exam than those who did not.
"As you well know, 48 points could be the difference between getting into the college of your choice or not," Cox said. "So, if you are, like me, the parent of a high school student in Georgia, please make sure he or she registers for the free Online SAT Prep Course and takes full advantage of it."
School officials advise students to take rigorous course work throughout the year, in addition to preparation for the SAT.
Public school students can visit their guidance office to ask for a card which has an access code for the course. Private school students and home-schooled students should go to the Georgia Department of Education's Web site to register.
Hard-copy practice exams for the SAT are also available in high school guidance counselors' offices.
The regular registration deadline for the March 14 test is Feb. 10. Other upcoming test dates are May 2 and June 6. Regular registration deadlines are roughly one month before the test date.
On the net:
Georgia Department of Education: www.gadoe.org/SATPrepClass