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July 2001

Release Date: July 2, 2001

Review Camp Offers Head Start on College for Jr., Sr. High School Students

Junior and senior high school students can get a head start on their college preparation and enhance their chances for receiving academic scholarships by participating in Angelo State University's Summer Review Camp for the ACT, SAT and PSAT.

Sponsored by ASU's Division of Continuing Studies, the ACT/SAT/PSAT Review Camp will run 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday, July 16-20, and will provide intensive instruction on the various college entrance exams. Strong scores on those tests enhance a student's chance of getting an academic scholarship, including a prestigious National Merit Scholarship.

The Review Camp can acquaint participants with the individual test formats and the topics covered by the various tests. The ACT, or American College Testing, focuses equally on English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning and is one of the entrance examinations required by most colleges. The SAT, or Scholastic Assessment Test, assesses students' abilities to understand and analyze what they read, recognize sentences that make logical sense, see relationships between pairs of words and solve problems involving arithmetic, algebra and geometry. The PSAT, or Preliminary SAT, covers the same areas as the SAT but also includes a writing section. The PSAT is especially important because it is used as a basis for awarding National Merit Scholarships to outstanding high school students.

This five-day camp not only reviews content areas of each test but also emphasizes test-taking strategies. Participants also will be instructed on time management, preparing a high school portfolio, selecting the best field of study for their interests/aptitude, applying for financial aid and improving their leadership skills.

"The format of the camp is designed to help students maximize their knowledge of these tests which can have a significant impact on their educational futures," said Deborah Palmer, camp coordinator. "Each study session will last only 50 minutes so participants can change their focus often. Content areas will be offered at different times each day to optimize the best learning time for each participant. An elective will be offered each morning and each afternoon to provide a break from the heavy content areas being studied."

The five-day course will conclude on Friday with a simulated test that morning and a final review of each content area that afternoon. This concluding wrap-up will help evaluate participants' learning during the camp.

Cost for the camp is $235 and includes instruction, textbooks, sample tests, lunch each day, and a camp T-shirt. For additional information or to register, contact ASU's Division of Continuing Studies, (325) 942-2339.