SAT "boot camp" planned


MANCHESTER >> Maple Street School Math Department Head, Joy Stewart, and Stratton Mountain School English teacher, Mary Mangiacotti, will run a boot camp at Maple Street School to prepare rising juniors and seniors for the new SAT on May 7. The course will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on four Sundays: March 20, April 3, April 10, and April 24.

Trained as SAT and ACT tutors at A-List Education in New York City, Joy and Mary have had much success in the past helping students feel confident about the college admissions process. "For many students, the SAT or ACT is a daunting concept," Stewart explains. "A big part of our success lies in the way Mary and I work as a team to give kids strategies for each section of the test. Whether math or evidence-based reading and writing, having a plan of attack can make all the difference. We provide the plan."

The College revamped the SAT by changing what is tested, how it is tested, and how it is scored, which was taken by high school students across the country for the first time on March 5. According to Mangiacotti, "We feel that we are in a strong position to prepare students because we have a solid track record over the past several years, having helped juniors and seniors achieve their goals on both the old SAT and the ACT. We understand the similarities and differences between these tests and the ways in which the new SAT incorporates elements of both. We know the strategies that make a difference."

Both teachers emphasize that conquering the SAT or ACT is a process, and if students are willing to put in the time and practice, they will be successful.

For more information about the course or about either of the tests, please contact Joy Stewart at or Since groups will be limited to six students per teacher, there is limited space, so register soon.


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