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State students get free test prep program

August 12, 2005

Albany-All public high school students in Georgia will have free access to an on-line SAT prep program this year, thanks to a million dollars from the state.

Ninth through 12th grade students will be able to set up private accounts with a school code which they'll get from guidance counselors. The program will offer six free full-length practice test, including the essay portion.

There will eventually be a link to the website through www.gacollege411.com or students can find the link now www.satonlinecourseschool.com.

Dougherty County students already have access to free SAT prep classes offered at 7:30 a.m., before school starts, but teachers, like Elaine Williams at Dougherty Comprehensive High School, say the more opportunities students have for practice, the higher their score will be.

"The very fact that they can go on-line and practice, they can do it at their own pace, they can do it in their own settings at home," Williams said, who teaches literature and the part of the prep class at Dougherty.

"I took the SAT before I enrolled in the class and I didn't do as well as I wanted to, but by the end of the course, I was right where I wanted to be," said Orson Burton Jr., a senior at Dougherty.

Burton raised his SAT score 80 points after taking a prep class at Dougherty.

Georgia is the first state to pay the college board to give all public high school students access to the program. If your kids attend private school or are home-schooled, they can buy the same program from the college board for $69.

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