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Parker Standardized Test Prep Program

Parker has several test prep opportunities to meet the needs of Parker students preparing for PSAT/SAT/ACT. Class meeting times will be scheduled by Lorna Kocian to accommodate the majority of students registering. There are opportunities for flexible groups and schedules. Please share your preferences on your registration form or contact lkocian@francisparker.org. Below you will find the description of the various programs. Prepare now for fall test dates. Class sizes are limited. All sessions are held in the Parker Learning Center on the second floor of the Peters Family Building.

The classes listed below provide detailed instruction to prepare students for the SAT, PSAT, and ACT. At your option, homework can be provided, and students can learn from their mistakes and receive a real test score on the homework assignment during individual tutoring. Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Fall 2014 Test Preparation Schedule

Zinger Grammar for all the tests (SAT, PSAT, and ACT) $110
Sunday, Aug. 3rd
, 2:00-4:00

Learn the grammar rules necessary to ace the SAT, PSAT, and ACT. Zinger Grammar booklets will be distributed. Students will apply this knowledge to various timed test segments. This is an opportunity for juniors to see the differences between the SAT and the ACT in the English/Writing areas. This is a great review for seniors retaking any tests in the fall.

SAT/PSAT Zinger Math I $120
Wednesday, Aug. 6th
, 3:15-5:15

Students will receive “Zinger” math workbooks and will complete the entire workbook, full of the common, difficult problems on the SAT and PSAT math sections.

ACT Reading $85
Wednesday, Aug. 6th
, 5:15-6:45

The ACT Reading section is straightforward, but difficult to finish in the time allotted. Students will receive strategies to maximize their performance and will complete timed passages.

ACT Science $110
Thursday, Aug. 7th
, 10:00-noon

Learn the strategies to ace this section of the test by speeding up and improving focus. Students will complete timed test segments.

ACT English $110
Thursday, Aug. 7th
, 1:00-3:00

The ACT English section tests students on not only grammar, but also punctuation and content. Students will receive tips, strategies, and grammar and punctuation rules. Students will practice with timed passages.

SAT/PSAT Critical Reading with Vocabulary Word Roots $110
Wednesday, Aug. 13th
, 3:15-5:15

Students will learn strategies to ace the Critical Reading section of the test and will receive an eight-page handout with the most popular word roots, with SAT words listed for each root. Students will complete timed passages and vocabulary questions.

ACT Math $85
Wednesday, Aug. 13th
, 5:15-6:45

Students will receive a math equation sheet to study. Many common, difficult problems on the ACT Math section will be explained.

Take a Practice ACT $240
Saturday, Aug. 16th, 8:00 to noon and Sunday, Aug. 17th
, 9:00 to noon

The exam will be administered on Saturday. Students will receive scores and explanations of all problems missed on Sunday.

Take a Practice SAT $240
Saturday, Aug. 16th, 1:00-5:00 and Sunday, Aug. 17th
, 1:00-4:00

The exam will be administered on Saturday. Students will receive scores and explanations of all problems missed on Sunday.

SAT Zinger Math II $120
Wednesday, Aug. 20th
, 3:30-5:30

Common, difficult problems on the SAT Math section will be explained. An equation sheet for study will be provided. Zinger Math II is not a repeat of Zinger Math I. All problems discussed will be different from those problems explained during the August 6th class. This class is designed to further refine students’ math skills.

ACT Science II $110
Thursday, Aug. 21st
, 10:00 to noon

Learn the strategies to ace this section of the test by speeding up and improving focus. Students will complete timed test segments. The test distributed will be different from any tests the students have previously been provided.

ACT English with Essay Instruction $110
Thursday, Aug. 21st
, 1:00-3:00

Grammar, punctuation, and strategies will be reviewed. Students will complete new multiple-choice passages. The last segment of the class will be dedicated to instruction on how to ace the essay portion of the test.

SAT Zinger Writing with Essay Instruction $110
Thursday, Aug. 21st
, 3:00-5:00

Grammar rules will be reviewed. A new Writing test will be explained. The last segment of the class will be dedicated to instruction on how to ace the essay portion of the test.

ACT Math II $110
Wednesday, Aug. 27th
, 3:30-5:30

Math concepts will be reviewed. Many common, difficult problems will be explained. Students will complete timed test segments.

New Classes

ACT Practice
Thursday, Aug. 28th, 9:00-noon

At least three sections of the ACT will be reviewed, and sample test sections will be administered for practice. Difficult questions will be explained.

SAT/PSAT Practice $110
Friday, Aug. 29th
, 10:00 to noon

Math, Critical Reading, and Writing will be reviewed. Sample test sections will be administered for practice. Difficult questions will be explained.

ACT Reading and English $165
Wednesday, Sept. 3rd
, 2:30-5:30

Strategies to ace the English and Reading sections of the ACT will be reviewed. Sample passages from real ACTs will be discussed. Students will have an opportunity to try timed test segments.

ACT Science and Math $165
Thursday, Sept. 4th
, 2:30-5:30

Strategies to ace the Science and Math sections of the ACT will be reviewed. Sample passages and problems from real ACTs will be discussed. Students will have an opportunity to try timed test segments.

Early Bird Test Prep—Writing the “Perfect 12” Essay $55
Friday, Sept. 5th
, 7:00-8:00 a.m.

This class prepares students to write exemplary essays that will score high on either the ACT or the SAT. (“12” is a perfect essay score.)

ACT Wrap-Up $110
Wednesday, Sept. 10th
, 2:30-4:30

Final tips and reminders will be provided. All sections of the ACT will be discussed.

Take a Practice SAT $240
Saturday, Sept. 13th and Sunday Sept. 14
th

The exam will be administered on Saturday, 8:00 to noon. Students will receive scores and explanations of all problems missed on Sunday, 9:00 to noon.

SAT Zinger Math $120
Wednesday, Sept. 17th
, 2:30-4:30

Students will receive “Zinger” math workbooks and will complete the entire workbook, full of the common, difficult problems on the SAT and PSAT math sections. Each Zinger Math class presents new math problems so students benefit from attending more than one.

SAT Zinger Grammar $110
Thursday, Sept. 18th
, 2:30-4:30

Grammar rules critical to acing the Writing section will be reviewed. A full Writing test will be explained. Students will have the opportunity to try timed test segments.

SAT Critical Reading $110
Wednesday, Sept. 24th
, 2:30-4:30

Strategies to increase reading efficiency and ace reading questions as well as vocabulary word roots will be discussed. Students will have the opportunity to complete timed test segments.

Take a Practice SAT $240
Saturday, Sept. 27th and Sunday Sept. 28
th

The exam will be administered on Saturday, 8:00 to noon. Students will receive scores and explanations of all problems missed on Sunday, 9:00 to noon.

PSAT Overview (section 1) $165
Sunday, Sept. 28th
, 2:00-5:00

This class familiarizes students with each section of the PSAT: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing. One hour will be spent on each topic. Students will be provided with a PSAT booklet that includes tips, strategies, an equation sheet and grammar rules to study, and a sample PSAT.

SAT Math Practice $110
Wednesday, Oct. 1st
, 2:30-4:30

Math test sections will be explained. An equation sheet will be provided to study. Students will work through common medium and difficult math problems.

SAT Writing Practice $110
Thursday, Oct 2nd
, 2:30-4:30

SAT Writing test sections will be explained. Zinger Grammar handouts will be provided. Students will complete timed test segments. The SAT essay will be explained, and sample prompts will be presented for discussion.

SAT Critical Reading and Vocabulary $110
Friday, Oct. 3rd
, 2:30-4:30

Tips and strategies to ace the Critical Reading section will be reviewed. A new vocabulary handout will be provided. Students will complete timed test segments.

SAT Wrap-Up $110
Wednesday, Oct. 8th
, 2:30-4:30

This is a final review. All test sections will be covered.

PSAT Overview (section 2) $165
Friday, Oct. 10th
, 2:30-5:30

This class familiarizes students with each section of the PSAT: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing. One hour will be spent on each topic. Students will be provided with a PSAT booklet that includes tips, strategies, an equation sheet and grammar rules to study, and a sample PSAT.

PSAT Overview (section 3) $165
Sunday, Oct. 12th, 2:00-5:00

This class familiarizes students with each section of the PSAT: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing. One hour will be spent on each topic. Students will be provided with a PSAT booklet that includes tips, strategies, an equation sheet and grammar rules to study, and a sample PSAT.

Reminder: Class size is limited. Email Lorna Kocian to reserve your place for the class(es) you want to take; download the registration form and bring it with you to the first class. Back to Top
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Individual Tutoring

Individual tutoring is available during free periods, lunch, and certain after-school and weekend hours. It is recommended students purchase either College Board’s Guide to the SAT or Peterson’s The Real ACT Prep Guide. In those books, they will find real tests to take at home. After students compile questions from their work at home, they can meet with Learning Center faculty to get their questions answered and receive specific handouts and other resources to improve in particular areas.

Time: Please email Lorna Kocian to arrange times for individual tutoring.

Cost: $90 per one-hour session

All sessions will be held at Parker in the College Counseling/Learning Center section of the Student Services/Administration Building. Fees will be billed to student accounts.

Please sign and submit completed registration form to the Learning Center at least ten days prior to the class start date.

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Registration and Cancellation Policy

For questions, contact: Lorna Kocian at lkocian@francisparker.org or at 858-342-8022 or Rona Dosick at rdosick@francisparker.org or at 858-569-7900 x4154.

For classes and tutoring, please email Lorna Kocian at lkocian@francisparker.org and include the classes or sessions requiring her attendance. You can then bring a hard copy of the Registration Form and submit it to Lorna at the first class or session. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email. Fees will be billed to the student's account.

Individual tutoring sessions must be cancelled at least 24 hours in advance; the session will be billed if notification of cancellation is less than 24 hours before the session. Canceling registration for a class with less than 24 hours notice will incur a 50% cancellation fee. Class registration may be cancelled up to 1 week before start date without any charge.

Make-up classes/sessions will be scheduled based the availability and discretion of the teacher; outlines and materials will be made available for the missed class or session.

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About Lorna Kocian

Parker is fortunate to have engaged Lorna Kocian to teach in our test preparation program. Lorna is an experienced teacher/tutor who has been supporting San Diego students for more than ten years.

Prior to creating her own tutoring business, Lorna worked with students in the Parker Learning Center. Lorna has used her years of experience with standardized testing to create many of her own materials, which will be used in the Parker program. Her expertise has been validated by the successes of the students she has taught.

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