Intro to Standardized Testing

Standardized Test Introduction and Review, Session 1: SAT and ACT Reading

The best way to earn good scores on standardized college admissions tests is to become familiar with their structure and method of questioning while developing an effective pacing strategy that enables one to complete as many questions as possible.  This course offers instruction and practice for the reading sections of the SAT and the ACT. On Monday and Tuesday, we’ll develop an approach to the SAT Reading Test and complete and review two practice tests; on Wednesday and Thursday, we’ll consider the ACT Reading Test, which is shorter, and complete and review at least three practice tests. Conducted in an air-conditioned conference room adjacent to Blair Academy’s Squash Center, the course meets for 90 minutes between morning and afternoon squash sessions, enabling campers to take advantage of all evening activities.

Instructor: Jim Moore is the chairman of the English department and director of the squash program at Blair Academy. A writer of fiction and non-fiction, Jim has served as board chairman of Writers & Books, a literary organization with over 5,000 members in Rochester, NY. Before becoming a full-time teacher, Jim directed the college counseling programs at Blair and Savannah (GA) Country Day School; he also served as director of alumni relations at the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon Graduate School Business. Jim has been a staff coach at Squash and Beyond since 2012; in addition to his work on the court, currently leads our College Essay Workshop and other writing programs in July. In 2015, Jim and his wife Wendy led the Squash and Beyond trip to the Dutch Junior Open in Amsterdam. Jim earned a BA in English from Cornell University.

Standardized Test Introduction and Review, Session 1: SAT and ACT Math

Similar in structure to the SAT and ACT Reading course, this course offers instruction and practice for the math sections of the SAT and the ACT. On Monday and Tuesday, we’ll develop an approach to the SAT Math Test and complete and review two practice tests; on Wednesday and Thursday, we’ll consider the ACT Math Test and complete and review at least two practice tests. Conducted in an air-conditioned conference room adjacent to Blair Academy’s Squash Center, the course meets for 90 minutes between morning and afternoon squash sessions, enabling campers to take advantage of all evening activities. 

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Just Do It: Write Your College Essay in a Week (rising 11th and 12th graders)

As more colleges–even the most competitive– adopt test-optional admissions policies, the college essay has become an even more important component of a student’s application, revealing what transcripts, score reports, and even the most thoughtful and observant recommendations do not: a first-hand look at how a student thinks and writes. This week-long program is for students who plan to apply to college within the next two years. By the end of the week, campers will have completed drafts of the Common Application essay, which they will send to their college counselor for review. The course takes place in Blair Academy’s Tracy Hall, a comfortable, air-conditioned space adjacent to the Squash Center.

Campers will write and discuss their work and continue to perfect their essays for two hours each day between squash sessions. After dinner each evening, campers will be able to participate in all evening activities.

Instructor: Jim Moore is the chairman of the English department and director of the squash program at Blair Academy. A writer of fiction and non-fiction, Jim has served as board chairman of Writers & Books, a literary organization with over 5,000 members in Rochester, NY. Before becoming a full-time teacher, Jim directed the college counseling programs at Blair and Savannah (GA) Country Day School; he also served as director of alumni relations at the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon Graduate School Business. Jim has been a staff coach at Squash and Beyond since 2012; in addition to his work on the court, currently leads our College Essay Workshop and other writing programs in July. In 2015, Jim and his wife Wendy led the Squash and Beyond trip to the Dutch Junior Open in Amsterdam. Jim earned a BA in English from Cornell University.