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Webinar can help students prepare for SAT
Hall library labs offered for students who need computers
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SAT Prep Class

When: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays

How to register:

How much: $5 per class or $20 for all five classes

Feb. 7: Overview of the SAT and Writing Sections

Feb. 14: Writing and Critical Reading Sections

Feb. 21: Critical Reading Sections

Feb. 28: Math Sections

March 7: Math Sections/ Overview

Preparing for the SAT can help increase a student’s score and their chances of getting into a good college, but preparation courses can be fairly expensive.

The Hall County School District will help students get ready for the test with a more affordable and time-friendly option.

Hall County high school students have the opportunity to participate in a live webinar SAT preparation course beginning Feb. 7. The webinar is timed to get students ready for the March 9 administration of the test.

For $5 a class, students can prepare for the SAT on their home computers from 6:30-8 p.m. every Thursday for five weeks.

Students can pay for the class online through a Paypal account, or through their school’s guidance councilor.

Laurie Ecke, assistant to the director of
advanced and innovative programs of Hall County School District, said the course will help students learn preparation and test-taking strategies that will help to increase their scores.

“A lot of students don’t really know all that much about the test,” Ecke said. “The course has a lot of good strategies and helps with making sure you understand those concepts.”

Because individual sections of the SAT are timed, the preparation course covers topics like how to manage time during the test. Students will also be able to practice for the individual sections of the test with practice tests and materials.

During the 90-minute class, students can interact with the instructor and ask questions.

Students will be encouraged to use additional practice materials, which are available for free on Students can register for the March 9 test on the website.

“In my experience, students who will spend a few hours preparing for the SAT can dramatically improve their scores,” Ecke said. “That’s the hope for them to use the test to showcase all the things they do know.”

Students must have a computer with a camera, a microphone and Internet access. Students are encouraged to check their Internet connection prior to each class to be sure their access to class isn’t interrupted.

Students who wish to take the class but do not have access to a computer are encouraged to use computer labs at the Hall County Library System.

Students will need a library card, which is free, to access computers. Computer labs are available at the Gainesville Branch, 127 Main St.; Blackshear Branch, 2927 Atlanta Highway; Spout Springs Library, 6488 Spout Springs Road in Flowery Branch; and North Hall Technology Center, 4175 Nopone Road.

All branches close at 8 p.m. Thursdays but Adrian Mixson, Hall County Library System director, said library staff is willing to stay open for an additional 15 to 30 minutes, depending on student needs.

“It just seems a natural service to provide,” Mixson said. “Especially for those without access to a good high speed connection. We have always offered an opportunity to take practice tests online.”