The Alpine SAT Prep Academy continues this summer to help Virgin Islands high school students boost the scores of their SAT (standardized aptitude test widely used for college admissions in the United States). The program will start with a practice SAT exam on Saturday, June 20, and will continue with both math and language arts lessons during the week. The program will then end with a practice SAT exam to gauge students’ achievement. The entire program will be held virtually to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.
According to the College Board, which is the official entity that develops and administers the SAT, the average mean SAT score of 635 high school students who took the SAT in the territory during the 2017-18 school year was 935 out of a perfect score of 1600. While the SAT score is not a measurement of the students’ aptitude, potential or success in life, it can dictate their college choices and career paths. In addition, higher vocabulary level has been linked to greater intelligence and confidence.
Currently, most VI students do not take a mock exam before taking the real SAT. Alpine’s free SAT preparation program will incentivize students to familiarize themselves with the SAT test and practice regularly to ultimately increase their SAT scores. Past Alpine SAT Prep Academy students have raised their SAT score by an average of 60 points after participating in the program.
“The young people are the future of Virgin Islands,” said Annalise Setorie, Alpine’s director of external affairs. “Their success will enrich our community, and we hope to empower them with the proper resources and opportunities to reach their full potential.”
Over the years, Alpine Securities USVI LLC has been involved with numerous charitable initiatives on the island focused on investing in the youth and bringing the community together, such as the annual King of the Wing Contest that raises money for a local nonprofit organization.
Alpine’s SAT Prep Academy is open to all Virgin Islands high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. In addition to classroom instruction by V.I. educators, students will enroll in the official SAT Practice, which is a computer-based practice plan, developed by Khan Academy and the College Board and used by nearly 40 percent of all SAT takers. Alpine will monitor the students’ progress and administer two online practice exams at the start and end of the program to compare their results.
The top scorers from each public school will earn a $1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice. The most active participants will earn other prizes, including monetary prizes and the Texas Instruments TI-84, a graphic calculator that is commonly used during the SAT and in advanced math classes in college.
The first SAT Practice Test will take place virtually on Saturday, June 20, and the final practice test will take place virtually on Saturday, Aug. 1. Participants will attend SAT Prep classes in math, reading and writing on Tuesdays and Thursdays in between the two test dates. The program was first launched in September 2019.
About the College Board The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®.
About Khan Academy The Academy is a nonprofit with a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. It offers free personalized SAT test prep in partnership with the test developer, the College Board. Khan Academy has been translated into dozens of languages, and 100 million people use its platform worldwide every year.