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SAT, ACT and TOEFL Test Preparation

The CATS Academy Test Preparation Department has three experienced teachers, all with years of experience in both test prep and conventional classroom teaching. The Test Preparation Department offers courses in SAT Prep, ACT Prep, and TOEFL Prep. These courses aid in the development of the core skills tested on these exams, as well as many exam-specific strategies.

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Test Preparation electives

SAT Prep

This class is designed to improve student performance on the SAT. Students practice the core skills to be tested on the SAT: reading comprehension, writing and grammar, and mathematics both with and without a calculator. The class also provides students with SAT-specific practice, including official SAT practice tests, allowing them to become more comfortable answering SAT-style questions and utilizing strategies that best fit the SAT. This course is recommended for all 11th graders who have not scored a combined 1250 or above on the SAT. 

This course is recommended for all 11th graders who have not scored a combined 1250 or above on the SAT.

TOEFL Prep

iBT test and generally improve their English proficiency. Students practice general core skills such as reading comprehension and grammar, as well as TOEFL-specific instruction to improve performance on the TOEFL reading, writing, listening, and speaking tests.

This course is required in the fall for all non-native English speakers who are in ESL Level 3 or 4 as juniors or new seniors.

Faculty

Peter Bard
Chair of Test Prep
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Peter Bard

Chair of Test Prep

BA, English Literature, University of Connecticut
MS, Education, Eastern Connecticut State University

Peter Bard holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Connecticut and a Master鈥檚 of Science in English Secondary Education from Eastern Connecticut State University. Upon receiving his Connecticut Teaching Certification, Peter taught English at Rockville High School in Vernon, CT, after which he moved to Boston to work in private education. Peter has been working in education since 2005, and in test preparation since 2010. He teaches SAT and ACT Preparation at CATS and coaches boys JV basketball.

James O'Brien
Test Prep Teacher
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James O'Brien

Test Prep Teacher

BA, English Literature, Middlebury College

James O鈥橞rien holds a Bachelor鈥檚 of Arts in English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing from Middlebury College. Before returning to his home state of Massachusetts, James worked in both finance and test preparation in San Francisco, California. After working as an English teacher and Assistant Director of Communications at his high school alma mater, St. Sebastian鈥檚, James joined CATS Academy in 2013. James teaches Test Prep, English Literature, and Creative Writing at CATS. He also coaches the boys varsity basketball team.

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