Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Governor, PrepMe to Unveil Online SAT Prep Course
Will be available free to every junior in the state

Governor John Baldacci, Education Department officials, and the head of PrepMe will announce the offering of a free online SAT preparation course to every high school junior in Maine at a press event a 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 1, at Portland High School ’s library.

For the next three years, plans to let every junior in Maine use its program without cost to students, schools or the State. The cost of the Gold Programs is usually $300. Maine recently required that every high school junior in the state take the SAT as a way to boost expectations among students that they can attend college. Maine is the first in the nation to use the SAT as an assessment tool; the U.S. Department of Education has given “approval pending” status to Maine ’s decision.

Built by recent graduates of Stanford and The University of Chicago, PrepMe’s SAT program creates a personalized study plan based on a thorough diagnostic of each student’s strengths and weaknesses.

PrepMe is not associated with the College Board, which designs, prints, and scores the SAT. Also, the “Me” in PrepMe does not stand for “ Maine .” The event will include a demonstration of the software, with students from Portland High School .


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