( May 24, 2013, Chandler, AZ) Students throughout the valley have the opportunity to bone up on their test-taking skills through a class offered several times throughout the summer at the EAJ Institute, a division of New Vistas Center for Education. The two-week class prepares students for the PSAT exams, also known as the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test. The PSAT is offered to students 10th grade and beyond as excellent preparation for the National Merit Scholarship competitions and for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) also known as the College Entrance Exam.
The PSAT test contains five sections which measures a student’s critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and creative writing skills. The national test is a collaboration between the National Merit Scholar Corporation and the College Board. It opens the competitive door to college entrance scholarships, and the National Merit Scholar program which qualifies and honors students having extraordinary academic capabilities.
“There is such a thing as test-taking anxiety,” says Director of EAJ Institute, Dr. Eleanor Jordan, “and the only way to overcome this is to show students what to expect and equip them with reasoning strategies and tactics to arrive at the correct answers. When students take this ten-class course, they will be equipped, confident and prepared to perform at the pinnacle of their capabilities. Because it is extremely important that these college-bound students have the best information, we have entrusted this class to a very talented teacher who specializes in gifted academics, Jim Barnette.”
Barnette gives students tools to critically analyze reading passages, discern Greek and Latin root words to assess unfamiliar vocabulary, and will offer tips for constructing powerful essays. A 35-year teaching veteran, Barnette offers components of reasoning to give students the competitive edge in everything from simple math to data analysis, statistics and probability. “These are tools which separate the men from the boys in math ability,” says Barnette.
The PSAT is the preliminary requirement for taking the College Entrance Exam and serves as the initial step for participation in the National Merit Scholar Competition, an academic competition for recognition and college scholarships that began in 1955. For further information about this summer’s PSAT Preparation Classes, call 480-963-2313. Registration is required.
EAJ Institute, a division of New Vistas Center For Education, named after its Founder, Dr. Eleanor A Jordan, offers specialized classes and testing services to the Phoenix area at large. Its services include: Academic and Diagnostic Testing, Reasoning Ability Testing, PSAT/SAT Preparation Classes, Gifted Enrichment Classes and Workshops, and a Summer Day School for pre-K through 2nd grade. The Institute is located on the New Vistas campus at 670 N. Arizona Ave, Suite 35, Chandler AZ 85225. For more information please view our website at: http://www.newvistasaz.com/eajinstitute.html or call our offices Monday through Friday at 480-963-2313.