FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Oct. 28, 2002
Lavonne Luquis (510) 987-9194
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA MAKES FREE ONLINE TEST PREP
AVAILABLE TO ALL STUDENTS
All students in California can now get free online preparation
for tests like the SAT and the ACT on a University of California-sponsored
Interactive online test prep courses are being made available
free of charge on the California Virtual High School Web page
at http://www.cavhs.org. The courses feature user-friendly
tutorials, practice sessions that dynamically adapt to each
student's ability and a vocabulary builder with more than
2,000 words. Students may also select a parent or teacher
as a "coach" to mentor them during the test prep
"This is the latest effort to level the playing field
for students," said Francisco J. Hernandez, executive
director of the University of California's College Preparatory
Initiative (UCCP) and vice chancellor for student affairs
at UC Santa Cruz. "The University of California doesn't
want financial limitations to put students at a disadvantage,
so we are making these courses available to all students.
These materials use a series of tutorials, practice sessions
and vocabulary drills to help students reinforce the academic
skills tested by the SAT and ACT."
In addition to user-friendly tutorials for all seven subject
areas covered on the SAT and and all six subjects covered
on the ACT tests, highlights of the courses include:
• A response on multiple-choice questions that offer
hints and suggestions for incorrect answers and explanations
for correct answers.
• A vocabulary unit that stores words on an electronic
flash card for subsequent review, and a "word of the
day" feature that supplements the vocabulary builder.
• A link to a question of the day related to each test,
drawn from a pool of more than 1,200 questions.
• Tips on time management and guessing strategies.
• A timed sample test that helps identify strengths
and weaknesses and suggests directions for study.
• Access to an expanded question database of more than
1,200 questions for each of the subject areas on the SAT and
• A mentor-based coaching system that encourages students
to designate a parent or teacher as a coach to monitor their
• Reporting features that allow coaches to view real-time
student performance statistics in each content category.
• Optional e-mail reminders offering tips, word of
the day and progress reports with a direct link to the student's
individualized test prep home page.
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