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SAT Blitz Prep Course- Held During School Year at USC Columbia Campus


University Test Prep offers the SAT Blitz Prep Course at USC Columbia which is same great material and same outstanding instructors as our summer SAT courses - in a slightly condensed format.

Since 2010, this SAT Prep Course provides Columbia area high school students with an opportunity to prepare for the SAT exam in the weeks leading up to the test. This 16 hour comprehensive course meets on Saturdays or Sundays for four hours and this once per week format allows participants to practice their new skills during the week, leading to greater opportunities for learning and interaction with our expert instructors. Through the course, it provides general information about the SAT, question formats, study tips, covers quantitative subjects and verbal subjects and you'll see examples of typical SAT exam questions. This course is designed for current high school students who are planning to take the SAT exam during the school year. We recommend taking the SAT right after the course ends. The courses are designed for students currently in high school (rising 11 & 12th grades), we recommend after completing their sophomore year.

All of our summer SAT preparation courses will teach the new content for the revised SAT test. The new revised SAT Test will be given for the first time on March 5, 2016. 

We'll provide to you at the first class:

  • Course Textbook: "The Official SAT Study Guide"
  • Exam prep workbook
  • Expert Instruction


2016 SAT Test Dates

  • Saturday, January 23, 2015 (last test day for current content)
  • Saturday, March 5
  • Saturday, May 7
  • Saturday, June 4


Visit SAT website to register and to view more information about the test.



Upcoming Sessions

 Course: PD16-2175: SAT Course at USC Columbia Campus
 Dates: Sundays: 05/01/16 - 05/22/16
 Times: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 Fee: $399.00
 Session(s): 4
 Notes: Class meets Sundays in May. Class location will be sent via email 1-2 weeks before class starts.

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SAT Prep Course Curriculum

Test Taking Strategies

Quantitative Subjects

Verbal Subjects

Introduction to the SAT
Question Formats
Time Management
Process of Elimination

Comparisons; Picking numbers; Equations; Exponents; Fractions, Percentages and Averages; Rates, Ratios, and Proportions; Lines, Angles, and Triangles; Circles; Polygons; Combined figures; Coordinate Geometry; Volume and Surface Area; New Symbols

Sentence Completion;
Critical Reading


 Hear what previous students had to say about University Test Prep's SAT Course...

"I really feel prepared to take the SAT. This review was exactly what I needed and I would definitely recommend this class to anyone wanting to make a good score." -Fall 2014

"The instructor provided a wide range of strategies/problems and covered all topics adequately. She was a very good instructor" -Fall 2013

"I truly believe this class has prepared me to learn the SAT." -Fall 2013

"I got my score back from taking the SAT and my score improved! I've qualifed for many SC Palmetto/Life scholarships!" Spring 2013

"Class was extremely helpful and I feel much more prepared for taking the SAT than I did the first time" -Student from Fall 2012

"I have not taken the SAT before but from this class I got a feel for what the test will be like. The tips that were give to me will definitely help me during the test."
-Student from Fall 2012

"He was a great instructor and I feel as though I will do quite well when I take the test in November. He showed me many things to help me with the test and I just want to say Thank you!"
-Student from Fall 2011

"I felt as though the instructor was very willing and excited about helping us learn. I thought he was very effective in preparing for this test."
-Student from Fall 2011

Answers to frequent questions about the SAT Test:

1. What is the SAT Test? What type of test is it (Paper or Online test)

  • According to the SAT Website, SAT doesn't test logic or abstract reasoning but tests the skills you're learning in school: reading, writing, and math. SAT Test contains three sections: Evidence based reading and writing, math and optional essay.
  • SAT Test is a paper test which you will take in person.

2. When is the SAT Test Offered?

SAT Test is offered through out the year-upcoming 2016 dates:

  • Saturday, January 23, 2015 (Last test date for current content)
  • Saturday, March 5
  • Saturday, May 7
  • Saturday, June 4

3. How much does it cost?  

  • It currently costs $54.50 to take the SAT test.
  • There are additional fees if you need to take a SAT Subject Test or to cancel/change your registration.
  • With every registration, it is Free to send your scores to four colleges. There is a charge if you want to send the score to more colleges.
  • Register for the test:

4. What are the changes for the new revised SAT?

  •  New test components: Evidence -Based Reading and Writing instead of Critical Reading; Math and Optional Essay
  • Focus on the knowledge, skills, and understanding that research has indentified as most imporant for college and career readiness and success
  • Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choices shapes meaning, tone, and impact.
  • Rights-only scoring (no penalty for guessing)
  • Essay optional and given at the end of SAT. Colleges will determind whether they will require essay. Essay tests reading, analysis, and writing skills; students produce a writen analysis of a provided source text.
  • New scoring: 400 to 1600: 200 to 800 per section and 2-8 on each dimension for essay

5. Where I can I take the test?  

  • Students can take the SAT Test at high schools and at many technical schools located in their town or at nearby locations.

6. How does scoring work on the SAT?

  • SAT reports on a scale between 400-1600. There are additional subscores; 2-8 for essay section. SAT will score you on each section and will tell you how you did compared to the other students taking the SAT.

7. How long does it take the SAT Test?

  • SAT Test consists of 10 sections and it should take about 3 hours and 50 minutes (essay). You'll get three short breaks during the test so bring a snack!

8. My child is in high school. When should my child take the test?

  • Most students take the SAT during the spring of their junior year of high school. Many will choose to take the SAT a second time in the fall of their senior year. Just remember, many college applications are due at the end of the year/beginning of the year.

9. How many times should my child take the SAT Test?

  •   Most students take the SAT Twice.

Do you have more questions? Check out the SAT Website to learn more about the test or call our office and we'll help you! 



Additional links to help you prepare for college:

SAT Test: This test is offered through out the year. For more information about the test and to register, visit their website

University of South Carolina Undergraduate Admissions Office: To apply to USC, admisson process, deadlines, and to contact an admissions counselor.

University of South Carolina Visitor's Center: Schedule a campus tour!

University of South Carolina Financial Aid & Awards: To learn about financial aid or an award and to apply.


If you would prefer to register by phone, please contact us at (803) 777-9444.


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