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STEPS to Success: College Entry Test Preparation

STEPS to Success (Strategies & Techniques for Enhancing Performance and Skills) introduces important skills, techniques and strategies to maximize success on test day. We offer programs to help students prepare for the ACT, SAT and even PSAT/NMSQT.

Highly experienced educators offer intense practice and review of questions commonly found on the tests. Classes are held on the University of Richmond campus.

Program Options (not all are offered each term)

  • ACT Prep Workshops — Intensive practice and review of subject-specific test areas
  • PSAT/NMSQT Prep Class — Prepare for the PSAT and improve chances of National Merit Scholarship eligibility
  • SAT Summer Workshop — Four-day intensive workshop covering strategies along with Math and Verbal skills
  • SAT Weekend Workshops — Two-day math and reading comprehension session
  • SAT Math Focus Sessions — Intensive practice and review of math areas
  • SAT Verbal Focus Sessions — Intensive practice and review of critical reading and writing areas
  • SAT Sunday Refresher Session — Two-hour review session in September for those who attended a Summer Workshop
  • Choosing a Career Path — Two-hour session utilizing results from the Strong Interest Inventory to help identify occupation(s) and college major(s)
  • Choosing a College — Two-hour session on how to identify colleges that align with career and other important interests

Course and Registration Information

Select the title below for course schedules and online registration.

Choosing a Career Path
Course Offerings (1)
Sunday, September 24, 2017; 
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Tonya Osmond
CRN: CCP118.01
Fee: $60 (includes $25 non-refundable materials fee)
Description
What do you want to do when you finish high school? Identifying a career path is the first step in deciding what occupations and college majors might be right for you. Learn how your interests fit into career families, and then identify what possible occupations are related. This interactive workshop includes an online assessment to be completed prior to the workshop date, and the results will be handed out and interpreted during the workshop. This course is designed for rising 9th-12th grade students. (Please see NOTES for information regarding Assessment.)

Choosing a College
Course Offerings (1)
Sunday, October 8, 2017; 
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Tonya Osmond
CRN: CHC118.01
Fee: $35
Description
Choosing the right college can feel overwhelming when deciding between options and trying to understand the requirements needed to get in. However, it actually can be a fun and exciting experience if you have the tools and knowledge needed to help you make a decision. Join us in this interactive workshop where you will learn how to identify colleges that offer majors that align with your career interests. We will also discuss other aspects of college that may be important to you in narrowing down your options. This course is designed for rising 9-12 grade students.

PSAT Prep
Course Offerings (1)
October 1, 2017 through October 8, 2017
Sundays: 2:00 - 4:30 pm
CRN: PSAT118.01
Fee: $60
Description
The PSAT/NMSQT evaluates the same skills as the SAT and provides an excellent opportunity to discover students' strengths and challenges in each testing content area. These prep sessions will introduce the fundamentals of each area for the redesigned PSAT: critical reading, mathematics, and writing. Students will be presented with tips, techniques, and strategies proven to be helpful on test day. These sessions offer a unique experience for students to learn on a college campus, and get a jump-start on testing techniques for future semesters! (Course designed for students who have not taken the PSAT yet.)

SAT Prep Weekend Workshop
Course Offerings (4)
Saturday, September 23, 2017; 
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday, September 24, 2017; 
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Instructor: S.T.E.P.S. To Success Staff
CRN: STEPS118.01
Fee: $215
Saturday, September 30, 2017; 
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday, October 1, 2017; 
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Instructor: S.T.E.P.S. To Success Staff
CRN: STEPS118.02
Fee: $215
Saturday, October 21, 2017; 
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday, October 22, 2017; 
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Instructor: S.T.E.P.S. To Success Staff
CRN: STEPS118.03
Fee: $215
Saturday, November 18, 2017; 
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday, November 19, 2017; 
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Instructor: S.T.E.P.S. To Success Staff
CRN: STEPS118.04
Fee: $215
Description
Our uniquely designed and popular Weekend Workshops return! STEPS to SUCCESS workshops meet Saturday from 9am-2pm and Sunday from 1-5pm. Tuition includes books, materials, lunch on Saturday at UR and refreshments on Sunday. Class sessions concentrate on the three major testing areas: Mathematics, Critical Reading, and Writing.

Contact Us

Mary C. Raymond, Manager
Enrichment & Youth
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
28 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138
mraymond@richmond.edu