Classes start on Feb. 1

Taft Union High School is offering a free, 23-hour class to students who want to prepare for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

Many colleges require that applicants take the SAT as part of the admissions process.

Similar classes in Bakersfield cost between $100 and $150. All participants receive the book, The Official SAT Study Guide: For the New SAT. Students may use the book, valued at $19.95, to continue to prepare for the test after the course ends. Additionally, students who attend all sessions and take the pre-test and post-test will be reimbursed $25 to offset a portion of the registration cost for the SAT. Refreshments will be provided during all sessions.

Also, several scholarships awarded through the TUHS local scholarship program give special consideration to students who have above-average SAT scores. More than $150,000 in scholarships was awarded to seniors at the annual Honors Night last May.

Instructors are: counselor Mike McCormick, English teacher Jim Carnal and math teacher Josh Tofte.

"I took the SAT preparation class and my SAT scores went up 100 points in math and another 50 points in English. I took the class a second time and my total went up another 50 points. I recommend this class," Marty Fontes, a 2007 TUHS graduate, said.

Classes begin Monday, Feb. 1, and end on Tuesday, March 9. Classes will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1; Tuesdays, Feb. 9 and 16; Wednesday, Feb. 24; Monday, March 1; Tuesday, March 9; and, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 6 and March 6. All classes will meet in room 136 in the main building.

For more information or to register your Taft High student, call the Guidance Center at 763-2324.