COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 184

September 15, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

VirginiaMentor SAT and ACT Test Preparation

 

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce statewide availability of a test preparation module through VirginiaMentor at www.virginiamentor.org. The VirginiaMentor Test Prep feature provides easy-to-use tutorials for each subject area covered by the ACT, the SAT, and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). This new feature on the VirginiaMentor website is funded through the Commonwealths National Governors Association (NGA) Honor States grant and is available to all students preparing for these key tests.

 

Students may establish accounts on the site by pressing the Create an Account button under the VirginiaMentor logo at the top of the main page. Students will then have access to customized test preparation courses. The websites feature a series of tutorials covering all the subject areas and/or question types seen on the various tests. Each tutorial provides between 30 and 90 minutes of instructional material. Students are able to refine their academic skills by working through practice questions in each subject or question type. Practice sessions dynamically adapt to each user's response patterns, providing questions that are tailored to each students ability level. At the end of each practice session students receive a percentile ranking.

 

Users will have their own personalized test preparation home page that will record their progress across a number of different categories and include comparative performance ratings. Students will also be able to select a parent, teacher, or counselor as "coach who will be able to monitor the student's performance and receive e-mail updates about the student's progress.

 

For additional information, please contact Deborah Kiger Bliss, mathematics coordinator, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Deborah.Bliss@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 786-6418.

 

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