4 Star Camps offers test preparation in both of the major college admissions exams—the ACT, administered by American College Testing, and the SAT, administered by the College Board. Our courses are based on a simple premise: familiarity and practice are the keys to success on both of these major exams. To that end, we believe:
- You should practice by taking real tests, under simulated testing conditions. We use only official exam materials in our test prep, and we practice taking test sections under official conditions.
- There is no substitute for discipline and urgency. Our students take home a set of textbooks, fresh exams to practice on, and, most importantly, a new attitude.
- Great test takers understand why test prep matters. Standardized testing is a grueling experience for most of us. Students perform better when they are highly motivated in the outcome of every practice test, every section, and every question. That’s why we take college advising seriously, and talk to them about financing their education, college choices and the admissions process.
- Test prep demands individualized attention. Our courses are small—no more than 10 students, and immediate test analysis allows our educators to quickly locate and target problem areas for each of our students.
Our programs are led by graduate students, area secondary teachers, and test prep professionals. Our educators are great test takers and prime teachers, and we are, as a unit, strongly invested in student outcomes. In 2014, our average test taker improved by more than 80 points on the SAT: we expect that kind of performance from each and every one of our students.
At 4 Star Camps, we take test preparation seriously. But campers here have a unique experience they can’t get back home. Our students:
- Spend summer on one of the top U.S. public university campuses
- Split their time between test prep and the sport of their choice (or another afternoon activity)
- Test hard and play hard. While test prep is the most rigorous academic experience at 4 Star, our SAT and ACT campers are rarely separated from their friends in other programs at camp. They eat meals with their friends, hang out with them between classes and join them every night for evening activities.
Test Preparation Options
ACT and SAT Two-Week Courses*
Students who join our two-week test prep sessions are signing on for an intense academic experience during their exciting two weeks at camp. Both our ACT and SAT courses include 40-hours of class time, two official, proctored exams and detailed score reporting. Class time includes test overview, question analysis, fundamentals practice, section strategies and dozens of timed drills. As an added bonus, we offer our two-week students the opportunity to take one proctored, official exam of the college entrance test they are not preparing for at 4 Star Camps (i.e. an SAT student has the chance to take an ACT during her time at camp, and vice versa). As many college advisers suggest, taking both exams may offer the student insight as to which one better fits their skill set. Students taking 4 Star Test prep will not have time for another morning class.
2016 Session Dates
- June 19-July 1
- July 3-July 15
- July 17-July 29
ACT and SAT One-Week Courses*
Offered twice during camp, the one-week test prep course is an accelerated version of our standard test preparation program, and includes 20 hours of classroom instruction in a single week. Class time includes test overview, question analysis, fundamentals practice, section strategies and dozens of timed drills. Students taking 4 Star Test prep will not have time for another morning class. Students taking 4 Star Test prep will not have time for another morning class.
2016 Session Dates
- June 19-June 24
- July 3-July 8
- July 17-22
Typical SAT/ACT Day
7:00 am – Walk to dining hall for breakfast
8:00-12:00 Classes this is a change
12:00-1:00 – Lunch this is a change
1: 00– Return to camp (rest time, hang out with friends, play games)
2:30 – Afternoon activities begin
5:00 – Free time
6:00 – Dimer
7:00 – Evening Activity
10:30 – Campers ages 10-14 lights out
11:00 – Campers ages 15-18 lights out