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SAT, ACT and TOEFL Test Preparation

The CATS Academy Test Preparation Department has three experienced teachers, all with years of experience in both test prep and conventional classroom teaching. The Test Preparation Department offers courses in SAT Prep, ACT Prep, and TOEFL Prep. These courses aid in the development of the core skills tested on these exams, as well as many exam-specific strategies.

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Test Preparation electives

SAT Prep

This class is designed to improve your performance on the SAT. You will practice the core skills that will be tested on the SAT including − reading comprehension, writing and grammar, and mathematics, both with and without a calculator. The class also provides you with SAT-specific practice, including official SAT practice tests, which helps you to become comfortable answering SAT-style questions and utilizing strategies that best fit the SAT. This is a required course for all students in Grade 11 who are not taking ACT Prep and who have not scored a combined 1250 or above on the SAT or a composite of 26 or above on the ACT.

ACT Prep

This class is designed to improve your performance on the ACT. You will practice the core skills that will be tested on the ACT including − English and writing, reading, math, and science. The class also provides you with ACT-specific practice and strategies, including official ACT practice tests, which helps you to become comfortable answering ACT-style questions and utilizing strategies that best fit the ACT. This is a required course for all students in Grade 11 who are not taking SAT Prep and who have not scored a combined 1250 or above on the SAT or a composite of 26 or above on the ACT.

TOEFL Prep

This class is designed to work in conjunction with ESL to best prepare you for the TOEFL iBT test and generally improve your English proficiency. You will practice general core skills such as reading comprehension and grammar, as well as TOEFL-specific instruction to improve your performance on the TOEFL reading, writing, listening, and speaking tests. This is a required course for all students in Grade 11 who have not scored a 100 or better on the TOEFL iBT test.

Faculty

Peter Bard
Chair of Test Prep
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Peter Bard

Chair of Test Prep

BA, English Literature, University of Connecticut
MS, Education, Eastern Connecticut State University

Peter Bard holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s of Science in English Secondary Education from Eastern Connecticut State University. Upon receiving his Connecticut Teaching Certification, Peter taught English at Rockville High School in Vernon, CT, after which he moved to Boston to work in private education. Peter has been working in education since 2005, and in test preparation since 2010. He teaches SAT and ACT Preparation at CATS and coaches boys JV basketball.

Eric Dunklee
ACT Prep Teacher
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Eric Dunklee

ACT Prep Teacher

BA, History, Gettysburg College
MA, French, Middlebury College

Eric Dunklee holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Gettysburg College and a master’s degree in French from Middlebury College. Eric is also working on his second Master’s degree in TESOL. In addition, Eric has extensive experience teaching ESL in France, South Korea, Spain, Saudi Arabia and Boston. Eric comes to Boston from the snowy state of Vermont.

James O'Brien
Test Prep Teacher
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James O'Brien

Test Prep Teacher

BA, English Literature, Middlebury College

James O’Brien holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing from Middlebury College. Before returning to his home state of Massachusetts, James worked in both finance and test preparation in San Francisco, California. After working as an English teacher and Assistant Director of Communications at his high school alma mater, St. Sebastian’s, James joined CATS Academy in 2013. James teaches Test Prep, English Literature, and Creative Writing at CATS. He also coaches the boys varsity basketball team.