Conquering the SAT: Gemm Learning launches SAT Skills program

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To help high school students build a strong foundation of learning skills before taking the SAT, Gemm Learning has launched an SAT Skills package with a different twist that trains students to master test taking skills which allow them to utilize every ounce of smarts that they have.

As a new school year begins, parents of high school students are seeking comprehensive programs to help their children master the SAT and gain acceptance into college. This year, the anxiety to perform well on the SAT test has reached an unprecedented level as the number of college applicants is expected to peak in 2009, with 3.2 million high school seniors expected to graduate according to a 2008 New York Times report.    

To gain an edge in the increasingly competitive test taking process, students often enroll in SAT prep programs to become familiar with the test format and subjects that will be covered. To help high school students build a strong foundation of learning skills before taking the SAT, Gemm Learning has launched an SAT Skills package with a different twist that trains students to master test taking skills which allow them to utilize every ounce of smarts that they have.

Gemm Learning founder, Geoff Nixon, believes that encouraging students to master test taking skills before they conquer memorizing possible test content takes full advantage of an untapped source of potential SAT point gain.: "Our SAT package was developed to ensure students have a solid foundation of learning and test taking skills before they try to tackle the SAT content. We want to help build learning skills that they can transfer to school and life. By doing so, students will be able to tackle the SAT, the ACT, other college entrance testing and continue applying the skills throughout college."

Unlike other content-based programs, Gemm Learning's SAT Skills package is a two-part program that fine-tunes test taking and reading comprehension skills in the first part and provides a comprehensive eight-hour look at the SAT, including strategy and tactics for taking the test, in the second part.

Throughout the program, special attention is paid to improving students' comprehension and information processing speed, avoiding careless errors and improving focus. A section is also devoted to preparing for the essay portion of the exam by focusing on critical thinking and abstract reasoning skills.

Gemm Learning's SAT Skills package is offered in the company's Pelham and Scarsdale, New York and Greenwich, Conn. learning centers. For additional information or to complete a complementary 'SAT Readiness Test' visit http://www.gemmlearning.com.

About Gemm Learning: Gemm Learning is a new kind of learning center that applies advances in neuroscience to building the fundamental cognitive skills required to learn. Programs include Fast ForWord software, FASTT Math software and other leading edge therapies, which can be pursued in the center or at home, with or without a coach. The company also offers the Brain Fitness Program for mature adults. Gemm Learning has centers in Pelham and Scarsdale, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut. For more information visit http://www.GemmLearning.com or call 877.OUR.GEMM.

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