Program Overview

This is an SAT test prep course PLUS a college admissions primer. Two-thirds of class time will be spent on SAT prep, and one-third will be an introduction to college admissions process and strategy. SAT prep will include classroom instruction on study plans and test techniques as well as feedback on practice tests. The college admissions portion of the class will include instruction on admissions essays, campus visit prep, and practice interviews.

Syracuse University Summer College’s Test Prep program is partnered with Educational Testing Consultants, a leader in higher education test preparation. Each year, Educational Testing Consultants helps thousands of students prepare for the important pre-college standardized tests at major colleges and universities across the United States. Educational Testing Consultants provides a proven program with a record of success and highly trained, top-quality instructors.

Program Objectives

  • Familiarize students with the SAT and question formats
  • Help students build a plan for preparing and studying for the SAT
  • Improve SAT scores
  • Familiarize students with the admissions process
  • Help students build a strategy for their own college search
  • Learn time management skills, process of elimination, and informed guessing for the SATs

Learn more about SAT & College Prep Summer Institute:

Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bio

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session II: July 13 – July 19, 2019
Duration: 1-week


Credit: Noncredit
Grading System: Pass/Fail

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Costs:

  • Residential: $1,680*
  • Commuter: $1,283*

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

Program Requirements

Student Expectations

Students are expected to be on-time, complete all homework, and behave courteously towards any guest speakers and on campus tours.

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

  • The SAT prep runs Monday-Thursday, 9-3 with a one hour break for lunch.
  • College admissions content will fill in the remaining time: 3-4 Mon-Thr, and all-day on Friday.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

Field Trips

We will spend Friday touring Syracuse University’s campus and visiting the different schools and colleges.

Last Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to leave on Friday, July 19, 2019 after 4:30pm upon the completion of the final class. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.

Faculty Bio

Paul Arras

I am currently an Admissions Officer at Syracuse University. I also teach in the Media and Communication Studies Department at SUNY Cortland. As an undergraduate student at SU I was a dual major in Broadcast Journalism and History. I returned to SU for grad school, studying the history of television and completing my Ph.D. in 2016. My first book, The Lonely Nineties (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018) is about American primetime television in the 1990s, and my second book takes a closer look at one of those shows: Seinfeld: A Cultural History (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming in 2019). A Central New York native, I enjoy biking and skiing, depending on the weather!

Educational Testing Consultants (ETC)

ETC specializes in providing test preparation services to colleges and universities through continuing education departments and divisions, offering our partner institutions the opportunity to tailor high-quality test preparation classes to the specific needs of the communities they serve. ETC’s select staff of dedicated professionals has unparalleled experience working with university clients to ensure that each student achieves his or her testing goals.