Free SAT diagnostic test to be held at South Coastal Library


For high school students looking to improve their SAT scores, an SAT practice diagnostic test might be just the ticket.

This weekend, a free SAT practice test will be administered at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach by Jim Weeks, a retired educator and trained SAT administrator.

“I went to the library, and they said they’d love for me to do it,” said Weeks. “A good friend of mine runs a big SAT-prep company, OmniTestPrep, in Baltimore and said he’d love to have me associated with him. He thought it would help for summer vacationing kids who work with him but vacation down here, and they could continue their work with me because we’d follow the same curriculum.”

The free SAT practice test will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Preregistration is required and may be done up until the morning of the test; however, the Jan. 19 session is capped at 25 students.

“It’s about a two-and-a-half-hour mini-SAT that, after they take it, I will score it and see if there are any glaring weaknesses or amazing strengths. I will then return them to the library and then the kids can pick them up there,” explained Weeks.

He added that he will leave his contact information with the test results of students whom he believes he would be able to help with improving their scores.

“I will also put in the scoring results a note if I think can help them in any area with one-on-one tutoring. Certainly, there are some kids that won’t need any tutoring.”

Weeks taught English for 39 years and served as the chairman of the English Department in three different schools, including Sanford School in Hockessin. Weeks retired from teaching when his wife, who is also an educator, got a job at the Salisbury School.

“This is where we wanted to retire,” said Weeks, who now resides in west Fenwick Island. “Unfortunately, there are not a whole lot of teaching jobs. This was an alternative. I could still work with kids, which I love doing, make some money and help some kids out.”

Weeks said that, for those students planning on attending college, taking the SATs is required, and therefore students must do all they can to do well.

“Certainly, the SAT is a necessary evil. I wish colleges would just go on grades and recommendations of the students’ records, but a lot of them really depend of the SATs,” he said. “You can improve scores by working on certain skills, and certainly test-taking skills, too, can be improved. I think that’s the reason I give the diagnostic and work with the kids. If I can improve their scores and help them get into a school that is better suited for them, that’s great.”

To register for the SAT practice test, stop by the library or call (302) 539-5231.

Anyone who is unable to attend the class but is interested in taking a test, or in need of an SAT tutor or college placement help, can email Weeks at delmarvaec@gmail.com or visit www.delmarvaec.com.