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Continuing Education Programs

SAT Summer Institutes

Prepare for the SAT in a classroom environment with onsite instructors. The SAT Summer Institutes are held on the USC Columbia campus. This course also includes assistance with the exam through online instructor office hours held outside of classroom and live online review sessions held during the fall, leading up to the exam.

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Find the Class that fits your Schedule

Class meets Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm each day and the cost is $499. 

Take a look at our summer dates available and register today!


USC Columbia Campus

  • Monday, July 20-Thursday, July 23
  • Monday, July 27- Thursday, July 30
  • Monday, August 3 - Thursday, August 6
  • Monday, August 10 - Thursday, August 13


Who should take this course?

Students generally take the SAT during their high school career. This course is ideal for high school students who may be taking the test for the first time and for those high school students who have already taken the exam but wish to improve their scores.

Our SAT Summer Institutes are ideal for students that need an intensive preparation program during the summer. This one-week institute is held over 4 consecutive days and requires students to continue to practice their skills in the weeks and months leading up to the fall test dates. Students are expected to actively participate in class and in the online review sessions.


About the Course

Whether you are seeking assistance with the Reading, Writing and Language or Math section of the SAT, this course will take the mystery out of the new exam.  Learn useful study and test-taking strategies and time management skills to help limit test anxiety. We've helped hundreds gain admission into a college of their choice and we are ready to assist you.                               

Our comprehensive program emphasizes the SAT test components including test taking strategies, question formats, process of elimination, math, reading, and writing and language. Students receive in-depth review of the exam materials, insight into strategies for succeeding on standardized tests, and a comprehensive study plan. Class sessions use real test questions to show just how these skills are tested.                              

This affordable and comprehensive course meets Monday through Thursday from 9 am - 3 pm for a total of 20 educational hours. Students are encouraged to continue to practice their skills in between classes, leading to greater opportunities for learning and interaction with our expert instructors.

The course fee includes all classroom instruction and course materials:

  • 20 hours of expert classroom instruction
  • The textbook - The Official Guide to SAT and a workbook provided on the first day of class
  • Real SAT practice questions and tests
  • An easy-to-follow study plan 
  • Four (4) hours of live-online review sessions that will be held in before the first test date
  • Access to online office hours
  • Recorded videos on test sections and topics 
  • Lunch is not included in the price of the course and students are encouraged to bring their own. Note that students are not allowed to leave the class during the lunch hour.

You'll receive an email about one week before the first class begins with the class location and directions. 

Online review tools will help you stay at your peak

All of the SAT Summer Institutes include online tools to help you perform your best on test day. Four live online review sessions are held in the weeks leading up to the fall SAT test dates. Weekly online office hours also provide a convenient way for you to address specific questions or concerns that you may have. In addition, you will have access to pre-recorded lectures, quizzes and assignments, and a SAT discussion forum. You need only have high-speed access to the internet, speakers, and Adobe Flash Player to participate in the online sessions—no additional software is required. 

Live Online Review Sessions

The interactive, one-hour online review sessions allow you to participate and ask questions of our expert test prep instructors. The live-online review sessions are also recorded—so you can still benefit even if your schedule doesn’t allow live participation. Review sessions will be scheduled between the end of your course and the fall test dates.

Online office Hours

Online office hours are free-form meetings open to any student in an SAT Summer Institute. Instructors will be available to answer any questions that you might have. The sessions are “drop-in” sessions and are student-directed, meaning that there will not be a planned presentation each session. Our instructors will answer questions and work through problems in the order that they are received. 


Registration and Fees

Dates / SessionsTimesFees
SAT Summer Institute at USC Columbia
8/3/2020 – 8/6/2020

Monday; Tuesday; Wednesday; Thursday
4 Sessions

Register Online or Register By Mail

Notes: Optional parking permit for the week is available for a fee of $45. Class location will be emailed one week before it starts.
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM$499.00
SAT Summer Institute at USC Columbia
8/10/2020 – 8/13/2020

Monday; Tuesday; Wednesday; Thursday
4 Sessions

Register Online or Register By Mail

Notes: Optional parking permit for the week is available for a fee of $45. Class location will be emailed one week before it starts.
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM$499.00


Registration and Payment Notes

If you plan to pay by check or purchase order, select "register by mail." Complete the form and return a printout with payment to: USC Continuing Education and Conferences, Close/Hipp Building at 1705 College Street, Suite 591, Columbia, SC 29208. Your seat is not guaranteed until payment is received.

We accept online payment via electronic check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express through MarketPlace, a secure electronic environment that simplifies business transactions with the university. Follow the MarketPlace prompts to complete payment. Your transaction is only complete when you receive an order number, which is your receipt of payment. Your seat is not guaranteed until payment is received and you receive an order number.

Once you have paid and are enrolled, you'll be emailed location and parking information for face-to-face programs or online instructions about one week before the program begins.


This class gave me great practice and encouraged me to work on the problems after the course was over. I feel like I can work through problems faster than before.

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