A new educational initiative, called ALPINE’S SAT PREP & 1000
WORDS CHALLENGE, is being launched to help VI’s high school students boost the scores
of their SAT (standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States) while
developing their knowledge of essential words that are critical to succeed in and beyond college.
There will be a total of four sessions taking place at Charlotte Amalie High School, beginning
Saturday, September 14, 2019.
According to the College Board, which is the official entity that develops and administers the
SAT, the average mean SAT score of 635 high school students who took the SAT in the VI
during the 2017-18 school year was 935 out of a perfect score of 1600. While the SAT score is
not a measurement of the students’ aptitude, potential or success in life, it can dictate their
college choices and career paths. In addition, higher vocabulary level has been linked to greater
intelligence and confidence.
Currently, most VI students do not take a mock exam before taking the real SAT. Alpine’s free
SAT preparation program will incentivize students to familiarize themselves with the SAT test
and practice regularly to ultimately increase their SAT scores. The 1000 Words Challenge will
push students to learn hundreds of words that will also improve their reading comprehension and
writing skills in college.
“The young people are the future of VI and our world. Their success will enrich our
community, and we hope to empower them with the proper resources and opportunities to
reach their full potential,” said organizers of ALPINE’S SAT PREP & 1000 WORDS
CHALLENGE. Over the years, Alpine Securities USVI, LLC has been involved with numerous
charitable initiatives on the island focused on investing in the youth and bringing the community
together, such as the annual King of the Wing Contest that raises money for a local nonprofit
ALPINE’S SAT PREP will be open to 50 registrants who attend public high schools (11-12th
grades). They will enroll in the Official SAT Practice which is a computer-based practice plan,
developed by Khan Academy and the College Board, and used by nearly 40% of all SAT takers.
Alpine will monitor the students’ progress and administer two online practice exams at the start
and end of the program to compare their results. The top scorers and most active participants will
earn awards, including the Texas Instruments TI-84, a graphic calculator that is commonly used
during the SAT and in advanced math classes in college.
ALPINE’S 1000 WORDS CHALLENGE will be open to first 300 registrants attending a
public high school (9-12th grades). Students will be provided a list of 1000 words to study. After
two months, there will be a paper-based exam to test their knowledge of the words. Awards will
include $100 for the top 10 scorers and $1000 Grand Prize for the student who receives a perfect
There will be a total of four sessions taking place at Charlotte Amalie High School, starting
Saturday, September 14, 2019. Students can find more information and register online at
https://collegeprepvi.org, and engage on Facebook at facebook.com/collegeprepvi and on
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
- First session 9/14 Sat – Orientation/ Practice SAT exam / Launch 1000 Word
- Second session 11/9 Sat – 1000 Word Challenge exam
- Third session 11/16 Sat – Second practice SAT exam
- Fourth session 11/23 Sat before Thanksgiving -College prep/Awards ceremony
About the College Board
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to
college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand
access to higher education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students
prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness
and college success—including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®.
About Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a nonprofit with a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone,
anywhere. They offer free personalized SAT test prep in partnership with the test developer, the
College Board. Khan Academy has been translated into dozens of languages, and 100 million
people use our platform worldwide every year.
For more information visit https://collegeprepvi.org.