SCF, Manatee-Sarasota CROP Program Helps Boost Test Taking Skills

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 29, 2016) — More than a dozen students and their parents participated in the annual College Reach Out Program (CROP) testing session at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) and came away with increased skills and an optimism about college entrance exams.

The 15 students who participated in the testing session were all in high school and included four 9th graders, a tenth grader, four 11th graders and six seniors. About half of the students had attended a testing session previously. All of the students indicated that the session was a positive learning experience and that the session could help them do better on college entrance exams such as the SAT, ACT, PSAT or PERT.

Students learned how Colleges and Universities use the test scores. Attending the session also helped them increase their motivation to go to college, according to a survey given to the students.

The annual testing session was presented by Yvette Benton, CROP activity coordinator. Students were given test prep books, calculators, highlighters and other material valued at $50 to help them with their studies. Students were given a test preparation overview before taking a timed ACT English practice test.

Parents were offered information on the Summer Bridge Program, which helps first generation students prepare for their first year in College. They also learned about Federal Financial Aid and the SCF application process. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity provided lunch for the participants.

For more information on the CROP program contact Kristen Anderson at Or call 941-752-5257.

Students and parents who participated in the CROP test taking program.

Students and parents who participated in the CROP test taking program.

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