A new educational initiative, Alpine’s SAT Prep & 1000 Words Challenge, is being launched to help Virgin Islands 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 Sept. 14.

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 V.I. 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.