Free College-Prep Programs At Santa Monica Public Library In September:

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Back to school time for teens often means stress about college. The Library can help! They’re offering several college-prep programs at the Main Library and branch libraries throughout the month of September. All programs are free and open to the public.

Programs at the Main Library (601 Santa Monica Blvd.):

• Common Core, New SAT, New PSAT: How do the Changes Affect You? Tuesday, Sept. 8, 7 pm. Find out why the PSAT and SAT are changing this year, and why we have the Common Core. C2 Education will explain the changes and why you need to know about them. The lecture is 90 minutes including Q&A, and is for grades 9-12 and parents. No registration required.

• Writing Your College Essay: It’s All About You, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7 pm. In this workshop, Diana Hanson of College Mentors share various strategies for writing the main essays (Common App and UC) as well as the “why this school” and “diversity” supplements. For grades 11-12 and parents; no registration required.

• SAT Full-Length Practice Test with Kaplan, Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 am-2:30 pm. This practice test for the current (not “new”) SAT mimics the actual test. For grades 10-12. Register by visiting the Main Library Youth Reference Desk or calling 310.458.8621.

At the Montana Branch Library (1704 Montana Ave.):

• SAT vs. ACT, Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 p.m. Find out which test is right for you, and discover the challenges of each test. This 60-minute workshop is presented by C2 Education. No registration required.

At the Pico Branch Library (2201 Pico Blvd.):

• Mock New PSAT, Saturday, Sept. 19, 1-4 pm. Will you be taking the new PSAT in October? Do this mock exam to help prepare. For grades 8-11, presented by C2 Education. Registration required; call the Branch at 310.458.8684 to register.