All You Need To Know About SAT: Part 24

Written by: Helen Donohoe


***Helen Donohoe, M.S.Ed., is a teacher of English and French in the Hamilton/Burlington area. She holds practice SAT sessions on Saturdays on an informal, drop-in basis at Cedar Springs Racquet Club where she is a member, long-time tennis hacker and aficionado.

In this section of the website we will be publishing short paragraphs on various aspects of SAT. Please leave your questions/comments here, and Helen will be happy to respond to any specific concerns from students/parents***


Summer’s almost here! For those of you planning on taking the SAT in the fall, now is the time to start serious study, just as soon as your exams are over. Yes, you can mix tennis and academics in the summer. They actually go very well together. There’s lots of time for both and I’ve given you enough strategies this year to keep you going all summer. The extra oxygen flowing through your veins on the tennis court will nourish the brain.

If you’re serious about a top college in the USA, you should aim for a score of 2000 on the SAT. That takes a lot of work – and time. A lower mark than 2000 may be enough, but why take a chance? You will be competing with students from all around the world, many of whom apply themselves to SAT prep far more diligently than the some of the students I work with here. Something to think about!

Most of the top colleges require two subject tests as well as the SAT itself. These are held in November. Information is on the collegeboard website – These subject tests can be very demanding. If you choose English for instance, you will find that the test is heavily literature-based, so if you’re not a keen reader, it’s not for you.

I’ll write one more article before the summer, next week, and after that, to use that tired old tennis cliché, the ball will be in your court! For those of you fortunate enough to play on those lovely red clay courts at TTC, make the most of them. They look great!

A New Reality By Nicolas Pereira

This past week in the World Team Tennis ‘Bubble” I have seen the efforts to keep everyone safe while carrying on a team competition with around 60/70 players and coaches onsite. Counting organizers, officials, media, and support personnel are around 150 people trying hard to make this happen. I am very impressed by how the strict protocol has been handled and how everyone is invested in making this event a success, but The Open is a completely different scale of details.

ONcourt Interviews NGTL Co-Founder Yves Boulais

It does not matter that you get your rating playing locally or that you had spent an insidious amount of money playing the ITF junior tour tournaments. Your rating is your level of play (you get no bonus for playing more or playing far away). This allows us to break free of the ITF competitive structure potentially saving us time, money, and headache. We see this as a great opportunity to improve the logistic of our sport.

Brandon Burke (son of ACE President Doug Burke) Elected to WTA Board

As revealed in a recent news release issued by the WTA Tour – Brandon Burke has been elected to the WTA Board of Directors (to start officially in September). Oncourt got together with Brandon to delve a bit more into his background and to gain some insight into this wonderful appointment he has attained at such a young age.