Sophomores invited to science proficiency camp

Senior Kevin Dionisio studies in Mr. Timothy VanKirk's classroom as part of the weekly tutoring currently available. An additional opportunity for exposure to the science proficiency will occur on Feb. 21.
Photo Credit: Shantil Gamiao
Senior Kevin Dionisio studies in Mr. Timothy VanKirk's classroom as part of the weekly tutoring currently available. Dionisio utilized the tutoring<br>during his sophomore year and passed the test.<br>Photo Credit: Shantil Gamiao
Senior Kevin Dionisio studies in Mr. Timothy VanKirk’s classroom as part of the weekly tutoring currently available. Dionisio utilized the tutoring
during his sophomore year and passed the test.
Photo Credit: Shantil Gamiao

The Nevada Science Proficiency Test will take place on Mar. 5. In order to help more students pass this test, Mr. Timothy VanKirk and other science teachers are offering a practice proficiency day on Feb. 23.

“At the proficiency camp, students will be taking a practice test. After the test, teachers will go over every question in order to help students better understand the subject and the type of questions that will be on the official test,” Chemistry teacher Mr. Jonathan O’Brien said.

Other than going over the different types of questions that will be featured on the official proficiency exam, teachers will also review various test taking strategies, including process of elimination and searching for matching keywords in the questions and answers.

“I am planning on attending the proficiency camp because I am determined to pass the state test. I am trying to learn and absorb as much as I can before the test so that the proficiency is easier for me,” sophomore Jan Sherry Himor said.

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The proficiency practice will last from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Pizza, snacks, and soda will be served during the camp. In order to participate, students must sign up with VanKirk. The form is due by Feb 21.

“I went to the proficiency camp last year and I passed the state exam with flying colors. I found that everyone who went to the proficiency camp also passed and I encourage others to attend this event if they want to pass the proficiency the first time around,” junior Anthea Gamiao said.