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  • The SAT and ACT are two very different college entrance exams. Both are nationally administered and are used to help colleges evaluate applicants. The SAT is essentially a three-part aptitude test (Reading, Math, Writing) while the ACT is more of an achievement test with four core sections (English, Math, Reading, Science) and an optional Writing section. Many colleges will accept either test or both exams.
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    1. 1. SAT Prep Course<br />Bridgeway Academy<br />
    2. 2. What is the sat?<br />And what about the act?<br />
    3. 3. What is the Sat?<br />The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test) is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. The SAT is owned, published, and developed by the College Board, a not-for-profitorganization in the United States. It was formerly developed, published, and scored by the Educational Testing Service[1] which still administers the exam. The test is intended to assess a student's readiness for college. It was first introduced in 1901, and its name and scoring have changed several times.<br />The current SAT Reasoning Test, introduced in 2005, takes three hours and forty-five minutes, and costs $47 ($75 International), excluding late fees.[2] Possible scores range from 600 to 2400, combining test results from three 800-point sections (math, critical reading, and writing).<br />
    4. 4. When do I take the sat?<br />The SAT is offered seven times a year in the United States; in October, November, December, January, March (or April, alternating), May, and June. The test is typically offered on the first Saturday of the month for the November, December, May, and June administrations. <br />Candidates may either take the SAT Reasoning Test or up to three SAT Subject Tests on any given test date, except the first spring test date, when only the SAT Reasoning Test is offered. Candidates wishing to take the test may register online at the College Board's website, by mail, or by telephone, at least three weeks before the test date.<br />
    5. 5. SAT – Test Dates<br /><ul><li> TEST DATES – SATURDAYS</li></ul> Oct / Nov / Dec / Jan / April / May / June<br /><ul><li> MOST STUDENTS – May of Junior Year</li></ul> Oct / Nov of Senior Year<br /><ul><li> RECOMMENDED - Nov / Dec of Junior Year</li></ul> May / June of Junior Year<br />
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    7. 7. Sat vs act comparison cart<br />.<br />
    8. 8. Why take the sat?<br />Top Five Reasons<br />
    9. 9. Make up for a low GPA<br />Win scholarships<br />Get accepted to better colleges<br />Go through college faster<br />Get a job!<br />Top Five Reasons<br />
    10. 10. SAT TIME Breakdown<br />SAT Writing<br />25 minutes – Essay<br />25 minutes - 35 questions (improving sentences and paragraphs, identifiying sentence errors)<br />10 minutes - 14 questions (improving sentences)<br />
    11. 11. SAT TIME Breakdown<br />SAT Critical Reading<br />25 minutes - 24 questions (sentence completion, short and reading comprehension)<br />25 minutes - 24 questions (sentence completion, short and reading comprehension)<br />20 minutes - 19 questions (sentence completion, long reading comprehension)<br />
    12. 12. SAT TIME Breakdown<br />SAT Math<br />25 minutes - 20 questions (multiple choice)<br />25 minutes - 18 questions (multiple choice, grid-in)<br />20 minutes - 16 questions (multiple choice)<br />
    13. 13. SAT – General Score Information<br />Average scores are calculated annually based on the most recent SAT scores of all students of a particular graduating class. <br />For the class of 2010, average scores are: <br />Critical reading: 501<br />Mathematics: 516<br />Writing: 492<br />
    14. 14. Assignment 1<br />1. Review the “This is Your SAT” brochure<br />2. Create an account on<br />3. Email your instructor and notify him of the date you plan to take the SAT<br />To register for the SAT – you need to create an account at<br />
    15. 15. Assignment 2<br />Identify three colleges you are interested in attending. Research these colleges on the website or other sites and identify their average SAT scores for the latest year published. <br />Email these scores to your instructor.<br />
    16. 16. Overall Test Taking Strategies<br />OVERALL TEST TACTICS:<br />Learn the section directions now. Use the time saved during the test to work on questions.<br />Answer easy questions first. Mark skipped questions in your exam book so you can quickly return to them later.<br />Guess...if you can eliminate at least one choice.<br />You can write in the test book: cross out wrong answers; do scratch work.<br />Take care when filling in the answer grid for the student-produced response questions.<br />Avoid stray marks on the answer sheet. A machine scores your test and can't distinguish between a correct answer and a careless doodle.<br />
    17. 17. Overall test taking strategies continued<br />Easy questions usually precede hard ones.<br />Mark only one answer per question.<br />Skip any question if you haven't the faintest idea about the answer. You don't lose points.<br />Understand the scoring! You get a point for a right answer. You lose a fractional point for a wrong answer. There is no deduction for omitted answers, or for wrong answers in the math section's student-produced response questions.<br />Keep checking that you are placing your answer in the correct section and number on the answer sheet.<br />
    18. 18. Overall test taking strategies Time Management<br />Don't spend too much time on any one question. You should spend only seconds on the easiest questions, and hesitate to spend more than 1-2 minutes on even the hardest ones.<br />Remember that the SAT consists of a series of small, timed, mini-tests. Keep track of the time you're allotted for each one and how much time remains.<br />Bring a watch to the test center. You can't be guaranteed that there'll be a working clock there.<br />
    19. 19. Overall test taking strategiesbe prepared!<br />Don't change an answer unless you're sure you made an error.<br />Read the words in the question carefully. Be sure to answer the question asked and not the question you recall from a practice test.<br />Know the Question Types to Expect on the SAT I: * 19 sentence completion * 40 reading comprehension * 35 math multiple-choices * 10 student-produced responses<br />
    20. 20. Sat answer sheet<br />
    21. 21. Assignment 3<br />Refer to the sample SAT answer sheet from Rcampus and take Quiz 1 regarding the answer sheet<br />
    22. 22. Assignment 4<br />During this course you will select 1 novel and 2 movies created from novels to read/watch. Literature analysis forms will be due in week 3, 6 and 8. Review the list on the Rcampus course website and choose the novel and 2 movies you intend to watch. Email these selections to your instructor.<br />
    23. 23. SAT – Guessing Strategies<br />WHEN TO GUESS<br />Correct = 1 pt<br />Omitted = 0 pt<br />Wrong = Negative Pts<br />Guess when you can positively eliminate 1 answer<br /> Exception: -- Math Quantitative Comparison -- Grid-In<br /> -- GUESS:<br /> No penalty for wrong answers<br />
    24. 24. SAT – Guessing Sample<br />10 questions / 5 answer choices ( - ¼ for wrong answers)<br />SARAH<br />6 right + 6<br />4 omitted 0<br />Score + 6<br />JOHN<br />6 right + 6<br />4 wrong - 1<br />Score + 5<br />
    25. 25. SAT – Pacing Strategies<br />Questions in each section begin with the easiest and get harder (except critical reading)<br /><ul><li> Know where the easy questions are, and do them first.
    26. 26. Know where the hard questions are, and consider omitting them. If a hard question looks easy, your answer is probably wrong.
    27. 27. Generally, students who answer 50% of the questions right will have an average SAT score, 1000</li></li></ul><li>SAT – Answer Sheet Strategies<br />Know the answer sheet<br />(especially the “grid-in” section)<br />
    28. 28. SAT – Test Directions Strategies<br />Memorize the<br />test directions<br />
    29. 29. SAT – Analogy Strategies<br /><ul><li>Make up a sentence that shows the relationship between the two words:</li></ul>CRUMB:BREAD:: <br /> (A) ounce : unit<br /> (B) splinter : wood<br /> (C) water : bucket<br /> (D) twine : rope<br /> (E) cream : butter<br />
    30. 30. SAT – Analogy Strategies<br /><ul><li>Make up a sentence that shows the relationship between the two words:</li></ul>CRUMB:BREAD:: <br /> (A) ounce : unit<br /> (B) splinter : wood<br /> (C) water : bucket<br /> (D) twine : rope<br /> (E) cream : butter<br /> “A crumb is a small piece of bread”<br />Correct answer: B – A splinter is a small piece of wood.<br />
    31. 31. SAT – Analogy Strategies<br /><ul><li>Read all answer choices
    32. 32. Be careful that your sentence isn’t too general</li></ul> “A crack is a sound made by a whip.”<br />CRACK:WHIP:: <br /> (A) music : guitar<br /> (B) murmur : crowd<br /> (C handle : spoon<br /> (D) slam : door<br /> (D) trickle : water<br />New sentence: <br /> “A crack is a sudden, sharp noise made by a whip.”<br />
    33. 33. SAT – Analogy Strategies<br /><ul><li> Always compare the relationship between the pair capitalized words with the relationship between the two words in the answer choices.</li></ul> CLAY : POTTER<br /> (A) stone : sculptor<br /> (B) machines : mechanic<br /> (C hems : tailor<br /> (D) bricks : architect<br /> (E) chalk : teacher<br /><ul><li> Think about the precise meaning of the words.
    34. 34. Remember, words can have more than one meaning.
    35. 35. Consider each of the five answer choices.
    36. 36. QUESTIONS GET HARDER / DO NOT GUESS</li></li></ul><li>SAT – Sentence Completion Strategies<br />At a recent press conference, the usually reserved biochemist was unexpectedly _____ in addressing the ethical questions posed by her work.<br />correct<br />forthright<br />inarticulate<br />retentive<br />cautious<br />Because King Phillip’s desire to make Spain the dominant power in sixteenth-century Europe ran counter to Queen Elizabeth’s insistence on autonomy for England, _____ was _____.<br />reconciliation .. assured<br />warfare .. avoidable<br />ruination .. impossible<br />conflict .. inevitable<br />compromise .. simple<br />
    37. 37. SAT – Sentence Completion Strategies<br /><ul><li> Read the sentence carefully
    38. 38. Pay attention to the precise meaningful of words
    39. 39. Look for the logic of the sentence
    40. 40. Be careful of words that change the logic of the sentence:</li></ul> although / but / however / usually / if / but<br /><ul><li> Two blanks – be sure each word is correct
    41. 41. Two blanks – try answering one blank at a time
    42. 42. Consider all answer choices
    43. 43. After choosing an answer, check it by reading the entire answer to yourself
    44. 44. QUESTIONS GET HARDER / DO NOT GUESS</li></li></ul><li>SAT – Critical Reading Strategies<br /><ul><li> Passages are from 400 – 850 words
    45. 45. College-level reading
    46. 46. Some selections include a pair of passages
    47. 47. Types of questions:</li></ul> Meaning of a word in context<br /> Demonstrate understanding of significant information<br /> Identify cause and effect<br /> Relate parts of the passage to each other or the whole<br /> Make inferences<br /> Recognize implications<br /> Follow the logic of an argument<br /> Recognize the consistency or inconsistency of an argument<br /> Compare or contrast two related passages<br />
    48. 48. SAT – Critical Reading Strategies<br /><ul><li> Read each passage thoughtfully
    49. 49. Don’t spend too much time taking notes as you read
    50. 50. Consider reading the questions before the passage
    51. 51. Answer questions based on the passage (not on your knowledge of the subject)
    52. 52. Read all answer choices:</li></ul> Answer choices may include true statements that don’t answer the question<br /> Some answers may only be partially correct<br /><ul><li> QUESTIONS NOT SEQUENCED BY DIFFICULTY
    53. 53. DO NOT QUESS</li></li></ul><li>SAT – Math, General Strategies<br /><ul><li> Content</li></ul> Arithmetic<br /> Algebra<br /> Geometry (no proofs)<br /><ul><li> Formulas are provided
    54. 54. Bring a calculator (and a backup)
    56. 56. GUESSING: Multiple Choice – NO</li></ul> Quantitative Comparison – YES<br /> “Grid-In” - YES <br />
    57. 57. SAT – Math, Multiple Choice Strategies<br /><ul><li> Read all answer choices
    58. 58. The correct answer may be written in a variety of formats:</li></ul> ½ or 0.5 or 3/6<br /><ul><li> If a diagram is given, use it
    59. 59. Information may be given which is not required to answer the question.</li></li></ul><li>SAT – Math, Quantitative Comparison Strategies<br />A if the quantity in Column A is greater<br />B if the quantity in Column B is great<br />C if the two quantities are the same<br />D if the relationship cannot be determined<br /><ul><li> Memorize the answer choices
    60. 60. Understand the layout
    61. 61. Variables could stand for negative numbers, zero, fractions, etc.
    62. 62. HARDER AS YOU GO
    63. 63. GUESS – NO PENALTY</li></ul>Column AColumn B<br />1<br />2<br />3<br />3m<br />5m<br />The number of positive divisors of 21<br />The number of positive divisors of 12<br />0 < a < b < 1<br />a3<br />b3<br />
    64. 64. SAT – Math, “Grid-In” Strategies<br /><ul><li>No negative answers
    65. 65. No answers greater than 9,999
    66. 66. Write your answer in the boxes above the grid
    67. 67. Always begin at the same point – left or right
    68. 68. Must grid percents as decimals or fractions</li></ul> 25% becomes .25 or ¼<br /><ul><li> No mixed numbers. 2 ½ becomes 5/2 or 2.5
    69. 69. Do not use a leading zero. 0.44 is less accurate than 0.444
    70. 70. Fractions do not have to be reduced unless they don’t fit on the grid</li></ul>/<br />/<br />.<br />.<br />.<br />.<br />0<br />1<br />0<br />0<br />1<br />1<br />1<br />1<br />2<br />2<br />2<br />2<br />3<br />3<br />3<br />3<br />4<br />4<br />4<br />4<br />5<br />5<br />5<br />5<br />6<br />6<br />6<br />6<br />7<br />7<br />7<br />7<br />8<br />8<br />8<br />8<br />9<br />9<br />9<br />9<br />
    71. 71. SAT – Before the Test<br />The Night Before<br /><ul><li> Get a good night sleep
    72. 72. Lay out your identification, test admission ticket, pencils, and calculator</li></ul>The Morning Of<br /><ul><li> Don’t be rushed
    73. 73. Have a good breakfast
    74. 74. Leave plenty of time to get to the test center and find your test room</li></li></ul><li>PSAT – General Information<br /><ul><li> Taken by: College Bound Juniors </li></ul> & Sophomores preparing for the NMSC<br /><ul><li> PSAT Test Dates</li></ul> Year Tuesday Saturday<br /> 2002 Oct 15 Oct 19<br /><ul><li> Cost = $9.00 </li></ul> The state will pay for either the PSAT or PLAN for every junior<br /><ul><li> Same as SAT without equating section
    75. 75. PSAT results interpretation</li></ul> projected SAT scores<br /> guessing and pacing strategies<br /> difficulty with one type of question<br /> concept of college “match”<br />
    76. 76. ACTBASICS<br />
    77. 77. ACT - Format<br />FORMAT<br />four sections / 3 hours<br />ENGLISH<br />75 questions / 45 minutes<br />MATH<br />60 questions / 60 minutes<br />READING<br />40 questions / 35 minutes<br />SCIENCE REASONING<br />40 questions / 35 minutes<br />ACT NOTES<br /><ul><li> Accepted by all Indiana colleges
    78. 78. No negative points for wrong answers, students should guess
    79. 79. Scores range from 1 – 36</li></ul> Average score – 21 (1998)<br /><ul><li> Middle 50% of Freshmen</li></ul> - Indiana State 17 - 23<br /> - Indiana Univ 21 - 27<br /> - DePauw Univ 25 - 29 <br />TEST DATES: <br />Oct, Dec, Feb, Apr, June<br />
    80. 80. PLAN (Pre-ACT)<br /><ul><li> Given to: All 10th graders
    81. 81. Guidance Use: Career Interest Assessment</li></ul>Student Needs Assessment<br /><ul><li>Scores: Not adjusted for guessing
    82. 82. Test Dates: Anytime during a two-month window as convenient for the school
    83. 83. Instructional Use: Interpretive reports link results with curricular content
    84. 84. Cost: $ 8.00</li></li></ul><li>
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