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  • SAT Testing Techniques

    1. 1. SAT Test AdvicePassage-Based Reading, Identifying Sentence Errors, Timed Essays
    2. 2. Passage-Based Reading
    3. 3. Passage-Based Reading✤ Step 1 - Read the questions first
    4. 4. Passage-Based Reading✤ Step 1 - Read the questions first✤ Step 2 - Label the question types
    5. 5. Passage-Based Reading✤ Step 1 - Read the questions first✤ Step 2 - Label the question types✤ Step 3 - Use your pencil as you read
    6. 6. Passage-Based Reading✤ Step 1 - Read the questions first✤ Step 2 - Label the question types✤ Step 3 - Use your pencil as you read✤ Step 4 - Answer the questions with the answers covered
    7. 7. Passage-Based Reading✤ Step 1 - Read the questions first✤ Step 2 - Label the question types✤ Step 3 - Use your pencil as you read✤ Step 4 - Answer the questions with the answers covered✤ Step 5 - Move On
    8. 8. Passage-Based Reading
    9. 9. Passage-Based Reading✤ Step 1: Read the questions first
    10. 10. Passage-Based Reading✤ Step 1: Read the questions first ✤ Find out what you’re going to be looking for
    11. 11. Passage-Based Reading✤ Step 1: Read the questions first ✤ Find out what you’re going to be looking for ✤ It’s like going to the mall with a list of needs versus going store to store in the mall
    12. 12. Passage-Based Reading✤ Step 1: Read the questions first ✤ Find out what you’re going to be looking for ✤ It’s like going to the mall with a list of needs versus going store to store in the mall✤ Step 2: Label the question types
    13. 13. Passage-Based Reading✤ Step 1: Read the questions first ✤ Find out what you’re going to be looking for ✤ It’s like going to the mall with a list of needs versus going store to store in the mall✤ Step 2: Label the question types ✤ “G” - General questions will ask you about the passage as a whole and don’t require you to refer to any particular part of the passage – they may ask for tone, theme or main idea.
    14. 14. Passage-Based Reading✤ Step 1: Read the questions first ✤ Find out what you’re going to be looking for ✤ It’s like going to the mall with a list of needs versus going store to store in the mall✤ Step 2: Label the question types ✤ “G” - General questions will ask you about the passage as a whole and don’t require you to refer to any particular part of the passage – they may ask for tone, theme or main idea. ✤ “S” - Specific questions ask you to reference a particular word, phrase, or line in the text
    15. 15. Passage-Based Reading✤ Step 1: Read the questions first ✤ Find out what you’re going to be looking for ✤ It’s like going to the mall with a list of needs versus going store to store in the mall✤ Step 2: Label the question types ✤ “G” - General questions will ask you about the passage as a whole and don’t require you to refer to any particular part of the passage – they may ask for tone, theme or main idea. ✤ “S” - Specific questions ask you to reference a particular word, phrase, or line in the text ✤ Answer specific questions first, but not yet.
    16. 16. Passage-Based Reading
    17. 17. Passage-Based Reading✤ Step 3 - Use your pencil as you read
    18. 18. Passage-Based Reading✤ Step 3 - Use your pencil as you read ✤ Mark up the text. Underline words you deem important and circle the answers to questions you just read.
    19. 19. Passage-Based Reading✤ Step 3 - Use your pencil as you read ✤ Mark up the text. Underline words you deem important and circle the answers to questions you just read.✤ Step 4 - Answer the questions covered
    20. 20. Passage-Based Reading✤ Step 3 - Use your pencil as you read ✤ Mark up the text. Underline words you deem important and circle the answers to questions you just read.✤ Step 4 - Answer the questions covered ✤ Go through each question (specific first) and try to answer them without looking at the choices.
    21. 21. Passage-Based Reading✤ Step 3 - Use your pencil as you read ✤ Mark up the text. Underline words you deem important and circle the answers to questions you just read.✤ Step 4 - Answer the questions covered ✤ Go through each question (specific first) and try to answer them without looking at the choices.✤ Step 5 - Move on
    22. 22. Passage-Based Reading✤ Step 3 - Use your pencil as you read ✤ Mark up the text. Underline words you deem important and circle the answers to questions you just read.✤ Step 4 - Answer the questions covered ✤ Go through each question (specific first) and try to answer them without looking at the choices.✤ Step 5 - Move on ✤ Don’t re-read, scrutinizing your answer choices. Statistics prove that your first choice will almost always be the right one.
    23. 23. Identifying Sentence Errors1. Trust your ear2. Don’t trust your ear too much3. Know what you’re looking for4. Know what you don’t have to worry about
    24. 24. Identifying Sentence Errors
    25. 25. Identifying Sentence Errors✤ Trust your ear: Carefully read the sentence and pay attention to anything that trips you up or sounds odd
    26. 26. Identifying Sentence Errors✤ Trust your ear: Carefully read the sentence and pay attention to anything that trips you up or sounds odd✤ Don’t trust your ear too much: If all of the underlined portions of the sentence sound fine, that doesn’t necessarily mean the correct answer is “E.”
    27. 27. ISE: What to look for
    28. 28. ISE: What to look for✤ Subject-verb agreement: “they is” instead of “they are”
    29. 29. ISE: What to look for✤ Subject-verb agreement: “they is” instead of “they are”✤ Pronoun agreement: “her went” instead of “she went”
    30. 30. ISE: What to look for✤ Subject-verb agreement: “they is” instead of “they are”✤ Pronoun agreement: “her went” instead of “she went”✤ Adjective-adverb confusion: the sentence uses “quick” when it should have used “quickly”
    31. 31. ISE: What to look for✤ Subject-verb agreement: “they is” instead of “they are”✤ Pronoun agreement: “her went” instead of “she went”✤ Adjective-adverb confusion: the sentence uses “quick” when it should have used “quickly”✤ Misused words: the sentence uses “effect” when it should have used “affect”
    32. 32. ISE: What to look for✤ Subject-verb agreement: “they is” instead of “they are”✤ Pronoun agreement: “her went” instead of “she went”✤ Adjective-adverb confusion: the sentence uses “quick” when it should have used “quickly”✤ Misused words: the sentence uses “effect” when it should have used “affect”✤ Misused idioms: the sentence reads “a song from the band” when it should read “a song by the band”
    33. 33. ISE: Don’t worry about these
    34. 34. ISE: Don’t worry about these• Beginning a sentence with because, and, or but
    35. 35. ISE: Don’t worry about these• Beginning a sentence with because, and, or but• That vs. which
    36. 36. ISE: Don’t worry about these• Beginning a sentence with because, and, or but• That vs. which• Good vs. well or bad vs. badly
    37. 37. ISE: Don’t worry about these• Beginning a sentence with because, and, or but• That vs. which• Good vs. well or bad vs. badly• That vs. no that (e.g., “I don’t like the new CD the band put out” vs. “I don’t like the new CD that the band put out.”)
    38. 38. SAT Essay Writing Tips
    39. 39. SAT Essay Writing Tips1. Keep it Tidy
    40. 40. SAT Essay Writing Tips1. Keep it Tidy2. Quantity Matters
    41. 41. SAT Essay Writing Tips1. Keep it Tidy2. Quantity Matters3. Five paragraphs
    42. 42. SAT Essay Writing Tips1. Keep it Tidy2. Quantity Matters3. Five paragraphs4. For example...
    43. 43. SAT Essay Writing Tips1. Keep it Tidy2. Quantity Matters3. Five paragraphs4. For example...5. Use big words... correctly
    44. 44. SAT Essay Writing Tips
    45. 45. SAT Essay Writing Tips✤ Keep it Tidy
    46. 46. SAT Essay Writing Tips✤ Keep it Tidy ✤ Write neatly. Graders can’t grade what they can’t read.
    47. 47. SAT Essay Writing Tips✤ Keep it Tidy ✤ Write neatly. Graders can’t grade what they can’t read.✤ Quantity Matters
    48. 48. SAT Essay Writing Tips✤ Keep it Tidy ✤ Write neatly. Graders can’t grade what they can’t read.✤ Quantity Matters ✤ On a standard SAT essay there are 45 lines. Get as close to that as possible.
    49. 49. SAT Essay Writing Tips✤ Keep it Tidy ✤ Write neatly. Graders can’t grade what they can’t read.✤ Quantity Matters ✤ On a standard SAT essay there are 45 lines. Get as close to that as possible.✤ Five Paragraphs
    50. 50. SAT Essay Writing Tips✤ Keep it Tidy ✤ Write neatly. Graders can’t grade what they can’t read.✤ Quantity Matters ✤ On a standard SAT essay there are 45 lines. Get as close to that as possible.✤ Five Paragraphs ✤ There must be an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion
    51. 51. SAT Essay Writing
    52. 52. SAT Essay Writing✤ For example...
    53. 53. SAT Essay Writing✤ For example... ✤ In your body paragraphs, use specific examples, not general ones
    54. 54. SAT Essay Writing✤ For example... ✤ In your body paragraphs, use specific examples, not general ones ✤ Use Michael Jordan instead of “some athletes” or use “This one time I...” versus “Sometimes I...” or use “In 1963, activists went to the South to...” versus “the Civil Rights movement shows...”
    55. 55. SAT Essay Writing✤ For example... ✤ In your body paragraphs, use specific examples, not general ones ✤ Use Michael Jordan instead of “some athletes” or use “This one time I...” versus “Sometimes I...” or use “In 1963, activists went to the South to...” versus “the Civil Rights movement shows...”✤ Use big words... correctly
    56. 56. SAT Essay Writing✤ For example... ✤ In your body paragraphs, use specific examples, not general ones ✤ Use Michael Jordan instead of “some athletes” or use “This one time I...” versus “Sometimes I...” or use “In 1963, activists went to the South to...” versus “the Civil Rights movement shows...”✤ Use big words... correctly ✤ Make sure you show off your vocabulary using words you know how to use and how to spell.

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