Cracking the sat

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Cracking the sat

  1. 1. Cracking the SAT
  2. 2. Part One: The SAT, The Princeton Review, and You <ul><li>So what does the SAT actually test? </li></ul><ul><li>Who writes the SAT? </li></ul>
  3. 3. What’s on the SAT? <ul><li>The SAT runs 3 hours and 45 and is divided into 10 sections. These include: </li></ul><ul><li>One 25 minute essay section, requiring you to present your viewpoint on a topic </li></ul><ul><li>Two 25 minute Math sections (MC and “grid-ins”) </li></ul><ul><li>Two 25 minute Critical Reading sections, made up of sentence completions and reading comprehension questions </li></ul><ul><li>One 25 minute Writing section, containing error identification questions, improving sentences questions, and improving paragraphs questions </li></ul><ul><li>One 20 minute Math section (MC) </li></ul><ul><li>One 20 minute Critical Reading section (similar questions) </li></ul><ul><li>One 10 minute Writing section (improving sentences) </li></ul><ul><li>One 25 minute Experimental section (which may be Math, Writing, or Critical Reading) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Scoring on the SAT <ul><li>Each subject is scored on a scale of 200-800. </li></ul><ul><li>The three scores are then totaled, for a combined score between 600 and 2,400. </li></ul><ul><li>The average score is about 500 per section, or 1,500 total. </li></ul><ul><li>Your score report will also give your percentile rank. </li></ul>
  5. 5. How the SAT is Scored <ul><li>For every correct answer, you get 1 raw point </li></ul><ul><li>For every incorrect answer, you lose ¼ of a point </li></ul><ul><li>For every question you leave blank, you get 0 points </li></ul>
  6. 6. How to Crack the SAT <ul><li>Remember, this is a standardized test. </li></ul><ul><li>This means that the same types of questions will be asked over and over again. </li></ul><ul><li>The numbers or words might change, but the basics do not. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Multiple Choice <ul><li>Most questions on the SAT are Multiple Choice. </li></ul><ul><li>Luckily, this means you can use POE to find the right answer. </li></ul><ul><li>If you can identify all the wrong answers, that should leave the right answer. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Let’s try one… <ul><li>The capital of Azerbaijan is </li></ul><ul><li>A. Washington, D.C. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Paris </li></ul><ul><li>C. Tokyo </li></ul><ul><li>D. London </li></ul><ul><li>E. Baku </li></ul>
  9. 9. Should you guess? <ul><li>You want to acquire as many points as possible without losing any fractions of points. </li></ul><ul><li>Be careful with guessing- if you can eliminate several wrong choices, your odds at guessing right are high. If not, you may want to skip it. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Put Pencil to Paper <ul><li>Feel free to write in your test booklet. </li></ul><ul><li>You can even create a key, like the one below, to help narrow down choices. </li></ul><ul><li>* Answer you like </li></ul><ul><li>/ Answer you do not like </li></ul><ul><li>~ Answer you kinda like </li></ul><ul><li>? Answer you do not understand </li></ul><ul><li>X Answer you know is wrong </li></ul>
  11. 11. Transfer answers at end of each group <ul><li>This will save you time, and will require less effort than looking back and forth every few seconds! </li></ul>

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