SAT on June 2? Here's some tips

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This list is in no way comprehensive, but here some good tips to know for all you high school juniors taking the test on Saturday (I sometimes teach SAT verbal / general strategy to high school students)

  1. Great grammar tips here: http://prepnorthwest.com/grammar-builder.html (from school I used to teach at) - with enough practice you should be able to ace the grammar section
  2. GREAT video on the essay here: http://youtu.be/R0CagqWp2X4 - Know that the essay is a lot more about structure than it is about good writing, see how to spend your time below
  3. If you have no idea about a question (you can't eliminate anything), SKIP IT, you get minus points for wrong answers, so its in your best interest to skip a couple questions (1-2 if you're in the 700+ range, 3-4/section if you're in the 600+ range - this is for the larger (24+ question sections)
  4. Know what sections go in order of difficulty, ie sentence completions do, reading questions are random, grammar questions generally go in order of difficulty
  5. Take at least one more full timed practice test before the actual test
  6. Don't second-guess yourself. Statistics prove that your first answer choice is usually correct. This is particularly true w/ grammar. In the reading passages, you may find out some info while reading through a specific question and then can go back and change an answer you filled out earlier
  7. There is one experimental section in the test, but you have no way of knowing which one it is. The practice tests you have likely been doing have only been nine sections, but the real test will have one more reading/grammar/math section.
  8. Don't feel pressured, you can take the test again - several tests are offered in the fall
  9. Study up about what superscore and score choice are (in links below)
  10. Consider taking the ACT as well, you may like it a lot better

Helpful links
on skipping: http://ultimatesatverbal.blogspot.com.ar/2011/04/d... another good grammar page: http://www.towson.edu/ows/procase.htm#objprep
future
good vocab list (study top 500 words): http://www.soundkeepers.com/SAT/ act (overview/practice test: * http://www.act.org/aap/pdf/preparing.pdf
sat percentile ranks: http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/... sat percentile ranks for some top schools: http://collegeapps.about.com/od/sat/a/sat-top-univ...

How you should divide your time on the essay:
25 MINUTES

3: UNDERSTAND THE "ASSIGNMENT" / BRAINSTORM
3: OUTLINE
4: INTRO
5: BODY PARAGRAPH 1
5: BODY PARAGRAPH 2
3: CONCLUSION
2: LOOK IT OVER / PROOFREAD / EDIT

Monkeys, anything good tips to add? I can't comment on the math section, so anything you guys can add there would be a good addition

Comments (6)

May 17, 2012

Here's another one; if you're a high school junior, stop thinking about Wall Street and live your life.

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May 17, 2012
happypantsmcgee:

Here's another one; if you're a high school junior, stop thinking about Wall Street and live your life.

hahaha. Anyway, when I took the SAT I used this book called "Hack the SAT" or something like that and it seriously helped. Just my $0.02.

May 17, 2012

forgot to add in about score choice and super score..

EPORTING SCORES
SAT Score-Reporting Policy

Designed to reduce student stress and improve the test-day experience, Score Choice is a score-reporting feature that gives students the option to choose the SAT scores by test date and SAT Subject Test scores by individual test that they send to colleges, in accordance with each institution's individual score-use practice.
http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-...
Score choice gives students the opportunity to pick and choose the specific test dates for which they want to submit their SAT scores. For example, if a student took an SAT in January, March, and May, but only wants to submit her scores from January and May, she CAN!

HOWEVER (and this is a big however), individual colleges have their own policies about Score Choice and how they will use the scores that you submit. For instance, some schools require that you send ALL scores from ALL test dates while other schools have embraced the score choice policy. Before banking on using Score Choice, you're going to want to check the policies of the schools you're considering here.
http://edgeincollegeprep.com/news/2011/06/10/score...
SUPER SCORE\
Superscoring

Superscoring is when you take the highest score from each section of an exam. For example if you took the SAT twice and your scores were as follows:

January: Reading-540, Math-670, Writing-610

March: Reading-620, Math-580, Writing-620

You would then take the highest SECTION scores to make your superscore:

Reading: 620, Math-670, Writing-620

This is EXTREMELY beneficial for studen

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Seems like a great deal, right? You get a higher score than you would otherwise! SAT superscoring can be extremely helpful to students who take the SAT more than once (as most students should anyway).

However, the SAT superscore comes with a two-part disclaimer:

First of all - if you're being superscored, so is everyone else that you're competing with. So in the end, I'm not sure that anything has really changed - college admissions are just as competitive as they were before.

Second - not all colleges will superscore the SAT. Nowadays, many admissions offices WILL superscore and are most interested in your best performance on each section. They understand that test day is difficult and stressful and you aren't always feeling your best.

After a bit of digging, I found a list of colleges (http://www.esatpreptips.com/sat-superscore-what-is...) that superscore the SAT, straight from the College Board. This list will give you an excellent idea of how each college will view your SAT scores from multiple test dates: .

One big warning: don't just trust that list for important college decisions, because it may not be updated often enough. CALL or e-mail each college individually and ask what their SAT superscore practices are if you really want to know!

Also - just if you're curious - some colleges also superscore your ACT exam; however, my early research seems to indicate that more colleges superscore the SAT than the ACT.

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May 17, 2012

Ok, serisouly?!?

Why the frick is there a post about the SAT's on this forum? If you are in high school and on this forum, I feel sorry for you. It is perfectly ok to learn to love finance but not before you experience everything others things first. This is a little disturbing.

May 17, 2012
prudentinvestor:

Ok, serisouly?!?

Why the frick is there a post about the SAT's on this forum? If you are in high school and on this forum, I feel sorry for you. It is perfectly ok to learn to love finance but not before you experience everything others things first. This is a little disturbing.

its a small small minority but yes there are a few high-schoolers on the site, would estimate ~3-5%

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May 1, 2013
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