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    Tips on SAT?

    Post by iKevinly on July 29th 2011, 7:59 pm

    S.A.T.

    Alright, first of all.
    EW EW EW. SAT OH GOD GROSS.
    Yet, I'll be taking it instead of the ACT.

    Now, as most of you who are taking the SAT may perhaps know,
    The SAT tests you on how well you take the SAT,
    And has even been called unfair by the majority of people.

    That being said,
    I got from my library Princeton's "Cracking the SAT 2011" and it's helped me.
    A lot.

    Reason?
    It really gave me the secrets on how to really nicely take the SATs and made it easier for me to get easy points when I didn't know the answer.
    At all.


    This thread will be for simple Q.A. type of format or just asking for some advice on teh SAT.

    I'll begin by my need of. . .

    Reading Section.
    (The really long essay then answers)
    Any tips?

    Thanks!
    ~Kev

    P.S. - By TIPS, I mean TIPS AND TRICKS.
    You can always put in things like, "Read over the passage fast and then look at the first problem. Afterwards, you need to see which one does this and that etc."
    But I'm more-so looking for something such as. . .

    "Oh! For the math section, use this trick: Plugging In Numbers."

    Thanks~


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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by ZeroCyanide on July 29th 2011, 8:33 pm

    JUST START TAPPING YOUR PENCIL IN MORSE CODE AND HOPE SOMEONE HEARS
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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by Sophie on July 29th 2011, 11:24 pm

    Ah~ The beloved reading section~

    Here are some things I do for the Reading Section:

    I always end up with time to spare, so I can afford doing the whole description, through reading and stuff. If you read slow, it's a good idea to skim, and underline key points. Marking up the text will make it a lot easier to find important information quickly. Since the questions will reference the lines involved, there really is no explicit need to read the entire passage through. However, through reading will make answering your questions faster, I've found.

    It's easier if you go paragraph by paragraph, then writing a short two word/sentence description of what each was about in the margin. This way, you'll have the idea of the writing more clear in your head.

    I personally wouldn't recommend simply skimming.
    It wastes a bit of time when you have to look back at the passage when lines are referenced in the questions. I read the entire passage through, and along with my short descriptions, I basically don't have to look back at the passage any more though the rest of the section.

    Spending too much time thinking about the wording of the questions is bad for me. Since the SAT tends to be a bit unclear with their words, a first impression is usually enough. The more I think about the question, the more likely I start thinking about 'what ifs' and the implications of the question. That's what usually trips me up. So, I answer all of the questions rather quickly, then go back and double check my answers after I'm completely done with the section.

    And ta-da, readings done~

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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by iKevinly on July 30th 2011, 2:08 am

    Hmm interesting.
    I was reading the Cracking the SAT book by Princeton and they said that skimming is good if you don't know what the passage is about.
    Such as,
    If the blurb is. . .

    Written by writer ______ about the ancient greek war of B.C. 204

    Or something like that, the book said to skim to get a general idea.
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    ALSO SOPHIE.
    Hmm, I sometimes try to thoroughly read it yet Cracking the SAT says that there are just too much unneeded info.
    Do you get what I mean? :P
    Perhaps your one of the kids that take the SAT as a real straight-forward test and don't need any tricks ahahah =]

    Perhaps I'll definitely try out your way though!


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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by ZeroCyanide on July 30th 2011, 11:13 am

    On a tangent here, but Sophie has more posts than you as I write this, Kevin.
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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by Sophie on July 30th 2011, 1:03 pm

    Keep trying Kevin. Wrong.


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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by iKevinly on July 31st 2011, 12:05 am

    XD This thread instantly went to a different topic oh god :P


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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by Sophie on July 31st 2011, 1:21 am

    Back on topic!

    Yes, I've read Cracking the SAT too.
    It's a great book, but I still feel that you should go with what's easier for you.

    Everyone takes tests differently, I find that I get really paranoid whenever I skim. It ends up making me take more time then I save, so I avoid that tactic. I end up with egregious amounts of spare time left over at the end of all my sections though, so I suppose that you should do what's best for you. Plus, the passages are pretty interesting to read... *mumble mumble

    Taking a practice SAT tomorrow at IA Central. It'll be fun. Cry

    Personally the math section is the easiest. It's all plug and chug, like you said in your first post, Kevin.

    Anyhow, does anyone have any hints for the writing section? Specifically the error identification part?


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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by iKevinly on July 31st 2011, 3:09 am

    Agh I don't want to wake up early though for the SAT tomorrow D:

    Some things that help me with the error identification is simply to first read the thing in general.
    Does it sound right?
    No?
    Fix it and find the problem.
    If it does,
    I usually follow Princeton's method of "Cut the Fat out"
    I'm sure you know what that means, since you read the book :x

    Mainly, you just cut out the things that are not needed.
    If the sentence has the words "And then they went to the park," and that sentence is right,
    Cut it out (if it still makes sense).
    :X I don't realy know how to explain it and I'm realy tired XD
    And making more and more typos along the way
    But that's mainly it D:
    Cut the Fat out by the Cracking the SAT is the best way for me :D


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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by Orange on August 14th 2011, 2:06 pm

    Um, just a question, is it like REALLY BAD that I haven't done anything for ACT or SATs yet--I mean like zip zero nothing at all no books, no practice nothing??? (well i took one practice test lke a bajillion years ago and I think I did okay...)
    so is it bad?
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    Post by Sophie on August 14th 2011, 3:05 pm

    Nope, it's not that bad.
    It's just that you might wanna get started soon, that's all. The SAT is predictable, which is why a lot of people are getting started early.

    Also, we're taking the PSAT in October. This is what makes you eligible for National Merit Scholarship, which is why a lot of people are starting to study for that early.

    SAT and ACT deadlines are in a year or so, so you still have a ton of time to get started. :)


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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by iKevinly on August 14th 2011, 4:06 pm

    WOAH WOAH~
    Wait a sec :P just wondering.

    First of all, studying for the SAT is almost the same as studying for the PSAT, right? There's no big diff? Is there an essay in the PSAT? Experimental section? D:

    And also,
    What do you mean by "The SAT is predictable." I've heard that what you get while studying the SAT is usually what you get when you take the SAT.
    Is that really true? :) I'm always scared that I study a lot and get a good score but when I actually take the real SAT, I like. .
    Bomb it. D:


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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by Sophie on August 14th 2011, 4:20 pm

    Kind of.

    Except the PSAT is brutal with scores. It's literally get one question wrong = a 76 instead of an 80. So, I'm focusing on the PSAT right now, so I can get used to those scores and aim for a higher number.

    Yes, the SAT is very predicable. All the questions are phrased identically, regardless of what test it is. There are specific sections, and questions all follow the same format. So, if you practice with the SAT, you won't be facing anything incredibly different on the actual exam.

    (Only thing that might change is your level of stress though, so that could be a reason. )


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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by iKevinly on August 14th 2011, 4:22 pm

    WHAT D:
    Ahhh I may just take the PSAT just----
    Wait,
    Do people take the PSAT only to hope for the Merit Scholarship? D: Or do some people take it just for the test experience?


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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by Sophie on August 14th 2011, 4:23 pm

    Everyone has to take the PSAT. It's required of all students.

    But some people study for it so they have a better chance at the merit scholarship. The scholarship is kind of a big deal.

    Also, the PSAT is about 2 hours. The SAT is four.
    So, uh... I like studying for the PSAT more anyways. xD


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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by iKevinly on August 14th 2011, 4:29 pm

    DX IT'S REQUIR--- okay.
    :3 ahmmmm that makes more sense XD okay okay !


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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by Orange on August 23rd 2011, 11:18 pm

    Hey, I feel really dumb, but can anyone tell me how to sign up for the early ACT (or is it SAT) in September?
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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by Sophie on August 23rd 2011, 11:37 pm

    Sure~

    There's an SAT test on October 1st, you can register for it here.

    The closest ACT test is on September 10th, but I think you might wanna take the one on October 22nd. You can register for it here.

    A lot of this stuff is done online now, but you'll be asked to make accounts. Don't worry, these are the legit sites. <3


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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by Ketchup Girl on August 24th 2011, 7:34 am

    My mom wants me to study for the SAT by doing literally a thousand of those little SAT Question of the Day thingies, and nothing else, really. Is my mom right? Would this be helpful or do I have to sign up for a class or that other stuff that people who care more about the tests than I do would do...?

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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by iKevinly on August 24th 2011, 7:53 am

    To be honest,
    I'm doing great off of just one book: I REALLY REALLY recommend the "Cracking the SAT - Princeton"

    You can get one from the library and just have it for around two weeks.
    If anything, the reason I'm saying you should try that book out is because the SAT is actually really testing you on how well you take the SAT--not how well you know your material.

    Because of this, if you're a good independent learner, you can just check the book and read it.
    I've heard that classes are for improvements of 200 score but you can get the same thing with less time by just reading the book I recommend! =]


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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by Sophie on August 24th 2011, 4:23 pm

    I took an SAT class, and raised my score by 600 points... In my corner

    I, uh, was a pretty bad test taker. Taking classes will get you some tips, and the teachers will teach you tactics they used to beat the SAT themselves. However, it's up to you, really.

    Doing those daily SAT questions will help a lot, but sitting down and doing full sets of problems are good too. But really, it does come down a lot to your learning style. c:


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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by Orange on August 24th 2011, 4:30 pm

    Wow, thanks guys! I really got to get on this stuff.
    So, signing up for SAT and ACT in October
    Getting "Cracking the SAT"
    Probably not gonna take any classes, but that's cuz i'm lazy, we'll see how I do first...
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    Post by Sophie on August 24th 2011, 4:34 pm

    Since taking the SAT for real might actually be reported to the colleges, you might wanna do a few practice tests first. I've gotta get through 10 tests by next year...

    You can get those at the library too~ :D


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    Re: Tips on SAT?

    Post by Orange on August 24th 2011, 4:58 pm

    Okay cool thanks,
    and when signing up for those websites, does IA count as a general/other education? is it considered a public school? and should I consider our courses 'accelerated, honors, or AP'?
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    Post by iKevinly on August 24th 2011, 10:37 pm

    Consider our courses Accelerated, Honors, or AP and yes, we're a public school.
    Although we have to test in, I believe we still are counted as public.

    --- Eeeeh, I guess if you're that bored over the summer you could do the classes.
    I wouldn't recommend it unless Sophie's statement is you: in which, you like to learn that way in a classroom environment with a teacher.

    From what I hear, it's just a LOT of fast paced work and blagh :P

    And wow 600 points!?
    Holy cow Sophie!!!
    That's like. . . 1800 -> 2400
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