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SAT   - How do I ace the SAT?

1. Introduction:

Introduction to the SAT   - How do I ace the SAT? Who, what, where, when, why? If you are taking the SAT this year, these are the most important questions you need answered. This book will provide you with the answers to these questions. There’s one more big question, however, and that is how, as in “How do I ace the SAT?” In Chapter 3 of this book, you will review the skills you need to ace the Critical Reading section of the SAT. Chapter 4 covers essential math skills, and Chapter 5 will give you all the information you need to know about the Writing section. Every chapter in this book, however, will be useful in your quest to maximize your SAT scores, so read them all carefully.

1. Who Takes the SAT?


Most college-bound high school students take the SAT, approximately two million every year. If misery loves company, you must be feeling pretty good right now! Hang in there, though. By the time you ?nish this book, your misery will be history. It will be replaced with the con?dence that you are going to shine on the SAT.

Who Makes the SAT?
The  College  Board  is  an  association  of colleges  and schools that makes the exam. It retains the Educational Testing Service (ETS®) to develop and administer the SAT. You may already be familiar with ETS; they also write and administer the Advanced Placement (AP®) tests as well as the PSAT/NMSQT® you may have taken as a junior and/or sophomore. The ETS has a distinctive style of writing ?ve-choice (or multiple-choice) and grid-in questions, which makes it easy to describe and analyze the kinds of questions you are likely to see on the  SAT. However, the  essay  portion  of the  Writing section will require a different type of preparation than the other kinds of questions. This book will prepare you for all types of SAT questions.

2. What Is the SAT?


The SAT is one of the main standardized tests collegesuse  to  evaluate  reading,  writing,  and  mathematical skills in prospective students. Another test, the American  College  Testing  (ACT)  Program  Assessment, is designed primarily to measure what you’ve learned in various academic subjects, while the SAT aims primarily to measure the critical thinking skills you will ?nd useful in your academic career. Naturally, members of the College Board (and others) believe that possessing these skills will help you perform better in your higher education. That’s  why  you’re  smart  to  be  using  this book. You are developing your intellectual assets, making yourself look more attractive to the colleges you’re interested in, and giving yourself a head start on your college career. You may also be planning to take one or more of the SAT II™ subject tests. These exams test your knowledge of speci?c subjects, such as history, the sciences,and languages, and are based on what you have learned in school rather than on your test-taking skills.


3.  What Is the SAT Used For?
Colleges use your SAT scores as part of an evaluation process to decide whether you will be a good addition to their student body. Look at the preceding sentence again. What word leaps out at you? It’s the word part.

What other things do colleges look at?  The short answer is everything. The good news for students who don’t have perfect grade point averages and who may not have perfect SAT scores is that colleges look at individuals, not just at scores and grades. Are you an athlete?  Of  course  colleges  consider  that.  Are  you  a performer—a dancer or an actor? Colleges want people  who  can  contribute  to  campus  cultural  life. Are you active in your community as a volunteer? Colleges know that high school students who contribute to their communities also are positive members of college communities. Do you love literature but can’t bring yourself   to  study  anything  else?  College  admissions committees know that even Einstein ?unked a math course or two. The important thing is for you to present yourself  as a strong candidate for admission by letting your best qualities shine through in your application. Think of a photographer shooting a still-life scene, arranging all the different elements of the picture to make them look as  interesting  as  possible  and  adjusting  the  light  to bring out the best in the objects she captures on ?lm. When presenting yourself to colleges, show yourself in the best possible light, and don’t forget to highlight all the  qualities  that  make  you  who  you  are. They  are looking for all kinds of people to make up a diverse student body. So, don’t sweat the SAT. Getting nervous about it won’t help you anyway. As long as you follow through with your plan to prepare for it, your score can help you become an attractive candidate.

4 - What Do Colleges Want?
Colleges are increasingly looking for a diverse student body. Think about how you might fit in to that mix.
What are your strong points?
+ Artist—visual or performing
+Leader—student government or other organization
+ Social—if you have lots of friends, you’re probably a leader, too
+ Academic—of course, especially if you excel in one subject
+ Community Service—volunteer work tells colleges that you are committed to making a difference in the
lives of others
+ Other—what do you love to do? That’s a strong point!

5 -  When Do I Take the SAT?

The SAT is offered several times a year, on Saturday mornings. You can obtain a schedule online or at your high school guidance of?ce. You may register and take the exam as often as you wish. Most colleges will not hold an earlier lower score against you, and some will be  impressed  by  a  substantially  improved  score. On the other hand, you may have already decided to just do as  well  as  you  can  the  ?rst  time  around, and  you’ve taken your ?rst step by buying this book.


6 -  Where Is the SAT Given?
Many high school and college campuses host SAT sessions. When  you  register, you  will  be  given  a  list  of sites in your local area, and you can pick one that is comfortable and convenient for you.
-   Where Do I Sign Up for the SAT?
You  can  register  for  the  SAT  online  at  www.collegeboard.com. The  College  Board  website  also  provides other college-related services, some free and some for a fee. Your high school guidance of?ce is another place you can obtain registration forms and information.


7- How Do I Maximize My Score on the SAT?

Have you heard the saying about the three most important things in real estate? Location, location, location. The corresponding answer to your question about how to  do  well  on  the  SAT  is: prepare, prepare, prepare. You  do  that  by  gathering  information  (reading  this book is an excellent ?rst step) and then by practicing your SAT skills. Now that the answers to your basic questions are out of the way, let’s examine the test in more depth.


8 -   What Exactly Does the  SAT Test?
The SAT tests your critical thinking skills, more specifically, the ones you will need to succeed in college. Of
course, there are other skills tested, speci?cally vocabulary, reading comprehension, math computation, and writing strategies. You can dramatically improve your scores  on  the  exam  by  carefully  studying  the  exam itself. This book will help you prepare in all of these areas.

9 -  How Long Is the SAT?
You  will  have  three  hours  and  forty-?ve  minutes  to complete the SAT. In addition to the time actually spent testing, though, you will get two or three ?ve- to ten minute breaks between sections of the exam, and you will spend additional time ?lling out forms. Overall, you can expect to be at the testing location for about
four and a half hours.


10 -   What Is on the SAT?
The SAT has approximately 160 questions divided into nine test sections. There are:
?  3 critical reading sections (two 25-minute sections
and one 20-minute section)
?  3 math sections (two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section)
?  3 writing sections (one 25-minute multiple choice section, one 10-minute multiple-choice section, and one 25-minute essay) Your scores on these nine sections make up your total SAT score, which is worth 2,400 points. In addition, there is one more section—either critical reading, multiple-choice writing, or math—that is used as an experimental, or equating, section that does not count toward your SAT score. Thus, you will have a total of ten sections on test day. The ?rst section will always be the  25-minute  essay, and  the  last  will  always  be  the 10-minute multiple-choice writing section. The other sections can appear in any order in between. There is absolutely no way to determine which of the test sections is the experimental section, so it is important to do your very best on every part of the test. Most of the questions on the SAT are in a ?vechoice multiple-choice format. The exceptions are the essay and the math grid-ins, questions for which you must  generate  your  own  answers  and  enter  them  in grids on your answer sheet. The ten grid-in questions and the essay are the only questions on the SAT that don’t show you a list of possible answer choices. You will learn about grid-ins in Chapter 4 and about the essay in Chapter 5. The good news is that about 160 questions give you the correct answer. You just have to determine which of the answers is the right one. Chapters 3, 4, and 5 contain lots of strategies for choosing the correct answer from the choices provided by the SAT test-makers.

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