Monday, September 29, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

#2 KNOW the Instructions

Secret #2:

KNOW the SAT test instructions. Be MORE than fully prepared, thoroughly familar with each section and it's instructions, types of questions and their style.

Do not waste a single precision second looking back to the beginning of a section or listening to anything that the proctor has to say. This is a serious competition, so be competitive.

This is especially true on the math section where certain formulas are given, circles, triangles, etc. I have seen too many students look back to that section trying to remember the area vs. circumference of a circle.

For an exercise, practice writing down all of those from memory over and over again.

Can you outline the entire SAT exam, number of sections, time, number and types of questions? Do it

Sunday, September 21, 2008

101 Secrets of the SAT #1

Ok, I've been wanting to do this for a while, write and publish a book (booklet) unleashing my accumulated knowledge on SAT to help folks out

#1. The Writing Section is still useless for admissions.

In 2005, the SAT was revamped to some things were dropped, others added. Of the biggest changes was the addition of the Writing section. It is two multiple choice sections and an essay. Colleges and universities have not been using it for admissions. Though some are looking at it for placement tests.

Much has been written on the changes, so I need not comment much. Every student should strive to do well on all tests. Since this test does not count for much, if anything at all, your efforts are best spent on improving your Math and Critical Reading scores.

I'll write more on the Essay section later.