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The Scope on the SAT & ACT

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Transcript of The Scope on the SAT & ACT

The Scope on the SAT & ACT
Overview
Preparation
-Registration
Info
-Score Scale, Timing, Categories, Strategies

*Mr. & Ms. SAT/ACT

How to Prepare
Read (
practice speed reading on books
,
magazines
, )
Write thoughts & sentences (
blogs
,
journals
, )
Rest, Eat Breakfast, Arrive Early
Timed Practice
(watch/sweater & study guides)
Required Items

(Ticket, ID,pencils, calculator
)
SAT Info
*
3
hours &
45
minutes
*3 sections: Math, Critical Reading and Writing (800 points each)
*Earn raw score-converted to a scale score (800)
*A great SAT score does NOT make up for D's and F's.

ACT Info
4 Hours
4 Sections: English, Math, Reading, Science Reasoning
Score Range 1-36

ACT Questions
Reading: Directly go to questions; Spend one minute skimming the passages
Math: Goal 70% correct (42/60); convert word problems into equations
Science: Goal 75% correct (30/40)
SAT Breakdown
Critical Reading
-Two
25
minute sessions: 24 questions on sentence, short & reading comprehension
-One
20
minute session: 19 questions on sentence completion, long reading comprehension
Math
-One
25
minute: 20 questions
multiple choice
-One
25
minute: 18 questions
multiple choice/grid in
-One
20
minute: 16 questions multiple choice
Writing
-
25
minute: Essay
-
25
minute: 35 questions improving sentences/paragraphs, identify sentence errors
-
10
minute: 14 questions improving sentences
SAT Sign-up
www.sat.collegeboard.com
*SAT practice questions
*Send scores to 4 Schools
*Account (Ga411 &Collegeboard)
*Picture upload for registration
*Save username & password
ACT sign up
www.actstudent.org
*ACT practice questions
*Send scores to 4 schools
*Create account
*Picture upload for registration
Strategies
Guess or Not...
-Guess when you can eliminate half of answers; no penalty for grid-in & comparison answers
Question Tips...
-Order of difficulty (
easy-hard
; all questions=
1
pt;
move on
if stuck
-Learn directions ahead
-write in booklet & avoid marks on answer sheet
ACT Breakdown
English
45 minutes for 75 questions-Usage/Mechanics (40 questions)
Rhetorical Skills (35 questions)
SAT Questions
Critical Reading: Look for key words that clue into what the answer is. Usually, there will be a close to but not the correct answer.
Math: draw/write out formula or figures involved in question; if confused, plug in answer choices to the question
Strategies
-No
negative points for wrong answers; GUESS ON
ALL
QUESTIONS!
-Learn key
vocabulary & math
concepts
-
Don't
change answers unless an error was made
-
Read carefully!
Be sure to answer questions asked & not questions recalled
Math
60 minutes for 60 questions
Pre-/Elementary Algebra (24 questions)
Intermediate Algebra/Coordinate Geometry (18 questions) Plane Geometry/Trigonometry (18 questions)
Reading
35 minutes for 40 questions
(20 social studies & natural sciences questions
(20 Arts/Literature reading skills questions)
Science Reasoning
35 minutes for 40 questions
Sample Question
The herb Chinese parsley is an example of what we mean by an acquired taste: Westerners who originally___ it eventually come to ____ its flavor in Oriental foods.
(A) relish...enjoy
(B) dislike...welcome
(C) savor...abhor
(D) ignore/detest
(E) discern...recognize
Sample Question
Laurie inherited 40% of her father's estate. After paying a tax equal to 30% of her inheritance, what percent of her father's estate did she own?
(A) 10%
(B) 12%
(C) 25%
(D) 28%
(E) 30%
Sample Question
Sample Question
If a discount of 20% off the retail price of a desk saves Mark $45, how much did Mark pay for the desk?
(A) $200
(B) $225
(C) $180
(D) $175
Selkirk himself never game a hoot about returning to the island that had made him famous. Legend has it that her never gave up his eccentric living habits.
(A) No Change
(B) envinced himself as desirous of returning
(C) could whip up a head of steam to return
(D) expressed any desire to return
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