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SAT Exam

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Michael Drescher

on 21 February 2014

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Transcript of SAT Exam

Exam Overview
SAT Subjects
Test-Taking
Strategies


College admissions test
Nationally recognized
Shows colleges what you know
Part of the 'college admissions trifecta'
Helps colleges predict if you'll be a successful college student (GPA, SAT, and personal statement
Takes 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete
What is the SAT Exam?
How much does it cost?

Total cost: $51
Fee waivers available if you have/have had free and reduced lunches
Covers entire cost of the exam
You can take 2 SAT exams per waiver
Register in the Career Center
Questions? Ask Mrs. Monek
What does it test?
Three subjects:

1. Critical Reading
2. Math
3. Writing
Each subject is worth 800 points
Each subject is divided into three parts
Three levels of questions: Easy, Medium, and Hard
Experimental Section:
tests out new questions – can be any of the 3 subjects, doesn’t count towards final score
How is it scored?
800 points for each of the 3 sections (Critical Reading, Writing, Math)
Range: 600 (lowest) to 2400 (highest)
Some Washington colleges only look at Critical Reading and Math
You should try to get over
1000
on these two tests
+1 point for each correct answer
-.25 points

for each incorrect answer (except on Math grid-in questions)
0 points
for blank answers
How is the test organized?
10 total sections
Section 1
:
Essay (25 minutes)
Sections 2-7:
combination of six 25-minute long tests; 2 in Critical Reading, 2 in Math, and 2 in Writing; one of these will be the Experimental section
Sections 8-9:
two 20-minute long tests; 1 in Critical Reading and 1 in Math
Section 10:
10 minutes of multiple-choice writing
Writing Skills
Math
Critical
Reading
1. Process of Elimination:
Get rid of as many obviously incorrect choices as possible

2. Know when to guess:

Guess if you can safely eliminate 2 or 3 answer choices

3. Slow down:
Don’t feel like you have to answer every question
You’ll get a better score if your answer a few questions correctly, then if you rush through a get a lot wrong

4. Guess for all of the Math Grid-in questions:
No penalty if you get these wrong

5. Be careful filling in the Scantron:
Can be tricky if you’re skipping questions
Write answers on the test and transfer them over right at the end
Save 2-3 minutes to double check that you’ve filled out the right bubbles

6. Write on the test booklet:
Cross off wrong choices
Solve math problems
Underline as you read
No one is going to look at your test booklet – use it to your advantage
7. Choose which questions to answer first:
Have a quick look over the test before starting
Especially with Math: start with problems that look easier/more familiar

8. Don’t second guess yourself:
Studies show that your first answer was usually correct
Once you have your answer, move on

9. Take advantage of breaks:
Stand up and move around as much as you can
Bring plenty of water and snacks
Eat a big breakfast and get plenty of rest the night before
Test Format
Newest part of the SAT – added in 2005

Three sections:
Essay
- 25 minutes
Multiple Choice
- 25 minutes
Multiple Choice
- 10 minutes

Essay Section
One prompt
Similar to HSPE exam
Include a thesis/position statement
Use your best grammar/spelling
Elaboration/supporting details required
Two separate tests (49 total questions
18 identifying sentence errors
25 improving sentences
6 improving paragraphs

Multiple Choice Sections
1. Algebra 1 & 2
2. Geometry and Measurement
3. Data Analysis/Statistics/Probability
4. Number and Operation
What will be on the test?
1. One 25-minute section: all multiple choice – 20 total questions

2. One 25-minute section has 8 multiple choice and 10 grid-in questions (write answer inside a grid on answer sheet – no penalty for incorrect answers)

3. One 20 minute section: all multiple choice – 16 questions
• You’re allowed to bring a calculator

54 total questions
Test Format
• Two 25-minute sections and one 20-minute section

• Two types of questions:

1. Sentence Completion
– 19 in total

2. Reading Passages
– 48 in total
Test Format
• Usually come at the start of each Critical Reading section
• 5-8 per section
• Tests your vocabulary
• Student has to select 1/2 words that best complete a given sentence
Sentence Completion
Questions
• Read a series of passages and answer questions about them
• Passages vary in length and subject
• Several questions on each passage

Reading Passage Questions
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