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General SAT

The general rules that apply to all sections of SAT testing.

Danielle Sabato

on 29 April 2010

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Test Format 10 sections (10 minutes to 25 minutes) = 3 hours and 45 minutes Sections can appear in any order, and one of them is not counted - you will not know which one

However Section 1 is ALWAYS an essay
Section 10 is ALWAYS a 10-minute multiple-choice Writing section
The Breakdown Helpful Strategies! Memorize directions ahead of time Writing Essay The purpose of this essay is to have you show how well you can express and develop your ideas. You should develop your point of view, logically and clearly present your ideas, and use language accurately.
You should write you essay on the lines provided on you answer sheet. You should not write on any other paper. You will have enough space if you write on every line and if you keep your handwriting to a reasonable size. Make sure that your handwriting is legible to other readers.
You will have 25 minutes to write an essay on the assignment below. Do not write on any other topic. If you do so, you will receive a score of 0. Identifying Errors The following sentences test your ability to recognize grammar and usage errors. Each sentence contains either a single error or no error at all. No sentence contains more than one error. The error, if there is one, is underlined and lettered. If the sentence contains an error, select the one underlined part that must be changed to make the sentence correct. If the sentence is correct, select choice E. In choosing answers, follow the requirements of standard written English.
Improving Sentences The following sentences test correctness and effectiveness of expression. Part of each sentence or the entire sentence is underlined; beneath each sentence are five ways of phrasing the underlined material. Choice A repeats the original phrasing; the other four choices are different. If you think the original phrasing produces a better sentence than any of the alternatives, select choice A; if not, select one of the other choices.
In making your selection, follow the requriements of standard written English; that is, pay attention to grammar, choice of words, sentence construction, and punctuation. Your selection should result in the most effective sentence - clear and precise, without awkwardness or ambiguity. Improving Paragraphs The following passage is an early draft of an essay. Some parts of the passage need to be rewritten. Read the passage and select the best answers for the questions that follow. Some questions are about particular sentences or parts of sentences and ask you to improve sentence structure or word choice. Other questions ask you to consider organization and development. In choosing answers, follow the requirements of standard written English.
Math Multiple Choice Notes: 1.) The use of a calculator is permitted.
2.) All numbers used are real numbers.
3.) Figures that accompany problems in this test are intended to provide information useful in solving the problem. They are drawn as accurately as possible EXCEPT when it is stated in a specific problem that he figure is not drawn to scale. All figures lie in a plane unless otherwise
4.) Unless otherwise specified, the domain of any function f is assumed to be the set of all real numbers x for which f(x) is a real number. Grid-ins Mark no more than any one oval in any column
You may start your answers in any column, space permitting. Columns not needed should be left blank.
Because the answer sheet will be machine-scored, you will receive credit only if the ovals are filled in correctly.
Although not required, it is suggested that you write your answer in the boxes at the top of the columns to help you fill n the ovals accurately.
Some problems may have more than one correct answer. In such cases, grid only one answer.
No question has a negative answer.
Mixed numbers such as 2½ must be gridded as 2.5 or 5/2. Otherwise they will be interpreted as 21/2.
Decimal Accuracy: If you obtain a decimal answer, enter the most accurate value the grid will accommodate. For example, if you obtain an
answer such as 0.6666…, you should record the result as .666 or .667. Less accurate values such as .66 or .67 are not acceptable. Reading Sentence Completions Each sentence below has one or two blanks, each blank indicating that something has been omitted. Beneath the sentence are five words or sets of words labeled A through E. Choose the word or set of words that, when inserted in the sentence, best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole. Passage Comprehension Each passage below is followed by questions based on its content. Answer the questions on the basis of what is stated or implied in each passage and in any introductory material that may be provided. Learn Easy-Medium-Hard rules ahead of time. Pace yourself! Reading Pacing Chart Rather than rushing through each section of the SAT trying to work though every single question (and potentially lowering you score), spend more time working through fewer questions. Just guess on those that you have no chance of solving. Slow down!

Math Pacing Chart Use Process of Elimination to limit possible answers Learn how to guess. Don't leave answers blank. Write all over your test booklet! Know All About the SAT Why should I take the SAT?
• Measures of college readiness
• Allows colleges to fairly compare applicants along with GPA and transcripts
• Access to scholarships
• Required by most colleges
• Provides the most comprehensive feedback How often is the SAT offered?
• 7 times a year How long is the SAT?
• 3 hours and 45 minutes
How difficult is the SAT?
• On average, 50 60% of questions are answered correctly
• Most students complete 75% of questions How can I register for the SAT?
• Online
• Mail
• Phone
• HUB How much will it cost?
• Around $45 Where can I take the SAT?
• Test centers can be found using student tools on www.collegeboard.com
• Here at UMAHS Are there any accommodations?
• Yes but you need to apply for them before registering.
• Visit the SSD area for further information Day of the Test What if something is wrong on my registration ticket?
• Corrections to your contact information, score report recipients and High school code can be made up to 9 days after test day at no charge.
• To change your name, call customer service
• For more information, check the Admission Ticket/Correction Form in the student area of the College Board website. How should I prepare for the SAT?
• Plan in advance to practice and study
• Organize your ID, Admission Ticket, pencils, and calculator
• Eat breakfast
• Double check everything before leaving home
• Arrive early What do I need the day of the test?
• Admission Ticket
• Acceptable Photo ID
• 2 No. 2 pencils with erasers
• Calculator with fresh batteries
• Snacks
• Watch
• Backpack or bag What should I leave at home?
• Cell phone, pager, PDA, iPod, MP3 player or any other electronic devices
• Scratch paper
• Notes, books, dictionaries
• Compass, protractor, ruler
• Highlighter or colored pencils
• Portable listening or recording device
• Camera
• Timer or watch with an audible alarm What else can I expect?
• IDs will be checked when you enter the room
• Assigned seats
• Step by step instructions for filling in information
• Unique test books and answer sheets
• Only questions that can be answered are about the procedure
• You will be told the start and stop time for each section
• You must work on a section within the allotted time
• You may not go back or go ahead to a section
• Staying in the room unless given permission to leave
• All materials stay on your desk during breaks
• Cell phones cannot be used at any time in the testing center What if I can’t make it on the day I registered?
• Call customer service to transfer to a later test date (fees apply)
• If you do not call or transfer dates, fees are non-refundable How can I cancel my scores?
• Can be done on the test day up until the Wednesday after the test
• Requests must be completed in writing along with your signature
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