You can get the Explanation for Every Answer in the 2nd Edition (2009 - newest) of The Official SAT Study Guide here:
- Remember that each of the correct answers is worth 10 points
- Remember that the questions increase in difficulty by thirds within each section
- Be sure and look for the clue words (words that show an action or have an importance) in the sentence that will point you to the correct answer
- Remember to be alert for words of contrast such as but, although, in spite of, etc. ? these words change the direction or flow of the sentences
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One of the ways they try to distract you is by trivializing the Scoring . They tell you that you get one point for every answer you get correct. Answers you skip won’t count for you or against you. Answers you miss will count 1/4 of a point off. You take the test thinking the questions are only worth one point, so it becomes easy to dismiss questions since a perfect score equals 800 points.
But think about it. There are only 67 questions in the verbal SAT! There are only 54 questions in the math test and only 49 in the writing skills section! So there’s absolutely no way the questions can be worth only one point. When you take the test, think of every question being worth 10- 15 points each.
This brings us to Guessing versus skipping questions. There is a technical rule of thumb for guessing. The rule is that if you can eliminate any of the answer choices, guess. Let’s say you do a reading passage, you get three of five questions wrong and two of them right, you’re one and a quarter points (or 12.5 actually) up. When practicing the test absolutely guess. First, that’s the only way to get better at reasoning out answers that you don’t know you know, you only think you know. Secondly, it’s the only way to find out where you are good at guessing and where you don’t do it well. Last, but not least, this will help you tune into that little voice that can lead you to some correct answers. You want to be able to “feel” that some on the answers are right. Your intuition can help you steal a few points. Learn to listen to your little voice — that little whisper or feeling that you get about answer choices or word meanings because that’s a crucial idea in getting those last few points you need to beat this test.
The score you’re shooting for also determines your Guessing Strategy. Choose the range of score you want. Up to 1500, you want to be conservative and focus on the questions you know you know. 1500 to 1800, you need to be more aggressive and go after questions you feel uncomfortable with. 1800 and up you have to answer everything except those you have absolutely o clue as to which might be the correct answer.
Sometimes blatant hypocrisy stares us in the face and yet we fail to really see it. The College Board continues to say preparation for the SAT will only get you a few points, if that. Through the years they have repeatedly said that preparing for the test is a waste of money and time.
Yet when you go to their website you will read that their SAT preparation program is available for $69.95. Look at that again…..$65.95!
They must be selling something which is of value, otherwise they are taking advantage of you. Which is it?
(I know I should link to them, but I am in the test preparation business and they are clearly competitors!)
JUNIOR YEAR SCHEDULE
September — Inquire about the PSAT date, time, & place.
October — Take the PSAT
December – Get the results of the PSAT, read your score, consult school counselor or any private advisor to determine how you might improve. This can be an excellent time to begin preparation for your SAT and ACT.
January — Register for the SAT and SAT IIs and the ACT. Begin to make a preliminary list of which colleges you would like to attend. Get your social security number.
February — Meet with your school counselor to prepare a more specific list of colleges to explore.
March, April, May, — take SAT, ACT., etc.
March — Write to colleges on your list and evaluate the literature sent to you.
April — When selecting your senior courses be sure to continue challenging yourself. Look into summer jobs.
May — Attend a college fair. In May or June take the SAT II subject tests if appropriate. Take Advanced Placement exams if appropriate. Make wise use of your summer. This is a good time to begin working on college essays.
SENIOR YEAR SCHEDULE
September — Sign up for October and November SATs, ACTs, and SAT IIs if necessary. Meet with school counselor to be sure that your college list is compatible with your academic and personal records. Write to the colleges still on your list and request applications. Plan visits to colleges.
October — . Take the SAT, SAT II, and ACT test. Attended annual college fairs investigating and making contact with those colleges to which you’ll probably apply. Begin putting together information needed for applications. This is the time to be finishing up your college essays. If applying for early admission send application at the end of this month.
November — take the SAT, ACT., SAT II tests. Continue filing applications. If appropriate, obtain your financial aid form.
December — Take any remaining tests that are necessary. Be sure all your college applications are filed. Remember to keep working on your grades throughout your senior year!
January — Be sure your transcripts for your first semester grades are sent to the colleges to which you have applied.
February, March, April — Remember to monitor your applications to be sure that all materials are sent and received on time.
May — Take Advanced Placement exams if appropriate. Request that your counselor send your final transcript to the college you will attend.
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