SAT

SAT

  “Whenever I hear someone flip the page, I kinda panic.  I worry that I am behind, and that’s when I start rushing.”     I hear this sentiment frequently on the ACT, SAT, and, especially, the SSAT.  The angst is understandable.  It’s just not helpful.  Let’s look at why kids rush, why it’s not helpful, and what we can do to help.
How do I know if the SAT will be canceled for Saturday? 1. Look for an email from College Board. When a school cancels its weekend activities, it notifies College Board, which in turn emails registered students. 2. Visit College Board at https://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-test-center-closings 3. Check local media:  Follow WTOP or Washington Post, whose list of closings include notifications about the SAT.
It’s the time of year for showdowns among heavyweights: Brady vs. Manning... Clinton vs. Sanders... Cruz vs. Trump... SAT vs. Snow... Wait, what?!?
What are characteristics of good test-takers? The best SAT test-takers are strong readers with good vocabularies. They are good at math but also willing to tackle problems in different ways – they groove on the “puzzle” nature of the questions. And, they are willing to learn from their mistakes rather than being traumatized by them. To borrow from success coach Brian Tracy, anything worth doing well is worth first doing poorly. What tips do you have for students taking the SAT?
A current student, in hearing her friends fret about the SAT, offered up this sage thought:
I have a file in my email titled "SAT Fails" filled with photos of student work with errors such as x + 3 = 10 with x=8. Or, 2x * x = 3x. It’s either utterly comedic or a Hall of Horrors, depending on your perspective. Years ago I worked with a remarkable young woman, a terrific student, real math whiz, and a total pistol. Upon pointing out her error that, in fact, 2 + 6 does NOT equal 12, she pursed her lips, got a far away look in her eyes, and muttered one of the greatest insights ever uttered in the history of test prep:
Are you dreading not only the upcoming SAT but also the fact that it starts at 8am on a Saturday morning? That might be better news than you think. A new study published this month looked at the effects of a test’s start time on student performance. And their results may surprise you non-morning people.
Another decade, another change to the SAT.  Sadly, not the changes I would have liked to see.
Recently the New York Times ran an informative piece about the wordiness of the redesigned SAT, both on the math and reading sections.  However one aspect that is being overlooked is the types of words on the test.
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