December SAT is Now, Past Tense. First of most, I had a blast; adored every 2nd of today’s SAT experience. Did I get the ‘perfect score?’

No way.

BUT, if my score doesn’t get up in mathematics all things considered those full hours of hard work (which were hugely fun, I might include), I do not understand what to say. I plead dyscalculia.

Reading and Writing this right time around? I felt focused and strong, though maybe not ‘perfect.’ It was more like, ‘Ok, that felt good’ — with bit of ‘hmmmmm….. maybe not sure about a number of the relevant concerns,’ sprinkled on top.

Except for my essay — in the essay, I felt sure. I felt strong and confident — like I summoned my very best SAT self — and she turned up wrote that essay about Tim O’Brien with passion and vitality — plus in a proper ‘SAT’ format (I think). I linked back repeatedly to my thesis (that I had written on the top of my test booklet, lest I forget).

I wove in sophisticated vocabulary (including a well placed ‘jingoistic’); used varied sentence structure and punctuation (semicolons and dashes included), and then I wrapped it up with the counter example and a strong conclusion.

But, the essay is the one subjective section of the test that is whole. That said, if my readers don’t observe that I aced that essay, then I give up on standardized writing. No, actually, i am blaming the graders. Yes, I shall blame the graders if I don’t come out of this SAT with at the very least an 11.

Anyway…I’m unfortunate that it is over. I am amazed at how hard this test is for me. We’ll probably carry on for that ‘perfect rating,’ even if it is not in any official ‘perfect score task’ capacity — simply till you try it) because I really do think it’s fun (crazy, I know — but don’t knock it.

Limbering Up for Saturday’s Essay


Four days until my SAT that is final for project (and yes, I feel sad. We hate goodbyes). Saturday’s test will make 7 SATs in 2011, in addition to the two I took in 1982 (one of that has been emailed to me by Erik the Red; I can not wait to take it next week).

I have been quieter on the blog front side than usual because i am attempting to focus (therefore hard for a few of us). We find that when We start down the rabbit that is internet, hours (days) can evaporate. But I’ll be back after next Saturday, because I have plenty to get off my upper body about this entire process.

The majority of my SAT time in the last few days has been invested studying the basics of math. More on that later on.

A day so that I’m limbered up for Saturday for the next few days I’m going to write an essay. When I’ve said before, practice definitely helps.

I simply printed away a remark to read carefully from my last post in regards to the Essay, that has been left by a school that is high who scored a 2400. His (or her?) critique of my October essay is exemplary, and this paragraph that is particular worthy of highlighting for other people:

My suggestion to you is this: be aware of your thesis whenever you are developing your examples. You will need to be explicit very, very explicit when you tie your example(s) back to the thesis. SAT essay readers read really quickly. Clearly linking your example(s) to your thesis is vital to scoring a 12.

If anyone else is interested in exercising essay that is SAT, here are the College Board prompts from the November SAT.

Ok, signing off now because I’m procrastinating.

Keep Your time that is own for SAT


SAT tutor, Stacey Howe-Lott, left a comment below with some test taking tips because she thought everyone knew these things… that she hadn’t mentioned before.

Considering that somehow they didn’t strike my radar for the first 46 years of my life, i am going to assume that there are probably others out there who also may have been absent on the day these strategies received out….and I’m posting the entire, worthy, kaboodle and kit remark, as is:

A note that is quick keeping time: My digital watch (that has a timer) beeps, so I actually don’t put it to use for the SAT. I use an analog watch instead. And, at the start of each section, I wind the tactile fingers to the most truly effective of the hour (it’s perpetually 8-8:30 am through the test). By starting each section at 8:00 it then is extremely simple to see the length of time I have left ‘Oo. 8:15 just 10 minutes left)

Why waste brain cells on trying to calculate exactly how much time you’ve got left you started at 8:33 if it is currently 8:48 and.

Also mark your answers in the booklet I draw a circle that is big the clear answer I chose ( including the letter therefore the response). We additionally write the letter (big!) to the left for the question. That method when I bubble in, I can just quickly glance down the left side of the questions and write in my responses (A, B, E)

I put a large circle to the left, to remind me to skip that bubble when I skip an answer.

And, I don’t bubble in after each concern I only bubble in the spread so then bubble those if the section starts on the right-hand page, I’ll answer all those questions. Then I’ll turn the web page and respond to all the questions on the left-hand and pages that are right-hand then bubble in all those before I turn the web page to get to more concerns.

I especially love the tip regarding how to keep your own time. I’ve ordered myself an analog, beep-free Swatch for the SAT next Saturday (my final one with this project…), which should arrive in today’s mail.


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