SAT is Now, Past Tense december. First of all, I had a blast; liked every second of today’s SAT experience. Did I get the ‘perfect score?’

SAT is Now, Past Tense december. First of all, I had a blast; liked every second of today’s SAT experience. Did I get the ‘perfect score?’

No way.

BUT, if my score doesn’t get up in math all things considered those hours of hard work (which had been hugely fun, I might include), I don’t know very well what to say. I plead dyscalculia.

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

Except for my essay — on the essay, we felt sure. I felt strong and confident — like I summoned my very best SAT self — and she showed up wrote that essay about Tim O’Brien with passion and vitality — plus in an appropriate ‘SAT’ format (I think). I linked back repeatedly to my thesis (which 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 with the counter example and a strong conclusion.

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

Anyway…I’m sad it’s over. I am surprised at how difficult this test is for me. We’ll probably keep going for that ‘perfect score,’ even if it’s not in any official ‘perfect score project’ capacity — simply because I really think it’s fun (crazy, I understand — but don’t knock it till you try it).

Limbering Up for Saturday’s Essay


Four days until my SAT that is final for project (and yes, personally i think sad. I hate goodbyes). Saturday’s test can certainly make 7 SATs in 2011, and the two I took in 1982 (one of that was emailed if you ask me by Erik the Red; I cannot wait to just take it next week).

I’ve been quieter on the blog front than usual because i am wanting to focus (therefore hard for a few of us). We realize that when We start down the internet rabbit hole, hours (days) can evaporate. But I’ll be back after next Saturday, because I have a great deal to get off my chest about this whole process.

The majority of my SAT time in the final few weeks has been spent learning the basics of math. More on that later on.

For the next few days i am likely to write an essay a time to make certain that I’m limbered up for Saturday. As I’ve said before, practice definitely helps.

I just printed out a comment to learn carefully from my last post about the Essay, that has been left by way of a high school senior who scored a 2400. His (or her?) critique of my October essay is exemplary, and this paragraph that is particular worthy of showcasing for other people:

My suggestion to you is this: often be conscious of your thesis when you’re developing your examples. You need to be explicit very, very explicit when you tie your example(s) back once again to the thesis. SAT essay visitors read really quickly. Obviously linking your example(s) to your thesis is crucial to scoring a 12.

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

Okay, 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’m going to assume that you can find most likely others out there who also may have been absent on the day these strategies were given out….and i am posting the complete, worthy, kaboodle and kit remark, as is:

A quick note on keeping time: My digital watch (that has a timer) beeps, so I don’t make use of it for the SAT. An analog is used by me view alternatively. And, at the start of each section, I wind the tactile fingers to the very best of the hour (it is perpetually 8-8:30 am throughout the test). By beginning each section at 8:00 it then is very easy to see how long I have left ‘Oo. 8:15 simply ten minutes left)

Why waste brain cells on wanting to determine just how much time you have kept if it really is currently 8:48 and you started at 8:33.

Also mark your answers within the booklet I draw a big circle around the clear answer I chose ( such as the letter plus the response). I also write the letter (big!) to the left associated with the question. That method when I bubble in, I can just quickly glance down the left side of the questions and compose in my answers (A, B, E)

Whenever we skip an solution, I place a big group towards the left, to remind me personally to skip that bubble.

And, I do not bubble in after each question I only bubble in the spread therefore if the section starts on the right-hand page, I’ll answer all those questions, then bubble those. However’ll turn the page and respond to 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 questions.

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

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