ACT & SAT

BENEFITS OF TAKING THE SAT EXAM
All junior and high school teachers will encourage their students to take the SAT Exam. I’ve not heard a single teacher tell their class, “Don’t take the SAT.”  Okay, so it’s better to take the exam.  Specifically, what are the benefits?  Read them here.

ENGLISH LITERATURE EXAM PREP
Here are some decent passages and questions that can help you on the SAT English Literature Exam. Start here:
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ENGLISH LANGUAGE EXAM PREP
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READING & WRITING
This first video covers Ethan Fromme and followed by comprehension questions.

This next video looks at grammar.

1.  From CrackSAT, here are some WRITING & LANGUAGE TESTS.
2.  Reading & Writing Practice from the Khan Academy.
3.  Here is a Subject Exam book from CollegeBoard.
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SAT PREP
1.  Kaplan
2.  Princeton Review SAT Prep courses.  Not cheap.
3.  Khan Academy SAT Prep, Reading & Writing Practice.
4.  Literature Diagnostic Tests from Varsity Tutors.  There are a lot more.
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SAT TIPS
1.  Khan Academy is excellent.  Start here.
2.  Some insights.
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HOW ARE SAT TESTS SCORED?
Jodie at ArborBridge explains

Correct answers are worth +1 points, incorrect answers are worth –0.25 points, and omitted answers are worth no points. Points are added to form a raw score. Then, the raw score is converted to a scaled score from 200–800. The average score on this exam is about a 590.

LOOKING FOR A PERFECT SCORE?
Then read this.

What to look out for on the English SAT:

1. Misplaced Modifiers.
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Sections
1. Improving Sentences

On the “Improving Sentences” section of the SAT, being is ALWAYS the wrong choice. To drive this point home, take a look at the following sentences:

a.  Jacob has remained in political office for several terms because of being the most popular candidate.
b.  Being the most popular candidate, Jacob has remained in political office for several terms.
c.  Jacob has remained in political office for several terms, being the most popular candidate.
d.  Jacob, the most popular candidate, has remained in political office for several terms.

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What’s on the SAT:
Reading
  • 52 multiple–choice questions
  • 65 minutes
  • Passages or pairs of passages (literature, historical documents, social sciences, and natural sciences)
  • Learn more about the SAT Reading Test
Math
  • 58 multiple–choice questions and 1 set of “extended-thinking” grid-in questions )
  • 80 minutes
  • Algebra I and II, geometry, and some trigonometry
  • Learn more about the SAT Math test
Writing & Language
  • 44 multiple–choice questions
  • 35 minutes
  • Grammar, vocabulary in context, and editing skills
  • Learn more about the SAT Writing test
Essay (Optional*)
  • 1 essay
  • 50 minutes
  • Read a passage and explain how the author builds a persuasive argument*We recommend taking the SAT essay because some schools require it.

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BENEFITS OF TAKING THE ACT EXAM
The benefits are similar to those for taking the SAT.
1. All major four-year universities accept it. In fact, some even specifically require the ACT. Even if they don’t, think of it as your opportunity to show off what you’ve learned in high school. By taking the ACT, you are showing that you are college ready.
2. You can make up for a low GPA. Was there that one class you just couldn’t get the grade you really wanted? Or did those few assignments you forgot to turn in bring your average down just one tenth too much? Either way, a great ACT score can help make up for any weaknesses in your high school GPA.
3. You can retake it. How many times did you wish you could retake a final exam in school? If you just had one more chance, you know you could do better. Well, with the ACT, you really can. So what if you do badly the first time? Think of it as a practice run, get back to studying, and try, try again!
4. You can evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses. Once you’ve taken the test, you can go back over the topics and see what you excel in, and what you might need to work on. Even if you’re satisfied with your score and don’t feel the need to retake the test, it’s a good way to evaluate what you should improve upon to be college ready.
5. It’ll help you get scholarships. Many colleges require a certain ACT score to apply for academic or merit based scholarships. Many students that apply to those scholarships have great GPAs, just like you. An excellent score on the ACT could be exactly what you need to edge out the competition.
6. It sticks with youYour test scores will follow you through your education and beyond. Many employers ask for them, and it can’t hurt you to mention them either. Especially, since, as a new guy in the workforce, your resume may be a little thin. Your ACT scores will show them you are the employee they’ve always wanted.

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ACT TEST PREP
1.  From the Princeton Review.  Hit the drop-down menu at TEST PREP and select your test.
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