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Title: Getting Ready for the SAT


1
Getting Ready for the SAT
  • UNF SOAR Cohort 8
  • Spring 2007

2
SAT Reasoning Test
  • Measures YOUR critical thinking skills to help
    predict how well you will do in college.
  • This is a standardized test, so colleges can
  • rank you against other students who take the test.

The test measures your Math, Critical
Reading and Writing skills
3
Scoring
  • The MAXIMUM score on the
  • SAT Reasoning test is 2400
  • (it used to be 1600)
  • You can score
  • up to 800
  • for each of the three subtests.

4
Test Taking Strategies
  • Read and think carefully
  • Keep track of time during the test, work at a
    steady even pace, but KEEP MOVING
  • Answer the easy questions first
  • Dont panic if you cant answer every question,
    skip questions you cant answer without spending
    a lot of time on
  • Mark each question you dont answer so that you
    can easily go back to it later

5
Test Taking Strategies
  • Use your test book for scratch work and mark
    questions to go back to
  • Check your answer sheet regularly to make sure
    you are in the right place
  • Keep in mind that most questions in a section
    will range from easy to hard, except for
    passage-based reading questions and improving
    paragraphs
  • Read ALL the answers to a critical reading or
    writing question before choosing your answer
  • Make drawings to help you figure out math word
    problems

6
Test Day
  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Bring a picture ID
  • Bring your SAT Admissions Ticket
  • Bring two 2 pencils
  • Bring an appropriate calculator
  • Be on time
  • NO CELL PHONES

7
How long is the test ?
3 hours and 45 minutes
  • One 25 minute Essay (1st section)
  • Six 25 minutes sections
  • Two 20 minute sections
  • One 10 minute multiple choice writing section
    (comes last)

8
Scoring
  • GET 1 point for every correct answer
  • Dont earn or lose points for questions you omit
  • LOSE ¼ point for each wrong answer on a multiple
    choice question
  • NO POINT DEDUCTION if you miss a math grid-in
    question

9
What should you do??
  • Activity 1

10
Guessing
  • Make an educated guess when you can eliminate at
    least one choice.
  • The more incorrect choices you can eliminate, the
    better your chance of making an educated guess
    and getting it right.
  • Cross out the answers you know are wrong so you
    can clearly see which choices remain.

11
Pacing
  • Keep moving
  • Questions are ordered by difficulty level (except
    Critical Reading)
  • Spend time on the questions that you have the
    best chance of getting right
  • Keep track of time, set up a schedule
  • Know which questions are best for you
  • All questions are worth the same
  • Go back and try the questions that you skipped
  • Check your answers

12
Critical Reading fill in the blank 2 strategies
  • Try coming up with your own answers before you
    read the test answers
  • Look for Key Words such as introductory and
    transitional words that will help you figure out
    if you are looking for words that are
  • similar
  • opposites
  • cause and effect

13
Directions Each sentence below has one or two
blanks, each blank indicates that something has
been omitted. Beneath the sentence are five words
or sets of words labeled A through E. Choose the
word or sets of words that, when inserted in the
sentence, best fits the meaning of the sentence
as a whole.
  • Hoping to ----- the dispute, negotiators proposed
    a compromise that they felt would be ----- to
    both labor and management.
  • What words would fit in the blanks?

14
Hoping to ----- the dispute, negotiators proposed
a compromise that they felt would be ----- to
both labor and management. (A) enforce…
useful (B) end… divisive (C) overcome…
unattractive (D) extend… satisfactory (E)
resolve… acceptable
15
Directions Each sentence below has one or two
blanks, each blank indicates that something has
been omitted. Beneath the sentence are five words
or sets of words labeled A through E. Choose the
word or sets of words that, when inserted in the
sentence, best fits the meaning of the sentence
as a whole
  • Although a few contemporaries------ the book,
    most either ignored or mocked it.
  • HINT Look at Although and most. They are Key
    Words that can help get the right answer.

16
Although a few contemporaries ------ the book,
most either ignored or mocked it.
  • (A) degraded
  • (B) disregarded
  • (C) ridiculed
  • (D) slighted
  • (E) appreciated

17
Using Key Words to Fill in the Blanks
  • Activity 2
  • Work with a partner to identify
  • Key Words
  • and to fill in the blanks with words that you
    think make sense.

18
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  • 1.If your garden plot is small, it will
  • not pay to grow crops that require a
  • large amount of ----- in order to
  • develop.
  • sun
  • rain
  • fertilizer
  • space
  • (E) care
  • 2. At a recent press conference, the
  • usually reserved biochemist was
  • unexpectedly ----- in addressing
  • the ethical questions posed by her
  • work.
  • correct
  • forthright
  • inarticulate
  • retentive
  • cautious

19
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  • 3. Despite her---- nature, DeMott was
  • capable of tactful negotiation and
  • even won praise for her efforts toward
  • ---- when a local squabble developed.
  • diplomatic….amity
  • congenial…concord
  • altruistic…dissension
  • rebellious…insurrection
  • tempestuous…reconciliation
  • Hint look at the second blank first!
  • 4. Many famous scientific inventions
  • have been -----, the by-products of
  • research whose goals were quite
  • unrelated.
  • fortuitous
  • neglected
  • inoperable
  • lucrative
  • unfeasible

20
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  • 5. The excitement does not ----- but
  • ----- his senses, giving him a keener
  • perception of a thousand details.
  • slow….diverts
  • blur….sharpen
  • overrule….constricts
  • heighten….aggravates
  • forewarn….quickens
  • Hint but indicates the answers will be
    opposites
  • 6. In many Latin American countries,
  • work performed by women is often
  • conducted outside the commercial
  • sector and is, therefore, unfortunately
  • ---------- by economists compiling
  • national statistics.
  • monopolized
  • approved
  • overlooked
  • subdued
  • analyzed

21
Passages
  • The passages are about 100-850 words long.
  • Some selections are from single sources and
    others are pairs of related passages on a related
    issue or theme.
  • Subjects cover humanities, social studies,
    science, and fiction.
  • Passages may be narrative, persuasive, and/or
    expository.

22
Approaches to Reading the Passages
  • Mark the passages to make short notes
  • Use your knowledge and experience carefully
  • Read actively
  • If you are having a hard time reading the
    passage, READ THE QUESTIONS FIRST.

23
Answering the Questions
  • Remember…..the answers are IN the passage
  • Read the questions and answers CAREFULLY
  • Try eliminating choices before selecting an
    answer
  • Dont jump from passage to passage

24
Writing 2 Parts
  • Essay
  • You will have
  • 25 minutes
  • to write a First DRAFT of an essay.
  • Its the first test!
  • Multiple-choice Questions
  • Identify sentence errors
  • Improve sentences
  • Improve paragraphs
  • 10 minutes- its the last test!

25
Sample Question
  • Directions The following sentences test your
    ability to recognize grammar and
  • usage errors. Each sentence contains either a
    single error or no error at all. No
  • sentence contains more than one error. The error,
    if there is one, is underlined and
  • lettered. If the sentence contains an error,
    select the one underlines part that must be
  • changed to make the sentence correct. If the
    sentence is correct. Select choice E. In
  • choosing answers, follow the requirements of
    standard written English.
  • The other delegates and him immediately accepted
    the resolution
  • A B
    C
  • drafted by the neutral states. No error.
  • D E

26
Remember…
  • Read each sentence quickly but carefully.
  • Examine the underlined choices (A) to (D).
    Consider which kind of correction may be needed
    for each one.
  • Look for the most common mistake people make in
    grammar subject/verb agreement, pronoun
    agreement, and adjective/verb confusion.
  • Remember that some sentences have no errors.
  • Move quickly through the questions.
  • Mark questions that you have skipped in your test
    booklet.

27
How can you improve these sentences?
I read that the air quality index reached
unhealthy levels in our daily newspaper.
  • Here is a a better way-
  • I read in our daily newspaper that the air
    quality index reached unhealthy levels.

28
When looking for bargains, the small shops off
the main street usually offer good sales prices
Here is a better way….. The small shops off the
main street usually offer good sales prices to
shoppers looking for bargains.
29
Pop Quiz
  • Name a test taking strategy for the
  • SAT…..

30
Math
  • 44 multiple choice questions
  • 10 grid ins

Numbers, Operations, Algebra, Geometry,
Measurement, Data Analysis, Statistics,
Probability
31
Hints
  • Know the directions ahead of time
  • Dont spend too much time on any question
  • Work out the problems in your test booklet
  • Try and eliminate answers. Cross them out in your
    test booklet.
  • Dont guess unless you can eliminate at least one
    answer.

32
Math Reference Information
  • Check your PSAT book for the reference
    information they will GIVE you, such as formulas
    and the number of degrees in a circle.
  • Usually figures are drawn to scale. Pay close
    attention when it says Not drawn to scale.

33
Calculator Use
  • Bring a calculator you are familiar with
  • The problems can all be solved without a
    calculator, but using one can save time.
  • Using a calculator can help avoid answering a
    wrong problem because of a calculation error.

34
Math Quick Test
  • Activity 3
  • Pair up with a partner and see how many you can
    answer correctly.
  • 5 minutes

35
Math Multiple Choice
  • What is the question asking? What do I know?
  • Work the problems in your test book.
  • Substitute numbers when they give you variables
    (letters) in a problem.
  • Try substituting in the answer choices (working
    it backwards).

36
Student Produced Response
  • Remember that only the answers that are entered
    on the grid will be scored. (If you dont bubble
    you dont get credit!)
  • Some questions have more than one correct answer,
    you can grid any of them and get full credit
  • Mixed numbers like 3 ½ have to be gridded as 3.5
    OR 7/2.
  • You can start your answers from the left or the
    right _201 OR 201_

37
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