Tag Archives: penang

Writing – Error ID


I often wonder why Error ID would come after Sentence Improvement in the Writing Section of the SAT instead of the other way round. After all, Sentence Improvement is essentially an advancement of Error ID. A proven approach to Sentence Improvement questions is: look for an error in the original sentence (Error ID), fix it if there’s one and then select the answer (multiple-choice) that best matches the correction/improvement. If no error can be found, select Answer Choice A (as it is). On that ground, SAT takers would be well-advised to skirt Sentence Improvement for Error ID first.
SAT writing
Barring the case of the Experimental Section being a Writing one, there will only be one Writing section (within Sections 2 through 7) which poses all 3 facets of the SAT Writing component: Sentence Improvement, Error ID and Passage Improvement. Of course, if the Experimental Section in the particular SAT administration happens to be a Writing section, we then have two times of that.

It makes sense to tackle the Error ID ahead of the other two sub-sections of the SAT Writing section also because it is the quickest of the 3 question types. That means you could bag more points in less time, essentially what acing the SAT is all about, because all questions in the SAT are worth the same single point regardless of type and demand. Besides that, Error ID’s are not only low hanging fruits but also pillars to other higher order questions such as those of Sentence and Passage Improvement types.

For instance, Error ID is particularly useful in POE (Process of Elimination) when contemplating Sentence and Passage Improvement answer choices. Any choice with an error could never be a ‘best answer’ in Sentence and Passage Improvement and all wrong choices would contain at least one error which should be handily picked out by standard Error ID techniques.

Even as a seasoned campaigner of the test, I’m unable to reconcile possibly having Error ID sequenced against logical flow vis a vis Sentence Improvement in the Writing (middle) section of SAT. Pointers, anyone?

Spread & Share

google-share
Tags:

Receive an update straight to your inbox
every time I publish a new article


Recent Comments

Recent Post

  • Blurb

    August 14, 2016 | Kay Ee Png

    Be savvy and utilize the Order of Difficulty in Maths to pace yourself (time management) and allocate your focus (mental stamina). In particular, raise your […]


  • 2016–2017 Test Dates

    June 30, 2016 | Kay Ee Png

    There, they are finally out – the test dates and respective deadlines for registration for the upcoming SAT tests. The test itself may have been […]


  • Bouquet for SAT

    April 3, 2015 | Kay Ee Png

    Ruby came in for her lesson over the weekend with a bouquet. It was oral rather than floral as she had no flowers in tow, […]


Archives

  • August 2016
  • June 2016
  • April 2015
  • February 2015
  • January 2015
  • July 2014
  • June 2014
  • May 2014
  • April 2014
  • March 2014
  • February 2014
  • January 2014

  • Dealing with the SAT


    It is said that SAT is easy once you know how to deal with it. That is true, but is easier said than done because it means different things to different people. Folks will go about it in their multifarious ways although the objectives are primarily the same – to attain a score that meets their college admission requirements. So what exactly should dealing with the SAT ideally come down to?

    Dealing with the SAT basically entails how you view it, the way you treat it and what you put into it. Although these 3 elements are interrelated, it helps to contemplate them individually to see how each stacks upon your overall outlook.

    SAT Education

    The SAT should never be viewed as an ancillary item on your high school resume. It may not be as obvious or explicit, but insofar as college admissions are concerned, the truth is your SAT score is every bit as significant as your GPA, ECA, awards, testimonials and so forth. College admittance decisions are known to be typically made on a holistic basis so ultimately, every factor in your application bundle counts.

    A stipulated SAT score is a criterion for admission to most universities in the US especially the brand names. It’s a checkpoint item at some stage for all college aspirants and should be treated as such. The first step to that is charting out a schedule for its pursuit and stick to it. Regrettably, folks tend to push it to the backburner whenever there’s a conflict of bandwidth demand, to give way to some other classroom studies.

    What you put into the SAT will proportionally determine what you get out of it; that’s a hard reality of the test. You’ll realize soon enough that your score won’t lie about it either. If your efforts in SAT prep have been sub-par, your results of it will be sub-standard in tandem.

    Indeed, the SAT is easy once you know how to deal with it. That’s straightforward enough but you have to learn it first. It is easy only if you make it so.

    Spread & Share

    google-share
    Tags:

    Receive an update straight to your inbox
    every time I publish a new article


    Recent Comments

    Recent Post

    • Blurb

      August 14, 2016 | Kay Ee Png

      Be savvy and utilize the Order of Difficulty in Maths to pace yourself (time management) and allocate your focus (mental stamina). In particular, raise your […]


    • 2016–2017 Test Dates

      June 30, 2016 | Kay Ee Png

      There, they are finally out – the test dates and respective deadlines for registration for the upcoming SAT tests. The test itself may have been […]


    • Bouquet for SAT

      April 3, 2015 | Kay Ee Png

      Ruby came in for her lesson over the weekend with a bouquet. It was oral rather than floral as she had no flowers in tow, […]


    SAT Prep Groundwork


    SAT Prep groundworkAs a Penang SAT tutor, I am irked that SAT prep invariably loses out in priority among students here when it comes to study load treatment. All too often, SAT Prep diligence is forsaken due to other conflicting demands upon the students’ limited bandwidths. To avoid the tussle, why don’t people be clever and do their SAT Prep groundwork during the off-season? After all, SAT is about being clever and the season for that is just around the corner – yes, the summer break.

    People generally don’t do as well in SAT as they should because of the misconceptions they have with regards to the test. Classroom English and Math are all good towards the SAT. In fact, they are pre-requisites to it but folks must realize that there’s a further step to take in order to translate those English and Math skills into SAT points. The groundwork to accomplish that requires ample time and the extended break of summer seems tailor-made for it.

    The backbone of good SAT Prep ground work is set in its strategy, tactics and techniques that are geared towards achieving the highest score possible. This is because the test is unorthodox in a good number of ways. For example, wrong multiple-choice answers are penalized, essays are graded as drafts and are not fact-checked, and Math problems are often better tackled by back-solving from the answer choices. Such are critical details that they should all be understood before engaging the SAT.

    The theory portion, which is often bypassed due to time constraints, is another ill-judged compromise. The reality for all matters of deliberation is that theory is always the platform on which practical operates. Folks should have it down cold before proceeding to the practical scheme of things and this is absolutely necessary for elite-level SAT.

    Now, you don’t have to be a Math whiz or English language expert to ace the SAT. With a sound approach taken on solid groundwork, the test can be gamed. So, if you’re graduating from high school next year, why not make this summer break a really targeted one?

    Spread & Share

    google-share
    Tags:

    Receive an update straight to your inbox
    every time I publish a new article


    Recent Comments

    Recent Post

    • Blurb

      August 14, 2016 | Kay Ee Png

      Be savvy and utilize the Order of Difficulty in Maths to pace yourself (time management) and allocate your focus (mental stamina). In particular, raise your […]


    • 2016–2017 Test Dates

      June 30, 2016 | Kay Ee Png

      There, they are finally out – the test dates and respective deadlines for registration for the upcoming SAT tests. The test itself may have been […]


    • Bouquet for SAT

      April 3, 2015 | Kay Ee Png

      Ruby came in for her lesson over the weekend with a bouquet. It was oral rather than floral as she had no flowers in tow, […]


    US University Fair in Penang


    Ah, there’s word finally on the US University Fair in Penang. I have been looking forward to it . MACEE’s (Malaysian American Commission on Education Exchange) email says – 32 U.S. university representatives who would love to have you on their campuses. I say – this is a great opportunity for Penang US University seekers to hear it from the horses’ mouths so please go and make the most of it.

    The details:

    32 universities/colleges
    Admission is free but pre-registration is required

    http://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-university-fair-2014-penang-tickets-9889742486


    The E&O Hotel
    Tuesday, February 11
    4:30 pm to 8:30 pm

    The event organizer is MACEE Education USA and it’s sponsored by the US Department of State so there will be quality. From visa to scholarship matters in regard to US university/college admission, you couldn’t get better pointers one-stop at another time or place. Naturally, I should suggest that this is also the chance to talk SAT specifics with the various participating schools. What then would they be?

    Admission

    SAT is invariably about its score so that would be a good place to start. Typically, you won’t find an answer in absolute minimum score but an indication of the required score range is reasonable to ask, and so is what is the average of their last intake (current freshmen) and its breakdown (Writing, Reading and Math components). Also, check if there are any advanced requirements for selected majors of study which you may be contemplating (score levels, SAT Subject Tests and so forth).

    Scholarship/Financial Aid

    SAT scores are often a selection index for scholarships and financial aids. Enquire these details pertaining to the respective schools in particular: aggregate score, component scores and Subject Test requirements. Find out what attainment levels qualify for what grades of scholarships and financial aids. What they tell you could turn out to be very motivating for you in your SAT endeavors.

    Of course, there are other answers to chase too and the representatives – they ‘would love to have you on their campuses’ – will help you. So much, so convenient, this is college shopping made in easy.

    2

    Connect to Register

    Spread & Share

    google-share
    Tags:

    Receive an update straight to your inbox
    every time I publish a new article


    Recent Comments

    Recent Post

    • Blurb

      August 14, 2016 | Kay Ee Png

      Be savvy and utilize the Order of Difficulty in Maths to pace yourself (time management) and allocate your focus (mental stamina). In particular, raise your […]


    • 2016–2017 Test Dates

      June 30, 2016 | Kay Ee Png

      There, they are finally out – the test dates and respective deadlines for registration for the upcoming SAT tests. The test itself may have been […]


    • Bouquet for SAT

      April 3, 2015 | Kay Ee Png

      Ruby came in for her lesson over the weekend with a bouquet. It was oral rather than floral as she had no flowers in tow, […]


    SAT Basic Info


    SAT PenangFinally got another SAT Prep course going. This one’s particularly gratifying; it took quite a bit to happen. As usual, I rolled out Session 1 with Intro and Basic Info and as usual, the class got sedated. Although pleased that the class did come alive after we went on to more swag stuff like College Board’s Question-of-the-Day, I do have things to say about SAT Basic Info.

    While learning SAT basic information will not directly help your score, it is necessary lest you would be taking the test half blind. I will illustrate this hypothesis for the respective main stages of your SAT journey: Pre-SAT, Taking the SAT and Post-SAT.

    Pre-SAT


    The plan and decisions you make on your SAT even before taking it can only be as good as the basic info you know. You’ll need to schedule and register your test date, without conflict with other events that are beyond your control such as SAT Subject Tests, school exams and so forth. Target score, number of sittings and prep courses are but a few of the other factors pinned on the SAT basic info that you have.

    Taking the SAT


    Apart from correctly answering the test questions per se, there’s much else. For example, you wouldn’t even be allowed entry without your admission ticket and an approved photo-id. Furthermore, if you show up looking vastly different from the photo in your registration, it’s the prerogative of the proctor to reject you. The calculator you bring must also be SAT-legit.

    Post SAT


    Not quite as obvious but just as pertinent, SAT basic info on score reports can hit you big time. Score Choice doesn’t sit evenly with all schools so remember to micro-check on that. While some colleges/universities don’t support it, others will even super-score for you. You can also cancel your scores from record if you feel ‘ominous’ by making the request on the spot right after the test or writing in before the following Wednesday.

    There are countless more cases in point but you get the idea so do yourself justice. That’s just SAT.

    Spread & Share

    google-share
    Tags:

    Receive an update straight to your inbox
    every time I publish a new article


    Recent Comments

    Recent Post

    • Blurb

      August 14, 2016 | Kay Ee Png

      Be savvy and utilize the Order of Difficulty in Maths to pace yourself (time management) and allocate your focus (mental stamina). In particular, raise your […]


    • 2016–2017 Test Dates

      June 30, 2016 | Kay Ee Png

      There, they are finally out – the test dates and respective deadlines for registration for the upcoming SAT tests. The test itself may have been […]


    • Bouquet for SAT

      April 3, 2015 | Kay Ee Png

      Ruby came in for her lesson over the weekend with a bouquet. It was oral rather than floral as she had no flowers in tow, […]