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SAT Component Scores


To many college applicants, the end-game to their SAT’s is securing that score which will be good enough as a gate pass into their aspired schools. Well, there is nothing wrong with that notion but there’s nothing right about it either. What folks don’t realize is that College Admission Officers routinely go beyond the overall SAT score and assess the individual attainments in the Critical Reading, Math and Writing sections. Of course, there are genuine reasons for this practice.

The SAT is a test fundamentally designed to determine college readiness from the angle of well-roundedness. It follows then that institutions which employ the test will surely be looking for evenness among the respective SAT Component Scores of applicants in considering their admissibility, and even for their course and program placement or
scholarship eligibility and such, thereafter.
SAT Test ScoreA high variance among the individual SAT Component Scores will be perceived as weakness in the low scoring component rather than strength in the high scoring one. So against the backdrop of “Super Score”, why not treat the 3 SAT components as 3 separate mini-SAT’s and set their goals at similar levels for balance? It’s a human tendency for people to dwell on what they are good at and avoid what they are not. In undertaking SAT prep, it should be the other way round.

Lower scores mean greater upside potential – any serious high school Senior would attest to that from experience. Individual score percentiles are also carried in Score Reports. They are the indicators of the candidate’s topical proficiencies relative to those of others who have taken the same test, and are known to be key factors in admission
considerations by universities. Also noteworthy is the SAT Essay score and the Essay itself may be cross-checked against the Application Essays which are submitted with college applications so they better tally in standards.

There’s more to SAT results than the overall composite score. The details of the SAT Component Scores contained in the Score Report have a more profound bearing on college acceptance than most people think.

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  • 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?

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    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.

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    US University Application


    Attending a lecture on a somewhat unrelated topic (US Presidency), I chanced upon a discussion on the subject of US University Application with a couple of high school juniors equivalent (British international school) just the other day. Although it didn’t come as a surprise to me, it was disturbing just the same as they incessantly dismissed throughout the engagement that the application process to US universities was overly complicated, enough for them to rule out that pathway, wholesale.

    SAT US University

    To be sure, there is an arduous list of requisites to assemble: academic result, SAT score, application essay, recommendation letters, ECA and CV. But it’s the same everywhere. Besides, there’s the Common App to facilitate things. It allows one to fill out the bulk of the paperwork online one-time and submit a single form to multiple Common App member schools (more than 500) at one go. While some of these schools may require supplements, it’s still a breeze overall and there is no limit to the number of schools applied.

    Now, it’s reasonable to speculate that the foremost cause of this xenophobia for the whole process of US University Application is the SAT, notwithstanding that the ACT is an alternative widely accepted standardized college entrance examination in the US. ACT or SAT Penang folks tend to have a misplaced apprehension for this type of assessment and the reason is obvious – they are not at ease with the SAT, or ACT for that matter simply because they don’t know exactly what kind of animals they are.

    In effect, our youngsters are deprived of the US college/university option through lack of information. The truth is the SAT is not a monster. In fact, unlike the kind of tests that we are more accustomed to around here, the SAT inherently accommodates multiple sittings – think Score Choice. Furthermore, unconventional as it may be, it’s really friendly once you get the hang of it. From 40,000-feet up, the SAT may seem like a wicked screwball but up close, it really is a low hanging fruit – it is so ace-able.

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    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.

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    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.

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