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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.
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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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  • Vocabulary Development


    Well, school’s out for the summer (Dalat and Uplands) and so is the SAT. Folks can still attend summer programs if they so choose but for the SAT, the next sitting is not until a few more months down the road (11 October 2014). That means no SAT test is offered over the entire extended break. In that light, the SAT tutor in me sees it opportune to advocate some serious SAT Prep over the stretch – the kind that SAT students always ‘wished’ they had the bandwidth for but somehow could never afford…… And I can already hear Vocabulary Development crying out to be taken.

    For me, vocabulary rules in SAT and Vocabulary Development should be at the forefront of any decent SAT Prep. It comprises 3 phases: scouting new words, researching and learning their (various) meanings and memorizing them.
    SAT Vocabulary
    Vocabulary Development basically means mastering new words and there’s no better way to accomplish that than through good old-fashioned reading. This is best done nowadays on the Internet because technology will facilitate the practice very nicely for you. The reading material is also virtually limitless – more than any physical library or repository can ever hold and whether it is books, articles, news, magazines and so forth, everything is readily available there.

    Vocabulary wise, reading online is friendly also because you could have an online dictionary tab constantly on standby whenever you’re at it. And unlike their paperback counterparts which are constrained by size, weight or whatever, online dictionaries typically come with really awesome features. One example of that which will enable you to own those SAT’s vocabulary-in-context favourites are the pin-point example sentences.

    Easy learning is nice but on the flip side, it could be lame – easy-come, easy-go. Memory penetration tends to be poor when information is obtained facilely and retention suffers as a result. There’s a memorization technique that rocks for me though: try rounding off each new word learnt with closed-eye visualization, fleetingly but sharply, the transfer of the new information within your brains from short to long term memory. Sounds ‘noob’? But it works!

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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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    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?

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    SAT Score Choice


    SAT test scores One of the most distinctive features of the SAT is Score Choice. This is an option whereby test takers can choose test scores to be sent to the colleges or universities that they have applied for. According to the College Board, SAT Score Choice is meant to ease the stress and pressure in taking the test. There are also hidden downsides to that so students should consider Score Choice carefully.

    Without Score Choice, all scores will be sent by default. Colleges cannot withdraw test scores directly from the College Board without the consents of the takers but they do have the prerogative to decline applications if Score Choice is not in line with their admission policies. Some colleges require complete score reports: all scores from all tests.

    Without Score Choice at the time of registration for the test, up to 4 score reports can be sent directly to your designated schools free of charge. Additional reports which are ordered later and those with Score Choice are subject to a fee. Also, by sending registration score reports, recipient colleges can have your SAT results as early as possible and they view this positively, which may well have a bearing on the outcome of your application.

    There are many who believe that Score Choice can weaken your application. No one knows for sure if colleges can know if Score Choice was used. In any case, you shouldn’t risk assuming that they don’t. Theoretically, there’s no direct way schools will know if you used Score Choice but it’s obviously not difficult for them to find out indirectly. Furthermore, your own high school knows, and the majority of high schools would provide complete information to all concerned colleges.

    The ‘safety net’ of Score Choice can induce complacency too. Anyway, if somehow you fumbled, you ought to know and just cancel the sitting, preferably at the test centre. Folks should prepare earnestly for their SAT’s instead of focusing on concealing poor scores. In Penang SAT Prep is always undertaken seriously – we know about ‘super-scoring’ by many colleges and we also know about cost.

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