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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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    Here we go again, powering down the stretch to yet another SAT test. As the moment of truth approaches, it’s now time to review the finer details towards the actual occasion. One that is never off my checklist is the Test Centre. Test centre fiascos may sound amusing when they are about others but it’s a whole different story altogether when we are the subjects of the comedy ourselves.

    Although there are two appointed test centres in Penang, SAT’s are conducted at only one of them at any one administration of the test. It is either at Dalat International School in Tanjong Bungah or at KDU Penang on Anson Road, but never both in my experience. Penang SAT takers must thus ascertain which is the one scheduled for their particular sitting. Barring any change, the upcoming May 3rd SAT will be held at Dalat, as is more frequently so between the two venues. It is also the preferred one in my books.
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    Dalat International School is an American Kindergarten-through-High School institution located on the island of Penang. It is aptly staffed and established with the required facilities, system, ambience and the works, with an oceanfront campus that offers the most conducive setting for taking the SAT exam to boot. Even parking, which is perennially scarce on the island of Penang, is a ‘sea’ breeze.

    Although the infamous Penang traffic is forecast to be tame at test time, (weekend), it never hurts to play it safe. Allocate ample time especially if public transport (bus) is to be the mode of travel. That section of Tanjung Bungah where Dalat sits at is serviced by Routes 101, 102, 103 and 104. Taxis are as dependent on luck as flipping coins so it’s better to have contingency plans in place for that also.

    As of this blogging, May 2014 SAT remains set at Dalat but folks should double-check that when printing out their admission tickets to the test centre. If fact, I would continue to do so right up to the eve or even the very morning of the test.

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