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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.

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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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      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

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