BUT, if my score doesn’t go up in math in the end those full hours of hard work (which had been hugely fun, I might include), I don’t understand what to say. I plead dyscalculia.
Reading and Writing this time around? I felt focused and strong, though not ‘perfect.’ It was more like, ‘Ok, that felt good’ — with little bit of ‘hmmmmm….. not sure about a handful of the relevant questions,’ sprinkled on top.
With the exception of my essay — in the essay, we felt sure. I felt strong and confident — like I summoned my very best SAT self — and she turned up wrote that essay about Tim O’Brien with passion and vitality — plus in an appropriate ‘SAT’ format (I think). I linked back repeatedly to my thesis (that we had written on the top of my test booklet, lest I forget).
I wove in sophisticated vocabulary (including a well placed ‘jingoistic’); used varied phrase structure and punctuation (semicolons and dashes included), then I covered it with the counter example and a strong conclusion.
But, the essay shmoop writing essay service is the one subjective part of the entire test. That said, then i give up on standardized writing if my readers don’t recognize that I aced that essay. No, actually, i am blaming the graders. Yes, I will blame the graders if I don’t come away of this SAT with at the very least an 11.
Anyway…I’m unfortunate it’s over. I’m surprised at how hard this test is for me. I’ll most likely keep going for that ‘perfect rating,’ even if it is not in any official ‘perfect score task’ capacity — just till you try it) because I really do think it’s fun (crazy, I know — but don’t knock it.
Limbering Up for Saturday’s Essay
Four days until my final SAT for this project (and yes, I feel sad. I hate goodbyes). Saturday’s test will make 7 SATs in 2011, in addition to the two I took in 1982 (one of which was emailed if you ask me by Erik the Red; I can’t wait to simply take it next week).
I have been quieter on the blog front side than usual because i am wanting to focus (so hard for many of us). We find that once I start down the internet rabbit hole, hours (days) can evaporate. But I’ll be back after next Saturday, because I have plenty to get off my chest about this entire process.
Nearly all of my SAT time in the final few months has been invested studying the basics of math. More on that later.
A day so that I’m limbered up for Saturday for the next few days I’m going to write an essay. As I’ve said before, practice definitely helps.
I just printed away a comment to read carefully from my final post concerning the Essay, that has been kept by way of a school that is high who scored a 2400. His (or her?) critique of my October essay is excellent, and this paragraph that is particular worthy of showcasing for others:
My suggestion to you is this: be aware of your thesis whenever you are developing your examples. You’ll need to be explicit very, very explicit when you tie your example(s) back in to the thesis. SAT essay readers read really quickly. Demonstrably linking your example(s) to your thesis is essential to scoring a 12.
If someone else is interested in practicing SAT essay writing, here are the College Board prompts from the November SAT.
Ok, signing down now because i am procrastinating.
Keep Your Own Time For the SAT
SAT tutor, Stacey Howe-Lott, left a comment below with some test taking tips that she hadn’t mentioned before because she thought everyone knew these things….
Considering that somehow they didn’t hit my radar for the first 46 years of my life, I’m going to assume that there are most likely others out there who also may have been absent on the day these strategies got out….and i am posting the entire, worthy, kit and kaboodle comment, as is:
A quick note on keeping time: My digital watch (which has a timer) beeps, so I actually don’t make use of it for the SAT. An analog is used by me watch rather. And, at the start of each section, I wind the arms to the most truly effective of the hour (its perpetually 8-8:30 am through the test). By starting each section at 8:00 it then is very simple to see just how long I have left ‘Oo. 8:15 just ten minutes left)
Why waste brain cells on wanting to determine how much time you have left if it’s currently 8:48 and you started at 8:33.
Also mark your answers within the booklet I draw a circle that is big the answer I chose ( such as the letter as well as the response). We additionally write the letter (big!) to the left associated with question. That method when I bubble in, i could just quickly glance down the left side of the questions and compose in my responses (A, B, E)
Whenever I skip an answer, I place a large group towards the left, to remind me to skip that bubble.
And, I do not bubble in after each and every concern I only bubble in the spread so if the section starts on the right-hand page, I’ll respond to all those concerns, then bubble those. I quickly’ll turn the page and respond to the questions in the left-hand and pages that are right-hand then bubble in all those before I turn the page to get to more concerns.
I especially love the tip about how to help keep your own time. We’ve ordered myself an analog, beep-free Swatch for the SAT next Saturday (my last one because of this project…), which should arrive in today’s mail.