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December SAT is Now, Last Tense. First of all, a blast was had by me; loved every 2nd of today’s SAT experience. Did we get the ‘perfect score?’

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December SAT is Now, Last Tense. First of all, a blast was had by me; loved every 2nd of today’s SAT experience. Did we get the ‘perfect score?’

No way.

BUT, if my score doesn’t go up in math all things considered those hours of hard work (which had been hugely fun, I would add), I do not understand what to say. I plead dyscalculia.

Reading and Writing this time around? I felt strong and focused, though not ‘perfect.’ It was more like, ‘Ok, that felt good’ — with bit of ‘hmmmmm….. maybe not sure about a few of the questions,’ sprinkled on top.

Except for my essay — on the essay, I felt sure. I felt strong and confident — like I summoned my very best SAT self — and she showed up wrote that essay about Tim O’Brien with passion and vigor — as well as in a proper ‘SAT’ format (I think). I linked back repeatedly to my thesis (that I 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), and then I covered it up with the counter example and a conclusion that is strong.

But, the essay is the one subjective part of the test that is whole. That said, then i give up on standardized writing if my readers don’t recognize that I aced that essay. No, actually, I’m blaming the graders. Yes, I shall blame the graders if I don’t come away of the SAT with at the very least an 11.

Anyway…I’m unfortunate that it’s over. I’m surprised at how hard this test is for me. We’ll most likely keep going for that ‘perfect score,’ even if it is not in any official ‘perfect score task’ capacity — simply because I really think it’s fun (crazy, I understand — but don’t knock it till you try it).

Limbering Up for Saturday’s Essay


Four days until my final SAT for this project (and yes, personally i think sad. We hate goodbyes). Saturday’s test is likely to make 7 SATs last year, in addition to the two I took in 1982 (one of that has been emailed to me by Erik the Red; I can’t wait to take it next week).

I am quieter on the blog front side than usual because I’m wanting to focus (therefore hard for some of us). We realize that once We start down the rabbit that is internet, hours (days) can evaporate. But I’ll be back after next Saturday, because I have a great deal to get my chest off about this whole process.

The majority of my SAT time in the last few days has been invested studying the basics of math. More on that later on.

For the following few days I’m likely to write an essay a time to ensure I’m limbered up for Saturday. When I’ve stated before, practice definitely helps.

I just printed away a remark to learn carefully from my final post about the Essay, that was left by way of a school that is high who scored a 2400. His (or her?) critique of my October essay is exceptional, and this paragraph that is particular worthy of highlighting for others:

My recommendation to you is this: be conscious of your thesis whenever you are developing your examples. You’ll need to be explicit very, very explicit once you connect your example(s) back to the thesis. SAT essay readers read really quickly. Plainly linking your example(s) to your thesis is essential to scoring a 12.

If anyone else is interested in practicing SAT essay writing, here are the College Board encourages from the November SAT.

Ok, signing down now because I’m procrastinating.

Keep Your time that is own for SAT


SAT tutor, Stacey Howe-Lott, left a comment below with some test using tips because she thought everyone knew these things… that she hadn’t mentioned before.

Considering the fact that somehow they didn’t strike my radar for the first 46 years of my life, i want to assume that there are probably others out there who also may have been absent on the day these strategies received out….and i am posting the whole, worthy, kit and kaboodle remark, as is:

A note that is quick keeping time: My digital watch (which has a timer) beeps, so I actually don’t use it for the SAT. An analog is used by me watch instead. And, at the start of each section, I wind the fingers to the most notable of the hour (it really is perpetually 8-8:30 am throughout the test). By starting each section at 8:00 it then is extremely effortless to see how long I have left ‘Oo. 8:15 simply ten minutes left)

Why waste brain cells on attempting to determine exactly how much time you have got kept if it really is 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 ( including the letter and also the response). I additionally write the letter (big!) to the left associated with question. That method when I bubble in, I am able to just quickly glance down the remaining side of the questions and compose in my answers (A, B, E)

I put a large circle to the left, to remind me to skip that bubble when I skip an answer.

And, I do not bubble in after every concern I just bubble in the spread therefore if the section starts on the right-hand page, I’ll answer all those concerns, then bubble those. Then I’ll turn the page and respond to all the questions regarding the left-hand and pages that are right-hand then bubble in all those before I turn the page to get to more questions.

I especially love the tip about how exactly to help keep your own time. I’ve ordered myself an analog, beep-free Swatch for the SAT next Saturday (my final one because of this project…), which should arrive in today’s mail.

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