SAT is Now, Past Tense december. First of most, a blast was had by me; liked every second of today’s SAT experience. Did I get the ‘perfect score?’

SAT is Now, Past Tense december. First of most, a blast was had by me; liked every second of today’s SAT experience. Did I get the ‘perfect score?’

No way.

BUT, if my score does not go up in mathematics after all those hours of hard work (which had been hugely fun, I may add), I don’t know what to say. I plead dyscalculia.

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

Except for my essay — in 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 vitality — plus in an appropriate ‘SAT’ format (I think). I linked back repeatedly to my thesis (which I had written on the top of my test booklet, lest We forget).

I wove in sophisticated vocabulary (including a well placed ‘jingoistic’); used varied sentence structure and punctuation (semicolons and dashes included), and then I covered it with the counter example and a strong summary.

But, the essay is the one subjective part of the whole test. 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 this SAT with at the least an 11.

Anyway…I’m sad it’s over. I’m astonished at how hard this test is for me. I’ll probably keep going for that ‘perfect score,’ even whether it’s not in any official ‘perfect score project’ capacity — just because I really do think it’s fun (crazy, I understand — but don’t knock it till you take to it).

Limbering Up for Saturday’s Essay


Four days until my final SAT for this project (and yes, I feel sad. We hate goodbyes). Saturday’s test could make 7 SATs in 2011, plus the two I took in 1982 (one of that has been emailed if you ask me by Erik the Red; I cannot wait to take it next week).

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

The majority of my time that is SAT in last few months has been invested learning 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 recently printed out a remark to read carefully from my last post in regards to the Essay, which was kept by way of a high school senior who scored a 2400. His (or her?) critique of my October essay is excellent, and this particular paragraph, worthy of showcasing for others:

My recommendation to you is this: be conscious of your thesis whenever you are developing your examples. You need to be explicit very, very explicit when you connect your example(s) back again to the thesis. SAT essay visitors read really quickly. Clearly linking your example(s) to your thesis is crucial to scoring a 12.

If someone else is interested in exercising SAT essay writing, here are the College Board prompts through the November SAT.

Ok, signing down now because i am procrastinating.

Keep Your time that is own for SAT


SAT tutor, Stacey Howe-Lott, left a comment below with some test taking 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 entire, worthy, kit and kaboodle remark, as is:

A note that is quick keeping time: My digital watch (which includes a timer) beeps, so I don’t utilize it for the SAT. I take advantage of an analog view alternatively. And, at the start of each section, I wind the tactile hands to the utmost effective of the hour (its perpetually 8-8:30 am throughout the test). By beginning each section at 8:00 it then is very easy to see just how long I have left ‘Oo. 8:15 just ten full minutes left)

Why waste brain cells on wanting to determine just how much time you have kept you started at 8:33 if it is currently 8:48 and.

Also mark your answers within the booklet I draw a big circle around the clear answer I chose ( including the letter and the response). We also write the letter (big!) to the left for the question. That way when I bubble in, I can just quickly glance down the side that is left of questions and write in my answers (A, B, E)

When we skip an answer, I put a big circle to the left, to remind me to skip that bubble.

And, I do not bubble in after every question I only bubble in the spread so if the section starts on the right-hand page, I’ll answer all those concerns, then bubble those. Then I’ll turn the web 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 web page to get to more concerns.

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

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