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

December SAT is Now, Past Tense. First of all of the, 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 mathematics most likely those full hours of hard work (which had been hugely fun, I would include), I do not know what to say. I plead dyscalculia.

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

With the exception of 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 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 sentence structure and punctuation (semicolons and dashes included), and then I covered it up with the counter example and a strong conclusion.

But, the essay 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’m blaming the graders. Yes, I will blame the graders if I don’t come away of the SAT with at the least an 11.

Anyway…I’m sad that it is over. I am amazed at how difficult this test is for me. We’ll most likely keep going for that ‚perfect rating,‘ even if it’s not in any official ‚perfect score task‘ capacity — simply because I really do think it’s fun (crazy, I know — but don’t knock it till you decide to try it).

Limbering Up for Saturday’s Essay


Four days until my SAT that is final for project (and yes, personally i think sad. We hate goodbyes). Saturday’s test can make 7 SATs last year, as well as the two I took in 1982 (one of which was emailed if you ask me by Erik the Red; I can not wait to take it next week).

I’ve been quieter on the blog front side than usual because I’m trying to focus (therefore hard shmoop writing essays for many of us). I discover that when I start down the internet bunny hole, 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.

Most of my SAT time in the last few weeks has been spent 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. When I’ve stated before, practice definitely helps.

I recently printed away a remark to read carefully from my final post about 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 exemplary, and this paragraph that is particular worthy of showcasing for others:

My suggestion to you is this: Always be conscious of your thesis when you’re developing your examples. You will need to be explicit very, very explicit once you tie your example(s) back again 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 university Board encourages through the November SAT.

Ok, signing off 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….

Given 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 these strategies were provided out….and day I’m posting the entire, worthy, kit and kaboodle remark, as is:

A note that is quick keeping time: My digital watch (that has a timer) beeps, so I don’t use it for the SAT. An analog is used by me watch alternatively. And, at the start of each section, I wind the hands to the utmost effective of the hour (it really is perpetually 8-8:30 am during the test). By starting each section at 8:00 it then is very simple to see how long I have left ‚Oo. 8:15 just 10 minutes left)

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

Also mark your answers in the booklet I draw a big circle around the clear answer I chose ( such as the letter therefore the solution). We additionally write the letter (big!) to the left of this question. That means whenever I bubble in, I can just quickly glance down the side that is left of questions and write 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 question I only bubble in the spread therefore then bubble those if the section starts on the right-hand page, I’ll answer all those questions. Then I’ll turn the web page and respond to 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 how to keep your own time. We’ve ordered myself an analog, beep-free Swatch for the SAT next Saturday (my last one for this project…), which should arrive in today’s mail.