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 get up in mathematics in the end those full hours of hard work (which had been hugely fun, I might include), I do not know what to express. 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 little bit of ‘hmmmmm….. maybe not sure about a few 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 vigor — 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 sentence structure and punctuation (semicolons and dashes included), and then I covered it 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 this 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. I’ll probably carry on for that ‘perfect score,’ even if it’s not in any official ‘perfect score project’ 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, personally i think sad. We hate goodbyes). Saturday’s test will make 7 SATs in 2011, in addition to the two I took in 1982 (one of that has been emailed to me by Erik the Red; I can not wait to take it next week).

I’ve been quieter on the blog front than usual because I’m attempting to focus (therefore hard for some of us). We 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 plenty to get my chest off about this entire process.

Nearly all of my time that is SAT in last few months has been invested learning the basics of math. More on that later.

For the following few days i am going to write an essay a day making sure that I’m limbered up for Saturday. When I’ve said before, practice definitely helps.

I simply printed out a remark to read carefully from my final post about the Essay, which was left by a high school senior who scored a 2400. His (or her?) critique of my October essay is excellent, and this specific paragraph, worthy of showcasing for others:

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

If someone else is interested in practicing SAT essay writing, here you will find the university Board encourages 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 had not 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’m going to assume that there are probably others out there who also may have been absent on the these strategies were offered out….and time i am posting your whole, worthy, kit and kaboodle comment, 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. I take advantage of an analog watch rather. And, at the start of each section, I wind the tactile fingers to the top of the hour (its perpetually 8-8:30 am through the test). By starting each section at 8:00 it then is quite effortless to see how long I have left ‘Oo. 8:15 just 10 minutes left)

Why waste brain cells on attempting to calculate just how much time you’ve got left if its currently 8:48 and you started at 8:33.

Also mark your answers into the booklet I draw a circle that is big the clear answer I chose ( including the letter therefore the answer). We also write the letter (big!) to the left associated with the question. That way whenever I bubble in, i will just quickly glance down the left 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 only bubble in the spread so if the section starts on the right-hand page, I’ll answer all those questions, then bubble those. I quickly’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 web page to get to more concerns.

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

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