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

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

No way.

BUT, if my score doesn’t go up in math all things considered those full hours of hard work (which were hugely fun, I might include), I don’t know very well what to state. shmoop write me an essay 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….. perhaps not sure about a handful of the relevant questions,’ sprinkled on top.

Except for my essay — regarding the essay, we 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 — and 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 We forget).

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

But, the essay is the one subjective element of the entire test. That said, if my readers don’t recognize that I aced that essay, then I throw in the towel on standardized writing. No, actually, i am blaming the graders. Yes, I will blame the graders if I don’t come away of the SAT with at least an 11.

Anyway…I’m unfortunate it’s over. I am astonished at how difficult 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 truly do 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 SAT that is final for project (and yes, i’m sad. I hate goodbyes). Saturday’s test can certainly make 7 SATs last year, in addition to the two I took in 1982 (one of that was emailed in my experience by Erik the Red; I cannot wait to simply take it next week).

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

Nearly all of my SAT time in the last few weeks 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 stated before, practice definitely helps.

I simply printed out a remark to read very carefully from my last post about the Essay, that has been left with a high school senior who scored a 2400. His (or her?) critique of my October essay is excellent, and this paragraph that is particular worthy of showcasing for other people:

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

If someone else is interested in practicing essay that is SAT, here you will find 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 because she thought everyone knew these things… that she hadn’t mentioned before.

Given that somehow they didn’t hit my radar for the first 46 years of my life, i want to assume that you can find probably others out there who also may have been absent on the day these strategies received out….and i am posting the complete, worthy, kaboodle and kit comment, as is:

A quick note on keeping time: My digital watch (which includes a timer) beeps, so I 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 tactile hands to the very best of the hour (it really is perpetually 8-8:30 am during the test). By beginning each section at 8:00 it then is very simple to see the length of time I have left ‘Oo. 8:15 simply ten minutes left)

Why waste brain cells on trying to calculate exactly how much time you’ve 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 ( such as the letter and the answer). We also write the letter (big!) to the left regarding the question. That means when I bubble in, I’m able to just quickly glance down the remaining side of the questions and write in my responses (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 don’t bubble in after each question 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. Then I’ll turn the page and answer the questions on 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 on how to help keep your own time. We’ve ordered myself an analog, beep-free Swatch for the SAT next Saturday (my final one with this project…), which should arrive in today’s mail.