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Interesting facts about SAT
1. How Difficult is SAT?
  • On an average, students answer 50 or 60 percent of questions correctly
  • 80 percent finish nearly the entire test
  • Almost all students complete at least 75 percent of the questions
2. Scoring Pattern
  • Test takers get a point for a right answer.
  • Test takers lose one-quarter point for a wrong answer.
  • There is no deduction for omitted answers, or for wrong answers in the math section’s student-produced response questions.
  • Each of the 3 sections is on a 200 to 800 point scale.
3. Timing is everything
  • The actual time of the test is 3 hours and 45 minutes, plus 3 brakes of 5-minutes, which makes it total 4 hours to complete the entire test.
  • Can’t spend too much time on any one question.
    • Spend seconds on the easiest questions.
    • Hesitate to spend more than 1-2 minutes even on the hardest questions.
  • The SAT consists of a series of small, timed, mini-tests.
    • Students must keep track of the time allotted for each one and how much time remains.
  • Test takers should wear a watch to the testing center.

Points SAT ACT
Top score 2400 is perfect but 1500 is the national average 36 is the perfect
21 is the National Average
For wrong answers Lose 1/4th points for wrong answers No penalty for wrong answers
What does it test Reasoning and Logic Curriculum in high school
Topics Math, Critical Reading, Writing Math, Reading, Grammar, Science
Registration www.collegeboard.com www.act.org
How should I prepare Requires you to use your analytical skills Practice the questions , you will get the better score

4. Overall Test Tactics
  • Answer easy questions first. Mark skipped questions in your exam book so you can quickly return to them later.
  • Guess...if you can eliminate at least one choice.
  • You can write in the test book: cross out wrong answers; do scratch work.
  • Avoid stray marks on the answer sheet. A machine scores your test and can't distinguish between a correct answer and a careless doodle.
  • Easy questions usually precede hard ones.
  • Mark only one answer per question.
  • Skip any question if you haven't the faintest idea about the answer. You don't lose points.
  • Right answer for correct section and number on your answer sheet.
  • Don't spend too much time on any one question. You should spend only seconds on the easiest questions, and hesitate to spend more than 1-2 minutes on even the hardest ones.
  • Remember that the SAT consists of a series of small, timed, mini-tests. Keep track of the time you're allotted for each one and how much time remains.
  • Bring a watch to the test center. You can't be guaranteed that there'll be a working clock there.
  • Don't change an answer unless you're sure you made an error.
  • Read the words in the question carefully. Be sure to answer the question asked and not the question you recall from a practice test.
  • Know the Question Types to Expect on the SAT I: * 19 sentence completion * 40 reading comprehension * 35 math multiple-choices
    * 10 student-produced responses
5. How do I build college list?
  • Location
  • Size
  • Rah-rah
  • Academics
  • Merit scholarships
  • Connections
  • Alumni Connections
  • Financial Aid
6. Night before SAT Exam
  • Get a good night sleep
  • Lay out your identification, test admission ticket, pencils, and calculator
7. On the day of SAT Exam
  • Test center
    The most difficult thing is to confront the unfamiliarity. So when you are already stressed with the Test, it is hard to deal with the situation where you don’t know about the test center. Hence it is suggested that you should know your test center in advance to avoid chaotic situation.
  • Relax
    One night before your exam, you should not touch any study material. Instead you can go out with friends, family, watch a movie, read some books. Eat nourishing food instead of spicy one. If your mind is set for the exam it boosts your confidence to attempt the exam.
    Last minute study is always stressful. So do not try to read till last minute.
  • Check your pouch
    Make a pouch full of pencils, one calculator, eraser, and sharpener. Make sure your all pencils are sharpened. Check that the Calculator is functioning well. It is very shocking if you do not check it a day before and on the day of exam if you know it, that might raise your tension.
  • Have good Breakfast!
    On the morning of the Test day, eat nutritious breakfast. Have breakfast which gives you energy but which is not so heavy to digest. Do not eat food which is sugary and full of cholesterol. You may become sluggish or inactive after having such a breakfast.
  • Kick the caffeine
    If you are used to take cup of coffee or tea in the morning then that might be a gear for you to start your day. But excessive intake of caffeine will make you go to restroom frequently.
  • Prepare to wait in line
    It is always better to leave early and reach test center 30 or 45 min before the test. Carry a book or a magazine so that you can read to pass the time. But rushing and reaching late at the test center will restrict your entry for the test.
  • Bring snacks
    There are three breaks in the test. It is advisable to bring snacks like juice or energy bar which have carbohydrates. Test is for 3hrs 40 min but you are allowed to have snacks in the breaks. Since morning till afternoon it is risky to remain without food and it is not advisable by physicians also.
  • Switch off or don’t bring the cell phone if possible
    DO NOT BRING YOUR CELL PHONE! if possible. You can deal without a cell phone for some time.
    In the rules and policies it is given that you will be told to leave the classroom if you are caught with a cell phone.
  • Do not think much on previous section
    It is not worth to keep on thinking on your previous sections which you answered. If you think that you should have answered A instead of B which is not advisable at all while solving the test. You should stay on the section which you are solving currently.
    LAST BUT NOT LEAST enjoy after completing the test. Go for lunch, play games outdoor, watch a movie to relax yourself as you have been sitting for long.
8. On Test Day what should a student bring with him
  • What to Bring
    • Admission ticket
    • A valid photo ID
    • No. 2 pencils with erasers
    • An acceptable calculator with extra batteries
    • A watch to keep track of time
    • Drinks and snacks (for the break)
  • What NOT to Bring
    • Highlighters or pens
    • Scratch paper
    • A cell phone
    • An iPod
    • A camera
    • A timer with an audible alarm
 
 
 
 
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