Saturday, October 4, 2008

SAT Advice

Remember:

Before the test:

  • Sleep
  • Eat breakfast
  • Bring Student ID
  • Arrive early--use the spare time to encourage yourself and your friends to do your best.

Essay:

  • Read the Prompt
  • Read the Quote
  • Read the Prompt again.
  • Think for 1 minute (don't write).
  • Brainstorm. Focus, focus, focus your examples. Organize. (2 minutes)
  • Write (20 min)
  • Intro Paragraph:
  • Thesis plus preview of your examples
  • 3 body paragraphs. Topic sentence plus 3-4 sentences of concrete detail.
  • Transition between paragraphs.
  • Conclusion.
  • Fix errors and upgrade vocab (2 min).

Writing Section

  • The Fist of No Error (see sidebar)

Critical Reading

  • POE (process of elimination)

Long Passage

  • Read the blurb (who? what? where? when?)
  • Skim for information
  • Mark-up the passage as per the Questions
  • Read the passage critically (why? how?)
  • Answer the questions via POE

GOOD LUCK!

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