Tuesday, March 4, 2014

SAT March 2014 Countdown 2

  • Read the sentence.


  • Note trigger words (ex: conjunctions, prefixes, modifiers, negation) which change the meaning of the sentence.


  • Read the sentence again, substituting your own word in the blank.


  • Match your choice with the supplied answer choices.


  • Not sure of the meaning? Look at the root--is similar the root similar to the root of a word that you know?


  • Use POE to target the correct answer.


  • Yes, the word you don't know can be the correct choice.



  • Sentence Completion--2 Blanks

    • Cover the answers.
    • Read the sentence.
    • Note trigger words (ex: conjunctions, prefixes, modifiers, negation) which change the meaning of the sentence.
    • Read the sentence again, substituting your own word in the blank.
    • Uncover the first column of words. Match them with your choice in the first blank (two answers should be retained, the other three should be dismissed).
    • Not sure of the meaning? Look at the root--is similar the root similar to the root of a word that you know?
    • Uncover the second column of words. Match them with your choice in the second blank (the target choices in the 1st blank are usually synonyms of each other; and the second blank is usually opposite of each other; OR the target choices in the 1st blank are antonyms of each other and the second blank is are synonyms).
    • Remember: there is only one correct answer!).

    Short Parassage (updated 1/25/2013)

    • Read the questions first.
    • The short passage questions are usually about the tone, main idea, or inference.
    • There is usually one dual short passage set per SAT test.
    • Each of the four questions compare/contrast both passages.
    • Draw a quick Venn Diagram to organize the info.
    •  Remember WHAT the topic is about, and the AUDIENCE.
    • Four Types of Dual Passages
      • Pro / Con (opposite positions)
      • General / Specific
      • 2 different academic disciplines (ex: literary criticism / autobiography)
      • Tone (objective / ironic)
    • Dual passages can be combination of the Four Types

    Long Passage (updated 1/25/2013)

    Essay:
    • Read the Prompt
    • Read the Quote
    • Read the Prompt again.
    • Think for 1 minute (don't write).
    • Brainstorm. Focus, focus, focus your complementary examples and connect these specific examples to BIG CONCEPTS. Organize. (2 minutes)
    • Write (20 min)
    • Intro Paragraph:
    • Thesis plus preview of your examples (Think DEVIL'S ADVOCATE--knock out objection to your thesis in your intro).
    • 3 body paragraphs. Topic sentence plus 4-7 sentences of concrete detail.
    • 2 body paragraphs is acceptable, but not advisable--write as much as you can to demonstrate the mastery of your tipic.
    • Transition between paragraphs.
    • Conclusion.
    • LAST 2 MINUTES: Fix errors and upgrade vocabulary--(replace to be/to have with stronger verbs).
    • Check out The Critical Reader: Essay Tips


    Writing Section (multiple choice)


    The Fist of No Error (see above and sidebar)
    • Subject/Verb agreement (number)
    • Tense (verb tense and aspect)
    • Pronoun (number, case, antecedent)
    • Adjective/Adverb (modifiers; infinitive/gerund)
    • Diction (correct word ex: affect/effect;phrasal verb & correct preposition)
    • Misplaced Modifiers (modifying phrases and clauses)
    • "Patterns": comparison, parallelism, list made of similar parts of speech
    • Conjunctions: coordinating, subordinating, correlative ; also relative pronoun clauses
    Also checkout:

    The Critical Reader: Complete SAT Grammar Rules or General Grammar Tips (updated 1/25/2013)

    Improving Sentences
    Improving Paragraphs
    Identifying Sentence Errors

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