Some basic things to know...
So, I think the best way to convey my knowledge to you in terms of SAT is to provide you that information via videos, with me actively participating in the problems as we go along. Therefore, I will do most of the explaining through the videos instead of in the text. However, I will leave some quick notes/review stuff in the text to help you remember what we went over as you refer back to it. Before I start, I just want to highlight the fact that there is plenty of stuff I think you should know about the SAT that you can find in the beginning of any SAT preparation manual (number of sections, number of questions, etc.). I won't go into this too much simply because there is too much of it to mention here and it is easy for you to get this information on your own. I will focus more on the things that the SAT people DON'T want you to know because it gives you an edge against the exam.
- The first thing I want you to know is that the SAT exam is important! Many students quiver when hearing this, but don't worry, this is good news! This means that even with a less-than-stellar GPA, you can still bring up your overall student profile to a more competitive level. At large public/state universities, where admissions receives TONS of applications and does not have nearly enough time to closely examine each one, the SAT will count for roughly one-third of your total application. At smaller liberal arts colleges, it counts for about one-quarter. Either way, a good SAT score can definitely help you get into the more competitive schools, even if your GPA is only average.
- The SAT does not test anything beyond a 9th grade level. Everything tested on the SAT has been learned in middle/early high school and there will be no calculus, logs, imaginary numbers, trig, or any other scary stuff you might be afraid of. The focus is on algebra and geometry along with some other topics, so that is good news.
- In general (but not always), each section on the SAT will progress from easy questions to the hard questions. We will talk more about how this will affect our test taking strategy so we can maximize our scores as much as possible.
- Spend more time getting easy questions correct. SLOW DOWN, SCORE HIGHER!
- Each correct answer on the SAT gives you a +1 point. Each incorrect answer gives you -1/4 point. An omitted answer gives 0 points. That means that, if you can ELIMINATE EVEN ONE ANSWER, you should ALWAYS guess aggressively to maximize your score. Trust me. I touch more on this in the video.
- Each section is graded from 200-800. Average is always 500. I would like to bring all my readers to the above average score levels.
- DON'T BE A MOMO. Avoid Momo answers.
That's about it. Check back soon and we will delve deeper into the MATH SECTION on the SAT. Good luck and happy studying.