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SAT PREPARATION. How do you feel about standardized tests?. If it ’ s a multiple-choice test,. why can ’ t I just choose not to take it?. Past Experience. Kaplan The Princeton Review Petersons FairTest. Test Prep. Why it works. The Game. Know the Designers Limitations The 99% Rule.

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sat preparation


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if it s a multiple choice test
If it’s a multiple-choice test,
  • why can’t I just choose not to take it?

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past experience
Past Experience
  • Kaplan
  • The Princeton Review
  • Petersons
  • FairTest

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test prep
Test Prep
  • Why it works.

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the game
The Game
  • Know the Designers
  • Limitations
  • The 99% Rule

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the best test preparation
The Best Test Preparation
  • Extensive subject review
  • Subject specific strategy
  • Proper subject timing
  • Pacing drills
  • Score selection
  • Guessing strategies
  • Process of elimination
  • Prioritization of questions
  • A good night’s sleep
  • Practice, practice, practice……

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important questions
Important Questions!
  • Should I take both entrance tests?
  • How do I know which test is my test of strength?
  • Should I take additional tests?
  • What are the three strategies that work best?

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basic truths
Basic Truths
  • All colleges will take either the ACT or SAT.
  • High School GPA and curriculum are still the most important factors in selective college admission.
  • There are currently 850 test optional schools.
first steps
First Steps!
  • Reduce test anxiety
  • Know the test
  • Learn the game!
  • Conduct a personal item analysis
  • Identify individual weaknesses
  • Repetition
  • Avoid overtesting!

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in house preparation
In-House Preparation
  • Use my handouts on the IB website
  • Design your own program
  • Always practice with real tests

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out house preparation
Out-House Preparation
  • Check out the local programs and tutors
  • Review what a good program should entail
  • Explore online options

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local test tutors
Local Test Tutors
  • Rob Rosenthal 303-830-1811
  • Dr. Beryl Brasch 303-756-4443
  • Melissa Woodvine 303-875-7954

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the sat


The First College Entrance Exam

the history of the sat
The History of the SAT
  • 1926: Developed to insure the economic diversity of the Harvard scholarship program; it failed miserably.
  • Even though the mission backfired, it was picked up by some of the other Ivies.
  • 1946: Stanley Kaplan started doing SAT prep.
  • Changes began to occur because of accusations of sexual and cultural bias.
the sat1
  • The acronym SAT now stands only for SAT, not for scholastic assessment test, scholastic achievement test or scholastic aptitude test.
the sat2
  • The SAT has always been a very tricky test with a penalty for guessing. The format includes lower-level math (arithmetic, geometry and algebra), writing skills, an essay, reading passages, and sentence completion questions.
sat preparation materials

Strategy and Review Books

  • The Princeton Review/Review.Com
    • Cracking the SAT
  • Real Practice Tests
    • The Official SAT Study Guide™
    • SAT Preparation Booklet

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early testing
Early Testing
  • PSAT

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score reporting
Score Reporting
  • Super test Option
  • Score Choice
  • Proper Coding

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  • 200-800 points per section.
  • All 3 subtests are added together for a combined score.
  • A 2400 is the highest possible combined score.
  • Students can select which scores to send to the colleges.

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score selection
Score Selection


2390 1600 36 4.0+

2000 1340 30 4.0

1820 1220 27 3.6

1470 990 21 2.8

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subtests and timing
Subtests and Timing


  • Critical Reading 30 minutes
  • Math 30 minutes
  • Writing skills 30 minutes
  • Essay 25 minutes

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sample essay question
Sample Essay Question

Directions: Think carefully about the issue presented in the quote below and the assignment that follows it.

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

–Thomas Edison

Assignment: What is your view of the idea that for individuals to appreciate success they must first experience failure? Plan and write an essay developing your point of view, supporting it with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.

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test strategies
Test Strategies
  • Create an outline
  • Use up all lined paper
  • Use a 4 or 5 paragraph approach

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critical reading
Critical Reading
  • Sentence Completions questions
  • Critical Reading questions

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test strategies1
Test Strategies
  • Prioritization
  • Timing
  • Scoring implications
  • Use basic conventions of good writing
  • Read less & use key words
  • Prioritization
  • Timing
  • Scoring implications
  • Use basic conventions of good writing
  • Read less & use key words

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critical reading1
Critical Reading

The dramatist was ------- over his lack of funds and his inability to sell any of his plays, and his letters to his wife reflected his unhappiness.

(A) despondent

(B) supercilious

(C) prudent

(D) encouraged

(E) fortified

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critical reading questions
Critical Reading Questions

Hoping to plead his defendant's case in a bold manner, the defense attorney called in a witness who was both ________and ________.

(A) firm . . irresolute

(B) valiant . . compromising

(C) gallant . . unwavering

(D) strong . . compliant

(E) dark . . unconfident

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critical reading2
Critical Reading

The radical ideas in Henderson's speech were ------- to those assembled, inciting many in the crowd to anger and some to open rebellion.

A. exhilarating

B. sympathetic

C. gratifying

D. inflammatory

E. tiresome

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critical reading3
Critical Reading

Critical Reading:

You cannot see what is going on inside your new-born’s brain.




That furious pace continues for the child’s first decade of life.

1. The main point of this passage is to:

A.illustrate the importance of genetics in the formation of a baby’s brain.

B.illustrate the importance of stimulation and experience in the formation of a baby’s brain.

C.I ndicate the great need for conducting further research on babies’ brains. the latest research on babies’ brains with similar research conducted fifteen years ago.

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critical reading4
The following passage discusses the origins of the telegraph.          On the evening of April 18, 1775, Paul       Revere set out on horseback to deliver an       urgent message to the town of Lexington,       Massachusetts: the British army was5     advancing by sea, signaling the beginning       of the Revolutionary War. There was no       Internet in 1775. For that matter, there       were no telephones, no radios, no pagers, no       fax machines, and not even the grandfather10   of all these devices, the telegraph. Seventy       years later, the message “The Redcoats Are       Coming!” would have been sent out in dots       and dashes over a telegraph wire, and Revere’s       famous ride would never have happened.15   However, with no other recourse, Revere       hopped on his trusty horse and into the pages of       history. Fifteen years later, a chain of scientific       events commenced that would culminate in an        electronic communications revolution that 20   would change the very nature of human       interaction.

A. the telegraph descends directly from telephones, radios, pagers, and fax machines

if Paul Revere had access to a telegraph in 1775, the Revolutionary War would not have happened

the telegraph is the most efficient way to communicate during a war

the telegraph spawned later forms of communication technology

E. Paul Revere’s relatives fought in the Revolutionary War

Critical Reading

The phrase “grandfather of all devices” (lines 9-10) suggests that

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  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Student-produced responses or grid-ins
  • Students are advised to bring a calculator with which they are comfortable. Students should also have a basic knowledge of these 4 math categories:
  • Numbers and Operation
  • Algebra and Functions
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability

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math strategies
Math Strategies
  • Prioritize
  • Skip Questions
  • Draw Geometric Shapes
  • Use Your Calculator Wisely

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  • The SAT I Math sections deals primarily with arithmetic, algebra and geometry.
  • Always do the easy questions first.
  • Eliminate all silly the answers first.

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math section
Math Section


  • Estimate, round up, round down, etc.
  • Memorize PEMDAS (the order of operations).
  • Review all the basics.

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math section1
Math Section


  • Work backwards from the answers.
  • Eliminate common elements.
  • When in doubt, try C first, then B or D, etc.

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math section2
Math Section


  • Draw new diagrams to scale based on the supplied information.
  • Memorize all formulas and program them into your calculator:  
  • Add extra features and pertinent information to all geometric shapes.

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math review
Math Review

Math Formulas


Math Review


Acceptable Calculators


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math review1
Math Review

Math Formulas


Math Review


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Moses must finish a painting by Thursday. If he completes one-half of the painting on Tuesday and one-quarter of what’s left on Wednesday, how much does he still have to paint to complete the painting on time?

(A) 1/8

(B) 1/4

(C) 3/8

(D) 1/2

(E) 9/16

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Regina and Greg leave school at the same time and walk for half an hour. Regina walks due north at the average rate of 8 kilometers per hour, and Greg walks due east at the average rate of 6 kilometers per hour. How far apart are they, in kilometers, at the end of the half hour?

A. 2

B. 4

C. 5

D. 7

E. 14

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distance question
Distance Question



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writing skills
Writing Skills
  • One 30-minute writing section = 39 questions
  • 14 identifying sentence errors
  • 20 improving sentences
  • 5 improving paragraphs questions
  • The multiple-choice questions in the writing skills subtest measure a student's ability to express ideas effectively in standard-written English, to recognize faults in usage and structure, and to use language with sensitivity to meaning.

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writing skills1

Writing Skills

Identifying Sentence Errors

Improving Sentences

Improving Paragraphs

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writing skills2
Writing Skills

America's first roller coaster ride, which

opened in 1884 at Coney Island,


Brooklyn, and capable of a


topspeed of only 6 miles per hour. No error


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writing skills3
Writing Skills

While video games are extraordinarily popular with the younger generation, many parents view it as a waste of time and hoping that their children will grow tired of playing them.

A. it as a waste of time and hoping that

B. it as a waste of time, hoping that

C. them as a waste of time and hope that

D. them as a waste of time, they hope that

E. them as a waste of time, hopefully

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writing skills4
Writing Skills

One time a candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States president in 1972, Shirley Chisholm won 152 delegates before withdrawing from the race.

A. One time

B. She was

C. Being

D. To be

E. As

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  • Penalty for wrong answers!
  • Develop a guessing strategy
  • Know your patterns
  • Utilize process of elimination

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23. (A) (B) (C) (D) (E) -

24. (A) (B) (C) (D) (E)

25. (A) (B) (C) (D) (E) +

26. (A) (B) (C) (D) (E)

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friday prep
Friday Prep
  • Important Items
  • Gas
  • Scout location
  • Sleep

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test day
Test Day
  • Balanced Breakfast
  • Breaks
  • Simple sugar

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test optional
Test Optional
  • 830 colleges have made standardized tests optional

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rusty haynes
Rusty Haynes



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