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This lesson reviews vocabulary strategies, test taking skills, and provides an overview of the SAT test.
SAT Test Prep Course : SAT Test Prep Course Instructors: Aquarius Cain Shantrice Sanders
Welcome! : Welcome! Rules of the Road Respect Everyone’s Opinions Participate Go the Extra Mile - it shows that you care Take Notes
Course Description : Course Description The SAT preparation course will help you to prepare and organize for the SAT Test. You will have a customized study plan with timely and effective feedback from the instructor. The instructor will break down each concept in a simplified manner and challenge you to reach your maximum potential and target score. The course lasts 8 weeks and is conveniently scheduled for Saturday mornings. Each session is 3 hours.
Agenda : Agenda Session 1 – SAT Diagnostics Session 2 – SAT Basics & Strategies Session 3 – SAT Critical Reading: Reading Comprehension Session 4 – SAT Basic Math/Algebra
Agenda : Agenda Session 5 – SAT Critical Reading: Sentence Completion/Sentence Errors Session 6 – SAT Advanced Math Concepts Session 7 – SAT Review Session 8 – SAT Conclusion/Practice Exam
Course Objectives : Course Objectives Increase SAT scores Learn test taking strategies Gain in knowledge of verbal reasoning and math skills
Course Highlights : Course Highlights 6 LIVE INTERACTIVE CLASSES with 18 hours of class time Complimentary Study Skills and Organization Skills Training Personal feedback from the instructor 2 Practice tests to assess your performance Sufficient practice to have you well prepared for the test
SAT Session 2 : SAT Session 2 SAT Basics & Strategies About the Test Study Skills Vocabulary Building
About the SAT : About the SAT 3 hours & 45 minutes long Two 10-minute breaks Mostly multiple choice Sections Writing Math Critical Reading Experimental
SAT Test Format : SAT Test Format
About The Writing Section : About The Writing Section Essay Write a persuasive essay answering the assigned question Usually asks you to respond to a quotation Ex: Are there more advantages to planning for the future than living in the moment? “My future starts when I wake up every morning…Every day I find something creative to do with my life.” – Miles Davis ---Quotation for writing prompt
About The Writing Section : About The Writing Section Multiple Choice Questions Test your ability to spot errors in grammar, sentence structure, & paragraph structure or organization
About the Critical Reading Section : About the Critical Reading Section Sentence Completion Questions Tests vocabulary & meaning Test your ability to determine how words or ideas work together to create meaning in a sentence 1 or 2 words missing from a sentence Arranged in order of difficulty
About the Critical Reading Section : About the Critical Reading Section Reading Comprehension Questions Tests how well you understand a piece of writing Draw conclusions Determine vocab context meaning Short & long passages Not arranged by difficulty
About the Math Section : About the Math Section Multiple-Choice Questions Straightforward 5 answer choices Calculator permitted Formula sheet given Lose ¼ for wrong answer Grid-In Questions Write your response in the grid No penalty for wrong answer
SAT Overview : SAT Overview 10 sections that will take 3 hours and 45 minutes: 3 Critical Reading, 3 Math, 3 Writing,& 1 Experimental section Experimental section doesn’t count in your score You gain 1 point for each right answer, lose a quarter (1/4) of a point for each wrong answer, and neither gain nor lose points for answers you leave blank. You don't lose points for wrong answers on the Essay and Math Grid-ins sections. Math and Sentence Completion questions are arranged in order of difficulty; they go from easiest to hardest.
SAT Score Breakdown : SAT Score Breakdown Raw Score # right – (#wrong x .25) Ex: Critical Reading – 44 right, 20 wrong, 3 omitted Raw score = 44 – (20 x .25) = 44-5 = 39 Scaled Score Range from 200-800 each section Total score range = 600-2400 Ex: Raw score = 39; Scaled = 560
SAT Test Strategies : SAT Test Strategies Answer all the easy questions first Keep moving if you get stuck --don't spend too much time on any 1 question Use POE (process of elimination) Make an educated guess Circle the questions you skip Circle your answers in your test book Check you answer sheet regularly to make sure you're answering the right question Grid sets of answers at once ALWAYS answer ALL Math Grid-ins LEAVE THE ANSWER BLANK IF YOU DON’T KNOW
SAT Test Strategies : SAT Test Strategies Know the test directions Keep track of time (wear a watch) Read the questions & answers carefully Think positively Stay focused Concentrate on your own progress Get a good night’s sleep Get all materials together the day before Pencils, calculator, jacket PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!!
Practicing the Strategies : Practicing the Strategies
Your Turn : Your Turn Use Section 2 Practice Questions document and practice the skills you just learned Pace yourself POE Educated guessing Answer easy questions first
Vocabulary Building Strategies : Vocabulary Building Strategies Tips to increase your vocabulary for the SAT
Increasing Vocabulary : Increasing Vocabulary Strategy for Learning Vocabulary Learn words strategically Learn word roots, prefixes, suffixes, and word families Personalize your vocabulary study
Increasing Vocabulary : Increasing Vocabulary Learn words strategically Learn words that appear often on the SAT Read daily (news articles, magazines, literature) Look up unfamiliar words & keep a list of “new” words (keep a small notebook with you) Keep a dictionary handy Review your vocabulary words more than once Let new words percolate in your mind. Learn the meanings and then add them into everyday speech as regularly as possible.
Practice : Practice Read the following passage and make a list of all the words that are unfamiliar to you Look these words up in a dictionary and write down the meaning of each
PowerPoint Presentation :
Vocabulary Defined : Vocabulary Defined Word Celestial Unparalleled Conversant Inconstancy Futility Realm Vast Veneration Acute Definition Resembling heaven/sky Unequaled Familiar Being unpredictable Ineffectiveness Kingdom, domain, field Great in size, #, amount Respect Extremely significant
Increasing Vocabulary : Increasing Vocabulary Learn word roots, prefixes, suffixes, and word families Use roots, prefixes, & suffixes as clues to help determine word meanings Words with similar root words, prefixes, suffixes tend to have similar meanings
Practice : Practice
Practice : Practice 1. Agnostic is most nearly opposite in meaning to A. Believer B. Philosopher C. Procrastinator D. Skeptic E. Leader
Practice : Practice 2. Credulous is most similar in meaning to A. Disreputable B. Impecunious C. Believable D. Praiseworthy E. Gullible
Practice : Practice 3. Cogitate is most similar in meaning to A. Blunder B. Dream C. Dissemble D. Regurgitate E. Ponder
Practice : Practice 5. For all their talk of ____ the land despoiled by mining, the local government has failed to offer a ____ plan. A. amortizing - feasible B. clearing - credulous C. regenerating - credible D. reclaiming - quotidian E. optimizing - monolithic
Practice : Practice 6. Even though he is now ____, my uncle continues to give the doctors cause for concern: they say the ____ is not good and, in all probability, uncle will be confined to bed once again before the week is out. A. improving - chronology B. optimistic - therapy C. morbid - outlook D. ambidextrous - result E. ambulant - prognosis
Increasing Vocabulary : Increasing Vocabulary Personalize your vocabulary study Figure out a study method that works for you Use flash cards – run through them when you have a few spare minutes Make a vocabulary notebook listing words in one column & meanings in the other Cover up the meaning & quiz yourself Make a sample sentence using each word in context
Increasing Vocabulary : Increasing Vocabulary Personalize your vocabulary study Use rhymes & mnemonic devices to help you remember words Ex: a verbose person uses a lot of verbs Create visual images of words
Increasing Vocabulary : Increasing Vocabulary Use word association Ex: Gregarious (sociable) “My friend Greg is sociable.” Apply word roots Ex: Greg means crowd Segregate means to separate a crowd Integrate means to crowd together Aggregate means a crowd of different elements
Increasing Vocabulary : Increasing Vocabulary Attacking the Vocabulary on the Test Decode strange words on the test Use what you know about words to focus on likely meanings Remember where you've heard the word before Try to recall a phrase in which you’ve heard the word before
Increasing Vocabulary : Increasing Vocabulary Attacking the Vocabulary on the Test Decide whether the word is positive or negative Use knowledge of roots, prefixes, suffixes Does the word sound positive or negative?
Increasing Vocabulary : Increasing Vocabulary Attacking the Vocabulary on the Test Use foreign language skills Try to remember if you know a similar word in another language Use POE and make an educated guess Eliminate choices that are clearly wrong
Vocabulary Review : Vocabulary Review
Weekly Vocabulary Quiz : Weekly Vocabulary Quiz Click on the link to take this week’s quiz http://quizlet.com/2217481/test/?written=on&matching=on&mult_choice=on&tf=on&ignore-case=1&prompt-term=1&prompt-def=1&limit=20
This Week’s Assignments : This Week’s Assignments Create a Study Plan based on your diagnostic results & the 8-Week SAT Prep Plan Download and print “8 Week SAT Prep Plan” Complete the 2 nd Week’s assignments by next session Download and print “SAT Word List 2” Study for vocabulary quiz
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