SAT Test Prep Student Guide
If you’re planning on going to college, you already know that the SAT exam is looming large in your future, and that it’s important to do as well as you can. Now is the time to analyze how much preparation you’ve done so far, and how much more you can do before the day of your test.
It’s time to have The Talk…you know, about the SAT.
Most of you probably already know that the SAT exam is looming large in your future, and that it’s important to do as well as you can. Now is the time to analyze how much preparation you’ve done so far, and how much more you can do before the day of your test.
We’ve gathered some basic test information and a few of our best test-preparation secrets here to share.
First Impressions Count
Introducing yourself to college admissions officers.
First of all, know that although the SAT isn’t the only college admissions criterion, it is an important one.
Your SAT score is one of the first pieces of information about you that admissions boards see, so the better the score, the better first impression you make.
What To Expect on the SAT Test
So, now that we’ve made you nervous, what can you expect when you sit down to take your SAT? Finding out the answer to that question is your first step toward calming those nerves and becoming well-prepared instead.
SAT Sections and Scoring
SAT is scored on a scale from 400 to 1600. You’ll get two section scores, one for Math and one for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW), which is essentially your Reading and Writing sections combined. The scale for both Math and EBRW ranges from 200 to 800.
The essay score won’t factor into your total scores. (It is used to determine first year college math and humanities course placement).Your essay will be scored by two readers. You’ll get three scores between 2 and 8 for three areas: Reading, Analysis, and Writing. A perfect essay score would be an 8|8|8.
In addition to your section and total scores, you’ll also get test scores that show how you performed on each of the four sections. Plus, cross-test scores and subscores will break down certain skills, showing how you did on questions that test your Analysis in Science, Command of Evidence, and Words in Context skills, to give a few examples.
These subscores can serve as valuable feedback for your test prep, but the most important scores for college are your section scores and how they combine to form a total score out of 1600.
One last note about SAT scoring – the process uses “rights-only” scoring. In other words, you won’t get any point deductions for wrong answers. You’ll just get one point for every correct answer, and no points for wrong or blank answers.
There’s no time like the present to get started on the SAT and/or ACT prep process. The right preparation is the key;Santa Clarita In Home Tutoring can provide that critical component!