Course Syllabus for "TPREP101: SAT Prep"
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The SAT is a timed standardized test, taken by most students in their junior or senior year of high school, often required for college admission. In the increasingly competitive college admission process, students today are looking for any and all ways to improve their candidacy. One element of your college application that can definitely be improved on to help your chances of admission is your SAT score. The test is made up of 10 sections, drawn from three subjects: reading, mathematics, and writing. All of these subjects review topics you have already learned in school: critical reading skills, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, grammar, and essay writing. You already have basic knowledge on these subjects. However, you can gain an extra edge and improve your score by reviewing the specific material that will be covered on the test and by becoming familiar with the rules and strategies specific to correctly answering SAT questions. Doing well on the test provides important information about you as a student to the admissions office. In a way, the SAT is testing not only your general preparation for college based on your mastery of basic secondary school subjects, but also your ability to prepare for a specific upcoming test (in this case, the SAT). The study skills you may have learned previously in school and which will serve you well in preparing for the SAT will most likely become the most important element in your ability to succeed in college. First, this course will cover the basic knowledge needed in each subject to do well on the SAT, as well as rules and strategies for answering SAT questions. The course will include a few practice questions within each section to allow you to apply the covered concepts immediately. Toward the end of the course, you will practice many more sample questions for each subject, as well as you will complete practice tests. Remember that the more you practice and the more you return to review the subjects and topics that give you trouble, the more you will master and the higher your score will be!
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the contents and scoring of the SAT.
- Define and use 100-500 vocabulary words frequently used on the SAT.
- Explain and apply rules and strategies for answering questions in each SAT section.
- Answer SAT reading questions based on a provided text.
- Explain and apply basic mathematical, algebraic, and geometrical concepts to SAT math problems.
- Identify errors and improvements in sentences and paragraphs commonly tested in the SAT writing section.
- Structure and write an essay in response to an SAT prompt.
- Complete a full SAT practice test in the designated time.
In order to take this course, you must:
√ Have access to a computer.
√ Have continuous broadband Internet access.
√ Have the ability/permission to install plug-ins or software (e.g. Adobe Reader or Flash).
√ Have the ability to download and save files and documents to a computer.
√ Have competency in the English language.
√ Have read the Saylor Student Handbook.
Welcome to TPREP101. General information on this course and its requirements can be found below.
Primary Resources: This course is comprised of a range of different free, online resources. However, the course makes primary use of the following materials:
- cK-12: Jason Shah’s “SAT Prep”, “SAT Prep II”, and “SAT Prep III”
- ErikTheRed.com: Erik Jacobsen’s “SAT Math Facts and Formulas”, “SAT Math Strategies”, and “SAT Math Must-Know Vocabulary”
- Khan Academy’s “Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra”, “Algebra”, “Geometry”, and “Probability”
- Towson University: Margaret L. Benner’s “Online Writing Support”
- College Board’s “About the SAT”, “SAT Preparation Booklet 2007-08”, “SAT Preparation Booklet 2008-09”, and “Full Practice Test”
- MajorTests.com: Helen Mathur’s “SAT Essay Formats”, “SAT Sentence Completion”, “SAT Reading Comprehension”, “SAT Math Problem Solving”, “SAT Math Grid Ins”, “SAT Grammar”, “SAT Essay Topics”, and “SAT Essay Scoring”
Requirements for Completion: In order to complete this course, you will need to work through each unit and all of its assigned materials. Pay special attention to Units 1 and 2, as these lay the groundwork for understanding the more advanced, exploratory material presented in the latter units. You will also need to complete:
- Sub-subunit 3.2.3 Assignments
- Sub-subunit 3.3.6 Assignments
- Subunit 3.4 Assignment
- Subunit 4.8 Assignments
- Subunit 5.6 Assignments
- Subunit 6.6 Assignments
- Subunit 7.4 Assignments
- Subunit 7.5 Assignment
- Subunit 8.5 Assignments
- Sub-subunit 8.6.2 Assignments
- Subunit 8.7 Assignment
- Unit 9 Practice Problems
- Unit 10 Practice SAT Tests
- The Final Exam
Note that you will only receive an official grade on your Final Exam. However, in order to adequately prepare for this exam, you will need to work through all of the resources and practice tests in the course.
In order to “pass” this course, you will need to earn a 70% or higher on the Final Exam. Your score on the exam will be tabulated as soon as you complete it. If you do not pass the exam, you may take it again.
Time Commitment: This course should take you a total of 46 hours to complete. Each unit includes a “time advisory” that lists the amount of time you are expected to spend on each subunit. These should help you plan your time accordingly. It may be useful to take a look at these time advisories and to determine how much time you have over the next few weeks to complete each unit, and then to set goals for yourself. Perhaps you can sit down with your calendar and decide to complete Unit 1 (a total of 2 hours) on Monday night; Subunit 2.1 (a total of 1.5 hours) on Tuesday night; etc.
Table of Contents: You can find the course's units at the links below.