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TPREP101: SAT Prep

Unit 1: An Overview of the SAT   In order to do well on the SAT, it is important to understand what is on the test and how the test is scored.  Becoming familiar with this information will better inform your study strategies and your test-taking strategies on test day.  As you work through each of the topics below, think about how to apply the information you are learning to your own test-taking abilities.

Unit 1 Time Advisory
This unit should you approximately 2 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 1.1: 0.25 hours

☐    Subunit 1.2: 0.25 hours

☐    Subunit 1.3: 0.25 hours

☐    Subunit 1.4: 0.25 hours

☐    Subunit 1.5: 1 hour

Unit1 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to: - Describe the uses of the SAT. - Describe the contents of the SAT. - Explain how the SAT is scored.

1.1 What Is the SAT?   - Reading: College Board’s “About the SAT” Link: College Board’s “About the SAT” (HTML)

 Instructions: Please click on the link above and read this webpage
to learn about the importance and purpose of the SAT as part of the
college admissions process.  

 Reading this webpage should take less than 15 minutes.  

 Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use
displayed on the webpage above.

1.2 History of the SAT   - Reading: ErikTheRed.com: Erik Jacobsen’s “A (Mostly) Brief History of the SAT and ACT Tests” Link: ErikTheRed.com: Erik Jacobsen’s “A (Mostly) Brief History of the SAT and ACT Tests” (HTML)

 Instructions: Please click on the link above and explore this
timeline of SAT history.  Knowing where the test comes from and the
changes that have been made over time will give you a better
understanding of what the testing is trying to accomplish.  The
questions you encounter on the test and strategies used to find
those answers may make more intuitive sense in light of the test’s
history.  

 Exploring this timeline should take approximately 15 minutes.  

 Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use
displayed on the webpage above.

1.3 What Is Being Tested?   - Reading: College Board’s “SAT Test Sections” Link: College Board’s “SAT Test Sections” (HTML)

 Instructions: Please click on the link above and read this webpage,
which provides the basic technical details of the SAT, including the
types of questions included in each section.  This webpage covers
the topics outlined in sub-subunits 1.3.1 through 1.3.3.  

 Reading this webpage should take approximately 15 minutes.  

 Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use
displayed on the webpage above.

1.3.1 Reading   Note: This topic is covered by the reading assigned below subunit 1.3.  In particular, make sure to review the information under the “Critical Reading” heading.

1.3.2 Mathematics   Note: This topic is covered by the reading assigned below subunit 1.3.  In particular, make sure to review the information under the “Mathematics” heading.

1.3.3 Writing   Note: This topic is covered by the reading assigned below subunit 1.3.  In particular, make sure to review the information under the “Writing” heading.

1.4 Scoring   - Reading: College Board’s “How the SAT Is Scored” Link: College Board’s “How the SAT Is Scored” (HTML)

 Instructions: Please click on the link above and review this brief
webpage, which explains the method used in scoring the SAT.  Think
about what this scoring method might mean for your test-taking
strategy, as far as what overall score you need to shoot for, and
whether you should guess when you are not sure of the answer.  

 Reading this webpage reading should take less than 15 minutes.  

 Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use
displayed on the webpage above.

1.5 Your Study Plan   - Reading: College Board’s “Test Dates and Deadlines” Link: College Board’s “Test Dates and Deadlines” (HTML)

 Instructions: Please click on the link above, use this page to find
the dates when the SAT is offered, and decide when you would like to
take it.  

 Exploring this webpage should take approximately 15 minutes.  

 Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use
displayed on the webpage above.
  • Reading: College Prowler’s “Recommendations” Link: College Prowler’s “Recommendations” (HTML)

    Instructions: Take a moment to look up the average SAT scores for the schools that you are interested in attending.  You can look up this information in the admissions section of your desired school’s homepage, or you can search for it on the page linked above.  On this page, you can enter a major, a zip code, and even SAT scores if you wish, to find schools that match your criteria.  When you click on a school’s name, you will go to the school’s “home page.”  Click on “Statistics” and then “Admission Statistics” in the left hand bar of that page to find information on the average SAT scores of students who are admitted.  If you already know which schools you are interested in, you can enter the school name in the search box on the upper right side of the page to go directly to that school’s page.  Keep in mind that after 10 page views, College Prowler will require a free registration to continue searching.

    Based on this information and what you have read in this unit, make your own test-taking strategy plan, which should include: the date of the SAT you plan to take, the score you are aiming for, circumstances under which you will or will not guess, and a tentative schedule for SAT study and practice.  Keep this plan easily accessible while you study so that it can be easily referred to, edited, and revised as you approach the date of your test.

    Reading this webpage and creating a test-taking plan should take approximately 45 minutes.

    Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.