It's worth noting some of the "tips" offered in the follow up session that supposedly can help students increase their scores. Below are some of these suggestions;
- instead of looking for the right answer, it may be more useful to look for the wrong answers and eliminate them. The thinking here is that by process of elimination you'll arrive at the right answer - or at least you'll be able to choose between two possibilities rather than among four.
- read the italicized section before each reading passage in the Critical Reading section. It provides helpful clues.
- if you face a reading passage that just doesn't spark your interest, it may be wiser to read each question FIRST and then search for the answer in the lines provided.
- there are six basic rules you need to know in the Writing section - subject/verb agreement, verb tense, pronouns, parallelism, idioms, and comparisons.
- when writing the required essay, it's not important which side of a position you take. What's more important is that you open with a strong statement expressing your position that is followed by three descriptive examples (each developed in a paragraph) and a concluding paragraph that ties it all together. It's your basic five paragraph essay.
- you can earn a 600 on any of the the three sections simply by correctly answering all of the easy and medium difficulty questions.
- answering 8 questions correctly and leaving 2 blank will result in a higher score than if you answer 8 questions correctly and get 2 wrong. This is because you lose a 1/4 of a point for each incorrect answer.
A reminder - the Guidance Department has purchased a test-prep program that is available on Naviance under the "Colleges" tab. It's a free SAT practice program. Use it if for no other reason than to familiarize yourself with the kinds of questions asked.
Keep in mind, too, the tips listed above.