Getting Ready for the sat unf soar cohort 8 Spring 2007 sat reasoning Test

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Getting Ready for the SAT

  • UNF SOAR Cohort 8
  • Spring 2007

SAT Reasoning Test

  • This is a standardized test, so colleges can
  • rank you against other students who take the test.
  • Measures YOUR critical thinking skills to help predict how well you will do in college.
  • The test measures your Math, Critical Reading
  • and Writing skills


  • The MAXIMUM score on the
  • SAT Reasoning test is 2400
  • (it used to be 1600)
  • You can score
  • up to 800
  • for each of the three subtests.

Test Taking Strategies

  • Read and think carefully
  • Keep track of time during the test, work at a steady even pace, but KEEP MOVING
  • Answer the easy questions first
  • Don’t panic if you can’t answer every question, skip questions you can’t answer without spending a lot of time on
  • Mark each question you don’t answer so that you can easily go back to it later

Test Taking Strategies

  • Use your test book for scratch work and mark questions to go back to
  • Check your answer sheet regularly to make sure you are in the right place
  • Keep in mind that most questions in a section will range from easy to hard, except for passage-based reading questions and improving paragraphs
  • Read ALL the answers to a critical reading or writing question before choosing your answer
  • Make drawings to help you figure out math word problems

Test Day

  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Bring a picture ID
  • Bring your SAT Admissions Ticket
  • Bring two #2 pencils
  • Bring an appropriate calculator
  • Be on time

How long is the test ?

  • One 25 minute Essay (1st section)
  • Six 25 minutes sections
  • Two 20 minute sections
  • One 10 minute multiple choice writing section (comes last)
  • 3 hours and 45 minutes


  • GET 1 point for every correct answer
  • Don’t earn or lose points for questions you omit
  • LOSE ¼ point for each wrong answer on a multiple choice question
  • NO POINT DEDUCTION if you miss a math grid-in question

What should you do??

  • Activity 1


  • Make an educated guess when you can eliminate at least one choice.
  • The more incorrect choices you can eliminate, the better your chance of making an educated guess and getting it right.
  • Cross out the answers you know are wrong so you can clearly see which choices remain.


  • Keep moving
  • Questions are ordered by difficulty level (except Critical Reading)
  • Spend time on the questions that you have the best chance of getting right
  • Keep track of time, set up a schedule
  • Know which questions are best for you
  • All questions are worth the same
  • Go back and try the questions that you skipped
  • Check your answers

Critical Reading fill in the blank – 2 strategies

  • Look for Key Words such as introductory and transitional words that will help you figure out if you are looking for words that are:
    • similar
    • opposites
    • cause and effect

Directions: Each sentence below has one or two blanks, each blank indicates that something has been omitted. Beneath the sentence are five words or sets of words labeled A through E. Choose the word or sets of words that, when inserted in the sentence, best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

  • Hoping to ----- the dispute, negotiators proposed a compromise that they felt would be ----- to both labor and management.
  • What words would fit in the blanks?

Hoping to ----- the dispute, negotiators proposed a compromise that they felt would be ----- to both labor and management. (A) enforce… useful (B) end… divisive (C) overcome… unattractive (D) extend… satisfactory (E) resolve… acceptable

Directions: Each sentence below has one or two blanks, each blank indicates that something has been omitted. Beneath the sentence are five words or sets of words labeled A through E. Choose the word or sets of words that, when inserted in the sentence, best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole

  • Although a few contemporaries------ the book, most either ignored or mocked it.
  • HINT: Look at Although and most. They are Key Words that can help get the right answer.

Although a few contemporaries ------ the book, most either ignored or mocked it.

  • (A) degraded
  • (B) disregarded
  • (C) ridiculed
  • (D) slighted
  • (E) appreciated

Using Key Words to Fill in the Blanks

  • Activity 2
  • Work with a partner to identify
  • Key Words
  • and to fill in the blanks with words that you think make sense.

     

  • 1.If your garden plot is small, it will
  • not pay to grow crops that require a
  • large amount of ----- in order to
  • develop.
  • sun
  • rain
  • fertilizer
  • space
  • (E) care
  • 2. At a recent press conference, the
  • usually reserved biochemist was
  • unexpectedly ----- in addressing
  • the ethical questions posed by her
  • work.
  • correct
  • forthright
  • inarticulate
  • retentive
  • cautious

     

  • 3. Despite her---- nature, DeMott was
  • capable of tactful negotiation and
  • even won praise for her efforts toward
  • ---- when a local squabble developed.
  • diplomatic….amity
  • congenial…concord
  • altruistic…dissension
  • rebellious…insurrection
  • tempestuous…reconciliation
  • Hint: look at the second blank first!
  • 4. Many famous scientific inventions
  • have been -----, the by-products of
  • research whose goals were quite
  • unrelated.
  • fortuitous
  • neglected
  • inoperable
  • lucrative
  • unfeasible

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  • 5. The excitement does not ----- but
  • ----- his senses, giving him a keener
  • perception of a thousand details.
  • slow….diverts
  • blur….sharpen
  • overrule….constricts
  • heighten….aggravates
  • forewarn….quickens
  • Hint: “but’ indicates the answers will be opposites
  • 6. In many Latin American countries,
  • work performed by women is often
  • conducted outside the commercial
  • sector and is, therefore, unfortunately
  • ---------- by economists compiling
  • national statistics.
  • monopolized
  • approved
  • overlooked
  • subdued
  • analyzed


  • The passages are about 100-850 words long.
  • Some selections are from single sources and others are pairs of related passages on a related issue or theme.
  • Subjects cover humanities, social studies, science, and fiction.
  • Passages may be narrative, persuasive, and/or expository.

Approaches to Reading the Passages

  • Mark the passages to make short notes
  • Use your knowledge and experience carefully
  • Read actively
  • If you are having a hard time reading the passage, READ THE QUESTIONS FIRST.

Answering the Questions

  • Remember…..the answers are IN the passage
  • Read the questions and answers CAREFULLY
  • Try eliminating choices before selecting an answer
  • Don’t jump from passage to passage

Writing – 2 Parts

  • Essay
  • You will have
  • 25 minutes
  • to write a First DRAFT of an essay.
  • It’s the first test!
  • Multiple-choice Questions
  • Identify sentence errors
  • Improve sentences
  • Improve paragraphs
  • 10 minutes- it’s the last test!

Sample Question

  • Directions: The following sentences test your ability to recognize grammar and
  • usage errors. Each sentence contains either a single error or no error at all. No
  • sentence contains more than one error. The error, if there is one, is underlined and
  • lettered. If the sentence contains an error, select the one underlines part that must be
  • changed to make the sentence correct. If the sentence is correct. Select choice E. In
  • choosing answers, follow the requirements of standard written English.
  • The other delegates and him immediately accepted the resolution
  • A B C
  • drafted by the neutral states. No error.
  • D E


  • Read each sentence quickly but carefully.
  • Examine the underlined choices (A) to (D). Consider which kind of correction may be needed for each one.
  • Look for the most common mistake people make in grammar: subject/verb agreement, pronoun agreement, and adjective/verb confusion.
  • Remember that some sentences have no errors.
  • Move quickly through the questions.
  • Mark questions that you have skipped in your test booklet.

How can you improve these sentences?

  • Here is a a better way-
  • “I read in our daily newspaper that the air quality index reached unhealthy levels.”
  • “I read that the air quality index reached unhealthy levels in our daily newspaper.”

When looking for bargains, the small shops off the main street usually offer good sales prices”

  • Here is a better way….. “The small shops off the main street usually offer good sales prices to shoppers looking for bargains.”

Pop Quiz

  • Name a test taking strategy for the
  • SAT…..


  • 44 multiple choice questions
  • 10 grid ins
  • Numbers, Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis, Statistics, Probability


  • Know the directions ahead of time
  • Don’t spend too much time on any question
  • Work out the problems in your test booklet
  • Try and eliminate answers. Cross them out in your test booklet.
  • Don’t guess unless you can eliminate at least one answer.

Math Reference Information

  • Check your PSAT book for the reference information they will GIVE you, such as formulas and the number of degrees in a circle.
  • Usually figures are drawn to scale. Pay close attention when it says “Not drawn to scale”.

Calculator Use

  • Bring a calculator you are familiar with
  • The problems can all be solved without a calculator, but using one can save time.
  • Using a calculator can help avoid answering a wrong problem because of a calculation error.

Math Quick Test

  • Activity 3
  • Pair up with a partner and see how many you can answer correctly.
  • 5 minutes

Math Multiple Choice

  • What is the question asking? What do I know?
  • Work the problems in your test book.
  • Substitute numbers when they give you variables (letters) in a problem.
  • Try substituting in the answer choices (working it backwards).

Student Produced Response

  • Remember that only the answers that are entered on the grid will be scored. (If you don’t bubble you don’t get credit!)
  • Some questions have more than one correct answer, you can grid any of them and get full credit
  • Mixed numbers like 3 ½ have to be gridded as 3.5 OR 7/2.
  • You can start your answers from the left or the right _201 OR 201_

Evaluation time !    

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