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Tips for Cracking the SAT Successfully
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The SAT exam might sound pretty easy at the outset, but it would not be exaggerating to say that these three letters are something that high school students dread. The SAT or Scholastic Aptitude Test usually takes place on Saturday mornings and last for a duration of around four hours. These tests play a vital role when applying for colleges and therefore it is imperative for a high school student to know how to crack this mammoth 170-odd question paper. The SAT basically comprises of three main components- math, critical reading and writing and each one of these components is marked on a scale ranging from 200-800 points. There are 49 multiple choice questions in the writing section along with a 25 minute essay, wherein the student gets 10 minutes to answer the former section. The critical reading portion has three separate sections which are used to measure the ability of the student to analyze and assimilate what he or she has read. There are a total of 67 questions which are divided into two 25-minute segments and one 20-minute segment. Just like the critical reading segment, the math component too is divided into two 25-minute segments and a single 20-minute segment. The math component has 44 multiple choice questions along with 10 other questions that do not have multiple choice and the student is to solve them independently without any assistance.Go through the following 9 tips that would help you earn the highest score and would also help you decide whether SAT is ‘the test’ for you:1. Ask yourself whether SAT is the right test for you, as you still have an alternativeBefore proceeding on the quest to earning the best SAT score, you must ponder over your decision to take the tough journey forward by preparing for the SAT exam and decide whether it is the right test for a person like you. Remember that you do have an alternative to the SAT exam- the ACT. Furthermore, the general misconception of the limited recognition of the ACT is also unfounded as it is accepted in all those 4-year school that accept SAT. The SAT and the ACT are entirely different from each other in terms of the type of questions that are asked and its structure. The most effective way to know which exam is best for you; try to practice a timed version of both the tests. This might be a time-consuming process however; the hours of hard work put in are indeed worthwhile. Hence, in order to be well-versed with something, it is imperative to take timed practice tests. Kristen Campbell, director of college prep programs at Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions states: “Ultimately, the best way to know for sure is to take practice tests. At the end of the day, until you’re actually experiencing what it’s like to go through the tests, it’s hard to get a feel for which way you should go.”2. If you enjoy books, then you are bound to like the SAT In the sentence completion section in the SAT, the student’s vocabulary is directly tested. According to experts, in order to perform well in the exam, it is imperative for the students to be generally well read as well as well-versed with difficult words. Hence, students who are in the habit of looking up new words in the dictionary are bound to do well. This test works very well for those who are verbally inclined; however, when it comes to the math segment, experts state that SAT is relatively easier than the ACT. SAT is more focused on vocabulary and directly tests it, whereas the ACT does not do so, hence the former might not be a choice for students who prefer listening to their iPod over reading a novel. SAT is perfect for the avid reader as they can fare well in the exam given their wider exposure to vocabulary and words.3. Can you give in to the pressure of exams?If exams have never been your strength throughout your academic scholastic life, then appearing for the SAT might not be the best move. Testing experts are of the opinion that this test is optimal for students that do not mind the pressure that comes along with exam time and actually end up thriving in such situations. The SAT has nine sections; hence students need to answer a considerable number of questions in very limited time. This could prove to be difficult for those students who take more time while answering questions, or for those who spend more time on broader areas of the exam. In fact, the student is faced with nine instances of the pressure-cooker situation when the examiner yells “Five minutes left . put your pencils down!'”4. Do not underestimate the easier sections on the testAlthough it is stated that the math section on the SAT is relatively easier than that on the ACT, the student must not underestimate it as it is not that easy to do. In fact, the SAT math section can prove to be tricky at times as the questions need to be read carefully and the overconfident student would just miss the keywords and answer incorrectly. Although the questions might not be that tricky, nevertheless, they can be easily overlooked by the students who do not have an eye for detail.Regards,
Pythagurus Academic Team

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Three Ways in Which Parents Can Assist Their Children with the SAT Tests
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Ben Bernstein, psychologist and author of Test Success! How to Be Calm, Confident and Focused on Any Test states that “Familiarity with the test is important because it’s like knowing the game, or knowing the ball field.” However, Bernstein also mentions that it is not enough to know the game, i.e. understand the test in this case, as it is equally important to be able to perform under the stress and pressure. Hence, whilst preparing for the test, it is important for the students to take the mock test as well. In this respect, parents can be able to support and assist their children when it comes to building test skills of remaining calm, focused and confident. Here are some tips by Bernstein for parents who can offer assistance to their children with the SATs:1. Always stay calm:Various standardized tests including the SAT are often laced with a lot of anxiety for both parents and students as they are very important when it comes to college admissions. This is what leads to a common phenomenon that Bernstein calls ‘induced reaction’ in which the parents get “roped into” the anxiety of the child and the other way round. This behavior cycle can be curbed if parents themselves keep calm and notice the signs of anxiety that their child is displaying. Certain students become jittery under stress and are unable to stay still. In fact, if they are jittery at home, then they are bound to remain that way when seated in the examination hall for three hours at a stretch, says Bernstein. This is when parents can help out their children and teach them to breathe when feeling jittery. Bernstein suggests that students should write ‘breathe’ on their test booklet to remind themselves of the fact that breathing would help them overcome the jitters. Furthermore, it is also important for students to be reminded by their parents that they need to get adequate sleep, exercise and healthy food, which would ease their anxiety.

2. Instill confidence in your child:

Parents should be on the watch-out for negative and pessimistic statements by their child such as “I cannot do this,” or “I am not smart enough to answer that” and should not accept their child’s feelings and reinforce their despondency. In fact, Bernstein suggests that parents should bring in a ray of hope and optimism by saying this like “I know you feel that way right now, but I remember when you handled a really difficult situation. Do you remember that?” These remarks from a parent would help the child remember that forgotten part of them that was successful and would instill more confidence in them. Sometimes, a student might feel low due to his/her inability to answer a particular test question and in this case, the parent can help the child overcome the problem by breaking up the problem into various steps that enables the child to understand the solution in a better way. Bernstein states that “When a kid starts to feel like they can’t handle something, usually it’s because they’re looking at it in a very global way. Once they see that it’s actually a series of small steps that can be taken successively, that confidence issue starts to clear up.”

3. Help your child to remain focused:

A lot of students nowadays have a relatively low attention span, when compared to the previous generations. This could be due to the various technologies and gadgets that they are accustomed to like a video game level or sending a text message. However, this is when parents can come into the picture and help their child gain focus by motivating them to study continuously without any interruptions. This could be done for short term intervals of 3-5 minutes which could then be gradually increased to 10-15 minute study sessions. Parents should help their child to focus without making it too obvious like trying to control them with a stopwatch, which is futile.

Regards,
Pythagurus Academic Team

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10 Important Tips for SAT Test
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A lot of students put in a lot of hard work, studies, preparations and everything possible to crack the SAT Test, however, they are still unable to get through on the test day because stress pull them down. Stress is definitely to be watched out for and avoided because this is the reason why most students in spite of preparing so meticulously, fail to score well in the SAT. During such crucial times, our bodies are in a fight-or-flight situation as we begin to panic. This panic is what causes the various glands inside the body to shoot hormones throughout the system and eventually clouds the brain as it sends across multiple panic messages. Remember, panic can simply render your brain useless and lead to a poor performance in the test.

1. Practice is the key

Remember that the key to your preparation is practice, which would increase your understanding of the material and would also boost your confidence. It is important to formulate a strategy with study drills that will help you tackle the test pressure. If you keep repeating mock tests, then you would gain a fair idea of what it is like to be in a ‘pressure cooker’ and you would be able to deal with the real thing later on.

2. Build your vocabulary

It is important to learn and memorize extensive complicated vocabulary which would enable you to get through the test by picking the correct choice- whether it is in Critical Writing, Critical Reading or even Math. An extensive sophisticated vocabulary is critical for the ability to eliminate answer choices and exposing the correct answer choices throughout the test; Math, Critical Reading and Critical Writing. Make sure that you commence your SAT vocabulary practice two months before the actual test in order to score better.

3. Do not cram while practicing for SAT

You do not need to carb up – something that marathon runners do a day before the actual run. You have to do something called metal carbing in which you do not cram and study a night prior to the test. Make sure that you close your books later in the afternoon and occupy your mind with some leisure activity and entertainment that would relax your nerves. Watch your favorite movie or read your favorite magazine, then have a good meal and sleep early. Our brains like to work, but overworking would render them useless as it would cause fatigue to seep in which would be detrimental for your test. Giving your brain enough rest would help your brain to be more active the following day just in time for the exam!

4. Get yourself organized a night before

Try to organize yourself a night before the test by having all your stationary, calculator, SAT Test admission ticket, valid identification proof and a high protein nutrition snack ready so that you won’t run the risk of missing out on anything vital on the morning of the test.

5. Give yourself ample rest

Make sure that you give yourself ample rest, which does not mean cutting off from studies a day before the test, but basically two to three days prior to the test day. Your body needs to get enough sleep and sleeping well a few days before the exam will ensure that your brain and body are rested. Remember that sleeplessness due to exam pressure will not help when you sit for the exam as fatigue might just cloud your mind and make you unproductive.

6. Wake up a little early on the day of the test

Waking up a little early on the day of the test is important as it is important to wire the brain and get it working. This is the time to do a few sums or go through your vocabulary list in order to get the brain back into action. This little exercise would make sure that your brain is geared for the test.

7. Make sure you have a healthy breakfast on the day of the test

Make it a point to have a healthy and balanced breakfast on the morning of the test day, even if breakfast is something that you are not generally keen on. Have breakfast because calories are important to boost your brain and provide it the necessary energy that would last you through the long test. Having a meal that has both fiber and protein would be ideal. However, make sure that you do not overeat as you do not want to feel lethargic with a feeling of fullness, however, you also do not want a stomach calling out for food in the middle of the test!

8. Make sure that you dress up in layers

You should dress up to face any weather situation, so do not let the weather catch you on the wrong foot and make sure to dress up in layers. Being prepared is the best way to tackle any situation.

9. Maintain your balance by staying calm

If there is a certain question that you are unable to answer, then do not fret and get worked up. If you do not know the answer, then you simply do not know it. Worrying will not produce the right answer, so stay calm and try to do the questions that you are able to answer by skipping the tough ones and returning to them later. Be calm and go through the tough questions and check whether you have weighed your options correctly, as staying composed will help you pick out mistakes, if any. Do not let panic cloud your judgment.

10. Make the most of your breaks

You will have breaks in between the long exam time, so make the most of them, although they are short. Do use the washroom, stretch or eat your snack and walk around a little. Do not go to other candidates and start discussing the test, as it will only lead to tension. Just concentrate and get prepared to finish the remaining portion of the test.

Regards,
Pythagurus Academic Team

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The Five Things that should be avoided on the Day of the Test
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A lot of the tips for what five things you must avoid on the day of the SAT test are very common-place, however, the thing that needs to be emphasized here is that these five things MUST be avoided on the day of the test in order to ensure that all your perseverance and hard work reaps results. Avoiding these things will ensure that you do not make unnecessary mistakes that would negatively impact your SAT score and your college admissions prospects.

. Make sure that you do not cram information a night before the exam. SAT is not a test that requires cramming and being exhausted prior to taking the test will evidently leave you with a bad score. Make sure that you maintain a normal sleeping pattern a week before the test and create a SAT preparation schedule that is reasonable and stick to it. Cramming never works.

. Ensure that you are on time on the test day and do not be late under any circumstances. If your SAT test center is at an unknown place and is not your school, then you should find out how to reach their beforehand in terms of knowing the route and being familiar with the place. Make sure that you reach the exam venue at least half an hour before time to be on the safer side. If you are not prompt in getting up in the morning, then make sure you have two alarm clocks readied- even though this might sound a little silly, but it will keep you on the safer side. The SAT test is monitored very strictly and has allotted break times. Make sure you use the time that is allotted for the break because if you are late then that time would be deducted from your next SAT section.

. Make sure that you carry extra pencils and batteries to avoid any unfortunate situation. For instance you would not want to be left without a calculator if its batteries gave up working in between the exam or if you ended up with a blunt pencil. So make sure that you have enough supplies.

. Do not shade the bubbles in a messy fashion. Make sure that you shade in your bubbles completely and in a dark hue as it should be clear enough without causing any confusion. However, do not spend more than five seconds shading each bubble; otherwise you would simply be wasting time. If in any case you require changing the answer, then make sure that you neatly erase the bubble. The bubbles need to be shaded with a pencil only and not with a pen, as it is not read by the answering machine. Therefore, make it a point to practice shading bubbles when practicing for the SAT test.

. Do not try to cheat during the test. Remember the college admissions committee are not only looking out for students with a top SAT score, but also for those having integrity and character. Do not attempt to cheat and besides, you cannot be certain that the person whom you are cheating from is answering the question correctly or not. Do not give in to the temptation to cheat out of pressure and temptation, because it is never a good idea.

Regards,
Pythagurus Academic Team

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How to Get Success in SAT: General Tips..
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Do not allow stress to be an obstacle in your success at SAT. Make sure that you prepare months ahead of the test in a planned manner. Here are a few tips that will help you to concentrate, relax and eventually crack the SAT test:

• Make sure that you sleep well a night before the test and then go for the test after having had a healthy high protein breakfast.

• Make sure you make the most of break in between the test by eating a snack or freshening up rather than discussing the test with fellow candidates and getting stressed out.

• You should limit yourself to guessing only after having narrowed down your options to two out of the five choices given in the question.

• Do not skip a grid-in question because you will not be negatively marked here for incorrect guessing.

• First focus on the easier questions if you are in a time-pressing situation and then move on to the difficult questions later.

Regards,
Pythagurus Academic Team

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The 5 Myths Surrounding the SAT
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There is a lot of misrepresentation of facts and information when it comes to the SAT. There are questions that are often asked such as: Is SAT easier that the ACT? How is the SAT test marked? Here are the top 5 myths that surround the exam which ought to be cleared before commencing your SAT study plan:

Myth 1: The SAT is tougher than the ACT.

It must be understood that the terms ‘tough’ and ‘easy’ are relative and that even though the formats of SAT and ACT are entirely different, nevertheless, they both are committed to testing the concept learnt by the student. The SAT Writing and the ACT English tests might look entirely different; however, both are designed to test concepts such as subject-verb agreement, sentence fragments and parallel verbs. The only major difference between the two tests is that the ACT has a science segment, whereas the SAT does not have the same.

Myth 2: The SAT requires an advanced knowledge of math

Although the SAT does require the student to have a good knowledge of geometry and algebra, it however does not include any questions related to trigonometry, which spells relief for a lot of candidates. However, this does not mean that it is simple per se, as you would get to see a few tough algebraic concepts along with a bit of statistics and data analysis, which is something that the student would be able to get across with some practice.

Myth 3: The SAT essay does not really count to the total mark.

This is a wide misconception as the SAT Essay actually accounts for 25% of your total writing score and is a major part of the same. Hence, if you intend to score 700 or more on the SAT, then you should ensure that your essay is written. Hence, if you are able to practice and prepare for the SAT essay, then you would find it easy to write on the day of the actual test.

Myth 4: If you do not know the answer, then it is better to leave the question blank rather than to attempt it.

Now this myth is somewhat complex because the SAT does penalize you for the wrong answer unlike the ACT as ¼ of a point is deducted for a wrong answer on the SAT test. Hence, since this is an objective type of test, you might be of the opinion that leaving a blank answer is fine, even though you are given five options to choose out of- but remember that is not always the case. If you are on the verge of scoring close to 500 on any section of the SAT, then making any mistake would prove to be a loss, hence, it would be wise to leave the answer blank especially if you are unsure of the correct option. By doing this, you would actually be boosting your score as your points would not get deducted because a blank answer would only account for a ‘0’ score. However, on the other hand, if you are already scoring on the higher side and want to aim for 700 or more points, then it would be advisable for you to not leave the questions blank. You would definitely need those extra points to increase your score and in order to ensure that you pick the correct option; you would need to adopt a strong guessing strategy that would help you decide the correct answer.

Myth 5: Having a limited vocabulary means that you would not fare well in Critical Reading.

Not remembering all the multi-syllabic difficult words in the dictionary does not mean that you would not fare well at the SAT- in fact, who can memorize the dictionary anyway? However, in order to do well you would need to memorize somewhere between 450-500 words that commonly appear in the SAT test, which you can get online or through any of the SAT practice books like SAT 2400 in Just 7 Steps. But, the thing to keep into mind is that such words would most likely occur only in the sentence completion questions which are 19 in all and account for 25% of the total critical reading score. Even if you do not have a strong vocabulary, you would still be able to learn the skills to confidently read the comprehension passages and do well.
Hence, the bottom-line is that each rumor ought not to be relied upon regarding the SAT as hard work, strategy and studying would get you through any type of question..

Regards,
Pythagurus Academic Team

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Did You Ever Question Yourself That In spite Of Being Good In Math You Are Unable To Score High Marks in PSAT/SAT?
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This is a very common situation, students who are generally good in Math or may be even doing advance level, are unable to score high in their PSAT/SAT exam. Somehow, what they have learned in their school and have been tested successfully in other exams, they fail to weave that same magic in PSAT/SAT. If you are one of them then this article will definitely be useful to you.

1. May be you are practicing too much of high level math

Basically SAT tests your fundamentals, it advances only up to geometry. Most of the concepts tested in SAT are from junior high school. This can be one of the reasons why you do not get the expected score. You took these classes few years back and may be by now you have forgotten the basic concepts. Another reason could be that you do remember your concepts, but the questions you were /are used to, are not very challenging. The Math concepts usually taught in 6th or 7th grades, like that of averages and remainders, contain some of the trickiest questions in a SAT paper. This may be because in those grades one usually does not work with variable remainders or multiple averages, the kind you find in SAT. So if you want to see high scores in the Math section you will have to brush up all your fundamentals and then practice some challenging questions.

2. Doing mental calculations in order to save time:

This is another important factor because of which students fail to get the grades that they desire. Some students feel the time pressure and so opt to do most of their calculation mentally and for few it’s their second nature so they do not feel the need to show their working. This often results in careless mistakes which cannot be picked up while revising as there is no working to see. In SAT one knows exactly the kind of careless mistakes a student does and so their answer choices have many options similar to it.

3. Correct judgment:

Many students fail to recognize the concept / formula the problem is related to. They fail to judge correctly what the question demands. This is because in school level exams most of the questions come under a certain head. You are clear about the topic and thus can make a judgment as to which concept/ formula the question is based upon. Here everything is mixed up. This is because the school level exams are designed to test your knowledge of the actual concept that are taught in various grades, while SAT is all about reasoning, testing your sharpness to comprehend how a certain problem can be solved.

4. The trap created by answer choices:

If the student is not reading the question carefully he/she will definitely fall in this trap. The answer choices are designed to trick the student. The question may be simple but a little twisted. For example instead of asking to find the value of ‘X’ it may ask for the value of ‘9X’ so if you are not careful while reading your question you will miss the correct answer. You may be good in Math but if you miss small points of details you will not reach your desired score.
If you can honestly judge yourself and see where your weakness lies then you will be able to come over it. It’s you who can state where you go wrong and then consciously work in overcoming it.

Regards,
Pythagurus Academic Team

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Five Potential Reasons To Utilize Summer Break In Preparing For SAT
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Yes, we know you are looking forward to an academically free holiday time with your school finals and AP test done. You may be even planning to hone your gaming skills by taking out those Xbox or PlayStations. Do not grumble; just read on if you are planning to sit for SAT in the coming fall season. Let us just spend a minute to evaluate five potential reasons to utilize the summer break in preparing for SAT or ACT exam.

1. Without School commitments:

This is the only time of the year when you are free from all the tasks of the school like homework, projects or assignments. You will be able to give full attention to the preparation without the stress of looming school work at the back of your mind. You will be more focused and therefore your efforts will be quite rewarding.

2. An exercise for your mind:

As you continue your studies in summers your mind will remain alert, developing critical reasoning, this will in return help your mind to grow. An important exercise for your mind to accept the challenges and ease your passage to success, not only for the fall season SAT but also for the academic career ahead of you.

3. Working on your weakness:

Working during the summer break will give you ample time to do deep analyses of your weakness, go deep down to its root and understand the cause and conquer it. You will have a stress free environment and time to do in-depth studies and not the superficial ones so that you could avoid issues like timing, anxiety, misreading, miscomprehension or silly mistakes.

4. Take mock tests:

You will have enough time to take full length mock test to improve your speed and timing. The best way to prepare for SAT is to give as many as possible full length practice tests, in school season this is only limited to weekends that too many a times are full of school commitments. Using summer time in taking full length tests would definitely give you an edge over others.

5. Will not alter your holiday plan:

Preparations do not mean you cannot go anywhere or that you will have to study 24X7. The online course can be done from anywhere at any time. You do not have to alter your travel plan, just keep aside some time of the day to study and be the winner.

Regards,
Pythagurus Academic Team

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Draw UpAn Effective SAT Study Schedule
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The secret of succeeding in the SAT test lies in being organized,for that you need to draw up an effective study plan and execute it honestly. If you do not have a fixed timetable and you study whenever you can at random, you will notice that you are unable to improve your marks. You have to be organized, have a fixed timetable and abide by it. Today we will tell you how you can do so.

1. Draw up a study schedule:

To draw up a workable schedule you must have a clear picture of the amount of time you have in hand and for this you must know your test date. So first thing first, go to the site http://sat.collegeboard.org/home select a test date and register for the exam, it’s simple and can be done online on the above provided address. Hopefully you will choose a date where you get at least a few months to prepare. Now that you have a correct picture of the time frame, decide for yourself how many hours per week you can allocate to your SAT preparation. Be practical and do not go over the board on both cases- first allocating too much time or too little time. It is advisable to divide the total number of hours that you have kept aside for SAT preparation over the whole week rather than keeping them for the weekends. Now mark these hours in your calendar and stick by it.

2. Know your test content:

The standardize test content does not alter. Of course there is no guarantee of what questions will be asked but one can definitely figure out what type of questions will be asked and in what number. To get a correct picture of this you must first buy yourself the big blue book called ‘The official SAT study guide’, its available in all major book stores as well as in online stores. This book gives you the correct picture of the SAT exam. It contains explanations and exercises related to each topic covered by SAT. It gives you tips and suggestions and has 10 full length tests along with their answers and explanations. Start by practicing them. Do not worry if you do not get most of them correct. Create your own SAT notebook write down all the formulas and words that are new to you and keep revising them daily till you have them written in your mind. Just remember your mantra is ‘to do a little every day’.

3. Find Strategies that suite you best:

While going through thebig blue book ‘The official SAT study guide’ you will discover few excellent strategies discussed to help you deal with various types of questions. Along with this book you may also prefer to buy few other books like ‘SAT 2400 in Just 7 Easy Steps or Veritas Prep’, this will help you to compare different strategies. There is no good or bad strategy, the best one is the one that suites you, so find out for yourself what is best for you and keep practicing it, do not switch from one to another as it will confuse you and slow you down. Have patience, your scores will definitely improve as you develop the knack to deal with the questions.

4. Do as many practice test as you can:

Once you have comprehended the test structure and its content and discovered the strategies that suites you the best,it’s time to test yourself on regular biases. This is what you should do, pick up a day when you have enough time to do the full length test. Let’s say it’s a Saturday or a Sunday. Then choose a quiet corner or a room where you can work undisturbed. Set your timer according to each section. As you do your practice test note at which question your timer went off. Do not stop. Continue with the other sections and questions. The aim over here is to see how many question you could manage in the allotted time. It’s ok if you got some of your questions wrong. You will have a fair idea of your weaknesses and strengths. With regular practice and diligence, over the period of time, you will notice that you are able to do more questions within the time frame and most of them correctly and that’s your target – to do maximum number of questions correctly within the given timeframe.

5. Evaluate yourself regularly:

The final step is to evaluate yourself honestly. After you have taken the full length test you have to see where you went wrong. You have to understand why you got the wrong answer. Was it that you did not understand the language or were you in too much stress, so evaluation is very important. Once you have understood your weakness you have to rework all the questions you got wrong until you have mastered the art successfully.

If you follow each and every step carefully in an organized manner there is nothing that can stop you from reaching your goal. Remember to be organized, honest and disciplined and the success is all yours.

Regards,
Pythagurus Academic Team

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A 30 days preparation Schedule
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We do not generally advice a student to pick a test date that is just a month afar, but if it has to be done then it has to be done. It’s not an impossible task; it’s just more demanding and much more stressful as it gives you very little time to prepare. If you are a good student with strong hold on English and Math and have nerves of steel it can be a smooth sailfor you. In any other conditions too, it’s possible to get good grades, you just have to follow the following advices we have in store for you to maximize your opportunities.

1. Purchase the Official SAT Study Guide.

It’s the study book released by the College Board. It’s easily available in the market and can also be purchased online. It contains 10 practice test papers along with the answers and some useful information on handling various questions. Do the practice tests, and also register yourself in the SAT College Board Site to explore and to dedicate some serious practice time.

2. Analyze your mistakes meticulously.

It’s important to dedicate your time in practicing as many questions as you can but at the same time you have to take out time to analyze the mistakes you are making and rectify them. This is equally important. Your scores can not improve until and unless you have properly understood and learned from the mistakes you made. Make an effort to learn the formulas that you find difficult and to memorize the new words. You will see your scores going up.

3. Do a maximum of 6 practice tests.

. I am saying maximum 6 because doing more than that may burn you out. As you have just a month to prepare, 6 full length practice test should be your maximum limit while 4 should be the minimum. Your test preparation schedule should be planned in such a manner that you have time to do one full length practice test after every 5 or 6 days.

4. Daily study is a must.

With just one month in hand you have to study daily. Along with all your other commitments you have to accommodatetime for SAT preparation. Studying for long hours in weekend won’t help you to retainall that you study. Take out at least an hour everyday for SAT studies.

5. Work on essay writing.

Do some essay writing practice diligently during this period, write at least 4 to 5 essays. While doing so go to a quiet corner or room, time yourself and create an atmosphere like thetest. This will condition you and you will be relaxed on the test day. Ask your friends, family or mentors to read it for you and comment on it. Its worth all the time you spend working on it as its weightage is 25% of the writing section.

6. Be relaxed and think positive.

Do not let panic strike you as the days approach. Be positive, you can do it.After all, the standardized tests are an acquirable skill and many students manage to improve their scores by 100 point in a month’s period. Just relax, the countdown has started, soon it will be over so best of luck.

Regards,
Pythagurus Academic Team

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How will you deduce your SAT Test Score?
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You can obtain your official SAT score details after five weeks from the day you give your SAT exam. It’s a common practice to receive the score card via an e-mail or online from the site. For this, it is important that you are registered and have an operating account in the College Board site. If you want to get your score card on paper thenyou have to make a prior request for it.

The official score report that you get contains your ‘raw scores’, ‘scaled scores’, and ‘percentile scores’. All the three sections, that is, math, writing, and critical reading will have all the three scores.

The raw scores are obtained in the following manner: In all the multiple choice questions for each correct answer you get +1, for the incorrect one its -1/4 and for the question you left blank or unanswered you get a 0. Now for the question that requires your response, your insight (a question without the answer choices) for each correct answer you get +1 and for each wrong answer or the question you left blank, unanswered its 0.

These raw scores are then placed in a specifically designed formula to get the scaled scores. The minimum scaled score that you can obtain in a SAT report is 600, which means 200 for each section. Through this calculation you at least score 600 point for simply sitting in the test. The maximum scaled score that you can get is 2400 which means 800 for each section. Through this calculation the range of scaled score is from 200 to 800. The range of these scores for the multiple- choice writing section is around 20 to 80. The essays are graded by two persons and they give scores within the range of 1 to 6. The scores given by both the person are added and you get the score in the range of 2 to 12. Both the scores (essay +writing multiple section) are added and you get the range of scaled score that is from 200 to 800.

In SAT scores the percentiles changes every year. It’s not like your school grades where a 90 percentile stands for an ‘A’, here percentile is used for comparison. That is, how you scored comparing to the students in the previous year. For example if you score a68th percentile in writing section, this will mean that you did better than approximately 68 percent of the students who gave SAT last year.

One last thing, keep in mind, whenever you give a SAT test you are entitled to 4 free score card copies. If you want more than that you have to pay for it. It is advisable that you wait for your result and then send copies to the schools you want to apply. If you have a deadline then you can ask the College Board to send your score card to the schools directly. If you are in need to get your score card earlier than the expected time (i.e. five weeks period) in that case your result is directly sent to the required school within 2 business days, of-course you are charged extra for it.

Regards,
Pythagurus Academic Team

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Six Techniques To Deal With New SAT
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The three main criteria for your college admissions are, first your educational record, second your biographical record, and finally your scores of the standardized test. During the admissions time you can do nothing about your educational record and biographical record as they are what you did in past but you definitely can work towards getting the best possible standardized test scores for yourself.

College Board’s new policy that came out in March 2009 lets you decide which scores you want to submit during your admissions. This gives you the much needed advantage. You can now give the test as many times as you want and only submit your highest/best score to the college.

The College Board that is responsible for conducting the test says, the students should take SAT only once or twice, as preparation won’t make any difference. According to Laurence Bunin, senior Vice President of the SAT “There is no trick to the test,” but, many believe, with methodical study plan and enhancing skill levels by strategiesthat suits them, they can get good results. Today we will share six techniques we feel are most effective.
1. Draw your schedule and start a little ahead of time

We advise the students to take SAT exams as early as in the second year of their high-school. You can also appear for PSAT in your first year.

Carefully draw a schedule, first by checking the PSAT or SAT dates.Pick the ones that do not coincide with your school exam dates, project submission dates or with your sports or extracurricular activities. Now make your timetable for the coming weeks. Prepare accordingly. Each week target a topic and practice the required skills.

2. Remember practice makes a man perfect

Remember, there are no shortcuts. Your results/ scores aredirectly proportional to your practice. The more you practice the better your scores will get

3. Do a full scale practice in ‘real environment’

You should take one test every month. The study chart at PythaGURUS is created with an assumption that this is not only a test of logic but also stamina and building a muscle takes time. The test should be very close to the real one in terms of length, time, and atmosphere. Do not take the test within your comfort zone. Rather, go to a café, chose a secluded corner, time yourself and give your mock test. The noises and the people there will help in creating the real atmosphere.

4. Schedule your SAT frequently

It has been seen that an individual improves his/her score by 40 points in a successive test.

It’s not that the SAT test is a precise measure of your aptitude, it’s just estimation. There are manyaspects that govern your performance at the given day, like, may be you get more questions on the topics you are good at, your guess-work that day is good,how you feel (mentally and physically) that day and many more.

You need to increase the size of the sample by taking more and more tests.

5. Submit your application only to those schools that will allow you to choose your own SAT scores

Despite of the new policy, few schools still want the students to submit all their SAT scores. Now if you have taken SAT 10 times this will not show you in a good light, therefore you must target those schools that allow you to submit your best scores. If all students follow the policy of submitting their applications only to the school that require their best scores then all schools will be forced to adapt the new policy.

6. Utilize the SAT subject tests advantageously

To have better choice and more options in your hand, you must make use of SAT subject test to your advantage. Our advice is that if you are giving your AP test in May, then you should give your SAT Subject Test in May or June. As you know,both these tests examinedefinite subject unit and so,can be used for course placement. Now if you do not score well in AP subject test then because you have SAT subject test scores,you will be able to submit this report to the school instead of AP. If you do not score quite to your satisfaction in SAT Subject test then you can take a retest in June or after that. It’s not that all schools ask for SAT Subject test but few do, especially the more competitive ones.

Regards,
Pythagurus Academic Team

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Important Tips To Help You Prepare For SAT Test Successfully
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1. Take An Authentic Diagnostic Test

You should take a diagnostic test in the initial stage of your preparation. A diagnostic test is a full length professionally prepared and examined authentic test. It is based on the exact pattern of SAT and gives you your basic score. This will provide you with the correct picture of where you stand right now and will let you plan where you want to be, accordingly. You will be taking more real- like- tests throughout your preparations which will help your instructor to monitor your progress.

2. Take Regular Practice Test

You should take a diagnostic test in the initial stage of your preparation. A diagnostic test is a full length professionally prepared and examined authentic test. It is based on the exact pattern of SAT and gives you your basic score. This will provide you with the correct picture of where you stand right now and will let you plan where you want to be, accordingly. You will be taking more real- like- tests throughout your preparations which will help your instructor to monitor your progress.

3. Get An Individualized Score Card

When you join a SAT preparatory course, like ours, you get an individualized score card. This card not only mentions your scores in different sections, it also keeps record of all your developing skills and monitors your strengths and weakness regularly for each aspect you are tested in the exam.

4. Genuine Study Material

It’s imperative that your preparation is up to the mark and for that you have to know what is actually assessed in SAT. SAT Collage Board has its official guide but when you join a preparatory course you get access to limitless practise assignments according to the prescribed SAT syllabus, study material that is genuine, workbooks with detailed explanations and experts to help you clarify your doubts. This accelerates the rate of your preparation and boosts the confidence in you.

5. Personalized Practice Assignments

The benefit of joining our preparatory course is that you get individual attention. The assignments are designed in such a way that they polish your existing skills and develop the new ones. You get assignment according to your personal need and skill levels, no two individual are same and nor should their assignments be same!

6. Have A Good Mentor

It’s important you have a good mentor who can make your learning process smooth and hassle free. With us, you will get the best tutors who understand your need and guide you accordingly. We cautiously select our tutors and have a meticulous training session for them to guarantee that a child gets the best classroom experience. They converse distinctly, listen attentively, and endeavour to assist the students to discover their full aptitude.

7. Get All The Important Information regarding University Admissions

Why are you working so hard to get a good SAT Score? Of-course to get admission in a good university that will help you develop your latent talents and achieve your goals. Did you know, for this SAT scores are not everything? Yes, it is an important part of your admissions procedure but not the be all and end all of it. We let you know about all that is important. We provide you with information that different Universities require for their admissions application. We help you to find the best university according to your need. We assist in scholarship and financial information too. We welcome parents along with student to attend our seminars and get a better picture about University admissions.

8. Be motivated and inspired

We work for all our students, towards attaining their dreams and discovering their potential. We do our best to motivate them and encourage them to attain the highest possible scores according to their capacity and we encourage our students by giving them appropriate incentives to do their best.

Regards,
Pythagurus Academic Team

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