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Has anybody picked up or received the newest issue of seventeen?

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There is a whole section dedicated to college process. It walks you through the application process, standardized test process, essay writing and more!

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It motivated me so much that I sat down with my mom today to talk to her about it!

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QOTD: What are you interested in studying?

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AOTD: Psychology (not quite sure if I want to do child or adult psychology, though), counseling and education!

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Important tests and exams are getting nearer and nearer and it’s time for us to get prepared for them. The hardest thing to do is to properly simulate the test day conditions and Proctor is here to make your life that much easier!!!! It even has the instructions that will be read to you!!!!!!!

It has SAT, GMAT, LSAT, TOEFL, ACT and many other exams and it’s F R E E in the App Store!!!!!

So why are you still reading this when you can go download Proctor?!?!??!?! Go go go

IF YOU TOOK THE JUNE 6 SAT

Check the email you used to sign up for it, and google “june 6 sat error”. There was a printing error with section 8 that led to the tests not being actually standardized properly (or at all, really).

This is ridiculous, and the families who payed the outrageous fees to take a standardized test that wasn’t actually standardized should voice our outrage to the College Board and ETS.

File complaint forms, call customer service, spread this information, and do NOT let them slip this one under the rug.

I’m tired of the education system screwing over students who are basically dependent on the Board for their futures. This can’t be allowed to keep happening.

Even if you didn’t take the SAT or aren’t going to, boost this. People deserve to know what they’re getting into.

i hit 500 followers not too long ago and to thank you all, i made a back to school masterpost!! ENJOY (and thanks for 500!!) i go bts on monday:)

MASTERPOSTS:

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George Washington University will no longer require SAT scores

On Monday, George Washington University became the largest top-ranking private university in the nation to drop standardized testing requirements from its admission process. Students will have the option to submit their SAT and ACT scores but can opt out if they feel the scores don’t reflect their abilities. This could be a huge boost for diversity and students without privilege.

100+ vocab words for SAT

so i just found the list i compiled the night before the psat last october and i figured i might as well type it up

please let me know if there are any inaccuracies so i can fix them :)

  1. Pernicious: harmful
  2. Surreptitious: secret
  3. Scintillating: brilliant
  4. Adverse: harmful
  5. Averse: dislike
  6. Effusive: grateful, friendly
  7. Conducive: making an outcome possible
  8. Equivocate: using ambiguous language
  9. Erudition: scholarly knowledge
  10. Soporific: induce drowsiness
  11. Taciturn: quiet
  12. Atrophy: waste away
  13. Esoteric: known by scholars
  14. Reticent: quiet
  15. Voluble: talkative
  16. Cursory: disregarding details
  17. Galvanize: stimulate
  18. Unequivocal: decided
  19. Intransigent: stubborn
  20. Decry: criticize
  21. Carping: finding fault
  22. Demagogue: leader
  23. Circumscribe: limit
  24. Condone: forgive, overlook
  25. Docile: obedient
  26. Enumerate: list one by one
  27. Ostentatious: showy
  28. Repudiate: reject
  29. Magnanimous: generous
  30. Dearth: shortage
  31. Quiescence: inactivity
  32. Ponderous: dull
  33. Deplore: disapprove
  34. Contrite: remorse
  35. Veracity: truthful
  36. Austere: severe, strict
  37. Facetious: treats serious topics humorously
  38. Obsequious: obedient
  39. Incensed: angry
  40. Truculent: quick to argue
  41. Illicitness: unlawful
  42. Ingenuous: innocent
  43. Winnow: reduce down to the best
  44. Paragon: perfect example
  45. Sycophant: a person who acts obediently to manipulate
  46. Dilettante: amateur
  47. Chagrin: embarrassment
  48. Discursive: rambling
  49. Contentiously: tending to argue
  50. Conflagration: large fire
  51. Exacerbate: make worse
  52. Ameliorate: improve
  53. Belligerent: hostile, war-like
  54. Blithe: carefree
  55. Burgeoning: prospering
  56. Detractor: opponent
  57. Florid: showy, ornate
  58. Innocuous: harmless
  59. Maudlin: tearfully emotional
  60. Mitigate: soothe
  61. Obdurate: stubborn
  62. Opulent: wealthy
  63. Ostensible: supposed
  64. Mollify: soothe
  65. Specious: deceptive
  66. Presumptuous: bold, rude
  67. Enmity: hatred
  68. Cogent: convincing
  69. Impertinent: rude
  70. Preclude: prevent
  71. Detractor: one who criticizes
  72. Parsimonious: frugal
  73. Penchant: strong inclination
  74. Penurious: stingy
  75. Perspicacious: insightful
  76. Pugnacious: hostile
  77. Quandary: predicament
  78. Revelry: partying
  79. Supplant: substitute
  80. Surfeit: surplus
  81. Synergy: cooperation
  82. Unscrupulous: dishonest
  83. Untenable: cannot be defended
  84. Banality: lack of originality
  85. Berate: scold angrily
  86. Vehemence: passion
  87. Alacrity: cheerful readiness
  88. Complacency: smugness
  89. Stopgap: temporary way of dealing with a problem
  90. Moratorium: temporary prohibition of an activity
  91. Portent: warning, omen, prophecy
  92. Admonition: warning, omen, prophecy
  93. Heartened: make more cheerful
  94. Disenfranchised: deprive of power
  95. Diatribe: bitter verbal attack
  96. Repartee: speech characterized by witty comments
  97. Quibble: Slight criticism of trivial matter
  98. Affirmation: encouragement
  99. Mercenary: making money at the expense of ethics, soldier in foreign army
  100. Itinerant: traveling
  101. Charlatan: fraud
  102. Recidivist: criminal who re-offends
  103. Provincial: concerning a province
  104. Ebullient: cheerful, energetic
  105. Diffident: modest, shy
  106. Sanguine: optimistic
  107. Surly: unfriendly
  108. Wry: dry humor
  109. Burgeon: grow, flourish
Why British Youth Have More to Worry About Than Americans

I’ve never realised how good American kids have it when it comes to the stress of being accepted into a university. Americans take what is basically the entrance tests– the ACTs/SATs– during their junior year (Year 12 for the Brits), and can pretty much gauge where they can get into and with how much effort they can get in with, especially since almost every school has a range of scores that accurately reflect the middle 50% of the student body. The tests themselves are pretty easy to prepare for, seeing as they always have the same subjects (English, Math, Reading, and Science for ACT; Math, Critical Reading, and Writing for SAT) and they are MULTIPLE CHOICE. Oh, and it’s not uncommon for a student to take the ACTs/SATs anywhere from 2 to 6 times.

British students have it SOOO much worse. They have to prepare for their “entrance exams,” aka A Levels, for two years in a single, dedicated subject, like Economics or History. It’s nowhere near practical for a student to retake the exam, especially if they took the A Levels and the AS Levels in one session at the end of their final year in school. And JESUS CHRIST the exams are no where close to being as easy as a multiple choice test. Those exams are written. Entire pages of my exam answer document have been dedicated to a single question. Then, just to add insult to injury, while us Americans are packing and prepping for the university we got accepted to in APRIL, British kids are just waiting to see if they made the grades to GET IN!!! It gets even worse when you mention that some Americans start their University courses before British kids EVEN KNOW IF THEY’RE GOING TO UNIVERSITY!!!  And God forbid the horror that befalls those who don’t get the grades they need for their choice university and have to go through clearing…

In all, I have so much respect for British students. They have far more strenuous testing conditions and far more stress to deal with. I wish you the best on your results!

How to achieve the SAT score you want

BASICS

  • Create a study plan. What days of the week will you be studying? For how long? And what topics? Set aside the time so you don’t run out of it.
  • Take a practice test and grade it. In what sections are you lacking? Review the questions you missed. Is it the harder math questions? Do you need to review your geometric shapes?
  • Time yourself when you practice. There’s no use knowing everything on the test if you aren’t able to do it in the time allotted.
  • Work out how many questions you can omit to get the score you want. You won’t lose points for omitted answers, but you’re obviously not gaining any either.
  • If you take enough practice tests and check your answers to understand your mistakes, you will crack the SAT.

MATH

  • The SAT math questions are arranged in order of difficulty. You should aim to get all the beginning questions (the easy ones) right. Spend most of your time on the majority of questions, which will be the medium ones in the middle. At the end there will be a few difficult questions. There’s no use wasting all your time on these and missing out on points from answering three medium questions. Regardless of difficulty, every question is worth the same amount of points. Leave about five minutes of time to check your answers.
  • Figure out which sections you need to focus on from your practice test.
  • The SAT math tests mainly numbers and operations, algebra and functions, geometry and measurement, data analysis, statistics, and probability.
  • Plug the numbers into your calculator and test the answers until you find one that works. A lot of problems can be solved this way alone.
  • Don’t be afraid to backsolve.
  • When testing out answers that don’t involve finding the highest or lowest number for a problem, start from the middle answer choice. The choices usually tend to go in numerical order, so you will then know whether you need a choice with a higher number or a lower number and this will save time because you won’t have to check the choices you don’t need.
  • Make sure you time yourself while practicing! It’s especially easy to lose track of time when it comes to math!
  • I like the Kaplan SAT Math Workbook Fifth Edition. I found it super helpful and useful. However, the official Collegeboard bluebook is an important resource as well- especially if you are self studying.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help- stuck on a problem and online or in-book solutions aren’t cutting it? Bring it to a math teacher!
  • Consider investing in a tutor or class if possible.
  • Khan Academy is super helpful!
  • For math, the best thing you can do is practice, practice, practice. Eventually the problems will start to feel similar. 

CRITICAL READING

  • SAT critical reading tests sentence completion as well as questions based on both short and long passages of reading.
  • Sentence completion and short passage based questions will be arranged in order of difficulty. The easiest will appear first. Like in the math section, regardless of difficulty, all the questions are worth the same amount of points.
  • Questions based on the long passage of reading are NOT arranged in order of difficulty. 
  • Latin roots can be extremely helpful for the sentence completion portion of this test. You are not going to know what every word means, but knowing what part of the word means could get you some points.
  • Hot Words for the SAT is a great resource for vocabulary. This book helped me a lot.
  • The SAT blue book has practice tests and plenty of resources for critical reading.
  • When it comes to vocabulary, flash card studying works best for me.
  • Time yourself while practicing. 
  • Don’t waste all your time on the sentence completion questions in the beginning. There may be some easy long passage questions right at the end of the section that you may miss out on.
  • If there’s a little blurb of information before the passage begins, read the blurb. Seriously. Read the blurb. It’ll expand your understanding which could help you score some points.
  • Leave yourself five minutes at the end of the section to check your work.
  • If you don’t understand a question, don’t be afraid to ask an educator!
  • Consider investing in a tutor/SAT class.
  • Practice reading in general. Read articles online, pick up a science magazine, start going to the library every other week. Make an effort to read. This will seriously help.

WRITING

  • The SAT essay is always the first section of the test.
  • SAT writing consists of the 25 minute essay, and two multiple choice sections testing mainly grammar and punctuation.
  • Off-topic essays will get a 0 so make sure you stick to the topic. The more you can write on it, the better.
  • Aim for 2-3 examples to support your opinion on the essay topic and provide 2-3 minimum pieces of proof as to why your examples are valid.
  • Make sure you write within the lines, otherwise your essay will be cut off and the grade won’t be able to read it.
  • Write neatly and use your best spelling and punctuation.
  • Save a few minutes to proofread your work.
  • Grammar questions are not arranged in order of difficulty.
  • One section will cover questions revolving around identifying sentence errors, improving sentences, and improving paragraphs.
  • The other section will contain only improving sentences questions.
  • Review: verb tenses, subject-verb agreement, correct pronouns, adverbs, comma splices, run-ons, sentence fragments, parallel structure, diction, and double negatives.
  • Time yourself and leave time to check the section.
  • Ask an educator if you get stuck on a problem while studying.
  • Consider a tutor/SAT class.
  • Have specific examples you can twist to almost any essay topic, such as classic books with a ton of themes.
  • You can use personal examples, examples from media/culture, and history. Pretty much anything is game so choose a strong example and provide support.

This is a masterpost for the current SAT. If you have any further questions, my inbox is always open! :)

SAT Critical Reading Masterpost

The SAT season is just around the corner so I considered it a good thought to make posts on individual sections. Therefore, without further ado here goes the SAT CRITICAL READING SECTION MASTERPOST.

Disclaimer: This is going to be one hella long post.

Intro:

  • One of the three sections on the SAT (the other two are Writing and Math)

  • Score division: 800 out of the total of 2400 for all the three sections

  • 3 sections, out of the total ten sections, are always the Critical Reading ones

  • Total Questions:  67 (19 Sentence Completion; 48 Passage Based)

  • Total time allotted to the three critical reading sections is 70 minutes (2 sections of 25 min and 1 of 20 min)


Sentence Completion:

  • It’s a rule of thumb to ALWAYS answer the sentence completion questions first

  • Their difficulty increases in ascending order

  • You need to have a literally killer vocabulary to do great on these questions

  • Once you know an ample amount of words, you’d be able to solve these questions fairly quickly and save yourselves enough time for the other harder Passage-Based questions

  • Introductory and transitional words are extremely important, that is that they help figure out the logic of the sentence and indicate that how the parts of the sentence relate to each other
    (for example in a two-blank question if the word although is used in the beginning you, now, know that you need to look out for two words that are not analogous and are probably opposite of each other)
    Examples of some intro and transitional words: but, although, however, yet, even though…

  • Some of the most difficult sentence completion questions contain negatives (for example: According to Burgess, a novelist should not preach, for sermonizing has no place in good fiction.)
    In many cases the mathematics rule [–(–1) =+1] applies.

Steps to extract the right answer:

  • While reading the sentence instead of simply saying blank for the empty line, say one of the following by scanning the answer choices to see the endings of the words and not the complete word: blanked, blanking blanks, blankly

  • Think of a word yourself, after you read the sentence, that you find fitting in the blank before looking at the answer choices and then look for a word in the answer choices that matches most closely to your word.

  • Jot down a positive (+) or negative (-) sign to the blank to indicate your feel for the needed word
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  • Level of difficulty increases. Most of the time, the answer to a hard sentence completion question is a very hard vocabulary word. Therefore maintain an awareness of the difficulty level of the questions.

  • Never settle for the first answer that seems to fit. Distinguish clearly b/w the answer choice that is sort of fit or the best fit by referring back to the sentence and determining why the one of the choice is the best one and not the other.

  • Read the sentence now to yourself to ensure that it makes sense.

Passage-Based Reading:

Reading the passage:

  • Each word that an author uses means something. Words reflect author’s point of view, meaning and mood.

  • Read actively. ABS: Use abbreviations, very brief notes and symbols to scribble on the empty space the main idea, tone and structure of the passage/paragraph. You may also underline certain sentences that you find important. These are to your aid only and these should only help you remember important details. These would help you mainly in general questions. But don’t go too overboard with this._ ! Don’t waste all your time on this. Scribbling ABS shouldn’t take you more than 10-15 seconds.

  • More often than not you’ll find the main idea of the passage in one of these places:
    (1)The italicized part in the beginning
    (2)The last line of the first paragraph
    (3)Somewhere in the concluding paragraph

  • Before reading a paragraph of a passage just very quickly scan the questions related to that paragraph for line references and sidebars related to that paragraph so that you’d know what part to focus on very attentively. If possible, mark all the lines of the passage referred to in the questions beforehand. This shouldn’t take you more than 30 seconds if you’ve practiced this habit enough during prep-time.

  • Speed read through the unmarked portion (i.e. the one not mentioned in the questions). BUT DON’T SKIP IT!

Attempting the questions:

  • ALWAYS answer line reference (in line 13 and 17 the author…) and sidebars (from line 13-15 the author’s…) questions before the general questions! ALWAYS!

  • This way you would have grasped a deeper insight into the paragraph and would be more able to answer the general questions to your best.

  • Consider reading 5 lines up and 5 lines down of the mentioned line-reference or sidebar.

  • For long passages, after you’ve read a paragraph or two of the passage, answer the questions related to that passage right away! Don’t take all the questions at once, instead deal with them paragraph to paragraph as you’d still have the contents of the paragraph you just read very fresh in your mind.

  • Collect specific words, phrases and sentences that support a particular answer choice.

  • Even if a small part of an alluring answer is not supported by the passage then the choice should be scrapped

  • Answer each and every question according to what is provided in the paragraph, not according to what your opinion is, even if you don’t agree with the author.

  • Instead of thinking why this particular answer choice is the right one think why it is the wrong one. Having that said, the following are the characteristics of a wrong answer:
    (1)The answer is too extreme (too negative or too positive)
    (2)The answer is absolute (all or nothing, always or never, everyone or no one)
    (3)The answer is judgmental (Offensive: politically incorrect)
    (4)The answer is out of scope (irrelevant; not related to passage or given line numbers)
    (5)The answer is too narrow (general questions have general answers)(6)The answer is too broad (specific questions should have specific answers)
      
  • Answer the easier and more straightforward vocabulary-in-context questions first.

  • The correct answer to a hard vocabulary-in-context question is usually the word’s lesser known secondary or tertiary meaning.


Sidebars Savvy:

  • When sidebars are short(3 lines or fewer): scrutinize the lines; the passage evidence is likely to be subtle
  • When sidebars are long (4 lines or more): skim the lines to find the validating info that you need in order to select the right answer.
  • When sidebars are non-existent: skim these parts but don’t skip them!

Paired Passages:

Consider the italicized intro when comparing passages.

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Are the passages are more similar, or more different from, each other?
  2. Do the authors have similar views on the issue at hand?
  3. Are the authors supporting or undermining each other?
  4. Do the authors have similar tones or moods, or are they quiet different?

When answering questions:

  • If a question asks about something that is common to both reading passages or true for both, eliminate any answer choice that is true for only one.
  • Focus on only the specific subject of the question! Don’t try to remember everything from both passages but instead refer to the passage as you work your way through the five choices.

General Tips:

  • Do at least 3 reading sections every day!
  • See why you got a question wrong and get back to it. Don’t go like oh okay this is the right answer I get it instead go like oh why couldn’t I get it right?
  • Use the process of elimination to narrow down on the right answer choice.
  • Learn lots and lots of vocabulary. I just can’t stress this enough!
  • Make flashcards or whatever method suits you to learn the words you didn’t know from the reading sections you did.
  • PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE! All these tips and tricks won’t do you any good if you don’t practice the hell out of them!
Attention: If you took the June 6 SAT

I’m sure you’ve probably heard by now about the June 6 SAT error. When it was first revealed, students were told that they would not be able to retake the test or be refunded. However:

“We remain confident in the reliability of scores from the June 6 administration of the SAT and don’t want to cause undue anxiety for students by making them believe they need to sit for the test again. However, we have waived the fee for the October SAT administration for students who let us know that their testing experience was negatively affected by the printing error and we will continue to do so.” (x)

Meaning that if you want to retake the test, they will let you. They just aren’t telling you this, you have to contact them.

I’m going to try to tone it down, but I am very angry about this. First, the college board fails to proofread their test. But now, they aren’t even telling students about their option to retake the test. You need to contact them.

How do you retake the test? I am not sure (because, you know, they’re not telling people). But you can contact the college board at sat@info.collegeboard.org. I will be pursuing this, and I encourage others to as well. Don’t let the college board screw you over.

Even if you are not affected by this, spread the information. The college board is not informing students, so we have to.