Top 10 List of SAT Testing Myths Aristotle Circle sets June 14 deadline for SAT Essay Prep Sheet Contest
Aristotle Circle expert network of college admissions counselors details Top 10 List of SAT testing myths and announces June 14 deadline for SAT Essay Prep Sheet Contest.
- (1888PressRelease) May 18, 2011 - New York, NY - The SAT Essay Test, a requirement for US college admission, is a written response to a prompt followed by a question with a 25 minute completion time limit. Scored by two judges on a scale of 1-6, the SAT Essay measures the effectiveness of the logical development and support of an argument.
Aristotle Circle, the expert network of college admissions counselors, advocates the use of an SAT Essay Prep Sheet which incorporates a 3-step strategy (Scan/Structure/Support) to address the SAT Essay question prompt.
Aristotle Circle also announces a June 14, 2011 submission deadline for "Best SAT Essay Prep Worksheet," utilizing judges from its expert network, a public judging component via Facebook and offering $10 iTunes gift certificate for every contest entry and a grand prize of an Apple iPad.
For SAT Essay Prep Worksheet Contest entry information, visit www.aristotlecircle.com.
Top 10 SAT Myths
1. Guess Again
There is a "guessing penalty" of one-quarter of a question per missed question and the College Board does not penalize for omitted questions, so only guess if you are able to eliminate some of the multiple choice options.
2. Word Power Wins
Studies show there is a strong correlation between essay length and higher scores so incorporate more details, examples, and experiences into your essay.
3. Test Date Rate
There is virtually no link between difficulty of the curve and testing date. Set your test date for a time when you know you'll have done enough preparation.
4. Experimental Experience
There is no way to determine the "experimental" section of the SAT test. Do not work "less hard" on a section because it might be the experimental section.
5. Score Floor Lore
To admissions counselors, a total score of 2100 is identical to that of a 2090, hardly a "make-or-break" assessment for college admission.
6. Essay Ease Breeze
The Essay section has a lower mean score because it is newer, but most prepared students actually find the essay section easier than the reading section. Students who have taken test preparation courses experience the highest score increase in writing. Colleges may claim not to look at it, but it's right there next to the other two scores on the score report.
7. Re-Testing Ruins Results?
Almost all colleges do not consider a student who re-tests any worse than the student who does not, and most students re-test.
8. To Calculate or Not To Calculate?
The student who receives 800's on the math section is typically better prepared for the exam. Using a graphing calculator to solve simple math problems may seem like a great solution but calculators require time and effort and are prone to input errors.
9. Artificial Intelligence
The SAT is the standard for college entrance.
10. Bad Test Day
Re-testing alone will not likely boost an SAT score significantly. Prepare! Prepare! Prepare!
Cara Wood, Aristotle Circle's director of social media marketing, advises: "SAT Essay prep worksheets provide students with an invaluable tool to organize themes, thoughts and text for this 25-minute written exam. Aristotle Circle's expert network of college admission counselors recommends as thorough a preparation for this written test as in the overall admissions process. Prepare! Prepare! Prepare!" Cara's blog on "How to Create a Prep Worksheet for the SAT Essay.
About Aristotle Circle:
Aristotle Circle connects parents to experts with current insight and inside knowledge of admissions from pre-K to graduate school. Aristotle Circle's network of more than 250 elite experts currently serves over 1000 clients in 30 states and 15 countries and includes top admissions professionals, guidance counselors, school administrators, financial aid advisors, and child development experts in their fields. For more information, visit: www.aristotlecircle.com
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