To help motivate you to follow through on your study plans, offer Mom and Dad the following proposition: If you manage to meet your goal of learning X number of words per week, they reward you with $5 for that week. By the time your exam rolls around, you will not only be ready to ace the reading and writing sections but will have accumulated a sizable nest egg! If your parents won't go for this, consider paying yourself $5 a week to be used for anything you want after you take the test.
While writing practice essays in your spare time may not be your definition of fun, it will help boost your scores. Timed essays are not only a major part of the SAT Writing Test, ACT and AP tests, but also of college mid-terms and finals. To prepare for the essays, gather the essay questions from previous tests and practice writing essays within the given time limit. Here are some tips for timed essay-writing:
If you scan the questions quickly before reading the passage, you will have a basic idea of what you are looking for when you do read it. You do need to know that some students have reported that reading the questions first does not help them since it takes too much time. But it is an individual preference. Try practicing both ways before you actually take the test and do what works best for you.
Certain words like "but," "however," and "except for" can completely change the meaning of a sentence. When you encounter these words, mark them in your test booklet. If an answer looks like it comes from one of these sentences, be extra sure that you know what the sentence actually means. Don't be afraid to mark in your test booklet. You are told to avoid making stray marks on the answer page, but not the test booklet.
Gen and Kelly Tanabe
Founders of SuperCollege and authors of 13 books on college planning.
By: Tamra B. Orr
The SAT will test your writing abilities like never before. Even if you hate to write, this book will show you simple strategies that will help you create a high scoring timed essay. So go ahead and heave a sigh of relief because you will learn how to write an essay quickly, efficiently and without having to memorize a ton of obscure grammar rules.
By: Gen & Kelly Tanabe
The only how-to book which shows all students how to get into the school of their dreams. Based on the experiences of dozens of successful students and authored by two graduates of Harvard, this book shows you how to ace the application, essay, interview, and standardized tests.