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Posted on March 29, 2013
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Union member parents:  Share the following tips with your high school students AND save 15% to 60%* on college test prep classes through The Princeton Review.

Three tips to help you be a smart test–taker:

 

1. Pace yourself. Sometimes, you may hurt yourself by rushing to finish each section and causing careless mistakes. So spend your time making sure you get the easy and medium questions correct and tackle the hard questions if time remains.

Answering all the questions and having time to spare does you no good, if you've made errors in haste. So consider your goals and pace yourself accordingly. Also keep track of time and don't panic if you cannot answer every question.

2. Know thy enemy. It is crucial to know the specifics of any test you are taking. The number of questions, time limits, guessing penalties, etc. will impact your plan. So know the directions ahead of time. Nothing is a bigger waste of time than trying to figure out what to do with a question while the clock is ticking.

In addition, SAT questions can be divided into three levels of difficulty: easy, medium and hard. The questions in the first third of each section are easy, those in the second third are medium and those in the last third are hard. (The only exception is the Reading Comprehension passages, which do not follow this order.) Every question is worth an equal amount.

Then finally familiarize yourself with the content. The ACT tests more advanced math concepts like trig.

3. Use process of elimination and learn when to guess. Don't know the right answer? It happens. But if you know which choices are definitely wrong, you will significantly improve your chances of getting the question right.

Most questions have five possible choices. Eliminate one or more possibilities and your chances of guessing correctly are 25% or better.

  • Because there is no penalty for wrong answers on the ACT, you should answer every question, whether you have read it or not. All right answers count the same, and you lose nothing for a wrong answer.
  • On the SAT or SAT Subject Tests, an incorrect guess will cost you only a quarter of a point. A correct guess will add an entire point. Let's say there are 8 questions where you eliminate 1 choice and guess among the remaining 4 choices. Statistically, you will guess correctly 2 times and incorrectly 6 times. You are rewarded 2 points and penalized 1.5 points. You just earned .5 points from guessing (which may translate into 10 scaled points). Congrats -- you've improved your score!

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  • SAT Strategy Workshop -- Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 7PM–8PM EST
  • ACT Strategy Workshop -- Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 7PM–8PM EST

Review topics such as common testing misconceptions, effective Princeton Review techniques & strategies (you will even do real problems -- it is a real eye-opener) and how you can effectively study to improve your score.

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Upcoming SAT/SAT Subject/ACT Test Dates:

 

SAT/SAT Subject Test Dates

May 4-Registration deadline is April 5 (late registration by April 19)
June 1-Registration deadline is May 7 (late registration by May 22)

ACT Test Date

Test Date: June 8-Registration deadline is May 3 (late registration by May 17)

A Word About SAT Subject Tests

 

It's important to take the test when the subject is fresh in your mind. So you should sit for either the May or the June exam when you complete the course in school.  For example, if you do well in your 10th grade chemistry class, you should take that Subject Test at the end of sophomore year.

The great thing about the SAT Subject Tests is that you can take any one in which you think you might excel. So if you're a history buff or you speak Latin like Caesar, then this is your chance to shine. It is also a great opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge in the field.

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*This offer may not be combined with any other offer and cannot be used by previously enrolled students. Test names are the trademarks of their respective owners, who are not affiliated with The Princeton Review or Union Plus. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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