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Scolastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
The verbal sections test your critical reading skills and your vocabulary. One goal of the exam is to determine whether when you read a passage you understand what the author is saying and can make valid conclusions based on the text. Another goal is to determine if the level of your vocabulary is sufficiently high for you to be able to read college- level texts. The verbal sections contain three types of questions: sentence completion questions, analogy questions, and critical reading questions.
The quantitative sections of the SAT I are less test of your knowledge of arithmetic, geometry, and algebra than they are of your ability to reason logically. What many students find difficult about these questions is not the level of mathematics-much of the exam is based on grade school arithmetic, and almost 'very question is based on mathematics that is taught by the ninth grade. Rather, the difficulty lies in the way that the students must use the mathematics they already know as they reason through the solution.
Beyond your vocabulary, reading ability, and reasoning skills, the SAT I tests something else: your ability to take standardized tests. Some students are naturally good test-takers. They instinctively know how to use standardized tests to their advantage. They never freeze, and when they guess they are correct far more often than the laws of aver- ages would suggest. You probably have at least a few classmates who are no brighter than you and who don't study any more than you, but who consistently earn higher test grades-and you hate them! Don't. Just learn their secrets
In addition to your application form, the essays you write, and the letters of recommendation that your teachers and guidance counselor write, colleges receive two important pieces of numerical data. One is your high school transcript, which shows the grades you have earned in all your courses during a three-year period.
The other is your SAT I scores, which show how well you did during a three-hour period one Saturday morning. Which is more important? Your transcript, by far. However, your scores on the SAT I definitely do count, and it is precisely because you want your SAT I scores to be as high as possible.