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SAT - a academic test for students to be able to be in a university in the USA, is also a compulsory requirement for students who is dreaming of having a bright future in such develop countries like the US. SAT tests have the same form in order to test how students use language and logically thinking. Thus, to pass this test easier, students need to have some experience and a better study methods. SAT is the only door for you to make your "American Dream" come true, so you need to know the following points.
1. Fully understand about SAT tests.
The most basic thing you need to do is you have to understand the SAT tests well. SAT examinations include two parts which are Math and Reading - Writing. People think the knowledge you learn in books, how to calculate, how to reason, etc. help you pass the SAT easily, but forget a very important point is learning new words. In SAT test papers, new words are usually related to many professions. Learning 30 words a day continuously in 3 months can barely help you to get an average score. Besides, choosing the materials, the place to study SAT also play a huge role in making "American Dream" come true.
2. Learn by heart academics phrases in SAT.
You can use some course books, any materials to study by yourself. As it was said, SAT has lots of new words and academic phrases, so it is not a waste of time when learning and reviewing words every single day. To avoid forgetting words, you should set goals and methods to study, also in period of time before doing the test, you should only use English.
3. Being good at English is not enough.
What to be prepared for this test are very important since you will have to use all of your energy for the test and you should not think of anything else. Many share that learning and improving English only can help you pass the exam, but being good at English is only a core factor. Being able to think logically, seeing how to solve a math problem, especially the ability to give reason when writing actually help you get a better score.
4. Learn from examples essays.
After reading example texts and questions from College Board, read the sample answers carefully. Consider yourself as an examiner of SAT and start analyze the three part of a essays (Reading, Analysis and Writing). Focus on samples with high score to look for good ideas to learn.
5. Try to understand the author.
When you are ready for your first essay, make sure you understand the essays and the arguments that the author is heading - not just about the topic and your position in it. Underline the important connective words (for example, in contrast, etc.) and think how them help building up the author's main point. Highlight the crucial phrases, the effective words and the ideas when you come across them in the text.
Think about what the author is trying to deliver. What supports the idea in a paragraph? Is the evidence related, convinced and arranged clearly? Does the argument have any strength or weakness? Does the text leave any important information which can convince you as a reader?
6. Spend time planning.
Like carpentry, building an excellent essay bases on a good preparation. Make sure you are answering the questions and not going off course. Spend a few minutes at the beginning to draft your answers, which can save you lots of time correcting after you finish the whole draft. You must be clear about the following in you draft:
Look through the proof that the author use in the essay.
Discuss about how the author use reasons to develop his ideas and arguments.
See how the author use rhetorical words to guild the reader and convince them that the ideas are true.
7. Make it a short and closed essay.
A long SAT essay usually receive higher score, however, with good preparation, you can also get good score when writing a 3-paper-essay. If plan it well, you will have enough idea to write without worrying that you might miss any ideas. If your handwriting is big, practice writing more. You should work effective by using what you have in your room. Keep an eye on spacing and indentation, especially first line of each paragraph. Don't skip lines, they can be filled with some other words.
8. Add some good arguments into the essay.
To have a good essay, don't forget use some good words you find on the internet, some statistics, or any quotes you remember when you were preparing for the exam. Use them wisely, these tools can help you a lot in your writing.
9. Set a goal for scholarship.
In study as well as work, you need to set a goal to push yourself to study or work harder to achieve it. Full scholarship goal is set by lots of students and some of them have successfully achieve it. Not mention about the value of the scholarship which can help you a lot, let's talk about the goals that we have set throughout the years. Scholarship goal motivates you to improve studying results and become better, reach higher goals as well as knowledge in other subjects.
Furthermore, scholarship's value will support you on studying, practicing, you can use it to buy text books, study equipments or attend extra curriculum classes to improve skills. Scholarship is also a big chance for you to go further, not only national but also international. Full scholarships will always open for those who know to grasp their opportunities, and try to reach out to world.
Consistency is needed when studying to get the best result. You can study with your friends under any forms. If there is a chance to speak to any native English speaker then make the best out of it. In general, preparing for SAT test affects a lot of aspects on your path, however, be stressful and intensive can cause bad effects to your final result. Remember to take a good care of your brain since it has to work for many hours. Good luck on making your dream come true.