I’m looking forward to meeting with all of you on Thursday evening! I will have your books along for you to pick up that evening.
I am printing out copies of Mr. D’s SAT Prep course. You will be receiving an e-mail from Mr. D. with a password to download these papers along with the DVD. You can use these later for review, but you will not need to print, as you’ll already have them for the class.
I was asked a very good question – “If we need white board markers, do we need a board?” – The answer is “no”. I’ll be providing the boards.
Jean Burke of College Prep Genius advises each student to take an SAT or practice SAT before beginning the course, in order to have a gauge of progress. If your student has previously taken an SAT (PSAT doesn’t count), they do not need to do this (please have them write their scores in the back of their spiral notebooks).
If they have not taken the SAT – there is a free SAT practice test on the College Board site: http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-practice-test (I’m very sorry to disrupt the end of summer, but this would be helpful to do before class begins). It is not mandatory, but should be done within the first couple of weeks and will be easier before classes start.
You can take it either as a printed test or on-line. This does not count, only practice. Try to simulate the setting as much as possible, by having a cleared table and taking the test straight through. Here are some guidelines:
Set aside 3 hours and 20 minutes of uninterrupted time
That way you can complete the entire test in one sitting. Note: The total testing time is
3 hours and 45 minutes, but you save 25 minutes because the unscored section* from this
practice test was omitted.
• Sit at a desk or table cleared of any other papers or books
You won’t be able to take a dictionary, books, notes, or scratch paper into the test room.
• Allow yourself the specified amount of time for each section
Pace yourself by using a watch (without an audible alarm), which is what you are allowed
to use on test day.
• Have a calculator at hand when you take the math sections
This will help you determine how much to use a calculator the day of the test. Use a
calculator with which you are familiar—preferably the same calculator you will use on test
• Read the test instructions carefully
They are reprinted from the back cover of the test book. On test day, you will be asked to
read them before you begin answering questions.
• Make sure you use a No. 2 pencil (have 2 pencils at hand with a sharpener)