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학생들의 SAT에 대한 질문에 대한 데이브의 답변

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so there are a few questions that have been already been sent in that I wanted to touch upon and one of them is how often should I practice and the it kind of depends on how soon you're taking the tests it depends on what your schedule is what your school what your score goals are you know how many how many times you're taking the test but really it makes sense the more you do it the better you get and if you make that commitment to yourself to improving the score your scores will keep on rising and on the fish less if you practice you basically have what you need to to be working with real real practice questions created by the College Board and by Khan Academy with College Board's help and you know three times a week for 30 to 60 minutes each would be a good you know good amount to study if you're taking the test next month you might want to do an hour to three hours a week if you're waiting until March to take the test waiting until May to take the test that changes the equation the best thing you can do is to take a full-length practice test and see where you stand and let the system tell you what level you're at there's level two there's level three there's level four if you start at level two you do all the level two questions you look at what you've done wrong you learn from the solution steps and you'll you'll find your way to level three into level four and you'll gain enter you'll gain points and it makes it fun so let me see uh the very important thing is to remember that the test is four hours long that's if you take the essay and it's you know regular timing on the test is about four hours and if you just walk in there on test day and you've never done a four hour long test it's going to come as a rude awakening and so I urge you if you're taking the test you know in October let's say take one - two full-length practice tests on Saturday morning just like test day and see what it's like see what it's like to write this essay after three hours of multiple-choice testing it's intense another question that's come up is what's a good score and and I think that it's important for everybody realize that your SAT score is just one very small part of your college application colleges are interested in your grades colleges are interested in recommendations from your teachers colleges are interested in the extracurriculars the way that you spend your time job experience internships leadership any leadership positions that you might have done any kind of what are you what makes you tip what are your interests or your passions so the great your grades are more important finger SAT score your your your recommendations are important and so just remember that that's a critical and the SAT is an important element to show the your college admissions officers just how ready you are just where you fit in the range of students who have applied to these at this school before so depending on the colleges that are on your list you will have a different range of scores that you can discover by which I mean there's a 25th percentile and there's a 75th percentile of scores that are you know of students have been accepted into any college and you can find that information on big future org you can look up various you can look up the school you can use college guides and it's a statistic that that every college makes available and that's 25% of the students applied where the score have got you're offered admission with a score below the 25th percentile arrangements and in 25 and 75% of the students had scores there were so so somebody scored if you're in the 75th percentile that is better than 75% of the people who study who applied so and you get offered admission so what you do is you create a range you say if you look at all the twenty-fifth percentile scores for the college in your list you look at the 75th percentile scores for the colleges in your list and you use that as an indicator for like what you think you should do what your target should be for your for your SAT score and I recommend that if you make a a reach goal to like reach for that 75th percentile then your SAT score will sort definitely check the boxes for that college and you don't need to you can probably move on to another critical part of your admissions profile which would be your grades like you really want to have really solid grades and junior year sophomore year and senior or other elements like pursue your passions or leadership positions if you can or participate make a contribution to your school is an important element of your college missins - another question has come up is what do we need to bring on test day and you can find that information on official sed practice it also to find it on the College Board website I think College Board Khan Academy the team who's watching right now hopefully we'll be posting where those links are but you can just go find out that information right there honestly there's so much information available on the on the Khan Academy official ICT practice product so we have you know the tips and strategies section is not just tips and strategies there's a lot of the changes that have been made to the SAT what to expect on test day what are acceptable calculators there's information the College Board about that what are the different question types what are the different length of the sections what's a raw score what's a scaled score all this information is on official ICT practice on Khan Academy let me see um I'm going to go to let's see let's see what kind of questions I have here is there prep for psi T as this coming in from some on um and let's see yeah I mean the the psi T and the SAT are the skills that both of those tests test are the same the official HD practice is also applicable for the PSAT because the tests are so close in what the what the content is what the skills are that it's that it's testing you the practice feature the practice schedule feature allows you to also set as scheduled leading up to the PSAT and we also have an official PSAT that you can download off the site as well another question because Cobain how should we practice and tackle the sa great question um the essay is an amazing they've changed the essay and the essay right now is an assignment that you would see in any college level English course or history course and it is testing how well you can analyze evidence to and understand how an author is using different devices different writerly devices to persuade the audience of his or her point that that he or she is making the we have tips and strategies around helping you with this or in some more on development we also have full length essays with scoring for each exam you can download and work on we and if you go to the if you go to the essay section now you'll see that there are a couple of relatively new entries into the tips and strategies one is called unpacking the SAT essay prompt which is adapted from the official SAT study guide basically takes apart the prom and says this is what this is what you're supposed to do you're not supposed to just say what the author is saying and I'm supposed to reiterate to say again what the point is you're not paraphrasing the whole document or the whole passage you are like if we go there you have one part which is explain how the author builds an argument to persuade the audience and so that's something that if there's lenders and don'ts that I put in that and not that article um consider how the author uses evidence to support claims I make a list there's a list in there now you have different types of evidence that you might consider they might look out for as you're reading through the passage consider how the author uses reasoning to develop ideas and connect claims and evidence in the article we explain what what reasoning is and how that applies and how you might be able to draw out these these elements from the passage that you're analyzing and evaluating consider how the author uses stylistic or persuasive elements to add power to the ideas expressed so so this article is about taking apart this really dense prompt and saying okay this is what this means this is what it means to you when you're sitting there for 50 minutes and you need to write a three-page paper and how to and how to tackle on another really great essay that's another article in there now is the SAT essay analyzing a passage in which we sort of take apart a or examine how one might approach one of the prompts that is you know a real SAT essay Proms so I'd say check that out as well let's see what else we have here um how should we how should we practice and talk to the Exodus a section the more you do it the better you get we so we're working on adding new features that may actually enable you to get your essay graded but the best way to do it is to actually put pencil you know pencil to paper or type an essay in and give yourself a time to know timed scenario to see how you do and understand that you need you know you need an introduction you need body paragraphs and you need a conclusion and each of those body paragraphs is probably going to focus on a an element so maybe let's say the author is using lot of statistics or data you would use that body paragraph to talk about how data and evidence have the author uses data and evidence to support his or her point and then you take out quoted little statistics or you know paraphrase little statistics from throughout the essay from throughout the passage and put all that evidence into that body paragraph then you move on to the second body paragraph and you think of another element that the authors think maybe the author is making the reader feel afraid of what might happen if if they don't you know turn off the air conditioner um and the and so what you and you basically point out all those little things in the in the passage that the author says to kind of make me a little scared about what might happen if with climate change if I keep running my air conditioner so you take those elements you threads from different paragraphs of the passage and weave them into one body paragraph in your essay um so you kind of work through it that way um let's see another question um are we allowed to use graphing calculators during SAT or only scientific calculators this is from Sean thanks Sean great question um we you there's a full list of acceptable calculators on SAT org and there's a calculator policy you go there under taking the test on SAT org most general you know in general most graphing calculators are permitted so just check that out ordinarily with the calculator you don't really need it and if you find yourself doing really the calculations in your calculator the chances are you might have missed something so I just want to say be cautious about when you pick up your calculator obviously there's a section of the SAT that you're not allowed to use a calculator but even when you are using an attack you know it's the calculator section that doesn't mean that the first thing you do is type the numbers you see in the question you know into the calculator you want to take a step back you want to save yourself like a whole what what is the question 1 what is the question telling me what's my game plan here and then you decide whether you need the calculator or not to do that um let's another question how can I reset my skill level so I can practice the lower skill levels of math um the answer is well you can't the product doesn't allow you the official entity practice doesn't allow you to reset your skill level because it's a reflection of where you are if you want to review things from a lower skill level then you can you can go to the View tab at the top of fertility practice and look at the questions again that you missed um let's see another question I'm a junior but I am NOT taking pre calc and ap count but can I still really do well on the SAT though through the through Khan Academy ICD practice an answer is absolutely man or whoever you are this is absolutely you the best way that you can prep for the SAT right now is to go on Khan Academy and do a diagnostic see how you do if you get the questions wrong that is okay the system will send you to practice those skills that you don't get you're not strong enough in yet to get those questions right the key to doing well is to start early and and just keep on getting familiar with the skills you need on the test you're also can watch videos on any concept you haven't you know learned yet so that isn't just in official SAT practice if you don't find what you there then head on up to Khan Academy go to the subjects and and get some like get some amazing videos and hit articles and exercises to help you strengthen your strengthen your skills in the areas that you that you need let's see other one what about book recommendations and strategies for the reading part this is from from here there's always one passage from the u.s. founding documents and the great conversations and they've inspired through the you know through the years women's suffrage there are all sorts of you know debate about slavery about made about the way the Constitution was drafted the bumping around other passages includes our classic and contemporary literature a passage about social science and to science passages if your practice if you want to practice for the reading section of the test look at this look at the strategies that are in tips and strategies and visuality practice if you're trying to really just build up your reading fluency then read advance you know reread the New York Times you read the Washington Post read the Charter with your green view read the LA Times read Newsweek read content read stories that that are at the level the BS idea is that but you don't need to do that now you should jump into philosophy practice and look at those are those passages there are lots of sample passages there to try out and if you get questions wrong it's no big deal like nobody's going to look at your results no reason to look at your practice you don't need to let anybody and accept you and so go for it let's see um I've exhausted all the exercises what should I do now we continually are adding new exercises we're adding more writing and language exercises this week and next we're adding more reading passages this week and next but congratulations if you've done all the stuff you've done tons of work and I hope that you've seen results the the thing that I want to sort of emphasize here is that if you've done the passages and you've gotten questions wrong what you should do is go and pretend you've never seen them before you shouldn't sort of look at the answer and say oh that's the answer I guess I'll try another question right every question is this opportunity to learn about that type of question and say like what do I have to do differently next time when this sort of question comes my way um and when you're using the review tab the right way you every one of those questions you missed from the moment you started using the official entity practice this will be able to you know you'll be able to say to yourself okay this is not wrong this is why that answer is right this is why the answer I chose was wrong I think I get it now and then you then you try another passage um let's see I have a another question from Earth on what do I feel if I what do what can I do if I feel like I'm stuck and not making progress great question me super frustrating I would say that you really want I would love to know from you whether it's the reading section having trouble with the writing a language section having trouble with whether it's math math I take watch all the videos go back into the main you know the main Khan Academy site and and study those those math types if you've used all the exercises and done all the problems in official HD practice in the reading it may be because of time management which we haven't quite talked about yet um so time management in the reading section like if you're somebody who is finding the yourself and out of time on the reading section then there are things you can do you'd help build up your score and in part that's realizing that there are different difficulty levels with any you know every question is different and there are some easy there's some easier questions at the end at the end of the the end of the reading section there the passage at the end is not necessarily the hardest passage the passage at the end of the writing and language test is not necessarily the hardest passage so if you're running out of time and not having to guess on a passenger to at the end of those parts of the SAT then you should make a real adjustment to the way that you manage your time and there's details about that given tips and strategies they have a couple of new articles they're about time management and there are also a couple great articles there now about about active reading strategies that will help you really engage with the passage in a more active way and a more focused way and also help you not fall into not choose choices that look good just because they look good right the answer choices are created to look good right so what your the best way you can move forward with hold so many of the reading the questions in the reading reading test is have some idea of what you're looking for before you start looking right so what does that mean that means that if you have a question that's like the primary purpose of paragraph three can best be described as what you should do is not just read the choices right then if you're reading the choices right then then you you might just choose one that looks good right what you should do instead is like take a moment and say okay what is this question asking what is what is paragraph three doing what is the purpose a paragraph three you go back to paragraph three you look at it you say in your own words you say oh paragraph three is supplying evidence to support the author's point about Arctic Tern migration or something and and then you say okay that's what it's doing and then you go back to the choices then and you say okay I'm looking for supporting point about Arctic Tern migration and at that point you know you're looking for your control of the question you're in control of what you're looking for and at that point the wrong answers kind of disqualify themselves because they don't really tell you what you thought you're looking for and this is a lot about trusting yourself and there's more about that in the article and trypsin strategies um so that's what I'd say about that and let's see another question if you have good grades but don't have a great SAT score does that affect your chances in getting into a good school um I answered that a little bit earlier in a way I dress that a little bit earlier remember the SAT is just one part of your college application I would encourage you to check out big future or to explore the colleges that might be a good fit for you based on your GPA and your test scores and your interests but um grades are really important grades grades demonstrate that you work hard in school if you have great grades University isn't so good um you certainly aren't the first person in the world to have this problem that have like test taking anxiety you freeze up when you're like there at a time to test um if you had a choice between being somebody got awesome grades and a kind of mediocre score on the SAT and someone who had mediocre grades and an awesome score in the SAT I would much rather be the first student because if you have mediocre grades or an awesome SAT score it's a mission software right I may say like this student is an underachiever the student isn't working hard it's there what's going on here there's a weird story here but if you get great grades you have great recommendations then yes you don't necessarily need to have an amazing SAT score if you look at those score ranges 25th to 75th percentile if you have a score down to the 25th percent I'll 25% of the people who are offered a mission to that school have scores lower than that so I think that hope that makes sense of your questions you can ask them and we'll try to answer um relating to that that doesn't make sense question okay let's see I have registered for the October 1st exam what would be the best practice plan from now till October great question maybe they're a bunch of you in this in this in this boat I'd say that you should take a diagnostic test as soon as possible and or link your exam your most recent SAT exam or your PSAT 2 to official SAT practice and then create a practice plan from there and we can also the system will also create one for you that you can customize so it's just oh you want to do 8 hours a week how about Monday Tuesday Thursday at you know from 5 to 7 and you can tweak that and move it around and decide what it is that you do you want to do what you can commit to um now that's a great start it depends on how much talking about the more you do it the better you get and I would say that taking one practice test soon and I'm plan to take another full-length practice test and you know a week or two before the tests and then take the time after you take that practice tests to really dissect it to take apart every question you missed and say okay what happened here is this a percentages question is this a quadratics question and the thing is that that work is done for you by official HD practice so if you get that information into the system the system will tell you what you should do and it will take as much time as you can give it but I'd say a minimum four week schedule if you want to move your score 100 points which is fairly ambitious but totally possible then you want to put in you know I've seen I've seen students hit the books super hard and raise their score 200 points 300 points exception but could you go in you and you a lot of the time and if you have comments or questions as you're using the product put them in the comments put in the questions put in the tips section of every one of the articles and tips and strategies um it will you know try to address your questions and concerns as a in due course let's see let's see when is the last SAT test that I can take before the usual deadline of college applications great question um the usual deadline is you know a lot of colleges have to conscious of different deadlines so you some of them have January 1st some of them January 15th early decision deadlines are sometimes the you know vembur beginning to middle November and early decision early action the recommendation we recommend that you take the test October 1st is where the last one to meet the early deadlines the November and December tests are fine for your later deadline so if it's a genuine 15 through January 1st November December tests are going to work out fine and you'll be able to send those scores to those schools um let's see it's the SAT is yes I think going to be harder than last year's SAT okay what carries more weight a CT or SAT two amazing questions um okay is he SAT harder than it was last year totally different tests um in some ways yes in some ways no um it's kind of a moot point meaning that it doesn't really you know you it doesn't matter whether it's harder or whether it's harder or easier because you can't take the old SAT anymore the new SAT is the SAT now and some students find SAT more challenging some students find a CT more challenging you can't know which one you're gonna do better on until you take a full-length practice test what carries more weight a CD or SAT as far as I know there is not a single college that prefers one test over the other at this moment in time so that may have been true I might have untrue 5 10 15 years ago the word on the street but the rumors have had it that you know Midwestern colleges prefer a CT and colleges on the codes prefer SAT that is not it's not true anymore both are accepted by all colleges and so there's no reason to try to game it or you know second guess which you know College will which one would prefer and you can verify this by calling any college admissions office try to both out um let's see but I recommend practicing read more rather than studying interested practicing versus studying I think it's important not to just keep on taking practice tests um you know just take practice tests for practice of a practice test without taking time between each practice test so say like okay what did I learn go back look at any question you know that you missed and say okay why do I miss that was it a careless error could I have gotten this um what you know what could I have done differently and so so I just just want to say don't just take practice after practice test um after you get practice says find out what you what you need to study find out what you need to work on um and oh you can use visuality practice as because it as a resource our goal here is to get like the world's best test prep and that's you know that's a tall order but I think we're doing it and it's it's super exciting to be part of this um part of this team and part of this you know movement really to to make all of this information all these tips all these strategies all this real practice questions um and personalized practice available to anybody for free um let's see other Christians let's see how maybe take a couple more running a little over this is this is fun and what great should I start preparing um really tough question I would say there's nothing you're preparing for college you know your whole life and so you you should be doing your best in your school you should be challenging yourself you should be you should be challenging yourself to read to read books to read you know to read articles to do your best in class and if you are if you're doing that and you're challenging health and school you are preparing for the SAT now if it comes to like when delay okay okay I get that Dave when do i when do I start using Felicity practice on Khan Academy six months is plenty um but it depends for most people it depends on how you know how what is the gap you're trying to close with your scores if you have if you're trying you can have a PSAT from sophomore year because some high schools administer the PSAT sophomore year if you've done that and you're like oh I need to raise my score three hundred points four hundred points I still wouldn't like hit visualize do you practice very hard until like six months out done but you can take practice tests you should you should you can be using Khan Academy and like and do those questions and and try to fill in whatever holes or gaps in your comprehension there are in math um you should you should take the PSAT sophomore junior year and and then in your junior year you start spending more time doing it maybe the summer before junior year if you're going to be super slammed junior year with sports or work or extracurriculars or or just you're you have a really tough course load it may make sense to do a little practice take another practice as the summer before junior year when is the best time to take the SAT let's see well most students take the SAT in the spring of junior year and then again in the follow their senior year and and that's a pretty that's a good schedule the only exception I might ever you know add to that is that if you take a practice test you're like oh my god my score is amazing like I this is totally fine I want to get it out of the way then congrats and and you know you could maybe do it earlier and end you know take it in January or March of junior year um but most people the peak you know you're you're still learning more and more throughout junior year you're still learning through the first couple months of senior year your score is going to sort of naturally go up so you know aim to do your best spring of junior um okay another question do we need to memorize SAT words like before and the answer is no you don't the new SAT is designed to test what you need to know and will be more applicable to college in life one of the big changes of the SAT from the old format to the new format is that the vocabulary section the sentence completions are get to like plug in the right word and these are words that you might be Herson never seen before and never expect to see again those those words aren't on the test anymore so you have vocab and context questions that are words that are much more common that might have multiple meanings like like the word discriminate which isn't always a bad thing discriminating can also mean it's a verb to mean like noting subtle differences in something there were currency is another the jumps to mind like things that are current like that idea is holding currency that means that that idea is current it's something that people are you know talking about now it's not the same as money so recognizing those there's those different contextual clues to to identify those words something that is on the newest or an SAT let's see um I am let's say I'm gonna take two more questions then I'm gonna I'm going to sign off let's see do you have food or water during the test great question um you need your desk to be clear when you take the test you you're not allowed to have water there in the table next to you you're not allowed to have food next to you but you can have you can have water in your bag underneath your chair you can have a sandwich stowed away for your your ten minute break or your five minute break or your two minute break these breaks are super short and and just remember that if you don't take an opportunity to get up and stretch and drink water and and have a snack your blood sugar level is going to go down and your may not be able to focus and cut you know as well as you as you like going into that third the fourth hour of the test so bring those snacks figure out what those snacks are have a good dinner the night before have a good breakfast the morning of and bring stuff with you to eat really fast during the during the break so you can keep your energy level up because it's a little long it's a marathon and and you need you know you need fuel as you're as you're going through that marathon so let's see there's more advice like that in in tips and strategies section of the comic visual ICT practice let's see how important is SAT for international students interested in studying in the u.s. another amazing question um it depends on the school it depends on where you're applying the best thing to do once you get that's the list of schools is to actually call the admissions office at those schools and ask them say hey I'm a probably internationally cure my grades here's a little bit of myself what do you think going to the SAT and the answer is probably yes we do like that's the way that we measure college readiness and it's a it's an indicator then you know you take the acct or the SAT it this is a part of your package but some may say you know what this is it's not critical so you really just need to call the school and that school is going to start from creating a you know folder for you so if you're it's a that's another important part of your college applications you want to like let the school know that you really want to go there because the college most colleges want to offer places to students who will accept those places and and go there gladly and they want to fill their freshman class with students their first-year class with students who who are super psyched to be there so if you demonstrate your interest in that way then then that'll help they can do nothing but help so make those calls write those emails don't be shy because it'll it may raise the chances that you'll remember you when they start considering people's applications um I'll take one more let's see one little quick one okay although the math section gives you formulas which it does is there anything you think we should have memorized by heart when we go into the test there are a handful of things there are you know the two that jumped to mind is that you probably want to know your distance formula you probably know your midpoint formula you want to know a difference of squares like x squared minus y squared factors into X plus 5 times X minus 5 and you should be making flashcards for yourself there's a little fact that comes up with a question you missed on official SAT practice change it you know right sort of write that down and make a little flashcard you also want to be super fluent with the formulas that are on the tests you you know you don't want to be looking back and saying like it's circumference PI R squared by the way no it's not circumference is pi D and the area of a circle is PI R squared those are things that it's really useful just have on the tip of your time if you have to be flipping back and forth it's slowing you down it's it's it's wasting you know critical energy in order that you need in order to do yes um okay we're going to we're going to wrap it up and and I'll be back we're leading Cohen otherone little thing I'm going to say is there new articles in the tips and strategies section that give you an opportunity to share your favorite tips that you might have gotten for whatever for a tackling the various parts of the SAT so there's a math share space there's a reading and there's a writing language share space of reading shared space general strategies share space and an essay share space go there and and share and that includes any educators that are work that are watching if you're um if you work with students and you're things that you know work and you want to share those things with everybody then do it please do it we need we want everybody to use use Khan Academy use a validity practice and on that note I guess I'll bid you all good night and and hope to see you again right here next time um take care thanks for thanks for watching really appreciate it bye