TEST DAY: IT’S COMING
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Check the syllabus for the sessions you’ll have access to below:
1 Introduction to the Knewton SAT
In this lesson you’ll learn what’s on the SAT, what you can do to prepare, and how Knewton will help you along the way. This might be your first experience in a web-based classroom, so your team of teachers (one Live Instructor speaking on camera and one Teacher’s Assistant answering questions off camera) will make sure that you are aware of all the Knewton features available to you. Additionally, you’ll be introduced to the structure of the actual test; Knewton’s teaching philosophy is based on understanding and using this structure to gain an advantage over other test-takers.
Math: Plugging in Numbers
If you’re a typical high school student, then you have been doing SAT-level algebra for about three years, but you have been doing arithmetic for about 12! Plugging in numbers (PIN), Knewton’s number one math strategy, allows you to answer questions that seem to involve complex algebra, but that actually don’t require you to consider variables at all.
2 Writing: Good Sentences
Most people will tell you (correctly) that you need a subject and a verb in order to create complete sentence. So what makes up the rest of the sentence? What if there is a subject and verb, but it’s still not a complete sentence? This lesson will introduce the building blocks of grammar, while demonstrating what the SAT does specifically to make errors more difficult to spot.
Reading: Intro to SC and Passage-Based Questions
Many test-takers are under the mistaken assumption that the math and writing sections can be learned, but the reading section cannot. The reading section, like the others on the SAT, offers distinct patterns in the types of questions and wrong answer choices. Having a good vocabulary and being an avid reader will help you significantly, of course, but understanding the structure of this section will allow you to approach the questions in the reading section efficiently and intelligently.
3 Writing: Singular vs. Plural
One of the most common rules on the SAT, “singular vs. plural” tests your ability to match subjects with verbs, subjects with objects, and pronouns with antecedents (a fancy term for the noun the pronoun is replacing). To make things trickier, the SAT uses four specific Number Traps that can complicate matters. Don’t worry, once you learn what to look for, these questions become much simpler.
Math: Number Properties
Take the number 10. What properties does it have? It’s even. It’s positive. It’s divisible by five and two. It’s an integer. Number Properties questions almost always ask for a certain type of number (an odd number, for example), which allows you to use the PIN skills you learned in Lesson 1 in a new way. You will learn how to obey the SAT’s “Variable Rules”;doing so allows you to avoid doing complex algebra and focus on actually trying out examples.