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I took the thing years ago, but I breezed by with a 1560.

My biggest recommendation is this. Give yourself a timer.

DO NOT FILL IN ANY ANSWER COMPLETELY. Dot, slash, short mark of some kind that fits into the bubble. Then when you have about 5 - 15 minutes left, go back and quickly fill everything in. I find that trying to fill in the dot completely breaks my pace and gets me out of "the zone" I dunno if you have "a zone" at all, but every little bit helps.
Along with this, if you have a question you're not certain about, take a quick scan to see if you can tell which answers it definitely isn't, and mark down what ones are left. if you only make a dot, you can erase it pretty easily. make sure you know the various angles for sin and cos, other than that, there's not much beyond algebra and trig, maybe a teensy bit of basic precalc.

then again, this was years ago, I've heard that they changed it from being just math and english to being math, english and then a short essay or something.



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Grey Acumen said:
I took the thing years ago, but I breezed by with a 1560.

My biggest recommendation is this. Give yourself a timer.

DO NOT FILL IN ANY ANSWER COMPLETELY. Dot, slash, short mark of some kind that fits into the bubble. Then when you have about 5 - 15 minutes left, go back and quickly fill everything in. I find that trying to fill in the dot completely breaks my pace and gets me out of "the zone" I dunno if you have "a zone" at all, but every little bit helps.
Along with this, if you have a question you're not certain about, take a quick scan to see if you can tell which answers it definitely isn't, and mark down what ones are left. if you only make a dot, you can erase it pretty easily. make sure you know the various angles for sin and cos, other than that, there's not much beyond algebra and trig, maybe a teensy bit of basic precalc.

then again, this was years ago, I've heard that they changed it from being just math and english to being math, english and then a short essay or something.

 that is a good idea. go with this. 



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Grey Acumen said:
make sure you know the various angles for sin and cos, other than that, there's not much beyond algebra and trig, maybe a teensy bit of basic precalc. 


 No No!

SAT I stops before Trig... trust me!

The subject tests (SAT II... NOT the test in question) have Trig (Ic) and Precalculus (IIc), but not the regular general SAT.



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Melissa said:
It's a standardized test. I took in in 7th grade too, for a similar program from Duke University. You're not going to do amazingly well, because the test is geared for students four years older than you, so don't worry. Just sit down and do your best. Don't even think about it as a test. The best that can happen is that you get a nice plaque. The worst that can happen is that you don't :)

If you're strong in algebra and are a good reader, you should do fine.

 Wow, I did the same program. I got a 1010/1600 in 7th grade and got medals and stuff.

 

The new SAT with writing is pretty easy. I always burnout the last hour or so though. I got a 1900/2400 my first time and this last time a 1930/2400. I only gained 30 in Math.  



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DrFoamy said:

Grey Acumen said:
make sure you know the various angles for sin and cos, other than that, there's not much beyond algebra and trig, maybe a teensy bit of basic precalc. 


 No No!

SAT I stops before Trig... trust me!

The subject tests (SAT II... NOT the test in question) have Trig (Ic) and Precalculus (IIc), but not the regular general SAT.


Geometry incorporates the basics of Trig.  There are a few questions on the test that require knowledege about sin and cos and a few more that are much easier if you're familiar with them.



I took it when I was in 7th grade too actually, be prepared for a bunch of seniors glaring at you. I think a lot of them hated being there and loathed the fact that someone so much younger than them was taking it and wasn't stressed as much as they were.

As for tips, uhm if you're not sure and you want to guess go with 'C'...but other than that I have never really bothered to study for tests because I usually do worse when I get myself all stressed out about it. But if studying works for you then flash cards are supposed to be great, I would focus on vocab and literature mostly because those are usually the big things you will be missing that they cover extensively.

Its been a while since I took it but I do remember that they posted the scores at the highschool for people to check if you didn't want to wait for the results to arrive in the mail (which took months for some damn reason), and their list was sorted by score...only reason I remember that was because I was like #18 on a list of about 300 seniors.



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is the SAT computerized now? it's been... my god, too long since i took it. the GRE was computerized when i took it--again, too many years ago--so i'm guessing the SAT must be computerized by now. is it?

the math is trivial, haha. any of my classmates could have gotten 800 on the SAT math in 7th grade... of course it helps that i didn't go the an elementary school in the States. SAT and GRE math are the butt-ends of our jokes all the time.

the verbal part of course is much harder :)



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Wow, I'm an old timer! Back when I took the SAT (1999) it was based on a 1600/1600 score...there was only a math & verbal section and NO writing section...What's it based on now? 2400/2400 since they added writing?



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