SAT Math Workshop by JSlinkyNY


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									SAT Math Prep for the
  Average Student
      October , 2009
     SCCTM Conference

    Teresa McDonald, M.Ed., NBCT
        Meike McDonald, M.Ed.
SC SAT scores fall 9 points, down in
all sections Associated Press, August 25, 2009
 COLUMBIA — The average SAT scores for South Carolina's
  graduating seniors are down — falling this year in all three
  test sections for a nine-point drop.
 The College Board reported Tuesday the state's class of
  2009 scored a combined average of 1,452. That's 59 points
  below the national average, which saw a two-point decline
  from last year to 1,509.
 The biggest drop for South Carolina's test-takers came in
  writing, which fell six points to 470. Critical reading
  decreased by two points to 486. And math scores
  dropped by one point to 496. The maximum score on
  each section is 800.
         About the presenters
Teresa McDonald- taught HS math at Lake
  City High School for 24 years.
 Teacher specialist for 3 years.
 Currently works with Adult Education
Meike McDonald- currently in her 5th year
  teaching at Septima Clark Academy.
 A member of CERRA’s Advisory Board and
  PSTA. Currently attending Walden
  University for Ed.D. in teacher leadership.
Agenda for the Workshop
   General information about the SAT
   General information about the Math portion of
    the SAT
   SAT Math Facts to Know
   Practice Using SAT Math Facts
   Special Math Problems
   Practice Special Math Problems with actual old
    SAT problems
   SAT Graph and Function Notation Problems
   Practice Math Sections
   Websites for self-directed students
SAT Test General Information
 SAT consists of 10 sections: 3 Reading, 3
  Writing, 3 Math, & 1 Experimental(3 hours
  and 45 minutes long)- Cost $43/Waiver
 SAT is not an intelligence test
 SAT measures how well you take the SAT!
 Work smarter, not harder!
 You do not have to answer all the
  questions to get a good score! (You can
  score a 500 on math by answering ½ the
  questions – about 25 questions)
Continuation of SAT General Info.
 All questions are arranged Easy to Hard on SAT
  except the reading comprehension questions
Example - Math Section with 20 questions
  (1-6 Easy, 7-12 Medium, 13-20 Hard)
 +1 point each question answer correctly
 -¼ point each question answer incorrectly
  (except on the Math Grid-in questions so answer
  all of these)
 O points if you leave it blank
 Your total points will give you a raw score which
  they convert to a score ranging from 200-800
 *Guess only if you can eliminate 1 or more
What to take to the Test Center:
1.   #2 Pencils
2.   Graphing Calculator with new batteries
3.   Photo ID (many students get turned
     away because of not having proper ID)
4.   Admission Ticket
5.   Watch
6.   Some candy/snack to eat on at break

    Have directions to the testing center
SAT Math General Information
            3 SAT math sections
a. 20 multiple choice questions (25 minutes)
b. 18 questions – 8 multiple choice
                  10 grid-in (25 minutes)
c. 16 multiple choice questions (20 minutes)
Total of 44 multiple choice & 10 grid in
Remember you get just as many points on
  the easy questions as you do the hard
  questions – So don’t rush, read carefully
  and focus on getting the easy ones right!
Continuation SAT Math general info.
                About the grid-in:
1.   SAT only scores what you bubble in
2.   You cannot grid in a mixed number you
     must change it to a fraction or decimal
3.   No answer will be negative
4.   You do not have to reduce fractions
5.   It does not count off if you guess on the
     grid-in problems
Review of General Knowledge
   How are all questions on SAT arranged except for
    reading comprehension?
   Do you get more points for hard questions?
   Should you wild guess?
   How many points do you get for correct answers?
   How many points do you get for incorrect
   How many math sections, how many questions
    and how much time are you allowed?
   What problems don’t count off if you guess and
   What six things should you take with you to the
    test center?
SAT Math Facts to Know
Take out your handout that says SAT Math
  Facts to Know:

These are some basic facts you will need to
  know as you take the SAT Math test.

We will go over the first page together then
 you will practice some of the basic skills
 on some of the other pages.
Special Math Problems
 There are 3 types of problems that show
  up in SAT math problems that are not
  hard, just different.
They are:
  a. Manipulating Equations
  b. Strange Symbol Problems
  c. Share/Ratio Problems
 We will go over these types, practice some
  and then actually do some actual old SAT
  questions involving these special problems
SAT Graph and Function Notation
Basic things to remember about graphs
y = kx even power
k>0 parabola opens up,
k<0 parabola opens down)
Basic shape parabola
Both ends either go up or down
                                    k>0   k<0
y = kx   odd power

k>0 graph goes up left to right
K<0 graph goes down left to right
Websites for self-directed students

Students can also find full-length SAT tests
  in prep books or websites
Tips for Parents
 Sign both you and your students for SAT
  Question of the Day at
  & Word of the day at
 Make some flash cards of common
  vocabulary words and place them in a
  basket in the bathroom
 Make sure your students has everything
  laid out the night before and gets a good
  night’s sleep
Test dates for this year!
 U.S. Registration Deadlines
 2009-10                                  Regular Registration Deadline
    Test Dates                              (postmark/submit by)
 October 10, 2009   SAT & Subject Tests   September 9, 2009
 November 7, 2009 SAT & Subject Tests     October 1, 2009
 December 5, 2009 SAT & Subject Tests     October 30, 2009
 January 23, 2010   SAT & Subject Tests   December 15, 2009
 March 13, 2010     SAT only              February 4, 2010
 May 1, 2010        SAT & Subject Tests   March 25, 2010
 June 5, 2010       SAT & Subject Tests   April 29, 2010
Breakfast is important
 As for all tests, it is critical for students to
  eat breakfast.
 The best suggested breakfast includes:
  protein, complex carbohydrates, and a
  little bit of fat.
Contact Information
 Teresa McDonald-

 Meike McDonald-

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