I have been working with two very dedicated students to prepare for the SATs. Both have worked hard to improve their scores since the start of the school year. I wish both of them both good luck this week!
For a long time I have wanted to get my Florida teaching certificate. Over the last six months, I have taken the three education classes that are part of some alternative certification programs and created a program to get certified.
Yesterday, I passed the General Knowledge Test and soon will take one of the subject area tests for English. I haven’t done the algebra and geometry required of the mathematics part of the General Knowledge Test for FL teachers for many years.
Shortly I hope to be able to add that I am a FL certified teacher to the reasons you should hire me an an English or writing tutor. I tutor English in Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, Carrollwood, Odessa, and the surrounding communities. Contact me at 813 787 8959.
1. Read regularly. Read a good newspaper. I like the WSJ, but the NYT or Christian Science Monitor would work fine. Read one or two articles in areas that you normally would not. If you don’t follow international affairs, read an article or two about diplomacy in the Middle East. If you don’t know much about economics, read a good newspaper’s reporting of the news on the economy. If you are a freshman or sophomore, you can improve your score dramatically by doing as little as thirty minutes a day of focused, active reading.
2. Read a novel that you haven’t been assigned in school. When you encounter an unfamiliar word or phrase, look it up. If you’re reading on an e-reader of have a smart phone handy, you can learn a new word in context in a few seconds. Ask your Language Arts teacher to help you develop an outside reading program. When I was a sophomore at Dover High School, I asked my English teacher, Mr. Wright, to recommend books I should read to develop a better vocabulary. It worked. By the time I was a senior, I scored in the 97th percentile on the Critical Reading part of the SAT.
3. Take a practice critical reading test – Even if you only take a section or two, you will have a much better idea of which areas you need to improve. Which types of passages give you trouble? What subjects did you encounter that were unfamiliar? Consider using your electives to strengthen your knowledge in these areas.
4. Ask a successful SAT critical reading student how he or she prepared. Most people will be flattered when you ask them to share their success story. Take notes.
5. Look up the college or university that you dream of attending. See what kind of Critical Reading score the school expects applicants to have. Set a specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, time-bound goal to attain that score. Write it down and work backwards to the daily actions needed to get yourself there. Start.
Working with a good SAT Critical Reading tutor can also help you improve your SAT Critical Reading Scores. I tutor SAT Reading and Writing in New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, FL and the surrounding areas. Call me at 813 787 8959.
Parents of students who are planning to take the SAT in 2015 should know that they will not be taking the new SAT. Its arrival has been delayed until 2016. One of the best articles on the SAT delay and the reasons for it is by Scott Jaschik and appears at Inside Higher Education.
I think the delay makes sense because it will allow students to take a redesigned PSAT before they take the redesigned SAT. The new PSAT starts in 2015.
I recently purchased Erica Meltzer’s The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar to try out with one of my SAT writing students who is preparing for the Dec 7 SAT. He and I both liked this book.
As a person who has created SAT writing questions and numerous practice tests, Erica really knows the way the test makers think. If you want to improve your SAT writing score, get this book and the College Board’s blue book and work your way through them.
One of the best features of this guide is that it codes each of the writing questions in the bluebook by question type so that you can focus your learning on the types of questions that are giving you the most difficulty.
If you are in Tampa and want to improve your SAT Writing or Critical Reading score, call me at 813.787.8959. I tutor students in New Tampa, North Tampa, Odessa, Lutz, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, and the surrounding areas.