SAT’s explained

Achieving good SAT results is vital for any child wishing to further their education and go on to tertiary studies. Educational institutions require good pass marks before even considering granting a child entrance to their study programs and it is important that parents consider their children’s progress from an early age.

There are three separate units in the SAT examinations. Reading and writing forms one section and Mathematics and Critical Reading completes the subjects being tested. Generally, most questions are multi-choice with a bias towards correct answers which receive one point whereas incorrect answers are penalized one quarter of a point towards the total score.

The multiple choice style makes things a little easier, but because of the way the total is calculated, students achieve little by guessing the answer, with incorrect answers penalized more heavily. This means students are forced to consider their answers more carefully rather than simply guessing between any of the most likely choices.

For some children a tutor specialising in SAT exams might be of benefit. Tutors should be able to identify a child’s strengths and weakness and put some emphasis into problem areas to lift the overall score. A tutor should have a good relationship with the child to instill a feeling of confidence and faith that if they work hard, their scores will improve.

Experienced tutors have reported that the most important thing is a child’s attitude to education and learning in general. For example, many children have a problem with mathematics yet regular practice and repetition can help them understand some of the key concepts. But children do need the confidence to believe they can improve, and this is where a tutor can definitely be of assistance.

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