SAT I is an admission requirement by colleges and universities in the United States of America such as Princeton University, Yale University and the Harvard University. It is also required by some of the top universities in Asia like the National University of Singapore. It is given seven times a year – usually in January, March, May, June, October, November and December.
The SAT I is composed of three parts: Reading, Writing and Mathematics. A student is given (a) two 25 – minute sections and one 10 – minute section (with just grammar questions) of writing; (b) two 25 – minute sections and one 20-minute section of reading; and (c) two 25 – minute sections and one 20-minute section of mathematics. The entire examination is good for over 3 and a half hour.
The Reading part tests a student’s level of comprehension by answering sentence completion and passage-based questions. The student is given two 25 – minute sections of reading. The Writing part is done through an essay and questions that ask to identify punctuation, grammar, and construction errors. The Mathematics part usually covers Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry. Most of this part is given as multiple – choice questions but ten of the Math questions are grid – in, which means that a student is expected to work out on their answers and write them on the sheet provided.
The scores that a student can get in Critical Reading, Writing, and Math ranges from 200-800. The overall score is computed by adding the scores together – which gives a maximum score of 2400. Each correct answer counts as one point, and each omitted question counts zero points. However, ¼ of all the wrong answers in the multiple – choice questions are subtracted from the number of correct answers.
In a comprehensive 1999 study by Don Powers and Don Rock published in the Journal of Educational Measurement, Powers and Rock concluded that the combined effect of coaching on the SAT I is between 21 and 34 points. Similarly, extensive meta analyses conducted by Betsy Jane Becker in 1990 and by Nan Laird in 1983 found that the typical effect of commercial preparatory courses on the SAT was in the range of 9-25 points on the verbal section, and 15-25 points on the math section. The widespread perception remains that students participating in SAT test preparation will improve their test scores dramatically.
Edward Carroll, a standardized test expert and tutor at Princeton Review noted that the SAT is "NOT a measure of student's raw math or verbal ability. The College Board [which owns the test] itself does not claim that the SAT predicts subject skills, but rather that it is a predictor of performance in college (along with the rest of a student's application). Personally, I think it also filters out students who can't perform quickly. The test is rigidly and tightly timed." In addition Carroll noted that the ACT, another college admission test taken as an alternative to the SAT is far more indicative of a student's ability. "It tests what students learn better than the SAT," he explained. "It has its own flaws, but what it purports to do it does better than the SAT."
Eureka!’s SAT I and ACT review revolves in the principle of “learning by doing”. Exercises are provided by tutors to students to pinpoint areas of weakness. These areas of weakness are then given more emphasis to reinforce concepts essential to understanding. Tutors rate the students so as to predict the scores they are likely to get in the actual test.
For the past years, 70% of the students who got 2100 or higher in their mock examination in Eureka! acquired an SAT I score of 2100 or higher in the actual SAT I. This accuracy is the result of extensive exposure and experience of the tutors handling the review.
Eureka has successfully assisted hundreds of students in the Philippines to significantly improve their SAT scores. In 2013, John Lee, one of Eureka’s students registered a perfect SAT score after two months of review. In 2012, Peter Hyung, gained admission to UC Berkeley after achieving an SAT score that belonged to the top 5%.
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