Vocabulary study is very important for the critical reading section of the SAT. There are 19 sentence completion questions requiring students to know word meanings. Additionally, there are a number of questions on the reading passages that also require word knowledge. The problem, of course, is that there are many words that that need to be studied for a student to significantly affect his or her score. Some students study vocabulary in their English classes, others do not. Especially for those students who do not study vocabulary in school, a long term program of study is highly recommended. There are many materials for SAT vocabulary training available. One of the books that I like is called Vocabulary Cartoons (make sure it says SAT on the book cover), which gives students ways to remember the meanings. If the student has a very strong memory they may not need this tool and may get a more traditional book like “Hot Words for the SAT.” It’s best to just go on Amazon, put in SAT vocabulary training andd read through the materials available to see which is most attractive for the student. The best approach is to learn a certain number of words (20? 30?) each week. A few schools go over latin roots and prefixes and this is very helpful. I was very impressed with my students fro Vista Del Lago HS in Folsom, CA who got extensive training in Latin roots each year in HS and used it well to discover word meaning for difficult words.
How many times should students take the SAT?August 17, 2013
I used to counsel students to take the SAT no more than three times. It was thought that admissions counselors at colleges might think students a little obsessive if they took it more than three times. In recent years, however, students are not required to send all their scores to colleges but can instead choose …
What are the best study materials?August 17, 2013
For both the SAT and ACT I recommend review books from the companies that make up the tests. For the SAT, you’ll find that information at www.collegeboard.com and for the ACT, www.act.org. In my classes I provide the Official SAT Study Guide, the college board review book that includes 10 practice tests. Some of these …