Friday, November 05, 2010

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Wondering how to improve your SAT scores? One New York high school student recently uncovered a few helpful tricks. So what does this say about SAT scores? Hmmmm.


Blogger Kitty said...

Oh my OoO

11:57 AM  
Blogger MushroomCloud said...

ill keep this in mind... too bad theres no writng secton on the PSAT's and that i didn't know this when i took them. it would have been interesting too because im too young for them to count

12:42 PM  
Blogger Some Lost Melody said...

I doubt it's really regardless of the content because usually when you right a longer essay it's better.

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha. oh, wow. if length is the big thing, i will fail. if it has to be long, then i write something short. if it only has to be a few sentences, it's a page and a half. im bad at this. oh and
about the beach: i want one.
about the sanitation anthropology: dream job?!? what about being an author!?!?!?! huh??? you wouldnt stop writing, even if you did get a job like that, would you? would you actually take that job if offered??? would you?!?!?!

7:18 PM  
Blogger Erin_Flight said...

I've noticed the length before in my own essays. I always try to right as much as I can.
Another thing not mentioned
neat handwriting almost always brings up your score or at least makes the grader look at it more positively.

8:49 PM  
Blogger anonymous science-fiction writer24495 said...

I should start practicing now, not that I'm don't already consider myself pretty experienced at filling up space with nothing of any real value. See, I could have just made that so much shorter but I deliberately didn't! Tell me if that sounded too annoying to get any credit please.

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Hana said...

Oh I hope so. I can ramble on for fifty pages about something completely irrevelant. xD

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first English teacher in high school encouraged an ornate writing style, which I took to like a duck to water, as I could keep the relationship between my sentences' clauses straight, and usually got the punctuation (his other big concern) right.

It was different in college. Short and spare sentences were encouraged. We were advised to axe adjectives. One of my pals plagiarized Struik and White's The Elements of Style for an essay on language style It bled "student's blood" marks for being "too wordy." Tip: Don't plagiarize. Instructors now have very sophisticated detection tools. It'd be easy, easier than using a motivated human grader, to implement those tools in an SAT essay grading program.

I do really well on those standardized tests, but I sometimes wonder what they're really testing.

Robert in San Diego

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dumb second thought here: Was there a score breakdown between those who hand write in cursive vs. those who do printing )"manuscript?" One of my favorite academic books is Handwriting in America by Thornton, so that's why I'm asking.

Robert in San Diego, packing the calligraphy pens today.

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think you can apply this method for other standard tests?

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

okayy...? that doesn't make much sense. hey kirsten, got any more news on kiki strike for us????

1:15 PM  
Blogger Reel Dancer said...


4:03 PM  
Anonymous Serena loi said...

finish the eternal ones, its a bit late but i finally manage to get it!
like the idea of reincarnation but not your best stuff.

5:03 AM  
Anonymous EQ said...

Why am I not surprised? The CollegeBoard folks used to say their test measured whether you were intelligent enough and the right sort of intelligence to go to college. Now they don't say that, but they never contradicted it. Nutcases.

Also, when they want to see if a new question works? They put it at the end for no credit, in a little section they say is for data-gathering purposes. But HOW they determine if the question works is if the statistical group that is "supposed to" do well on it, does. They would never OK a math question on which girls did as well or better on than boys, for example. TWISTED!!!

4:21 PM  

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