SAT & ACT PREP RESOURCES
Lincoln High School offers a free SAT/ACT test prep course online through Study Island.
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Click on the College Readiness tab on the top toolbar and select the test you want to prepare for. You will see practice tests and reading and math tools.
There are several sources for SAT & ACT prep. Singing up for a course, buying a book, or online resources only work if you use them!
Free Online reviews:
www.number2.com This site tells you why you got an answer wrong.
www.collegeboard.com College Board offers practice tests and question of the day.
www.majortests.com This is great to build your vocabulary
SAT ESSAY TIPS
Check out Mike Barrett's website www.acethesat.com for further explanation of these tips!
1. Most important in achieving a high score on the essay is length! Aim to write 1.5 to 2 pages.
2. Thesis statement location - Make this the first sentence of your essay. The reader will know how to look for your supporting ideas more easily. Structure the sentence based on the question.
3. Format - Use the standard 5 paragraph format. The first paragraph is your thesis, paragraphs 2,3, and 4 are your supporting arguments, and the last is your closing argument.
4. Use personal examples. They do not have to be academic in nature (i.e. quoting authors) or even factual. Feel free to embellish the facts about your personal examples. You will not be graded down for wrong information and they do not check to see if you actually rode elephants in Africa!
5. In a good high school essay, you would want to draw the reader into your writing. Don't bother here! Be straight forward about your reasons and don't worry about using huge vocabulary words.
6. Don't plan too much. You will have 25 minutes to write 2 pages. Think through your position on the topic and construct your examples as you move along.
7. Do your best to use correct spelling and grammar throughout the essay, BUT DO NOT worry too much about them, they don't count that much.
8. Take time to read some essays from SAT prep books (at the library, don't buy one) to get a feel for what a top essay looks like.