In this lesson, our professor Vincent Selhorst-Jones gives an introduction on tests in general. He discusses answering test questions and other standardized tests: ACT, subject-specific tests, SAT subject tests, AP tests, IB exams, college and post-college tests, GRE, GRE subject tests, specialized tests, MCAT, LSAT and GMAT.
Life often involves taking many standardized tests, and while each one is different, there are some important ideas that can be applied to almost any test:
Knowing when to skip a question,
Preparing and studying.
While this course is designed to teach the SAT specifically, a lot of what you'll learn here can be applied to other tests.
Standardized tests primarily use multiple-choice questions. This is great, because we know the answer is in there somewhere. We'll cover strategies later in the course.
Here are a list of some commonly taken standardized tests. While this course is on the SAT, you might be interested in familiarizing yourself with some others. If you're going to take any of these (not counting the PSAT), look into prep materials for your specific test.
PSAT, aka NMSQT: The Practice SAT (aka National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is taken at the end of junior year. It is very similar to the actual SAT, but approximately half the length.
ACT: The primary competitor to the SAT. The test is very similar to the SAT, but there are a few differences (a section on science reasoning being the primary difference). Most colleges accept the SAT and ACT interchangeably.
SAT Subject Tests, aka SAT II: This is a standardized test geared to a specific subject. There are a variety of different subjects that can be tested in. The questions generally explore a subject in more detail than the SAT.
AP Tests: Advanced Placement classes prepare you to take AP tests, which give a comprehensive test in a college-level course. Some colleges award course credit for high scores.
IB Exams: International Baccalaureate exams are very similar to AP tests in terms of the content being tested. They differ in testing method, but are viewed by colleges similarly.
GRE: The Graduate Record Examinations is basically the SAT on steroids. It is extremely similar to the SAT in terms of format, but with more difficult questions. Students use it when applying to graduate schools after college.
GRE Subject Tests: Similar to the SAT Subject Tests, the GRE Subject Tests are an in-depth test in a specific subject. Depending on the graduate program, certain Subject Tests may be required in addition to the GRE.
MCAT: The Medical College Admission Test is used for applying to medical school.
LSAT: The Law School Admission Test is used for applying to law schools.
GMAT: The Graduate Management Admission Test is used for applying to graduate programs in business and management at business schools.
Tests in General
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Educator.com recommends The Official SAT Study Guide published by The College Board, the administrators of the actual SAT test. In it, you will find additional practice questions and a review of all subjects, along with 10 official SAT practice tests. Our instructors work through several of the practice tests in real time, going through their thought processes and test-taking tips.
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