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The Official
                              SAT Study Guide: For the New SAT
The Official SAT Study Guide: For the New SAT

Rave
                              New World (SAT Vocabulary Novel Series)
Rave New World (SAT Vocabulary Novel Series)

The New
                              SAT: Math (SparkCharts)
The New SAT: Math (SparkCharts)

The New
                              SAT: Critical Reading (SparkCharts)
The New SAT: Critical Reading (SparkCharts)

The New
                              SAT: Writing (SparkCharts)
The New SAT: Writing (SparkCharts)

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One of the longest living trees on Earth, the Baobab of the African savannas, is a sacred symbol revered for its long life and many uses which have sustained African peoples since the beginning of time.

The Tree of Life, as it is often referred to, grows 75 feet tall with an enormous trunk 60 feet in circumference. Some of these noble giants are 2000 years old, and for generations have served as meeting places for villages to discuss community matters, relate the news of the day and to tell stories.

The New SAT The new SAT Reasoning Test™ was administered for the first time on March 12, 2005. Changes to the test include the addition of third-year college preparatory math, more critical reading, and a new writing section. The College Board made these changes to better reflect what students study in high school.

The three-hour-and-forty-five-minute test is divided into nine subsections:

One 25-minute essay,

Two 25-minute critical reading sections,

One 20-minute critical reading section,

Two 25-minute math sections,

One 25-minute writing section,

One 10-minute writing section,

One 25-minute experimental section (which may be math, critical reading or writing).

How Does the Scoring Work? Each SAT section is scored on a scale of 200-800. The average score on the SAT is about 500 on the critical reading portion, 500 on the math portion, and 500 on the writing portion. Some of the questions are easy, and some are hard, but the majority are of medium difficulty. Medium-difficulty questions are answered correctly by about one-third to two-thirds of students.

The SAT is designed so that a student who answers about half the questions correctly will receive an average score.

How Important Are SAT Scores? The most important factor for college admission is your child's high school transcript -- judged by grades received and the rigor of the courses. SAT scores are intended to supplement your child's record (and other information, such as extracurricular activities and recommendations).

When Should Students Take the SAT? Most students take the SAT at national administrations during their junior or senior year in high school. However, there are no age or grade restrictions for taking the test.

At least half of all students take the SAT twice -- in the spring of junior year and in the fall of senior year. What's more, most students improve their scores the second time around. All scores are reported to colleges, but colleges generally look only at the highest scores.

***Source: The College Board Web Site

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Not quite ready for the SAT?  Why not start with the PSAT?
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.