All You Need To Know About SAT: Part 8

Written by: Helen Donohoe


***Helen Donohoe, M.S.Ed., is a teacher of English and French in the Hamilton/Burlington area. She holds practice SAT sessions on Saturdays on an informal, drop-in basis at Cedar Springs Racquet Club where she is a member, long-time tennis hacker and aficionado.

In this section of the website we will be publishing short paragraphs on various aspects of SAT. Please leave your questions/comments here, and Helen will be happy to respond to any specific concerns from students/parents***


I hope all SAT hopefuls were able to get some reading done in the holidays. If you’re considering  writing the SAT between January  and June 2012, you should be well on the way with a practice schedule. Make sure that your family are familiar with the collegeboard website. Make them read it at least once a week! To do really well on SAT, family and friends have all got to chip in and support you. Is there a family member, friend or even a neighbour who’s strong in math? Do you have grandparents who are keen readers? Pick their brains and have them quiz you on vocabulary. You may be surprised at how much they know. Ask other students who have already written the SAT to give you some advice……which brings me to a request…..I’ve written a lot on SAT – now I’m asking you, the readers and tennis juniors, to offer your thoughts, whether you’ve already written the test (and possibly haven’t done quite as well as you had hoped!) or planning to, in the near future. Just use the reply section below to post your observations, questions etc. I will try to reply and encourage others to do the same.

Don’t forget that if you can get to ACE at Cedar Springs in Burlington on Saturdays, you can join the drop-in SAT class that takes place most Saturdays in the school year, from 10:30 – 11:45. The winter session begins on January 28. Meet in the members’ lounge. There is no charge for this class.

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