All You Need To Know About SAT: Part 9

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***


The question of the day on the collegeboard website provides some very useful statistics. These help you to evaluate your own progress and give you a realistic idea as to where you are on your study plan:

1. The number of students who have attempted the question of the day, thus giving you an idea of just how huge the SAT is. It is not uncommon for the website to have more than 300,000 responses every day. It certainly gives you a sense of perspective.

2. The percentage of correct responses, giving you an idea of the level of difficulty of the question. If 75% of the responses are correct, you know that that particular question is easy. Make sure you get it right! If however the percentage of correct responses is 40%, you know that that is a hard question so study it very carefully before selecting your answer.

Of the seven questions of the day every week, you should aim for a minimum of five out seven.

Question of the day is a wonderful free website. Make smart use of it!

A New Reality By Nicolas Pereira

This past week in the World Team Tennis ‘Bubble” I have seen the efforts to keep everyone safe while carrying on a team competition with around 60/70 players and coaches onsite. Counting organizers, officials, media, and support personnel are around 150 people trying hard to make this happen. I am very impressed by how the strict protocol has been handled and how everyone is invested in making this event a success, but The Open is a completely different scale of details.

ONcourt Interviews NGTL Co-Founder Yves Boulais

It does not matter that you get your rating playing locally or that you had spent an insidious amount of money playing the ITF junior tour tournaments. Your rating is your level of play (you get no bonus for playing more or playing far away). This allows us to break free of the ITF competitive structure potentially saving us time, money, and headache. We see this as a great opportunity to improve the logistic of our sport.

Brandon Burke (son of ACE President Doug Burke) Elected to WTA Board

As revealed in a recent news release issued by the WTA Tour – Brandon Burke has been elected to the WTA Board of Directors (to start officially in September). Oncourt got together with Brandon to delve a bit more into his background and to gain some insight into this wonderful appointment he has attained at such a young age.