All You Need To Know About SAT: Part 11

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***



Just as in tennis or any discipline you have to have a strong set of skills to be able to tackle the SAT. You cannot apply strategies if you have little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Skills in math usually progress along with the timing of math instruction in school. If you can plan to take the SAT during a semester when you are taking a math course, the skills will be fresh in your mind. This is a good strategy. At other times of the year, when you are not taking math at school, your skills can become rusty. In the critical reasoning and writing sections, learning and progress are ongoing because you have to read constantly, no matter what the subject and in most subjects you have to write too. So the work you do in Civics for example is a huge help to you in the language sections of SAT.

Apart from the essay section and a few sections of the math, SAT uses the multiple choice format for answers. In schools in Ontario, multiple choice is just one of many forms of testing/evaluation. You have to work on strategies. I’ll discuss these strategies in more detail in the next edition.

PS. This week marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. Many of the words and passages found in SAT come straight from Dickens. Start reading!

Next Gen Tennis League promises exciting matches

The Next Gen Tennis League again saw some great tennis last weekend at The Credit Valley Tennis Club and Burlington Tennis Club. This promises that Saturday the 24th will feature some exciting matches and very competitive tennis. All three matches will be played on Saturday October 24th, with Team Byte Network Security facing Team Hydrogen at noon (Burlington Tennis Club).

ITF Men’s 85 World Team Championships Renamed the Lorne Main Cup

Toronto, October 13, 2020 – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Tuesday that, as of 2021, the Men’s 85 World Team Championships will be renamed the Lorne Main Cup after the late Canadian. Lorne Main was selected for the honour following a unanimous vote by the ITF Seniors Committee, and approval from the ITF Board of Directors, after his name was put forward by Tennis Canada as part of the nomination process.

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.

Helen Donohoe: Considering the SAT During The COVID-19 Crisis

This year, for the first time ever, some countries, where standardized “exit” exams (subject-specific), are mandatory for university acceptance, have cancelled the entire slate of exams, offered just once a year in the spring; the void is enormous, especially in countries like the UK, where the rigorous exam system is a way of life and a rite of passage.

Toronto Star: “‘Feel this moment,’ Canadian tennis legend advises Eugenie Bouchard”

Carling Bassett-Seguso knows exactly what Eugenie Bouchard is going through — and what she can expect next.
Eugenie Bouchard’s magical ride to the Australian Open semifinals has attracted the attention of a Canadian tennis starlet from 30 years ago. “When I heard that, I went, ‘Oh, my God. Thirty years.’ Then I thought how awesome it is that it’s happening now and how great this is for Canadian tennis,” Carling Bassett-Seguso said Tuesday in a telephone interview from Bradenton, Fla.