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Untimed practice sections during the week and full timed practice tests on weekends?

gthopeful93gthopeful93 Posts: 415Registered User Member
edited February 2012 in SAT Preparation
I was thinking about practicing with untimed practice sections during the weekdays ( to really get a feel for the question types) and full length timed practice tests on the weekends ( to stimulate actual test conditions and gauge progress). For every incorrect question, I will cut it out and glue it into a notebook. I will consistently examine this notebook and use to learn from my mistakes and recognize and fix my common errors. Does this sound like a good plan? Do you have any other suggestions?
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  • SimplyBMWSimplyBMW Posts: 234Registered User Junior Member
    That's a muy bueno plan of attack. I'm pretty much doing that all except without a notebook to glue incorrect questions into. If you're doing a certain subject, make sure you just stick to that subject that whole day. Don't deviate and move to another subject the same day.
  • eagles94eagles94 Posts: 608Registered User Member
    Yea thats the best method for the math and cr sections. I used to have trouble completing the sections on time a year back but after doing many practice sections untime first, you become acustomed to the questions. Math comes really fast. Cr will come alot slower. What really helped with the cr was to finish it untimed. Then before looking at all the answers, cover them up. Reanswer it and then check one by one. For some reason doing this just shot my score up. It worked well.

    Writing, you have to know the rules so yeah you can do it untimed. If you have the blue book, I suggest answering the question and then checking immediately to see if you got it right and why. This helped my writing score become nearly perfect. It reinforces the concept right there and just stick to you.

    After getting -1 or 2 per section, I started timing them and now im used to test pace. Thats about it.
  • warlands719warlands719 Posts: 499Registered User Member
    So I'm im studying a section I should stick to it the whole day? Why is that
  • SimplyBMWSimplyBMW Posts: 234Registered User Junior Member
    Your mind just works better when focused on one topic a day.

    Eagles94, when doing the untimed rechecking, did you originally not do any marks or cross outs so that you wouldn't be that influenced by your previous answers?
  • eagles94eagles94 Posts: 608Registered User Member
    @BMW

    Lets say I have a Blue Book writing section. What I would do was go online and find the answer explanations but I would cover them. Then I would look at number one answer it and then uncover the answer and answer explanation to number 1 while covering the rest. This is easy on the computer when you can just scroll up or down. I would read the answer explanation thorougly and then I would do the second question, scroll down, and then check my answer. Like this I would complete the entire section. It really helped me because I saw my mistakes and kept my thought process right there when I saw the answer so I was able to understand immediately what I did wrong. It rapidly cut down mistakes to -1 or -2.

    Thats what I really meant. Sorry for any confusion earlier and hope that clears it up for you.
  • DorkyelmoDorkyelmo Posts: 1,770Registered User Senior Member
    @Eagles: That method sounds legit and practical.
  • eagles94eagles94 Posts: 608Registered User Member
    Thanks Elmo. You have no idea how much that method saved my behind. Answering the question after good attempt and seeing the explanation right before pretty much drills it in for good. This is especially true for the writing section which tests the same concepts over and over.
  • JJRONALDINHOJJRONALDINHO Posts: 110Registered User Junior Member
    That's basically what I'm doing too. I know the BB has the answers, but where can I find the solutions?!
  • DorkyelmoDorkyelmo Posts: 1,770Registered User Senior Member
  • eagles94eagles94 Posts: 608Registered User Member
    @Dorky

    Haha yup I used it for CR as well. Before I used to get like 5-6 wrong consistently now 0-2. Its slightly harder for CR but worked just as well. I first answered the line questions and then immediately looked up the answers. Again, by doing this, I was able to immediately see where I went wrong. Then of course I did the main idea questions and yeah it pretty much saved my a$$ lol.

    Also once you become adept in the section, you can just start doing them normally and time you will have seen instant progression.
  • DorkyelmoDorkyelmo Posts: 1,770Registered User Senior Member
    Thanks Eagle! :D
  • HaphazardHaphazard Posts: 629Registered User Member
    Over the last few days I've started to consider to start using this method. I know results, as in progression won't be immediate and instantaneous, but I'm fairly weak at math and used to be good at CR but i don't know what happened. I generally over think Cr now and score extremely low 600's/ borderline. When did you guys start seeing improvement? Also how many sections do you guys do on weekdays?
  • gthopeful93gthopeful93 Posts: 415Registered User Member
    Eagle, so for CR you also checked the solution immediately after doing each question?
  • SimplyBMWSimplyBMW Posts: 234Registered User Junior Member
    As for using QAS's, would it still work with just the answer key and no explanations?
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