What I’m about to say probably won’t make me popular with many high school math teachers, but here it is.
Some of the stuff that you’ll prep for in the math SAT section, you might never have to learn or use again.
Now I, for one, think the unit circle is nifty but besides—maybe—a lower division math class in college, you won’t see it again, unless you have kids one day who need your help studying for a trig final.
If you don’t plan on studying math or science in college, there’s a lot on the SAT math section (though by no means all) that fits into this category. For the rest of your life writing is a skill that will make your college work load a lot more manageable and give you an edge in whatever professional career you choose (anything from a resume to an email will highlight your writing skills, or lack thereof).
And when you’re done, check out the Magoosh SAT study guide for even more tips and tricks for SAT writing and grammar. If you’re familiar with the “old” (pre-2016) format, no longer will you have to argue a point using contrived examples from either history or your personal life.
Instead you are going to read a complex, opinion-driven essay.That way, their audience is more likely to be persuaded.You might be thinking that the kids should just be able to go to another school. Those are valid objections and that’s why writing doesn’t just aim to persuade us at an emotional level (pathos) but also at an intellectual or logical level (Happy Hills Private School is a one of a kind institution for gifted children recruited from all over the country.We are not robots; we are moved by passionate appeals.Compare the following: By closing down the school, administrators will displace hundreds of young children who have only just begun to forge friendships; additionally many local residents employed by the school might be forced to move from the area. But the first sentence likely leaves you feeling cold; the language is vague and technical.But by putting the United States Department of Education, I’ve invoked the highest authority in the land in matters of education. On the SAT essay, ethos will often take the form of “a study released by Harvard Medical school”.That is, the writer will quote where he or she is getting the information from.Indeed, the ancients—meaning Greek dudes walking around in togas—developed a glossary of terms to describe the way a speaker or writer aims to persuade his or her audience.This is a fancy way of referring to the speaker/writer, the person trying to argue at point. For the SAT, the writer of the article is the rhetor; the audience is made up of those who originally read the work.All I did was attribute—or credit—the idea to an entity. I appealed to the highest educational authority in the land.After all, if I put “I think”, you might wonder, who the heck I am.