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【 SAT學員資料】
SAT學員姓名:林安柏
學校及科系:Monash University Foundation Program
SAT正式考試成績:Math:760分、Evidence-Based Reading and Writing:750分
正式考試總分:SAT 1510分
SAT正式考試日期:2020/12/5

【SAT準備心得】
Hi! I’m Amber and I took SAT prep class for 10 weeks from September to November. I’m 16 and I’m currently enrolled in the Foundation Program at Monash University. I took the PSAT in school the last two years and received scores in the 95th percentile in both years, so I’m glad that I was able to surpass that this year in the official SAT.
嗨!我是Amber,我在9月到11月期間,參加了美加的10週SAT課程。我今年16歲,目前就讀於蒙納士大學的基礎課程。最近兩年,我都參加了學校的PSAT,兩年的成績都達到了第95百分位數,因此,我很高興今年能夠在官方SAT中超越之前的成績。

The SAT isn’t required for Australian universities, and since I’m already enrolled, I don’t need the score, but I still decided to take it just to test my skills and kind of get a sense of my abilities, as well as preparing in advance in case it comes in handy in the next few years. School doesn’t start in Australia until February, so I had some free time to take this class at Merica without having to deal with schoolwork. 
澳洲大學並不需要SAT,而且由於我已經入學,所以我不需要分數,但是我仍然決定考它來測試我的英文技能、了解自己目前的語文能力,並提前準備,以防萬一在未來幾年可能會派上用場。直到2月澳大利亞才開始上學,所以我有一些空閒時間,不必處理課業,可以在美加上課。

At first, I didn’t think there would be any “major” challenges for me, but after the first few practice passages/questions we did during class, I realized that I made a lot of silly mistakes. In the writing and language section, I pretty much answered all the questions based on which choice sounds right or more natural because I’ve never really “learned” English and I had very limited knowledge of grammar rules. As for the reading section, I had a habit of reading very quickly, and although it did help me get down the key points faster, I also missed a lot of potentially important details. I would have to reread the passages more times than really necessary, so I usually had to rush the last one or two passages to finish in time. Time was also a bit of an issue for me in math, which led to more calculation errors. I didn’t’ have a very good foundation for math, so I had to think for a long time for each question, often missing easy ones because I overthought the process, and always finding myself short on time. I overcame all these problems with the help of the teachers at Merica.
一開始,我認為自己應該不會有什麼太大的問題,但是在上課後,進行的幾次練習中,我意識到自己犯了很多愚蠢的錯誤。在寫作和語文部分,我幾乎回答了所有問題,但都是根據哪個選項聽起來更正確或更自然,因為我從未真正“學習過”英文,加上我對文法規則的了解非常有限。至於閱讀部分,我習慣快速地閱讀,儘管這確實幫助我更快地掌握要點,但我也錯過了很多潛在的重要細節,這使得我不得不重新閱讀這些段落,也用了更多的時間,導致我時常必須趕緊作答最後一兩個段落才能及時完成。在數學部分,時間對我來說也是一個問題,這常導致我有更多的計算錯誤。我沒有很好的數學基礎,因此我必須花很長時間思考每個問題,對過程總是想太多,使我常常會錯過一些簡單的問題,並發現自己的時間總是不夠用。我在美加老師的幫助下克服了所有這些問題。

In class, we covered the grammar rules that often came up in the SAT, which helped me identify answers more easily, without having to “feel” for what’s correct. I was also able to complete the reading section more efficiently, by using the tips provided by the teacher. The techniques were really helpful (e.g. a single detail in the answer choice could determine if it is correct) and by focusing on using these little tricks, I didn’t have to keep rereading and going back and forth trying to find the answer. I was also able to solve questions faster in math through more practice and the review of the basic principles, which gave me enough time to check my answers and spend extra time on ones that I wasn’t sure of. 
在課堂上,老師介紹了SAT中經常出現的文法規則,這些規則有助於我更輕鬆地找到答案,而不必“靠感覺”。藉由使用老師提供的解題技巧,我能夠更有效地完成閱讀部分。這些技巧很有用(例如,選項中的單一細節可以確定它是否正確),並通過熟練地使用這些小技巧,我不必重新閱讀和來回尋找答案。通過不斷地練習和對基本原理的複習,我能夠更快地解決數學問題,這給了我足夠的時間檢查我的答案,並將更多的時間花在我不確定的問題上。

The mock tests we did in the last four weeks of class also helped me a great deal, because they simulate actual testing conditions and gave me a better sense of exactly how much time I have for each section. By practicing with actual testing materials with an actual time limit, I realized that my concentration would start to drift towards the end of each section, so with each practice test, I would try different methods to help me focus. This made my actual testing way easier and more relaxed overall because I was already used to how everything would go and I felt comfortable in the testing environment. After taking the mock tests and getting the corrections back, I always made sure that I looked over all the questions I got wrong, redid those questions again to ensure that I fully understood them, and learn to solve them correctly. I think this step is very important because first of all, you get to make the most out of the time you spent taking the mock test, and second of all, you lower any possibilities of getting similar questions wrong, thus increasing your score. 
在課程最後四周進行的模擬考也對我幫助很大,因為它模擬了實際考試中的所有狀況,並使我更加了解每個部分的時間分配。通過具有時間限制的模擬考進行練習,我注意到我的注意力到每個部份的結尾時會開始不集中,因此在之後的模擬考時,我會開始嘗試不同的方法來幫助我集中精神 。這使我在正式考試時感到更不費力,總體上更輕鬆,因為我已經習慣考式的進行方式,並對測試環境感到很舒適。在拿到批改過的模擬試卷後,我會確保自己仔細檢查了所有錯誤的問題並確實訂正,確認自己完全理解並正確地解答。我認為這一步驟非常重要,因為首先,您可以充分利用模擬考試所帶來的反饋,其次,您可以降低出現類似錯誤的可能性,從而提高分數。

As for other suggestions, I really recommend preparing for the SAT early on, instead of waiting until junior or even senior year, because then you get more time to prepare and have enough time to do one or two official tests without the pressure of having to use the first score you receive. I think it really benefited me to take the prep class and the official exam even when it wasn’t necessary because it wasn’t stressful for me at all, unlike the experience many of my classmates are facing. It allowed me to go to the classes without any pressure (it was also quite enjoyable because there’s a lot of good food and bubble tea around Merica!), practice the materials at my own pace, and be more relaxed during the official SAT.
至於其他建議,我真的建議儘早準備SAT,而不是等到高中的最後兩年,因為這樣會有更多的時間準備,並且有足夠的時間進行一兩次官方測試,而不必承受一次就要拿下目標分數的壓力,或是只能使用收到的第一份分數。我認為參加補習班和正式考試真的很有益,即使我不需要正式考試成績,這對我完全沒有壓力,也不像我許多同學所經歷的那樣。這使我可以毫無壓力地上課(這也非常令人愉快,因為美加周圍有很多美味的食物和珍珠奶茶!),我可以按照自己的節奏練習教材,並在參加SAT考試時更加放鬆。

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