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SAT I Reading List

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

The following is a copy of my suggested SAT I reading list:

SAT BOOK LIST

FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORES

Jane Austen, EMMA

Charlotte Bronte, JANE EYRE

Thomas Bulfinch, THE AGE OF FABLE

Pearl S. Buck, THE GOOD EARTH

John Bunyan, PILGRIM’S PROGRESS

Rachel Carson, SILENT SPRING

Agatha Christie, AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

Samuel Coleridge, THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER

Joseph Conrad, HEART OF DARKNESS

LORD JIM

James F. Cooper, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS

DEERSLAYER

Stephen Crane, THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE

Clarence Day, LIFE WITH FATHER

Daniel Defoe, ROBINSON CRUSOE

Charles Dickens, GREAT EXPECTATIONS

OLIVER TWIST

NICHOLAS NICKLEBY

Arthur C. Doyle, THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

Alexander Dumas, THE THREE MUSKETEERS

LES MISERABLES

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

George Eliot, SILAS MARNER

T.S. Eliot, MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL

Anne Frank, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

Oliver Goldsmith, THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD

Nathaniel Hawthorne, THE SCARLET LETTER

THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES

Thor Heyerdahl, KON-TIKI

James Hilton, LOST HORIZON

GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS

Homer, THE ODYSSEY

THE ILIAD

W. H. Hudson, GREEN MANSIONS

Washington Irving, THE SKETCH BOOK

Rudyard Kipling, CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS

KIM

C. S. Lewis, THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS

MERE CHRISTIANITY

Jack London, THE CALL OF THE WILD

WHITE FANG

Preparation For College (A Note To Parents And Students) – 9

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

The SAT Day

6:00 A.M.
Wake-up and eat a healthy breakfast: and I do not mean two pop tarts! Students should have been arising at least 6 weeks before the exam to prepare their bodies for the stress. Family should gather around and pray for student.

6:30 A.M.
Last minute check-up: focus scripture, six-sharpened #2 pencils, calculator with fresh battery, snack (no candy), ticket and picture ID, watch

7:00 A.M.
Parents should take student to test site and then stay and pray for students trough the morning. It is a good ideal to scout out the location the week before. Pray over the building. Relax in car and meditate on scriptures.

7:30 A.M.
As soon as the test site opens, go get a seat. Then return to car. Do not hang around in the test site until you have to do so. Save a seat on the end of the roll fairly distance from high traffic areas (doorways and bathrooms).

8:00 A.M.
By this time you should begin moving to your seat. Parents should pray for student one last time.

9:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Take the exam. Be sure and write on the exam (not on the answer sheet)! I do not recommend sending your scores to a college until you get the score you want.

12:30 P.M.
Celebrate! No matter what you have scored, it is over! Celebrate God’s faithfulness! In the next few weeks, meditate on what God has done in your life through this preparation process. Consider Joshua 4. You will receive your scores in six weeks.

Preparation For College (A Note To Parents And Students) – 8

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Senior Year

Senior year should be devoted to college admission; however, that process may need to be delayed for an SAT retake senior year (normally in October). Unless your score in May is completely unsatisfactory do not have this distraction. Raising a 1020 to 1080 makes no sense. If, however, you had a bad day and scored 890 you can improve your score if you are willing to work hard all summer.

During your senior year you have several options: early admission to the college of your choice (which will open more financial aid options to you); regular admission (complete your applications as soon as possible); delayed admission to a college and take a year off to save money or to go on a mission trip.

You need to consider prayerfully these options.

Preparation For College (A Note To Parents And Students) – 7

Monday, October 6th, 2008

SHOULD I TAKE THE PSAT? Not necessarily. There is no correlation between frequency of aptitude test taking and increased scores; indeed, the opposite may happen. In fact, many students are discouraged by low PSAT scores and find that their SAT preparation is hindered. Therefore, I recommend that all students take a mock SAT [enclosed with this curriculum] and discover how well that they will do on the PSAT. If in fact the student scores high [above 1100] then take the PSAT.

The PSAT/NMSQT will measure verbal and math reasoning ability. It is not an achievement test–that measures knowledge acquisition. Ergo, there is no specific corpus of knowledge that students can learn to achieve high scores. There are, however, more questions about reading passages. And to answers some reading questions, students will be asked to read two passages and compare information from both. There are no antonyms (a big change!) but there will be more reading passages. There are some short questions about analogies and sentence completions. Concerning math–you will be allowed to use calculators. Look closely at the PSAT/NMSQT Bulletin you can obtain from Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. Beginning in the fall, 1997 a writing sample will be included in the PSAT.

Without doubt the best score for most students will come in the spring of junior year. If the score is too low, study all summer and take the fall exam. If the score is ok then you are in a position to pray all summer about your next step and to apply for colleges next fall. SAT preparation should continue until about April 15 (c. 2 weeks before the May SAT). During the last two weeks I recommend students review and rest.

Preparation For College (A Note To Parents And Students) – 6

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

WHEN WILL THE EXAM BE HELD, HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE, WHO WILL ADMINISTER IT, AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? The PSAT will be administered on the second Tuesday in October in most schools or on the following Saturday. It will last about two hours and cost $7 in 2005. I see no reason to take it sophomore year. It doesn’t count towards a National Merit Scholarship until junior year and taking an aptitude test more than once does not guarantee a higher score. In fact, in my twenty years of coaching experience, the first score on the PSAT is oftentimes the best score. So, how will you feel if you scored high enough to be a National Merit Semifinalist when you were a sophomore but not when you were a junior–when it really counts?

Preparation For College (A Note To Parents And Students) – 5

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

WHAT IS THE NMSQT? The scores of the PSAT will be used to determine if a student is Recommended National Merit Scholar or a National Merit Scholar. Both awards are prestigious and assure scholarship/aid (see PSAT/NMSQT Student Bulletin, phone 847-866-5100). Remember, though, only the junior year PSAT score will count toward the NMSQT. Scores on the PSAT range from 20 to 80 [SAT I scores range from 200 to 800]. During October of each year the PSAT is administered in your local high school. It lasts about an hour. In early December your scores will be mailed to you. After all the scores across the world have been analyzed, your score will be compared to others and you may be designated a Recommended National Merit Semifinalist. Only the top scores–1.5%–reach a recommended National Merit Semifinalist status and only .7% actually win a scholarship.

In March, May, or June all Recommended National Merit Semifinalists must take the SAT I if they wish to be considered for a National Merit Scholarship. In early September, PSAT scores, transcripts, high school [and homeschool] evaluations will be evaluated and National Merit Scholarships will be awarded. Most scholarships come from corporations. NMSQT scholars, however, have to attend colleges that corporations choose to support if they wish to receive a National Merit Scholarship. Most colleges will award an equal or higher scholarship anyway–so go to where God is telling you to go regardless of where corporations want you to go.

In 1996 one million students took the PSAT. Fifteen thousand were Recommended National Merit Semifinalists. Fourteen thousand were National Merit Finalists and only seven thousand students were awarded scholarships. If you are not part of the fourteen thousand, neither was I, and I received several academic scholarships anyway.

SAT Preparation Course For The Christian Student – 10

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

My prayer for you is (Ephesians 3:14-21) “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory int he church by Christ Jesus, throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

SAT Preparation Course For The Christian Student – 9

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

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Os Guinness, Christian scholar and author, in his book Beyond the Culture Wars, argues that America is in trouble. America’s problem is much deeper than obvious problems such as family breakdown, the deficit, drugs, AIDS, discipline in the schools, or crime. . . there is a crisis of cultural authority which means that once inspired, disciplined, and restrained Americans have lost their binding addresses, their inner compelling power to shape culture. In short, Guinness argues that America is in danger of losing its soul. It has begun to lose its ability to affect culture in a productive way.

The Good News is, I believe, that the Church of Jesus Christ will rise up and bring revival to our nation. It is my prayer that The SAT Preparation Course For the Christian Student, in a modest way, will be used by the Lord to bring this great revival. If even one of you are encouraged toward that goal then my prayers are answered. Work hard for such a time as this!

SAT Preparation Course For The Christian Student – 8

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

The greatest challenge to you as you enter college is not permissiveness and loose morality–although that is of concern. The greatest temptation that both secular and a few Christian colleges will offer you is the heresy of Gnosticism (i.e., the worship of knowledge). The early Gnostics, attacked forcefully by the disciple John in his Gospel, argued that salvation came from what you knew, what secret knowledge you knew. Throughout church history, some form or another of Gnosticism has sought to undermine the Gospel
message.

In John 14, the disciples want “to know” more than Jesus is willing to tell them. He answers, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life–v. 6.” There is nothing wrong with wanting to know more–as long as we understand that knowledge is not power–power comes from whom we know, not what we know.

As a result of this course, you will integrate and strengthen your faith as well as increase your knowledge. Your hard work no doubt will improve your SAT scores. But you will do far more than make high SAT scores–you will move closer to being all that God wants you to be. Hopefully you will give far more than you are comfortably able to give–you will learn to sacrifice, to suffer, if necessary, for the sake of our Lord. To be all that you can be for Him.

This course is designed for Christian students. Its purpose is to bring glory to our Lord. It can be used by homeschoolers, Christian schools, public schools, and individual families.

I want to thank my wife Karen and her sister Janet for their patient and thorough editing of this book. They truly are Deborahs (Judges 5) to this generation–women to whom the allure of the Lord is always greater than that of the world!

SAT Preparation Course For The Christian Student – 7

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

These 150 lessons include:

–A COMPREHENSIVE READING PROGRAM. As you prepare for the SAT you will read about seventy-five college bound books. These books will prepare you for the SAT. Again, you do not have to read my books. But whatever reading program you implement should be enhanced by an ambitious vocabulary building program I mention in the first lesson. Reading good books remains the single best preparation for SAT verbal preparation.

–INTENTIONAL VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT. The Verbal portion of the SAT I is essentially a vocabulary and critical reading exam. Period. There is a vigorous vocabulary development program that should increase your vocabulary by about 1500 words. But, that of course, is up to you: how hard are you willing to work?

–TEST TAKING STRATEGIES. The SAT is not an objective exam. And, therefore, you will intentionally develop subjective test-taking skills. At the same time, you will need to memorize the instructions for each type of test question. But you will learn this material a little bit at a time so it won’t seem so hard!

–INTENTIONAL FAITH BUILDING. I encourage you to build a very serious devotional life. This devotional life, admittedly, will require some effort. You will implement the spiritual disciplines of study, meditation, Bible memorization, praying Scripture, and biblical exegesis. These spiritual formation exercises will be a great resevoir of strength from which you can draw not only on the day of the SAT exam, but throughout your life.

–FAMILY AFFAIR. Your family is urged to join you in this memorable time of preparation. For instance, the whole family could join in learning new vocabulary words. Everyone can compete to solve the Mindtrap Game, Inc., dilemmas. And, every Friday evening your parents are asked to spend some time with you in prayer and to go over your 3 by 5 vocabulary cards.