"Today, we started by discussing the strategies I wanted the student to use while taking the next few sections of the practice test. I told him I wanted him to skip the vocabulary and go right to the passages and cross out answers he believed to be incorrect and not guess unless he crossed out 3 answers. He finished the passage questions in about 15 minutes. At that point, he moved on to the vocabulary questions. He said that he took Latin and that seems to help him with the vocabulary questions. He wrote out a few words and broke them down into their Latin roots. He finished section 3 in 22 minutes and 15 seconds. He felt good overall about section 5, and it was an improvement from the last one he completed.
I gave the student the choice of taking the larger writing section or skipping to a math section, and he chose the writing section because it is harder for him. I told him that I really wanted him to take his time, and if he didn't finish the section in the given time that was okay. I also reminded him to watch out for commas, past/present/future, and using different endings (-ed, -ing, - est). He continued to cross out answers he felt were incorrect and underlined the information in the question itself to see it better and understand more. He was focused today and worked at a great speed. He would circle the answer he thought was right and then read it again and make a change if needed. I liked seeing that the student was reading every word while completing the sentence error part of section 6.
Next, I had the student complete a writing sample for me. I told him that the introduction and conclusion should be short, sweet, and to the point, and the body should be 2 examples with as many details as possible. He wrote some examples in the space given and then began to write his essay. He wrote very quickly, and finished his essay in 22 minutes and 45 seconds. He was able to read it through three times, 1st time for topic, 2nd time for neatness, and 3rd time for corrections."