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SHSAT ELA

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Full-Length ELA Exams: (more info)
Exams (90min)    Answers     Score
2024 ELA A         Results       N/a
2024 ELA B         Results       N/a
2023 ELA A         Results       N/a
2023 ELA B         Results       N/a
2022 ELA A         Results
2022 ELA B         Results
2021 ELA A         Results
2021 ELA B         Results

Exams (90min)    Answers     Score
2020 ELA A         Results      N/a
2020 ELA B         Results       N/a
2019 ELA A         Results       N/a
2019 ELA B         Results       N/a
2018 ELA A         Results       N/a
2018 ELA B         Results       N/a

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* All ELA exams are official

Revising/Editing Part A: Grammar

Avg = nan

Part A Grammar Question Categories (~10 min. each)

Passages

Not Applicable to Part A. Practice the different grammar questions on the left and see your performance in the graph above. Use that chart to identify your weak areas and then learn more from related grammar lessons and additional practice to improve your score.

Overview

  1. Know the material (concepts and theorems):

Learn the required half-dozen grammar rules and then practice the questions. This exam section is short.

Revising/Editing Part B: Passage-Related Questions

Avg = 60.00

Passages – Exercises (~10 min. each)

3. Practice, practice, practice.


Part B: 
Alien Invasion Not started N/a%
Benefits of Indoor Plants Not started N/a%
Cracking the Code Not started N/a%
End of an Era Not started N/a%
Evolution Not started N/a%
Find Time to Volunteer Not started N/a%
Free College Debate Not started N/a%
Gaudi Not started N/a%
Local Library Not started N/a%
Martial Arts for the Mind and Body Not started N/a%
Moving Through the Mountains Not started N/a%
Napkin Ring Problem Not started N/a%
Pursuing a Hobby Not started N/a%
Unlock Ride Return Not started N/a%

Overview

  1. Know the material (concepts and theorems):

Students with reasonably good comprehension skills should ace this section every time. The passages and questions are always the same structure, so learn what to look for and identify the correct answer for each prompt.

Reading: 

Avg = 66.67

Passages – Exercises (~10 min. each)

3. Practice, practice, practice.


Poetry: 
Bird Talk  Not started N/a%
Cross Purposes  Not started N/a%
Letter from Brooklyn  Not started N/a%
Ode to Fireworks  Not started N/a%
Serpent’s Mound  Not started N/a%
Smallest Spark of Everything  Not started N/a%
Snowy Mountains  Not started N/a%


Narratives/Literary Excerpts:
Do Them No Harm  Not started N/a%
First Flight  Not started N/a%
The Highest Tide  Not started N/a%
Indian Childhood  Not started N/a%
In Search of the Unknown  Not started N/a%
Niagara Falls  Not started N/a%
Spirit of the Herd  Not started N/a%
A Tramp Abroad  Not started N/a%
A Voice in the Wilderness  Not started N/a%
Winter Wheat  Not started N/a%


Sciences:
Best Laid Plans of Ravens  Not started N/a%
Fire to Keep a Prairie Healthy  Not started N/a%
How Exercise Helps You Learn a Language  Not started N/a%
Invention of the Telegraph  Not started N/a%
Memory Revolution  Not started N/a%
Not All Non-Native Species Are Evil  Not started N/a%
Past and Future of Earth’s Oldest Trees  Not started N/a%
Research Riddle Resolved  Not started N/a%
Tunguska Fireball  Not started N/a%
Wolves of the Sea  Not started N/a%


Social Science:
Egyptian Scribe  Not started N/a%
E-Waste Problem  Not started N/a%
Food Business Incubator   Not started N/a%
Going Solar in China  Not started N/a%
Term Limits  Not started N/a%
Uncovering the Past  Not started N/a%


History:
Early Warning – Man and Nature  Not started N/a%
Massachusetts – Lowell  Not started N/a%
Ruins of a Fabled City  Not started N/a%
Year Without a Summer  Not started N/a%
Kennedy-Nixon Debate  Not started N/a%


Biography:
Miracle Mile  Not started N/a%
Champion of the Channel  Not started N/a%

Overview

  1. Know the material (concepts and theorems):

Learn to be proactive with the text to improve comprehension (#1 required ability), which means using word clues to identify the main idea and how ideas progress throughout the text in simplified terms. If you do it right you will pick up one or two simple, useful ideas from even the most complicated poem. If wrong, it will seem to others like you complicated even the most simple passage. Learn to recognize the difference.

Predict Your Answer Exercise
Learn the Art of Elimination

Get to know the actual question prompts you will see on the exam and learn tips how to solve each. Make sure you understand the conditions of each question.  Do not read the question and then try to immediately circle an answer like most students. Instead, be able find the evidence quickly (it is an evidence-based exam) and then predict the answer in your simplified words. Match that prediction to the correct answer and develop critical answer elimination skills if you want to get consistently correct answers.

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