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Author: Lucas Fink

Lucas Fink

How Important Is Grammar for The SAT?

Since you’re here, reading this post, I’ll assume you already realize that the SAT is 1/3 writing, and a pretty huge chunk of that third relies on knowing the rules of written English. So then, the answer to our question is probably that it’s freakin’ important. But then again, “grammar” is a big word. It […]

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McGraw-Hill’s SAT 2014 Book Review

I won’t beat around the bush here. Let’s start with the report card for this book before I get into the nitty-gritty. Report Card: Quality of Lessons and Skill Building Exercises: B- Authenticity of Material: C+ Amount of Material: B- Quality of Explanations: C- In order to write this review, I sat down with McGraw-Hill’s […]

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How Hard Is SAT Vocabulary, Really?

If you haven’t taken any practice SATs or done much in the way of prep, you might not realize what, exactly, you’re getting into. SAT vocab is totally nuts. There will be words on the test that you’ve never seen or heard. I mean it. Oh, you read a lot? And you think you have […]

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Is the SAT an IQ Test?

Despite the size of the test prep industry, there’s this lingering myth that the SAT is an IQ test, so studying for it is futile. The official response to that from the test prep giants (Kaplan, Princeton, Barron’s…) is a pretty unanimous “hogwash!” Or maybe it’s “horsefeathers!” It’s something barn related, in any case. But […]

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The Official SAT Study Guide Book Review (2nd Edition)

“The blue book,” as it’s affectionately known among SAT teachers, is one of the best official SAT books in the test prep world, hands down. It’s rare that the test makers will hire somebody to write an official study guide who will give real, practical advice on how to take the test. Usually, in the […]

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Prepositions in SAT Writing

Sometimes, grammar errors in SAT writing multiple choice questions aren’t rule-based. That is, there are errors in sentences that have nothing to do with what you might’ve learned in an English class. In order to get them right, you have to just know the answer. It’s all about your ear. Ask yourself, “does that sound […]

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Three Month SAT Study Schedule

Get your scores up with our comprehensive three month SAT study plan, containing week by week instructions for an SAT study schedule you can stick to!

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SAT Essay Scores

Update: This post has been updated for the redesigned New SAT, which premiered in March 2016 and has an entirely new (and entirely optional) essay, by David Recine. Here’s what you need to know!   Only want the facts? Here’s the short answer: Your New SAT essay will be scored by two professional, human, essay […]

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SAT Reading Comprehension Challenge Questions: Long Fiction

Fiction might sound like a welcome break from the other more academic SAT reading passages, but it’s not necessarily any easier. It can be really dry, in truth. So let’s see how well you hold up to a demonic reading passage. The excerpt below is long, old, full of characters to keep track of, and […]

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SAT Essay Body Paragraph Structure

The body of your SAT essay is where the bulk of your argument will lie (and remember that you are making an argument), and it’s probably the piece that students are most comfortable with. Even if your nerves are fried from SAT anxiety, once you’re halfway through the essay, it’s a bit easier to think […]

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