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Author: Tanya Shah

Tanya has taught advanced English and test prep for over five years, and sees standardized tests as solvable puzzles. When she's not reading or writing, she is sampling local bakeries or enjoying the outdoors with her dogs.

Tanya Shah

SAT Improving Sentences Practice (Without Answer Choices!)

Read the following sentences and improve the underlined portions, if necessary. (Remember, some are already correct. See below for key.) After giving a great performance, the band heard the audience cheer for an encore. She always double checks text messages before she sends them because she believes doing it means she can avoid any embarrassing […]

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Think Outside the Box: Examples in Your SAT Essay

Why not dip into some entirely different categories? Come up with a few of these for your Idea Bank; you don’t need to conduct extensive research. Just know what it is and know the key details.

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The Point of SAT Paragraph Correction

The questions in SAT Paragraph Correction deviate from the rest of SAT Writing. The SAT throws out a big chunk of text, requiring you to mentally switch gears. Rather than obsessing over the individual components of sentences and tweaking them (like in Sentence Correction and Error ID), you’re now looking at a whole piece of writing. Learn the strategies, and you’ll be good to go.

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Blank Space: Strategies & Traps in Sentence Completion

The English language contains over a million words, but you’re not expected to know them all. For this part of the exam, is it in your best interest to be well-read and have a solid vocabulary? Of course, but you also need problem-solving skills that are specific to this task. While vocab lists are important, […]

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SAT Error Identification: Know Your Advantages

Develop an “eye for grammar.” Wear your monocle and get to it. I know someone* who picks out grammatical mistakes wherever they show up: flyers, menus, signs, newspaper articles, instruction manuals, etc. She’s often tempted to circle them. On occasion, she has given into this temptation. Noooo! Do you see it?! Whether or not you […]

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5 Signs You’re Ready to Commit to SAT Prep

Prior to any process, you should be equipped with the fundamentals for success. Before starting (or restarting), SAT prep, go first through this vital checklist and make sure you have the following (especially the last one):   1) Understanding of Past Performance To know where you’re going, know where you’ve been. Take a practice test […]

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Can I Lie on the SAT Essay?

I love this question. It shows just how frazzled people are when writing under the clock. However, it also means they lack confidence when choosing examples. When test-takers get anxious and panicky, they often feel that lying is their only option. When this happens on the SAT essay, students support their argument with made-up wars, […]

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SAT Essay: The Case For The Conclusion

Jumping to a winning conclusion. Quick Note: Build a Foundation First An effective conclusion is based on an already-solid essay with a good thesis. Work first on mastering the basics, and then build up to the conclusion. Your score will reflect the difference. __________________________________________________________________________ The SAT Essay: Most test-takers are intimidated by it. This is […]

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Meet Tanya, Our New SAT Expert Blogger!

Hi all! I’m so excited to write for the Magoosh blog and share with you! For several years, I’ve taught test strategy and advanced high school English. Not surprisingly, I love to read and solve puzzles. I cannot believe I’m admitting this publicly, but I actually find standardized tests sort of fun. My goal is […]

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