SAT Math – Looking for Patterns

Some questions seem almost impossible at first sight. You probably groan, thinking that solving the problem will take forever. You may also think that you’d be able to answer the question if you only knew the formula. This last thought is misguided: the SAT is testing the way you think, not whether you can memorize […]

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SAT Book Review – The College Board Book (1st Edition)

Everybody has heard of the Bible. For Christians it is the one book that matter most; indeed, it is the only book that really matters. This powerful connection is used more broadly to refer to any book that is the one book you’ve got to own for whatever field it is you are studying. As […]

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SAT Math Basics – FOIL Method

The SAT loves testing questions that rely on the FOIL method. A subset of algebra, FOIL relates to polynomials, and, unlike many other algebra sections, you cannot rely on plugging in (a method I otherwise encourage you to use often). Before I tell you exactly how to use FOIL, it is important that I tell […]

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SAT Subject-Verb Agreement Quiz

Before you start, you may want to read the Writing Essentials Subject-Verb Agreement post. If you feel you ‘got it’, then have a go at these five questions. They are not easy, so good luck!   1. The number of Americans living in rural areas have decreased (A) to unprecedented levels, with (B)most farmers saying that their days (C)in […]

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SAT Math Basics – Triangles

What you need to know about triangles on the SAT is nowhere near as much as you probably learned in high school. Remember law of cosines? Exactly, most people do not. But the law of cosines, and just about every thing else from trigonometry, is not tested on the SAT. Ahh…I think I just heard […]

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SAT Reading Comprehension Question Type: Direct Reference

In the previous installments, we took apart a reading comprehension passage. The passage is of medium length, and you will usually get a couple of these on the SAT. Typically, passages of this length have no more than six questions. As this is a tutorial of sorts, I’ve decided to milk the passage for ten […]

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SAT Permutations and Combinations Practice Questions

If you’ve read the combination and permutation posts, have a go at the following questions. These combinations/permutations questions are about as hard as any combinations or permutations questions you could see test day. Don’t forget to use the dash method! 1. Sally owns five different blouses. If she cannot wear the same blouse on two […]

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SAT Passage Inference Questions

Inference questions are a tricky bunch. We have to choose the answer that can best be supported by information in the passage. The trick is not falling prey to those answer choices that are somewhat correct, but go a little beyond the information in the passage. Questions typically try to trick us in a variety […]

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Illogical Comparisons on the SAT Writing Section

You’ve most likely heard the phrase never compare apples to oranges. This is definitely true on SAT Writing section. So if an answer choice compares two unlike things, then it is incorrect.   For instance, look at the following sentence: Mike’s test score was better than Sally. In this example, we are comparing Mike’s test […]

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“Oblivious to” and “Oblivious of” SAT Idioms for the Critical Reading Section

Do you know your SAT idioms? Here is one you definitely do NOT want to be unmindful of. First though, take a hack at the following question and see if you can answer it correctly.   The crowd remained oblivious of the fire, and only moved out of the way when A               B                  C they […]

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