SAT Geometry Strategy: Plugging in Numbers

A great strategy on the SAT is plugging  in our own numbers. Many students forget this and instead try to set up ugly algebraic equations (while some have a knack for this, for the rest of us it is easier to think in 1, 2, 3, then in x, y, z). Other times students think […]

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Top Five Confusing SAT Words

With thousands of words to memorize, the SAT often leads to students to jumble up words in their heads. It’s hard to separate the most common SAT words from the no-shows on test day. And it’s hardly their faults—the English language is consists of many words that either look and/or sound very similar. See if […]

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SAT Reading Comprehension: Specific Line Reference

The next Reading Comprehension question type is also the most common question type. Introducing: Line reference question. Okay, there is some irony here – there’s no line reference but an xx (no, don’t get the wrong idea). For the blog critical reading passage I didn’t have the nifty little program that allowed me to insert […]

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SAT CR Passage Questions: “Line Number” Vocabulary Words

For the next two questions from the following SAT reading passage, we have a question type called Vocabulary in Context. This question type is one of the easiest to improve on, mainly because many students approach this question incorrectly. What happened in between those two photographs is that I experienced, then overcame, what the poet […]

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Building Your SAT Reading Muscle

Imagine your brain as a group of muscles.  One of these muscles is called the reading muscle. Like any muscle, the reading muscle can very easily become weak and flaccid–if you don’t use it. Now imagine trying to lift 150 pounds over your head. That would take quite a lot of muscle. Reading muscle-wise, the […]

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SAT Grammar: Semicolons

Semicolons are the bane of many a student on the SAT. As soon as they see one they think run-on sentence or verbiage. The SAT definitely plays on this fear by including many correct answers in the Identifying the Error portion of the Writing Section. Below, I’ve included a few useful tips and examples to […]

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Idioms on the SAT: Writing Practice Questions

Oh those SAT idioms – the bane of every SAT test taker. Yes, it is true.  Even those who have an ear for the proper idioms often find the rest of the writing section a breeze. While there is no one way to master idioms, a combination of approaches should help. One approach is practice […]

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Make SAT Vocab Fun

  Mnemonics The word lambaste means to criticize someone harshly. By the time you finish this post you’ll probably have forgotten that. Now, what if I tell you to imagine somebody who always criticizes you (I can already picture my high school P.E. teacher). I want you to imagine that that person’s head has been […]

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