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Chris Lele

SAT Critical Reading Tips

Reading Comprehension can be very frustrating. With certain questions, it seems as though many of the answers can work. Often students throw their hands up in despair thinking that the test is rigged. Don’t succumb to such a temptation. The test is valid (you can always contest with the College Board). Finding the correct answer […]

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Chris Lele

The Most Underrated Way to Learn SAT Vocabulary

Many studying for the SAT think that the only way to learn vocabulary is by going through a stack of endless SAT flashcards. While flashcards can definitely help you learn many words, they are not the only weapon in your arsenal when worrying about how to learn SAT vocabulary. A great—but often neglected—way of learning […]

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Chris Lele

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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Chris Lele

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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Chris Lele

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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Chris Lele

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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Chris Lele

SAT Math Basics: Exponents

Exponents often times scare the bejeezus out of students. The word exponent alone conjures up numbers so big that they seemingly dwarf the number of atoms in the known universe. But do not fear: there are no atoms on the test, and the exponents on the SAT deal with far smaller numbers. Below are a […]

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Chris Lele

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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Chris Lele

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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Chris Lele

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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