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An SAT “Trick” Debunked- When to Bubble in Your Answers

There are some gems buried in the scads of SAT tips and tricks (like filling in the sentence completion blanks with your own word), but there are also some disasters waiting to happen. Some test prep sites will tell you to do things that might totally screw up your SAT. Why would that happen? Tips […]

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Common SAT Mistakes

We all make dumb mistakes, sometimes. When I say “dumb mistake,” I don’t mean a mistake that I (or anybody else) would call stupid. This isn’t about intelligence or how other people judge it. It’s about what you yourself look at and say, “Oh… that was dumb.” Have you ever done that? Ever looked at […]

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The Best Places to Study for the SAT

If you’re serious about getting more than just an average SAT score, you should make sure you’re doing the best prep you can do. You want to get as much out of the experience as possible and remember what you’ve learned. At the same time, you want to make sure you’re not getting distracted. Every […]

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What Skills Does the SAT Test?

How many skills does the SAT test you on? On the surface, you might say there are three: reading, writing and math. And in a way, you’d be right. Those are three scores you receive, after all. But there’s a lot more to it, really. Here are five other skills that the SAT makers are […]

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When to Trust Your Instincts on the SAT

When faced with a tough choice, it’s easy to second-guess yourself (and the SAT is full of tough choices). Think of how hard it can be to choose toppings for a pizza. You think sausage and pepper sounds good, and you’re all set to order, and then you see the barbeque chicken, and it’s not […]

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Taking a Break from SAT Studying

If you’re sitting down with a full-length SAT practice test, then the breaks we’re talking about here don’t really apply. Half the point of those practice tests is to build up your comfort with a test-like environment, and you don’t get to take a whole lot of breaks during your SAT. In fact, you’ll only […]

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What Does SAT Stand For?

Though SAT used to stand for “Scholastic Aptitude Test,” it now stands for … nothing. SAT is just a name and no longer an acronym. It’s a one-named brand just like Beyoncé or Coke. Curious to know why?

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SAT Calculators

Yes, you can use your calculator on the SAT. Did you think that the College Board gods were so cruel? You can even use a graphing calculator, which you may be able to use for a graph question (although it’s really not necessary) or a question about a quadratic equation. Calculators can only be used […]

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SAT Multiple Choice Strategy: Picking the Low-Hanging Fruit

For the most part, questions on the SAT are put in a pretty specific order. With the exception of the passage-based critical reading, each group of questions of the same type is ordered from easiest to hardest. So what does that mean for you when you take your SAT?   Taking each SAT section backwards […]

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The Importance of Enthusiasm for the SAT

There’s a skeleton in my SAT closet. It’s something I don’t always tell to students, but there’s a lesson to be learned, so here it goes: I could have done a lot better in prepping for my test. There, I said it. I took a classroom-style course from one of the major prep companies, but […]

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