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Reading SAT Passages Faster

Note: This post has been updated to reflect changes in the SAT beginning March 2016 (aka the “New” SAT). Okay, so picture this: it’s Saturday morning and you’re taking the SAT. You’re working on the Reading test, and you’ve got about 5 minutes left in the section. You think you’re golden; you’re just about to […]

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How to Take Notes on SAT Critical Reading Passages, Faster

One of the most important things you can do to raise your critical reading score on your SAT is to improve your reading strategy. There’re a few ways reading the passage often goes wrong—forgetting to look at the big picture, for one—and the best way to avoid all of them is to refine your notes. […]

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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 Study Mistakes

Have you cracked open a copy of College Board’s Official Guide to the SAT and tried answering a few legit SAT questions? Or have you done some practice with questions written by some of the other major test prep companies? If you haven’t done either, then go do that ASAP. The official guide is best […]

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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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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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Key Words in SAT Reading Comprehension

In spoken English, there’s a pattern of stressing syllables and words that makes a sort of rhythm. The SAT Reading Comprehension doesn’t have any questions about that, exactly, but we can learn a bit from it. And why we stress those sounds has something to do with finding important information in SAT reading comp. To […]

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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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SAT Math Grid-In Questions

If you’d never taken the SAT before and hadn’t practiced for it, you’d have a choice on your SAT: either read the instructions for bubbling in math grid-ins or don’t. If you read the instructions, you’d be spending valuable time that could be used to pick apart questions instead. On the other hand, if you […]

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