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Preparing for the SAT as a Non-Native English Speaker

Preparing for the SAT as a Non-Native Speaker If English isn’t your first language, then you have an extra challenge when taking the SAT. The test is hard enough for native speakers. Coming from a different language, it might seem impossible. Applying to U.S. colleges and aiming to study in America is ambitious in the […]

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When Should You Take the SAT?

The College Board administers the SAT most months of the school year. There’s a test every month from October to June except for in February and April. So you have some choices. What’s the difference?   What years should you take the SAT? With the “score choice” option, you might choose to take the test […]

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Is the SAT an IQ Test?

Despite the size of the test prep industry, there’s this lingering myth that the SAT is an IQ test, so studying for it is futile. The official response to that from the test prep giants (Kaplan, Princeton, Barron’s…) is a pretty unanimous “hogwash!” Or maybe it’s “horsefeathers!” It’s something barn related, in any case. But […]

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SAT Squirrel Makes Studying Fun

The SAT is inherently not fun. That was never the test makers intention. They didn’t choose fun passages for you to read and there are no silly math problems. But that doesn’t mean that studying for the SAT needs to be boring and drab like the test. Right, Mr. SAT Squirrel? The exact opposite it […]

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How to Relax for the SAT

“I could do better on the SAT if I didn’t lose focus so easily” “I could remember more if I weren’t so stressed.” Do these sentiments sound familiar?  It seems our electronically driven culture recognizes two basic human energy states —- manic and stressed while on task, and then completely blitzed and unfocused afterward.  Popular […]

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SAT Study Music

The “Mozart effect” is pretty well-known, but it’s usually misunderstood or exaggerated. The truth is, it’s unlikely at best that any one type of music can help bring up your SAT scores—it may even impair your memorization skills. But I still recommend listening while prepping. Why?   Music makes studying more enjoyable Even if the […]

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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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