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A blog about preparing for the SAT® the 1600.io way

SAT Prep Fallacies: You’re Not Taking the Test to Get Better at Anything, So Don’t Try

You might hear a tutor make the following argument, which is paraphrased from an actual statement: “What's your main goal? Many students (and tutors) go astray because they have the wrong answer to this question. Are you taking the SAT because your goal is to become better at reading, writing,...

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1600.ioU SAT Math Micro-Lesson: I’m Going to Send You to the Principal Square Root

One of the mathematical concepts that produces the most confusion among students relates to the square root operation. Many students mistakenly think that when a term includes a square root operation, both the positive and negative square roots must be taken into account. This is...

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Harvard or Hole-Digger: Debunking Paranoid Fantasies of SAT Test Takers

The set of extreme pressures that students are subjected to during the entire college preparation process – from their parents, their peers, society at large, and themselves – can terribly warp kids' picture of the road ahead and trigger totally unnecessary fear and anxiety. Rather than having...

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Calculators for the SAT: Tools of the Devil

The SAT has a Math - Calculator section, so naturally, students want to take advantage of that option to maximize their score and minimize the time needed to complete the section. Why do the math yourself when the calculator will do it for you? We're going to explain why that logic is simply...

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Micro-Cheating on SAT Practice Tests: You’re Stealing From Yourself

Here’s an all-too-common scenario: a student is scoring well on practice test after practice test, but when they take a real SAT, their score is hundreds of points lower. Yes, there are several legitimate reasons this can happen: test anxiety, physical illness, a terrible testing environment,...

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Announcing SMTEx™: The SAT Math Topic Explorer

If you've ever wondered how often a particular math topic shows up on the SAT, or you've struggled with a math problem from a practice test and you weren't sure what concept you needed to study (and where to find it in our Orange Book), we've got you. Announcing SMTEx, the SAT Math Topic...

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If This Isn’t Your Last SAT, Why Are You Freaking Out?

“In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love,” wrote Alfred, Lord Tennyson (stop groaning -- you came here to learn something). Obviously, old Alfred did not hang out with today’s high schoolers, because their spring thoughts are focused on the SATs, and “love” is...

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“I’m Getting the SAT Out of the Way Early,” or How To Score Below Your Potential

Every week or so, some bright young student posts on Reddit that they have come up with the brilliant plan of taking the SAT before junior year to “get it out of the way.” Many of these students plan to take the test during sophomore year or even as freshmen. The reasoning always goes like...

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Legends of the SAT: The Cousin Who Scored 1550

There’s a strange figure who inhabits many students’ lives; an ethereal, ever-present spectre whose influence can be pernicious. It’s the cousin who scored 1550. You know who we mean; that relative (or maybe it’s a neighbor, or a classmate) who supposedly scored a 1550 (or got into Stanford,...

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Why Cramming for the SAT Doesn’t Work

Students are used to cramming for tests; it’s a routine practice to stay up late the night before a school exam and memorize facts, figures, formulas, names, dates, and so on. It would seem to make sense, then, that it would be productive to cram for the SAT the day before the test, and even...

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