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SAT Preparation Fallacies Debunked: Testing Your Reading Won’t Improve Your Reading

tl;dr, because this is a long one: It’s irrational to use testing your reading as the primary activity for improving your reading, because reading skill is acquired by reading, not by testing your reading. A student writes, “I've taken 7 reading practice tests over the past 5 days and every...


1600.ioU SAT Math Micro-Lesson: Proportion Control

You almost certainly know what a proportion is in math; it’s just an equation with a ratio (expressed as a fraction) on each side of the equals sign. Proportions are commonly used to represent a relationship between two quantities. For example, we can express the relationship between feet and...


When Should You Take the SAT?

For the typical student, we recommend planning to take the SAT twice, with a third sitting as a backup. We suggest taking your first SAT during the spring or early summer of your junior year after a significant preparation effort. This is the trial run, and you should not expect to get your...


SAT Slams: To Eliminate Careless Errors, Care More – About Everything

One of the chief culprits in the theft of points on the SAT is carelessness (another is reliance on mental math; we’ll deal with that in another post). Nearly every student falls victim to this plague of inattention, sloppiness, and haste; the dropped minus sign, the missed word, the failure to...


Re-Starting SAT Preparation After a Break

Nearly all students find that for one reason or another, they have a break in their preparation activities. This can be due to the demands of school, a family vacation, a mental recovery period following a real test, or simply laziness, procrastination, or avoidance of an onerous task. A break...


The Classic SAT Reading Question Dilemma: You’re Down to Two Choices

If you find that on the reading section of the SAT, you often narrow the answers down to two choices, and one of them is always the right answer, but you often select the other one, there’s good news: You’ve correctly identified two of the three wrong answers! There’s even better news: you’ve...