SAT Test Day Checklist: What to Bring

What to Bring to the SAT on Test Day Are you ready for test day? You’ve done hours and hours of SAT prep, tons of homework, have revisited, reviewed, and redone past missed problems, drilled yourself on important rules, concepts, and formulas, and now it’s time to...

Running out of Time on SAT Math? Advice and Strategy

One of the most frequent complaints I get from students about the SAT’s math sections — both the No Calculator and Calculator sections — is that they have difficulty finishing the section. “I’m running out of time!” they say, exasperated. This article aims to offer...

SAT Reading Tip: Synonyms Point to the Correct Answer

Are You Falling for This Common SAT Reading Trick?   Having scored a perfect 800 on SAT Reading and perfect 5s on the English Language and Literature AP tests, I know my way around passage-based reading exams for high school students. During several years’ time...

Turn SAT Geometry Problems into Algebra Problems

SAT Geometry Problems: Tips and Tricks Having been an SAT and ACT prep tutor for several years now, I’ve noticed a recurring comment among my students whenever they encounter difficult geometry problems on the SAT math test (in both the no-calculator and...

Taking a Gap Year: Pros and Cons

Should You Take a Gap Year Before College? Weigh the Pros and Cons   These days, it seems more and more high school students are entertaining the notion of taking a “gap year” after they graduate high school before attending college. Students who express interest...

Which SAT Essay Structure Works Best for You?

2 Ways to Structure Your SAT Essay   One of the most important components of a successful SAT essay--one that scores a perfect 8 on all three areas (Reading, Writing, and Analysis)--is organization. Yet students often take organization for granted and don't put...

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