Archives for December, 2009

"Tis the Season for SAT Review! Part Five, the Writing Subtest

Compared to the math section, the writing section is much simpler. The same kinds of errors are used over and over, and you need to be able to recognize them.

The biggest single feature to keep your eyes open for is the “disagreement error.” Somewhere in the passage they switch number (singular vs plural) or tense (past / present / future) or voice (first / second / third person) or verb form…or they confuse a pronoun reference, or they give a list where the...
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"Tis the Season for SAT Review! Part Two, Know the Test

The SAT and its relatives (PSAT, SSAT) have scoring rules that are different from other multiple-choice tests. These rules are important to understand, because if you don't you are likely to lose points and hurt your score.

You get one point for each correct answer, zero points for each question you don’t answer (leave blank), and you lose ¼ of a point for every incorrect answer.

So, unlike the usual multiple-choice test, guessing has some risk attached, and random guessing will, on average, hurt you....
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"Tis the Season for SAT Review! Part One, Review Your PSAT

Eleventh graders all over the country are receiving early holiday “gifts”: their PSAT scores!

The PSAT is a shorter version of the SAT. The SAT is one of the two standardized tests required by virtually every college as part of the admissions portfolio.

Prepping kids for standardized tests is a big part of my job. Whether you hire a tutor, enroll in an SAT class, or prepare on your own, here are some pointers to help you out.

Happy holidays! Happy studying!

1. Review ...
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