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SAT Tip of the Week: 4 Tips to Solve Pie Chart Questions

SAT Tip of the Week: 4 Tips to Solve Pie Chart Questions

The SAT Math section is guaranteed to have some Data Analysis questions. These questions can take several forms: tables, graphs, charts, etc. These figures may look intimidating, but most of the questions that follow them require relatively easy algebra skills: setting up equations, finding percentages or averages, and using substitution. To do well on Pie Chart (also called Circle Graph) questions, follow these basic tips:

SAT Tip of the Week: 5 Ways to Conquer Test Anxiety

SAT Tip of the Week: 5 Ways to Conquer Test Anxiety

The SAT is often the first major standardized exam that many students take. It is their first footstep into the world of higher education. Because of the horror stories of the infamous SAT that circle around high school lunchrooms across the nation, fledgling juniors and seniors who haven’t taken the exam can feel a lot of pressure on test day. Here are 5 ways to get rid of that unnecessary stress:

SAT Tip of the Week: 3 Types of Antecedent Errors

SAT Tip of the Week: 3 Types of Antecedent Errors

The word “antecedent” in grammar refers to a noun that a pronoun takes the place of, and since we see a lot of pronouns on the SAT Writing questions, we see a lot of antecedents. There are three main ways antecedents can make an Improving Sentences or Identifying Sentence Error statement wrong: by not agreeing in number with its pronoun, by offering more than one possible antecedent, or by not being present in the sentence at all! Let’s brush up on our antecedent knowledge, then we’ll examine these errors:

SAT Tip of the Week: Scientific Notation and Exponents

SAT Tip of the Week: Scientific Notation and Exponents

Scientific Notation is not a heavily-tested concept on the SAT (whew!) – and you might not see it at all! But it’s definitely useful to review, and it’s a concept that goes hand-in-hand with understanding exponents.

Large numbers and very small decimals are often expressed with exponents using scientific notation. Scientific notation means expressing a number as a product of a decimal and the number 10 raised to a certain power. The reason scientific notation is used is that is saves space. Who would want to write .000000000000000000547, when 5.47 x 1019 saves us a lot more room?

SAT Tip of the Week: Memorizing Math Formulas

SAT Tip of the Week: Memorizing Math Formulas

The SAT Math sections test three distinct categories of measurement: Perimeter, Area, and Volume. Luckily, many formulas are provided for you at the front of each Math section, but if you do enough practice problems, you’ll soon have these need-to-know formulas committed to memory, and won’t waste valuable test-time flipping pages.  Memorizing these formulas is also great practice for the ACT if you plan to take it, since unlike the SAT, the ACT exam does NOT provide them for you!

SAT Tip of the Week: How I Scored a 2350 on the SAT in 5 Easy Steps

SAT Tip of the Week: How I Scored a 2350 on the SAT in 5 Easy Steps

In March of 2006, I took the SAT for the first and only time and scored a 2350. I was very excited to score so well, and would like to share some of my study tips with you! So, without further ado…

1.) My Number One tip: Practice! Take lots of practice tests – and not just any practice tests, but tests that are written by the College Board.  If you don’t have one, I highly recommend buying a copy of the Official SAT Study Guide, so you can practice using material that’s actually written by the makers of the SAT. I can’t emphasize enough how helpful practice tests are: the more you practice, the more you’ll get used to the pacing of a four-hour test, the timing element of the test, the strange and SAT-specific question types that tend to pop up, etc. So, practice, practice, practice!

SAT Tip of the Week: How to Solve 3 Types of Algebra Problems

SAT Tip of the Week: How to Solve 3 Types of Algebra Problems

Algebra problems on the SAT may take several forms, but they generally involve some variation on solving for a variable or expression.   In this article, I will break down the process of working through a few variations of those lovely “solve for x” or “what is the value of x?” types of problems.

4 Tips to Find the Main Idea in SAT Passages

4 Tips to Find the Main Idea in SAT Passages

It’s important to keep in mind for all SAT Reading Comprehension questions that just because an SAT answer choice is reasonable, true, or mentioned in the SAT reading passage, does not mean it is automatically correct. Always ask yourself: which answer choice in this SAT question best addresses this specific question being asked? To be able to answer “Main Idea” questions, try to adopt these quick tips:

SAT Tip of the Week: How to Identify Preposition Errors in SAT Writing

SAT Tip of the Week: How to Identify Preposition Errors in SAT Writing

Many students find that prepositional phrases are the bane of their existence on the writing section of the SAT.  This is because the SAT likes to use propositional phrases to confuse the test-taker’s ear by adding a bunch of words in between the subject and verb or the pronoun and the antecedent.  The good news is that, armed with foreknowledge, you can catch the test-writers at their game and never get fooled again.  Here’s what you need to know…

Why Good Students Score Poorly on SAT Math - Part V

Why Good Students Score Poorly on SAT Math - Part V

Today we’ll finish up our 5-part series on SAT math tips for smart students who are struggling to keep their SAT math scores high. In Part I we learned that the result is rewarded, not the effort. Part II taught us that SAT math problems can be very tricky, Part III showed us why the SAT math section is unlike what you’ve seen before, and in Part IV we saw how perfectionism can hurt you on test day. Today, we’ll take a closer look into overconfidence.

Why Good Students Score Poorly on SAT Math - Part IV

Why Good Students Score Poorly on SAT Math - Part IV

Today we continue a 5-part series on SAT math tips for smart students who are struggling to keep their SAT math scores high. In Part I we learned that the result is rewarded, not the effort. Part II taught us that SAT math problems can be very tricky, and in Part III we looked at why the SAT math section is unlike what you’ve seen before. Today, we’ll see how perfectionism can hurt you on test day.

Why Good Students Score Poorly on SAT Math - Part III

Why Good Students Score Poorly on SAT Math - Part III

Today we continue a 5-part series on SAT math tips for smart students who are struggling to keep their SAT math scores high. In Part I we learned that the result is rewarded, not the effort. Part II taught us that SAT math problems can be very tricky. Today, we’ll look at why the SAT math section is unlike anything you’ve ever come across.

SAT Tip of the Week: Combining Sentences

SAT Tip of the Week: Combining Sentences

In context, which of the following is the best way to combine sentences 1 and 2 (reproduced below)?

Marriage was once a sacred religious institution authorized only by sacred establishments. In contemporary times the concept of marriage has become more of a state convention and less of a holy bond.

SAT Tip of the Week: Practice Makes Perfect

SAT Tip of the Week: Practice Makes Perfect

As the old saying goes, “practice makes perfect”.  It is true. Human beings are designed to improve, learn, and excel through rigorous and mindful practice. In addition to teaching, I also dance. When I was younger, dance class was simply a fun activity to do after school. I have come to learn now that I need to practice consciously every single day if I want to excel at dance and succeed.

3 Tips for Keeping Your Cool on Test Day

3 Tips for Keeping Your Cool on Test Day

Your outlook on test day is probably something like this: Oh no; it’s here. The test is this weekend. That big test. The one I’ve been partially dreading and partially waiting for just so I can get it over with. I’m a little nervous, no, a lot nervous. Isn’t this test supposed to decide my life or something? Isn’t this the test that determines whether or not I’ll get into a good college?

SAT Tip of the Week: Solving Permutation Questions

SAT Tip of the Week: Solving Permutation Questions

On the SAT, you’ll see a handful of permutation questions. Permutation questions deal with the rearranging of existing elements. Let’s look at an example problem. The problem goes something like this “A northeastern (museum/school/restaurant) has four (displays/desks/seats) all in a row.  How many different combinations of six (paintings/students/diners) can be made?”

SAT Tip of the Week: Avoiding Assumptions

SAT Tip of the Week: Avoiding Assumptions

Avoiding Assumptions is probably the best strategy period on SAT Reading. But it will take a long time before you master this strategy. You will need to practice the art of avoiding assumptions over and over on SAT passages until you perfect it.

Remember that an assumption is an induction that is not based on textual evidence from the passage. So how can you avoid making assumptions on the SAT? Well, you can ask yourself one magic question:

SAT Tip of the Week: 4 Tips to Solve Hard Math Problems

SAT Tip of the Week: 4 Tips to Solve Hard Math Problems

So here we are, the moment of truth.  We have been feverishly studying for the last six months.  We don’t blink when we see capricious and capacious sitting next to each other in the completing sentences portion, knowing that we are looking for a synonym to whimsical (caprice means whim) not roomy or spacious (capa, like capacity).