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Common Sense Method to Preparing for the SAT

The method is mostly based on common sense. After all, how hard is it for anyone to figure out that the more one practices, the more one improves. However, there are a few elements that seem to work better than others. Also, I may be able to point to certain elements of a preparation that yield lesser results. For instance, I do not recommend spending huge amounts of time reading lists of words.

The study guides published by The College Board will be your best friend to get a better score.

The older version was called 10 Real SATs which contained copies of old SAT exams.

So what “the method”?

The program in a nutshell:

  • 1.

    Take 1-2 tests without time limit and with open books. Take your time to read the questions, answer them, and CHECK the answers, as you take the test. The idea is to make sure to understand all the terms. The score is far from relevant.

  • 2.

    Take the following 2-3 tests without time limit but close the books. Now, you’re on your own. After taking the test, check the answers and make sure to check ALL your answers, including the correct ones.

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    Take the next 2-3 tests, within the allotted time.

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    Take the last tests and try to shave a few minutes. Look for patterns, shortcuts. Soon enough, you'll recognize problems in a few seconds. However, make sure you READ all the questions. Trying to save 5 seconds in that part is NOT wise. Remember that you do NOT have to finish all the problems. As soon as you can determine the BEST answer with certainty, you are DONE. Managing your time wisely is the key to a great score. This comes from practice.

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