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SAT Test Prep: Why Students Should Take a One-Day Prep Class

Posted By Ryan Duques

You Wouldn’t Take Your Driver’s Test Cold,

So Don’t Take the SAT Test Without Prep

To take the SAT test without studying for the exam is a little bit like taking your driver’s test without taking Driver’s Ed. There’s no doubt that you know how to drive and there’s no doubt that a good Driver’s Ed program will show you just how to ace the exam – the same holds true for our SAT one-day class for the SAT Exam.

Our four-hour SAT crash course will show you just what you are going to be asked and then how to do it. We’ll teach you the mechanics so that when you come to a specific task – whether it’s a complex math question or an opaque critical reading question – you’ll know just how to respond and arrive at the answer that the test wants.

Every week we receive phone calls from moms and dads who call to say that their son or daughter is an A student with C minus SAT scores. The reason for that is quite simple: the work students are asked to do on the test is very different from the work they’re asked to do in school.

To illustrate the point: In Language Arts class students are constantly encouraged to not just repeat what the author stated, but rather to dig beneath the surface to find  fresh perspective. While that’s a superior exercise, it’s the kiss of death on the SAT.

Rule Number One for Critical Reading: It’s not what you think the text is saying; it’s what the text said. Once students learn that the correct answers on critical reading mirror what was stated in the text, the test becomes eminently manageable.

The critical reading portion of the exam, the hardest part of the exam, is an open book test. All of the answers are in the text, and you can always put your finger on the right answer.

Students who take our crash course will learn our 3-2 Method for critical reading and why certain answer choices cannot be correct.

Students will discover that the math portion of the exam is as much a reading exam as it is a math exam.  The SAT measures aptitude as well as content. When it comes to the math, aptitude is measured by convoluted, brain-exhausting word questions that are designed to confound. If these compact questions are not read carefully and then taken apart piece by piece, a student is likely to go down the wrong road. We’ll show you how to unpack and translate the trickiest math questions into easy-to-take steps.    

Students will learn that to succeed on the SAT they cannot do math as they do math in math class – there’s just not enough time. Besides, there’s no reason to since the exam is multiple choice (unlike math in school) and gives you the right answers. We teach you to use the answers that are given and to work your way back.

 Between you and I – ooops, I mean me. The grammar portion of the exam also becomes a lot easier if someone shows you what to look for and how to identify the errors.  So, it’s always between you and me; it’s not between you and I. We’ll show you 20 similar mistakes that appear on the SAT. Here are a few: The construction “not only” always takes “but also” and requires parallel construction. Whenever you see the words moregreater or differed in a sentence look for faulty comparison – a period in history is compared to a historian or a painter to a painting.

None of the material on the test is too complicated; it’s much like the driver’s test. And it gets a whole lot clearer once we point out what you’ll be tested on and then how to practice on your own right up to test day. 

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