5 SAT Myths Busted: How to Guarantee Higher SAT Critical Reading Scores for Your Teen

SAT day is fast approaching. It is one of six days throughout the year when over one million juniors and seniors will sit down to face what has been touted as the most challenging and important morning of their entire high school career. With that kind of pressure, it’s no wonder that normally excellent students often receive mediocre scores. Fortunately, for the majority of students, there is a way to move through this seemingly brain-crushing experience with confidence and the right skills to achieve the scores they deserve. Myth #1: Memorizing a list of words that have commonly appeared on past SATs is the most effective way to prepare for the verbal portion of the exam. To shatter this myth, it is first important to understand what the critical reading portion of the SAT is really testing. As the term “critical” implies, this portion of the test measures the student’s ability to apply their long-term understanding of language. In other words, it...
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How the Redesigned SAT will Compare to the ACT and How to Prepare Your Teen for Either Test

A couple of weeks ago, I gave you a preview of what the redesigned SAT will look like in 2016. In case you missed it, the main changes are there will now be two multiple choice sections and an optional essay. Basically what this means is: • The multiple choice will have only four options instead of five • Gone is the penalty for an incorrect answer • The critical reading section will take 65 minutes, and have 52 multiple choice questions based on several passages totaling just over 3,000 words: 40% science, 40%, history/social studies, and 20 literature So you may be wondering how will this redesigned SAT compare to the ACT, let's break it down: Both have no penalty for an incorrect response Both have 4 choices (old SAT had 5) The way some of the grammar is tested looks very similar to the English section of the ACT Most of the types of reading passages selected on the new SAT look to be from similar...
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