Welcome back to school! I hope you had a fantastic summer break, full of fun, relaxation, good memories, and SAT preparation. The new SAT is in full swing, with three exams administered in spring 2016. This month, I want to, first, give you some general reminders and information about the exam; then, I’ll cover a […]

This month I want to focus on a subject many students find challenging: exponents. This post is a basic overview of exponent properties and is a good place to start when preparing for this topic. Three Rules When working with exponents, there are three major rules that govern the simplification of expressions: The first rule […]

This month’s punctuation lesson is on semicolons and colons, the use of which can cause many students to tremble! The proper use of semicolons and colons just screams sophistication, erudition, and grammatical prowess, so make sure you know when to use these marks! Note: I am including only the rules for the semicolon and colon […]

The last two SAT Math blog posts have looked at linear and exponential functions. This month we will be focusing on the last common relationship found on the new SAT, quadratic functions. How can you identify quadratic functions? If the equation’s highest exponent is a 2, this is a quadratic function. The general equation of […]

Last month we looked at the details of linear functions. Recall that linear functions can be identified by a constant addition or subtraction relationship in the output of a function (usually the y values). This month we will examine exponential functions which can be identified by a constant multiplication or division relationship. Exponential functions and […]

The apostrophe might seem like an innocuous punctuation mark, but if used incorrectly, the meaning of a word can change. Let’s review the rules for apostrophe use: Apostrophes are used to indicate possession. For singular nouns that do not end in s, add ‘s. Example: Victoria’s aunt is kind and generous. For […]

The first administration of the new SAT is right around the corner! If you took the PSAT last semester, you have had your first glance at the new material. If you have access to a practice PSAT, this is a great study resource. If not, Khan Academy (khanacademy.org) has plenty of practice problems to […]

Unlike the old SAT, the new SAT will assess conventions of punctuation. You will be asked to observe standard punctuation practices, including within-sentence punctuation. Within-sentence punctuation includes colons, semicolons, dashes, and parentheses. This month’s focus is on dashes and parentheses. The rule is: Dashes and parentheses both separate information that is less relevant than an […]