Out with the old, in with the new. The College Board will begin administering its revamped SAT in March 2016. If you have been preparing for the old exam, fear not; many of the skills you have been practicing will transfer to the new exam. Let’s take a closer look at which math skills are […]

We hope you had a wonderful holiday and a well-deserved break! As the new year begins, it’s time to start thinking about the redesigned SAT, which will become a reality on March 5, 2016! Over the next few months we will be exploring the new exam’s content in more detail; for now, though, we want […]

The Writing Section on the SAT requires that you have an understanding of subject-verb agreement, one of the most common grammatical mistakes people make. So, let’s first review how to identify the subject and verb of a sentence. A subject and verb are essential to a sentence. The verb is a word or group of […]

Standardized tests try to avoid having students “solve for x.” Asking a question this simples leaves students the opportunity to plug in the answer choices (A – E) until they find one that works. This doesn’t necessarily test whether a student knows algebra but can instead test whether a student knows how to take a […]

The comma: a powerful punctuation mark, indeed! While the current SAT does not assess punctuation rules, the revised SAT, being administered for the first time in March 2016, will. The current SAT, of course, has a mandatory essay component, so it’s a good idea to review some basic rules of punctuation. *Commas insert pauses to […]

For many students, variables can complicate a question. Let’s look at an example of what I mean: The price of ground coffee beans is d dollars for 8 ounces, and each ounce makes c cups of brewed coffee. In terms of c and d, what is the dollar cost of the ground coffee beans required […]

Welcome to a new school year! I hope everyone enjoyed a well-deserved summer break. We will continue to post relevant topics for the current SAT through January 2016. After that time, we will transition to information for the new SAT, which will be administered for the first time in March 2016.   This month, I […]

Soon it will be time to take a well-deserved break from the academic rigors of the school year.  Be careful, though, to not let your critical reading and writing skills stagnate.  One of the best ways to prepare for the Critical Reading and Writing sections on the SAT is to read challenging works in a […]

How did you celebrate National Grammar Day? Did you host a party? What’s that? You say you did not know March 4 is designated as National Grammar Day. Well, in 2008, National Grammar Day was established by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. Some people celebrated by writing clever […]

It’s been awhile since I have written about the importance of expanding your vocabulary for the SAT’s Critical Reading section, but I’m sure you remember it is extremely important you do this! I previously posted links to a number of SAT vocabulary building websites and apps, but now I’d like to share with you some […]