Thursday, February 25, 2016

SAT Verbal Prep on Facebook

I have retired from tutoring.  I will no longer update this blog.
Occasionally I will post articles related to SAT, academic writing, and education on Facebook: SAT Verbal Prep.  Thanks!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About the New SAT

Everything You Need to Know About the New SAT
Here’s what experts say about the redesigned test, based on practice questions. Tip: Go to a good school, and read a lot.

Practice up with sample questions for the revised exam, coming soon to a test prep center near you.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NEW CollegeBoard Official Study Guide for the New SAT 2016

CollegeBoard: Official SAT Study Guide (2016 Edition) (Official Study Guide for the New SAT)

ISBN-13: 978-1457304309  ISBN-10: 1457304309

Students will gain valuable experience and raise their confidence by taking practice tests, learning about test structure, and gaining a deeper understanding of what is tested on the SAT. The Official Study Guide for the New SAT will help students get ready for the SAT with: 4 official SAT practice tests, written in the exact same process and by the same team of authors as the actual exam; detailed descriptions of the math and evidenced based reading and writing sections of the SAT; targeted practice questions for each SAT question type; guidance on the new optional essay, including practice essay questions with sample responses; a review of math concepts tested in the exam; test-taking approaches and suggestions that underscore important points; seamless integration with Khan Academy's free SAT practice resources. There's also a complete chapter on the PSAT/NMSQT.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The New SAT: Will It Be Better?

The New SAT: Will It Be Better?

 - - NYTimes Opinion - Print Headline: "The New SAT: Will It Be Better?"
To the Editor: Re “The Big Problem With the New SAT,” by Richard C. Atkinson and Saul Geiser (Op-Ed, May 5): We applaud the writers for recognizing that the new SAT is a “more straightforward....

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Big Problem With the New SAT

The Big Problem With the New SAT

 -  - NYTimes Opinion - 

AT first glance, the College Board’s revised SAT seems a radical departure from the test’s original focus on students’ general ability or aptitude. Set to debut a year from now, in the spring of 2016, the exam will require

Friday, May 8, 2015

Student Loan Facts They Wish They Had Known

Student Loan Facts They Wish They Had Known

Personal stories about student loans painted a picture of clueless teenagers, frazzled parents and college administrators who may not question students about their debt levels.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley

The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley
Hackathons, in which student teams attempt to build a new piece of tech, showcase some of the best upstart programmers and have become a focal point for recruiting.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

What Does The SAT Really Test?

What Does The SAT Really Test? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Published on Apr 29, 2015
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THE SAT. How’s that SAT prep going? Need some SAT tips? Well, here’s one: The SAT may not actually be measuring your…anything. That’s right, your SAT scores, despite what colleges and high schools across America may like for you to believe, may not reflect anything new. There is actually substantial evidence that instead of broad aptitudes, the SATs only measure a specific set of non-quantitative, cultural values and ideas. Don’t scratch those SAT dates off your calendar yet though, because it is still important, and on this week’s episode of Idea Channel, let’s look at why.


1:30 “What Was on the First SAT?”,

5:52 “SAT reading, math scores decline”

6:04 “FairTest - Top Tier Schools which Deemphasize the ACT/SAT…”,

6:07 “Study: College Selectivity Doesn’t Improve Graduation Rates”

6:17 “Testing Your Scantron Score” ScantronCorp

6:20 “Using the Scantron”, UNR Microbiology 251 TA Channel,

6:24 OpScan 4ES, ScantronCorp

7:01 “2013 FIRST Tech Challenge at i-Gate: High School Robotics Competition"


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Friday, March 13, 2015

SAT March 2015 Countdown: 1

Don't cram for the SAT!
  • Put down that box of flash cards and back away from the BLUE BOOK.
  • Follow you normal Friday Night Homework routine.
  • Pack all your SAT supplies (ex: CHARGED-UP calculator, pencils, check your transportation/ride, etc) before you go to bed.
  • Go to bed early.
  • Set you alarm to wake-up fifteen minutes early to focus your thoughts.