Tutoring News Post
December 31, 2023: To state the obvious: the internet is full of information. In the age of disinformation, however, it’s just hard to know exactly which sources to trust.
Today, on the other hand, Google results have grown increasingly similar and corporate.
Totalitarian moderator behavior also prevents us from hearing the anonymous perspectives of well-meaning users who are new, and would like to share their experiences and advice, but are blocked from posting for a variety of petty reasons: not enough post or comment karma, Reddit account not old enough, the mods just don't like you or are having a bad day, they have banned you out of personal and/or professional envy, et cetera.
Even those who do remain active on the subreddit must "kiss the ring" and parrot the moderators' talking points, or else risk the same fate—so there is little to no diversity of opinions expressed.
r/SAT is run by a highly biased moderation team, including an employee of UWorld. Most of the r/SAT moderators ("mods") also have no clue about the new digital SAT aka DSAT, and haven't bothered to educate themselves on the issue, instead throwing out incorrect and off-the-cuff advice to impressionable high schoolers, who tend to assume—incorrectly—that the moderators know what they are talking about.
In the end, the real, painstaking research to identify each and every unique question on the linear, nonadaptive digital SAT PDFs was done by me and other true SAT professionals across the world who actually teach the digital SAT for a living—not by the lazy r/SAT mods, who would rather take a guess and wait for someone else to do the research. (See the examples above, and consider that Reddit moderators are unpaid.)
Ultimately, when it comes to r/SAT, please don't trust any of the moderators or "power users" to give you truly informed and updated information about the digital SAT and/or PSAT.
Despite what Graeme Blake would like you to believe, there is no r/LSAT moderation "team" — it is in fact run by one self-promoting, competition-banning LSAT tutor who utilizes a group of alternative usernames, aka "alts," in order to appear as if there were an actual group of individuals in charge of his subreddit.
In reality, of course, there isn't: it's just law school dropout Blake, standing behind the curtain with his trusty "remove" button.
Strangely, these painfully amateur posts and comments by TTP employees (Really? I should create a GMAT preparation schedule? Sleep and exercise are a good idea? There are five fingers on a hand? Wow, I never would have thought of that!) always seem to get about 10 to 20 “upvotes"... probably because everyone at that company has been instructed to create multiple accounts in order to inflate and manipulate Reddit's vote count—which is unfortunately much easier than you would think.
If the subreddit's moderators choose to care, and to pay attention—which is a big "if"—then they might post some useful, updated information in the sub's "sidebar" ... or they might not. Even on the rare occasions when the mods do make an effort, it's often for the purpose of self-promotion and/or profit, not true public service (see: r/LSAT's tutor "directory," which conveniently lists the mod as the #1 tutoring option, and requires moderator approval to be listed).
Remember, the term "power-tripping mods" exists for a reason.
Happy New Year,