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SAT Action Plan: How to Study and Prepare for the Digital SAT aka DSAT

Posted 2024-01-24

DSAT Action Plan : A 9-Step Study Plan to Prepare any Student for the new, digital SAT aka DSAT. Keep Reading

What happened to Khan Academy—and is the SAT Getting Harder in 2024? (Spoiler: Yes)

Posted 2024-01-16

Part A : Revising my formerly sunny position on Khan Academy's utility for SAT prep. Part B : Yes, the SAT is increasing in difficulty over time. Keep Reading

How NOT to Study for the SAT Reading Section

Posted 2021-08-01

Pushing back against the ludicrous yet recently popularized notion that reading a bunch of great novels is the best way to prepare for the multiple-choice SAT Reading section. Keep Reading

The 1600 Podcast, Episode 1: Why it DOES make sense for some high-achieving students to take start taking the SAT in 9th or 10th grade

Posted 2021-07-11

Pushing back against the "conventional wisdom" that students shouldn't worry about—or begin taking—the SAT until the summer before their junior (11th-grade) years in high school. Keep Reading

My Top 11 SAT Prep Resources, Ranked.

Posted 2022-05-13

I'm a Harvard Grad, SAT/ACT perfect scorer, and professional SAT test-prep tutor since 2002. Below are my top 11 personal recommendations for SAT prep practice tests, strategy and learning books, online learning programs, videos, and the like : Keep Reading

March 2016 SAT Scores are now Available.

Posted 2021-07-11

We finally have scores from the first administration of the new SAT in March. Keep Reading

A Perfect Score on the New PSAT is a...1520?

Posted 2021-07-11

The College Board had indicated that the new PSAT would be scored out of 1600 points, but it has recently reversed course and decided to make 1520 the highest score. It has also tinkered with the percentiles by scaling them upward, most likely in an effort to make the SAT a less intimidating test and to compete with the ACT, the College Board's rival exam. This is welcome news for those of you who are considering taking the new SAT! Keep Reading

Free Explanations to Selected new SAT Questions from Tests #1-9, and PSATs #1 and #2.

Posted 2021-07-11

Check out my Free Visual Explanations to many of the new SAT Questions from Tests #1-9, and PSATs #1 and #2, along with download links to each of the tests, scoring sheets, answer explanations, and answer sheets. Keep Reading

5 Free Downloadable SATs and a Sneak Peek of the New PSAT.

Posted 2021-07-11

Links to 5 free downloadable SATs from the College Board, and the new 2015 PSAT. Keep Reading

SAT "Score Improvement Guarantees" -- and Why You Shouldn't Trust Them.

Posted 2021-07-11

The simple truth about "score improvement guarantees?" They are marketing gimmicks. Customers always love a guarantee, so most companies will offer them, but parents definitely need to read the fine print on these. Missing a class, a practice test or even a homework assignment can disqualify the student from the guarantee. Some companies will only guarantee any improvement from the first test to the last (so a paltry 10-point improvement would suffice, for example). Other companies will guarantee a larger improvement (usually around 150 points), but when the guarantee kicks in, all the student gets in return is a free one-day "refresher course." Keep Reading

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