Saturday, February 3, 2018

Confused about what books to use to prepare for the SAT? "Can I use an older book?" Frequently Asked Questions about the SAT

What happens if I study with a book from 2008?   Have the questions changed very much?
REPLY:  Yes.  The questions that asked for "what is the relation?" are gone.  For example

Tepid:Boiling is like middle:_______

what's another word for an "extreme"?
a) path
b) cliff
c) peak
Clearly boiling is OVER tepid, so the _____ is OVER the middle.   A cliff could be anywhere on the mountain, but the PEAK is clearly over the middle of the mountain.

That sort of question is gone.

Many of the other questions that you will find in a book from 2008 are still relevant.  The key to remember is that most of the math is geometry, number sense and algebra, with a few statistics and trigonometry exercises thrown in.

Have they changed the strategies?  I've heard that it was NOT a good idea to guess the answer.
REPLY:  The penalty for wrong answers has been removed.

I've been a test-prep tutor since I scored a perfect 800 on the Math SAT in 1975.  The Verbal was 720.  Other students wanted to know the tips.  It's simple:  Keep looking at problems in the workbooks.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Free instruction online with Khan Academy

How to get a higher score on the SAT

1.  Look at at least 300 problems. is a start. for SAT and ACT.
2.  Look at the free examples online
3.  Collect the problems that you can't do
4.  Find a study buddy.
5.  Take the list of problems to your teacher (maybe your teachers will use these problems in class and then you will get the answers free)
6.  Send photos of the problems to (954) 646 8246 and eventually the answers will appear on blogs and the YouTube channel
7.  Hire a tutor.

Step 2 is perhaps the most time-consuming step because you hae to listen to someone's presentation.  Yawn.  But you can scroll through and find the method for each problem that the youtube channel gives.

KhanAcademy YouTube channel for SAT is a good source.

Here is an example

A second free source is shown here:

You can see more tips at