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Todd Shively is an ancient graduate of Purdue University, where he changed his mind so many times that he finished with a major in English and a minor in math. He has taught high school in three different states and currently teaches in Scotland, where he lives with his family. In his spare time he bakes his own sourdough bread and tries to work those carbs off doing Crossfit.
Strict vocabulary questions will constitute nearly one-third of your Critical Reading test. Between sentence completions and vocabulary-in-context questions, you will have more than twenty questions simply testing your word knowledge. So it is worth giving this a bit of attention.
One of the most vital pieces of math information that I have given to students is not about math at all. It is about the language. The math section is not so much about math–as you know, you had covered most of the actual content by the time you were finished with ninth grade. What make this section especially difficult are the words of the question.
In the Critical Reading sections, when you see a “vocabulary in context” question, it is unlikely that the correct answer will be the primary definition—the one that pops into your head at first. Make sure that you are taking cues from the passage.
In my last post I encouraged you to have a target score for each of the SAT sections. Once you’ve pinned that down, let’s see how you can use that target score to inform your test-taking strategy. Your Raw Score Let’s say that you’ve researched your university, and you’ve decided that a 620 in […]
It is difficult to reach a goal when you don’t know exactly what that goal is. If you are a quarterback, your chance of making a successful pass is going to be greatly diminished if your running back is going to be somewhere “on the left of the field down there.” You want to know […]
There is about to be an onslaught of press in the coming months about the new SAT. Fortunately you are going to avoid all the press and hand wringing and parental freakouts, since you’ll be taking your test before the big change happens.
You are probably one of the guilty ones. You have piano practice after soccer practice and then you have to drive your brother to swimming while you eat your sandwich in the car and then you finally sit down to study at 9:00 but you realize that you have physics homework that you forgot about […]
My name is Todd Shively, and I will be bringing you SAT news, tips, tricks, and perspective. I have been teaching high school for close to fifteen years. Some of my former students went to Harvard. Some went to community college, maybe, but I only take any credit for those who went to tier-one colleges, […]
Meet Todd, Clemmonsdogpark’s newest SAT Expert Blogger! I am not a poster-y kind of teacher. You know the ones I’m talking about—those posters teachers order from Scholastic catalogues that have faded colors and cheesy slogans about recycling or verbs or the water cycle. So when I am in a classroom other than my own, I […]