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Category: SAT Reading Section

Chris Lele

How Will SAT Verbal Change?

The New SAT Verbal Section: 1. No more vocabulary-heavy questions There is a section called Sentence Completions. It has long been the bane of those who struggle at vocabulary. Well, those questions will no longer be a part of the new test. Words like esoteric, perfunctory, and misanthrope will no longer be required SAT studying. […]

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Todd Shively

SAT Vocabulary in Context—Avoid the First Definition

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.

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Tanya Shah

Blank Space: Strategies & Traps in Sentence Completion

The English language contains over a million words, but you’re not expected to know them all. For this part of the exam, is it in your best interest to be well-read and have a solid vocabulary? Of course, but you also need problem-solving skills that are specific to this task. While vocab lists are important, […]

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Elise Gout

SAT vs. ACT: The Reading Section

Hello Clemmonsdogparkers! Today we have a very special treat for you – a firsthand take on the SAT vs. ACT discussion from our very own High School Blogger, Elise! 🙂 Deciding whether to take the ACT or the SAT is a frequent source of confusion. The tests truly are separate entities, and, after taking both, […]

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Maddi Lee

Speed Reading: How It Can Help You Ace SAT Critical Reading

The critical reading section of the SAT can be especially terrifying if you’re a slow reader. With so many passages to analyze and so many questions to answer, this section can quickly become overwhelming. But, despair not! For all you slow readers out there, there is alas a solution! No. No, it’s not pizza. Not […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Video Friday – Read the Entire Sentence

Before you read on, I want you to take a quick crack at the video question above (you can pause it before I start pontificating on the right answer!). Then, come back to this post and read on. If you want more explanation at the end, well, then you have the video waiting for you. […]

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Chris Lele

Choosing Between Two Answer Choices on the SAT

If you’ve ever taken an SAT class and gotten to the reading passages, you’ve probably heard someone say it before; you may have even said it yourself. This common refrain goes something like this: I narrow it down to two answers, and I always choose the wrong one. As a teacher, I might find it […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Video Friday: A Baby Sentence Completion

Here is a new question that we just released into the product. So far, according to our data, no one has yet to answer the question correctly. Do you know the answer? Research indicates that babies as young as 3-months are not _____ creatures, merely taking in stimuli; rather, they _____ this stimuli to make […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Sentence Completions – It’s About the Clues

Sometimes, an SAT Sentence Completion will have a couple of answer choices that seem to fit the blank. The reason is that both words fit the general context. Yet only one the answer choices will actually match up with specific words mentioned in the sentence. If you don’t know those words (meaning study your vocab), […]

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Chris Lele

How to Determine the Context for Synonymous SAT Words

The kicker with many SAT questions is you often know what the answer should be. But…those dastardly SAT writers have come up with two answer choices that seem so close, yet—as we know—only one of them can be correct. Below are some of these common words that students have trouble distinguishing. Yet, the words have […]

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