There is overwhelming incomplete or incorrect advice as to how to study for the SAT ( or ACT for that matter ).


“If you aren’t sure, just guess.”

“You don’t need to memorize vocabulary words: just look for root words (cognates).”

“Don’t waste time reading the passages. Skim and only read the parts they ask about.”

“For English Grammar questions, choose the answer that sounds right based on how you talk”

“For the essay, always write five paragraphs, and start with a “hook” or “catch”

“The Earth is flat.”

A lot of people out there JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT THE ARE TALKING ABOUT, and give bad advice.

This will show you how to do it the RIGHT WAY....

Step 1: Get the Right Books

Don't waste your time with books from Kaplan, Princeton Review, Barrons, Grubers, Cliffs, Arco, REA, McGraw Hill, etc.... Though they provide some tips, none of these have REAL GENUINE College Board SAT's inside.

Instead, you have to buy the Official SAT Study Guide published by the College Board. This is the ONLY book that has 10 genuine real College Board SATs inside. Why does it matter? These questions are written using a special formula, and the right answers ALSO follow a special formula. You need to practice with the real deal, not a simulated SAT-like exam

You can get this at your bookstore, but your best bet is on Amazon.com:


Step 2: Get the Second Right Book

The Official SAT Study Guide has the letter answers, but does not provide explanations as to why the wrong answers are wrong. You could pay $69.95 for the College Board Online Course.. but since the College Board claims you can't study for the SAT, the solutions they provide aren't very useful.

Thankfully, there is a book written by a teacher who has personally taken more than 30 SAT's which tells you EXACTLY why each answer choice is right.

Also on Amazon.com, it's the SAT Solutions - Unauthorized Companion to the Official SAT Study Guide



Read through and learn the strategies and concepts tested on the SAT. Remember - the SAT tests things you DO NOT learn in school and are very specific to that test.

It is NOT about TIPS, TRICKS, STRATEGIES. It's all wrong:

“If you aren’t sure, just guess.”
“You don’t need to memorize vocabulary words: just look for root words (cognates).”

“Don’t waste time reading the passages. Skim and only read the parts they ask about.”

“For English Grammar questions, choose the answer that sounds right based on how you talk”

“For the essay, always write five paragraphs, and start with a “hook” or “catch”

“The Earth is flat.”

YOU REALLY need to learn Reading Skills, Math Skills, Vocabulary, and English Grammar. No joke.

Step 4: Take the Practice Tests & Check Answers

Starting taking the 10 practice tests in the Official SAT Study Guide. For the first two tests, just work on getting the problems right. From the 3rd test and beyond, you MUST time yourself like the real thing.

After each section of the test, look at the Official SAT Study Guide Solutions Manual to understand what was going on. Understanding WHY the right answers are correct is critical.

Training for the SAT is like training for a triathlon. You have to practice EVERY DAY.

College Board = KGB, Their original proposed name was KolleGe Board, though this was changed as it was "too conspicuous." Around 1984 (coincidentally the year after the KGB had been named "the world's most effective information-gathering agency" [Time Magazine]) the KGB realized it needed to control an official US outpost capable of affecting education and careers. They use both legal and illegal methods to affect test scores, erase them entirely and ultimately force most of college-ready individuals into working in inane labor or public service dead-end jobs, thus crippling the US influx of college-educated workers and sending the obesity rate skyrocketing as more and more workers have to settle for "McJobs" instead of their dream job that they could have had if it weren't for the KGB outpost known locally as the "College Board".
Collegeboard is a great resource. I've found there are some other decent sites out there too. This site reviews the best free resources so you can save money. <a rel="nofollow" href="http://satests.brinkster.net">SAT Test Review</a>.<br/>
I'm not sure how it's an instructible to say, "Want to know how to ____? Buy these books, read them, & follow what they say," but maybe that's just me.
That is a good point, HOWEVER... As a teacher who deals with 180 high school students every day, I personally know first hand how confusing the issue is. If you walk into Barnes & Noble and/ or Borders, there are literally hundreds of books on the SAT. 99.9% of them are junk, and don't even give you the proper information. So I am telling which 2 books are the right ones to buy out of the hundreds. This in an of itself will save a parent or student hours of flipping through books trying to figure out which one to buy. Not only that, studying for the SAT requires a very systematic and methodical approach. You can't just bust open a book and start reading, then look at a couple sample questions. That's a waste of time.
I guess maybe I just don't remember there being that many books back when I took the SATs. (Whatever book it was that my teacher recommended was quite helpful.) But it's been a couple of decades... ;)
"Would you ... study?" In a way, specifically studying for the SAT is counter-productive; score much better than your actual skill level and you only succeed in placing yourself at a place where you'll have to study that hard ALL THE TIME to keep up. Of course, on the other hand, everybody does it, so the resulting "score inflation" is already factored in anyway, and NOT studying specifically for the test puts you at a disadvantage compared to everyone else. (That, in a nutshell, is the problem with standardized tests.) And finally, your SAT score is only going to help you get IN to some college. Once you get there, it won't necessarily help you do well, stay in, or be happy. (except for the bit where test-taking skills are important as well as knowledge for scoring on those college tests as well.) Bah humbug.
Studies have indeed shown that SAT scores have no-correlation to college success. Being a UC Berkeley grad myself, I saw lots of kids get kicked out even though they had the right scores. That being said, this is an article on how to study for the SAT, not what college you should choose.... Also, just because a college is harder to get into doesn't necessarily mean the classes are harder...
<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.suslik.org/Humour/Education/education4.html#anything">Explanation to go with &quot;Would you ... Study&quot;</a><br/>

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