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4 Secrets for the SAT that Collegeboard Doesn't want you to know! January 21, 2019

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4 Secrets for the SAT that Collegeboard Doesn't want you to know!, Brooklyn, New York

Getting ready for the SAT can be a stressful and overwhelming time. While you may be nervous about taking the exam, you should be confident that your SAT prep will yield positive results. An effective SAT prep course should cover the most efficient ways to take the exam. Here are the secrets that no one wants you to know.

SAT Prep Advice to Yield Successful Results

1. DO NOT USE Process of Elimination!

This may seem like strange advice, but in order to understand this advice, one must understand the purpose of this exam. You cannot pick answer choice that “sound good” because the makers of the SAT are testing the student’s ability to comprehend new information logically. The SAT is NOT testing the student on what the student is taught in school. The SAT is designed to test student’s ability to take information that they have never seen before and apply it to various applicable concepts in “real world industries”. Because the Collegeboard wants the students to logically reason through difficult and new concepts, they will essentially trap the student by providing answers that “sound good” and are relatable to the student’s knowledge. Thus, we recommend that the student obtain their own answers prior to looking at the answer choices as the answer choices will often times confuse the student, forcing them to pick an answer that is unrelated to the passage because it is so relevant to what the student has learned in school. Once the student has obtained their own answer without looking at the answer choices, he/she could simply match the “made up” answer with a similar answer choice, increasing the likelihood of it being correct.

2. Don’t worry about time! 

There is a terrible misunderstanding when thinking about the SAT and time management. While we understand the time constraint, the fear surrounding the timing aspect is something that is too often overblown. This may seem strange, but think of the time when you learned to ride a bike (I apologize in advance for anyone who does not know how to ride a bike, but I believe that my example will emphasize my point even if you cannot relate). I will illustrate 2 scenarios.

Scenario 1: Imagine that your first time sitting on a bike was at the very top of the Andes Mountains on a hot summer day and you were told to complete the journey to the bottom of the mountain within 1 hour or your entire future would be in jeopardy. While some would enjoy the thrill, it is safe to say that nearly everyone’s visceral reaction would accompany tears, hysteria, and a mental breakdown. 

Scenario 2: Imagine that your first time sitting on a bike was now in an empty parking lot and the bike has training wheels attached. It is safe to say that nearly everyone with the ability to walk would be able to ride the bike successfully. 

So, the question becomes,

“Which scenario is more conducive to a better learning environment?”

Most people would say scenario 2 is necessary. If we consider the SAT as a giant mountain to ride down, you cannot ride down the mountain without understanding it first. You must understand the various twists, turns, and harsh terrain that accompany the mountain, and you also must possess a very keen understanding of how to ride a bike in the first place. These skills are necessary in order to avoid a perilous death!

While perhaps this example is a bit exaggerated, the idea here is that in order to ride down the mountain within an hour, there needs to be a very thorough understanding of the exam and its requirements as well as strong reading comprehension, grammar, and mathematical skills.

Start by going through the problems and passages slowly to develop a thorough understanding of the requirements and gain the skills to truly excel. Once the skills are ingrained and a thorough understanding of the exam has been met, then most student will realize that time is no longer even an issue. It’s like an expert mountain biker who has developed his skills through decades of training and experience. If you put that expert biker on a new mountain, even though he won’t know every obstacle in his path, he will be able to adapt and fly through with ease. 



SAT prepThis one is probably the one that sounds the most ridiculous, but will become clear in a moment. Let’s continue with our example of riding bikes.

If one was to 

4. Double-check Everything

Sometimes, students will complete all the questions before the timer runs out. Instead of worrying about the next section, use this time to double-check your answers and potentially catch any errors you missed. 



If you’re looking for an SAT prep program, contact JM Learning in Brooklyn, NY, to enroll in their flexible options. Their talented team offers individualized tutoring services, college application tips, and even advice on selecting the right college. Call (718) 975-2665 or visit the website for information on their impressive test score improvement rate and to learn about understanding financial aid and cost-benefit analysis.

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