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SAT essay prompts from March 2015

SAT Essay prompts March 2015 This article is designed to help students prepare for their SATs. It outlines some practice questions and answers based on the latest official SAT essay prompts, which were released by the College Board in March 2015, as well as some advice for constructing an argument and planning and writing an […]

The Redesigned SAT (2016): An Overview

Studying for the SAT

Summary: The SAT will change significantly in the spring of 2016. These changes will affect high school students of the class of 2017. Students should strongly consider taking the ACT in addition to the SAT and see which they perform better on. Some (but not all) important changes include: The types of questions will change. […]

Don’t call them “dramas”

Pointing up

Summary: Don’t call them dramas. Call them television programs. Quick tip: If you’re writing about serialized Chinese television programs, don’t call them “dramas” in your essays. Instead, refer to them as Chinese television dramas (or Korean if they’re Korean, Mexican if they’re Mexican, etc.). Why? Well, “drama” is a broad term that refers to many different […]

SAT essay prompts from October 2012

College Board has recently released the SAT essay prompts from the October 2012 administration of the SAT. If you would like to see the full text of the essay prompts, including the “context paragraph,” the assignment question, and the instructions, visit the official College Board page with the prompts. Please note that College Board generally […]

What it looks like vs. *how it looks like

Summary: It’s correct to use the question word what with the preposition like, but incorrect to use  the question word how with the preposition like. So what it looks like is correct, but *how it looks like is incorrect. In grammatical terms, we need to use the noun what after the preposition like, not the adverb how. Introduction First, take […]

Can I skim a reading passage and still get a high score?

Summary: Reading a reading comprehension passage too quickly will most likely lower your test score because you could easily miss vital information in the reading text. When people first begin their SAT preparation, they often ask me for any tricks or tips to help them do better on the reading comprehension section. People tend to […]

Which practice SAT tests should I take?

[listmenu menu=SAT] Summary: Official SAT tests are the only practice SAT tests you should be taking. Yes, it’s really that simple. As I settle in to type out this article, I tell myself that I will keep this short because, well, the information is simple: Official SAT tests are the best. And not just the […]

When should I start preparing for the SAT?

[listmenu menu=SAT] Summary: When should you start studying for the SAT? The short answer: Yesterday. The longer answer: When to start depends on how much time you have and how much time you wish to devote to your SAT preparation. The ideal approach is to do well in your school courses to help you build […]

Is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the biggest star of the SAT essay?

[listmenu menu=SAT] Summary: You should always use examples that will help you write the best essay possible. Don’t be afraid to use personal examples in your SAT essays; a historical or literary example is not necessarily better than a personal example. You should craft the best writing you can with what you know and what […]

Sentence Completion: If the quadrennial inauguration…

Let’s try a sentence completion question today. Your job is simply to choose the words that best complete the intended meaning of the sentence. Tip: Be sure to read the sentence carefully, and plug all the answer choices into the blanks before you make your final choice. If the quadrennial inauguration of the president of […]