What are the three primary areas of focus for SAT prep?

May 10, 2010 at 3:09 am | Posted in Choosing a SAT Prep Course | Leave a comment

To prepare for the SAT Reasoning Test, you will need to study these three areas:

  • Overall familiarity with the test. You’ll want to know the instructions, format, time, etc. before walking into your first SAT.
  • An understanding of the content relevant to the math, verbal and writing sections. Knowing the type of questions you’ll be seeing will allow for more refined and focused studying.
  • Learning the tricks College Board utilizes to throw you off your game. Knowing these tricks and reviewing broad strategies for guessing, answer elimination, time management, in addition to specific tricks within questions will lead to much improved scores.

We recommend a Learn by Doing approach that covers all three focus areas in a simple and straightforward way, without the need to choose between short-term or long-term programs. Where short-term prep courses generally focus on test taking strategies, and  long-term prep courses can be more associated with supplementary education. We’ve found the long-term commercial style test prep is too focused on manipulated score increases and high costs, while short-term programs focus mostly on familiarity with the test and lack the quality to delve into specific question tricks or needed content coverage.


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