The SAT Prep Black Book

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Frequently Asked Questions

Setting (The Right) Goals

How To Train For The SAT—Mastering The Ideas In This Book

Be Careful With Diagnostics, Even From The College Board

Only Work With Questions From The College Board!

A Word On Guessing: Don’t.

The Importance Of Details: Avoiding “Careless Errors”

Certainty And The SAT

Where To Find “Missing Points”

Time Management

The “Big Secret” Of The SAT

SAT Passage-Based Reading

SAT PASSAGE-BASED READING

The Big Secret Of SAT Passage-Based Reading

How To Read Passages On The SAT

The General Process For Answering Passage-Based Reading Questions

The Passage-Based Reading Process In Action Against Real Questions

A Selection of Challenging Questions

SAT Passage-Based Reading Quick Summary

SAT Sentence Completion

Overview and Important Reminders for SAT Sentence Completion

5 Reasons Why Memorizing Vocabulary Is Not The Best Way To Go

The Big Secret Of Sentence Completion Questions

The General Process For Answering Sentence-Completion Questions When We Know Enough Of The Words To Be Certain

What Do We Do When We Don’t Know Enough Of The Words?

The Sentence Completion Process in Action Against Real Questions

A Selection of Challenging Questions

SAT Sentence Completion Quick Summary

SAT Math

The Big Secret Of SAT Math

The Two Critical Components of SAT Math Success

SAT Math Toolbox

Unwritten Rules of SAT Math

Hidden Test Design Patterns of SAT Math Questions

Special Math Technique: Learning From Diagrams

The Recommended Math Path

The Math Path In Action

A Selection of Challenging Questions

SAT Math Quick Summary

The SAT Essay

Unwritten Test Design Rules of the SAT Essay

Recommended Step-By-Step Approach to the SAT Essay

An Analysis Of Top-Scoring SAT Essays From The Blue Book

SAT Essay Quick Summary

SAT Writing Multiple Choice

How To Improve Your Score On The Writing Section

Overview and Important Reminders for Identifying Sentence Errors On The SAT

Unwritten Test Design Rules of Identifying Sentence Errors on the SAT

Hidden Test Design Patterns of Identifying Sentence Errors on the SAT

The Recommended Step-By-Step Approach For SAT Identifying Sentence Errors

The Step-By-Step Approach To Identifying SAT Sentence Errors In Action

A Selection of Challenging Questions

Identifying Sentence Errors Quick Summary

Overview and Important Reminders for Improving Sentences on the SAT Writing Section

Unwritten Test Design Rules For Improving Sentences on the SAT

Hidden Test Design Patterns of Improving Sentences On The SAT

The Step-By-Step Approach To Improving SAT Sentences

The Step-By-Step Approach To Improving SAT Sentences In Action

A Selection of Challenging Questions

Improving Sentences Quick Summary

Overview and Important Reminders for Improving Paragraphs on the SAT Writing Section

The Unwritten Test Design Rule For Improving Paragraphs on the SAT

Recommended Step-By-Step Approach To Improving Paragraphs On The SAT

The Recommended Step-By-Step Approach To Improving SAT Paragraphs In Action

Selection of Challenging Questions

Improving Paragraphs Quick Summary



Being An SAT Machine

What Are The College Board’s Resources Good For?

8 Things You Thought You Knew About The SAT Are Wrong

The Nature of Elite Scores

Advice For Non-Native Speakers Of American English

One Final Piece Of Advice
(Or: Every Question I’ve Ever Been Asked About The SAT Has Basically The Same Answer)

Appendix: Writing Toolbox