It’s Time For David Coleman To Resign

Posted by Vicki Wood on August 4, 2016 at 5:16 PM

If you’ve been reading the news recently, you may have noticed that the SAT is suffering from some serious security issues. While it’s well-known that cheating among Asian test prep companies is rampant (spurred in large part by the College Board’s persistent and absurd reuse of previously-administered US tests in its foreign testing centers), it seems now that hundreds of future official test questions have made their way into public hands.

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Topics: SAT

Requirements for SAT Essay Readers Reduced

Posted by Vicki Wood on May 19, 2016 at 1:20 PM

From 2005 until early 2016, the SAT had a required essay which was graded by Educational Testing Service (ETS) raters who had to be current teachers of English at the high school or college level. The raters also had to have at least three years of experience teaching English at those levels.

But not anymore.

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Topics: SAT Writing, SAT

[Law Enforcement-Approved] Notes from the May 2016 SAT

Posted by Vicki Wood on May 12, 2016 at 1:09 PM

I try to take the SAT at least once a year to keep up with trends on the test, and one of my favorite parts of the process is coming home and chatting with students in online forums. But that tradition seems to have been banished in much the same manner as the former SAT.

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Topics: SAT

ACT and SAT Math: Sneaky Similar Triangles

Posted by Vicki Wood on April 20, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Similar triangles are like look-alike fathers and sons. A chip off the ol' block, the smaller son is a spitting image of his larger dad:

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Topics: ACT Prep, SAT Math, SAT, ACT Math

ACT English and SAT Writing: We're Talking Apostrophes!

Posted by Vicki Wood on April 14, 2016 at 1:21 PM

Apostrophes have two uses on the ACT and SAT:

    1.  To form possessive nouns.
    2.  To replace missing letters in contractions.

Let’s examine these two situations--as well as when to avoid apostrophes--in this week's blog.

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Topics: ACT Prep, SAT Writing, SAT, ACT English

SAT and ACT Reading: The Author's Attitude and Tone

Posted by Vicki Wood on April 7, 2016 at 1:59 PM

Questions about the Author’s Attitude ask you to interpret the author’s feelings toward her subject, often employing one of the following words:

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Topics: SAT Prep, ACT Prep, SAT, SAT Reading, ACT Reading

SAT Math Tips and Tricks: Sum of the Interior Angles of a Polygon

Posted by Vicki Wood on March 24, 2016 at 1:56 PM

Geometry has been relegated to only 10% of the SAT but it still composes 15% to 20% of the ACT. You may need to know the sum of the interior angle measurements of regular polygons on both tests, but no formulas are provided on either. So how should you prepare for these types of questions?

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Topics: SAT Prep, ACT Prep, SAT Math, SAT, ACT Math

Three Reasons Why the SAT is NOT the Most Transparent Test Ever

Posted by Vicki Wood on March 17, 2016 at 1:57 PM

When the College Board, the makers of the SAT, published its test specifications for the redesigned SAT in 2015, the authors boldly stated that the SAT would be “the most transparent exam in the assessment field” and that “all would know what was on it and why.” But since the test debuted earlier this month, the only thing that’s transparent is that the new test is even more opaque than its predecessor and its competition, the ACT.

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Topics: SAT Prep, ACT Prep, SAT

SAT and ACT Tips and Tricks: Incomplete Comparisons

Posted by Vicki Wood on March 10, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Comparisons errors occur on both the ACT English Test and the SAT Writing and Language Test. When you find a comparison in a passage on one of these tests, ensure that the two items being compared are alike; it's acceptable to compare an apple to an orange but it's likely questionable to compare a green bean to a rocket ship. The omission of words in SAT and ACT questions can cause the comparisons to fall apart, creating Illogical or Incomplete Comparisons.

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Topics: SAT Prep, ACT Prep, SAT Writing, SAT, ACT English

Four ways to prepare for the SAT and ACT as a sophomore

Posted by Vicki Wood on February 11, 2016 at 10:28 AM

I used to think that it was never too early to start studying for the SAT and ACT, but then the SAT went and got rid of Sentence Correction questions and all of that vocabulary study with my five year olds became pointless. I'm not sure what they will do with words like obsequious and and cacophony in kindergarten next year, but, hey, I tried.  Just kidding. Sort of.

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Topics: SAT Prep, ACT Prep, SAT