SAT Tip Of The Week

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Don't focus on what won't be tested on the SAT.

While it's very important to prepare for the SAT, many students make the mistake of studying things that will NOT be tested on the SAT. Make sure you know what WON'T be tested, so that you can free your mind from having to remember it on test day. And, bonus: If you know something's not tested on the SAT, if it looks like a question needs that information, then you know that it's a tricky question that can be solved in a much simpler or different way. 

Here are some examples of things that will not be tested on the SAT:

  • The Quadratic Formula.
  • Imaginary formula.
  • Sine, cosine, and tangent.
  • Matrices.
  • Mathematical proofs.
  • The rules of grammar (although the SAT will expect you to be able to recognize incorrect sentence structure, they will not ask you to define any grammatical rules).
  • Specific historical dates or important historical occurences (although you may encounter reading passages dealing with these items, they will be specifically mentioned in the passage if they are necessary to answering questions--you are not expected to come in with encyclopedic historical knowledge).
And those are just a few examples! Make sure to go through plentiful SAT practice tests, and you'll quickly get an idea of what the SAT does--and doesn't--test. 

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