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Initial Thoughts on the New SAT Initial Thoughts on the New SAT

Back in late March, I was quoted in the award-winning student newspaper, Redwood Bark, as part of a featured article by Chloe Wintersteen on the recently announced changes to the SAT.  Chloe does a very nice job of summarizing the changes to the test and some of the issues regarding the College Board’s collaboration with Khan Academy. I highly... Read more

College Test Prep 101: How to Plan for the SAT and ACT College Test Prep 101: How to Plan for the SAT and ACT

Video presentation by Adam Piacente of Marin SAT Prep at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library on April 17, 2013. Topics: How important are these tests? Which test(s) to take When to take the test(s) Preparing for the tests When to start preparing Which books What to look for in a test prep program Registering for the tests When to register How to register How... Read more

2013-14 SAT Practice Test Score Conversion Tables 2013-14 SAT Practice Test Score Conversion Tables

Here are the raw to scaled multiple choice and essay score conversion tables for the 2013-14 Official SAT Practice Test. In addition to listing the straight conversion tables for the multiple choice sections (the first table), I have also added the raw score point percentages for each scaled score. For instance, to get a scaled score of 600 on the Critical... Read more

SAT Unlocked II (vocab edition) now on sale SAT Unlocked II (vocab edition) now on sale

Unlock Your SAT Potential! SAT Unlocked II is a complete SAT training system that guides you step-by-step through all of the subjects tested on the SAT Reasoning Test (SAT I). Developed over years of SAT tutoring with hundreds of individual students, SAT Unlocked II is a highly effective test prep system specifically designed to unlock your SAT potential.... Read more

Video: The Science of Test Anxiety Video: The Science of Test Anxiety

An article in the New York Times Magazine explores recent scientific research into the impact that test anxiety has on brain chemistry. The results suggest that very different tutoring approaches for dealing with test anxiety may be needed depending on the genetic makeup of the student. The Experiment The subjects of the experiment were 779 junior... Read more

SAT Vocabulary Quiz SAT Vocabulary Quiz

Think you know your SAT vocabulary words?  Try this quiz, which includes 50 of the most difficult vocabulary words from the Official SAT Study Guide. Please wait while the activity loads. If this activity does not load, try refreshing your browser. Also, this page requires javascript.... Read more

Want to study more effectively? Mix it up. Want to study more effectively? Mix it up.

An interesting article from the New York Times on learning and retention explodes some of the myths about the best ways to study. First, students retain more information when they study the same material in different places: [M]any study skills courses insist that students find a specific place, a study room or a quiet corner of the library, to take... Read more

SAT Tutors: Post Your Info Here! SAT Tutors: Post Your Info Here!

Use the comment section to post information about your SAT tutoring services. Feel free to include any contact, location, bio or other information clients might want to know about you. And if you have a website, don’t forget to post a link! If you are a student or parent looking for an SAT tutor, please contact the tutor you are interested in... Read more

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What are SAT Percentiles? What are SAT Percentiles?

SAT Percentiles tell you the percentage of SAT test takers you performed better than.... 

Can I use a calculator on the SAT? Can I use a calculator on the SAT?

Yes.   The SAT allows these calculators for use on the Math sections of the test: ... 

How is the SAT Organized? How is the SAT Organized?

The SAT is organized into 10 individually tested sections: 3 Writing 3 Critical... 

How are SAT Critical Reading Sections Organized? How are SAT Critical Reading Sections Organized?

SAT Critical Reading consists of 67 questions in three sections: SAT Critical Reading... 

How are SAT Math Sections Organized? How are SAT Math Sections Organized?

SAT Math consists of 54 total questions tested in three sections. SAT Math includes... 

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