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SAT Prep: Not a nightmare

The SAT may seem daunting (definition: seeming difficult to deal with in anticipation; intimidating), but I promise you that the SAT is a lot easier than it seems! It simply requires patience and self-discipline.

Here is some advice that people have given on the SAT. Hope you guys enjoy!

Critical reading:

Every time I didn’t know a vocab word, I would write it down on a piece of looseleaf whether it was from the passages or the fill ins.
Learn the meanings of some prefixes and suffixes, and several or more common roots of words (again, depending on time). This means if you come across words you don’t know, you can make a good guess.Do not try to cram vocabulary two weeks in advance. The words aren’t obscure enough to justify that.
GET HOT WORDS FOR THE SAT ($2.53 for a used copy on Amazon). ALL OF THE WORDS ON MY TEST WERE IN THAT BOOK.Memorize the grammar rules. There's about 10 of them.


I highly 150% recommend getting your hands on a graphing calculator if you don’t have one. Get one off your friend or rent one or something, but get one.
You also don’t need to memorize formulas for anything because you can get a program that’ll do anything with formulas for you.
During the SATs you’re allowed to bring in a calculator with programs. DO NOT WASTE THIS OPPORTUNITY. But don’t waste precious time using a program when you could use your head and be faster.Even when going over your mistakes, make sure you understand how to do every single problem.
I think math is all about practice, so just do as much as you can.

Pick a side. Don’t try to be all smart and argue both. You think you can, and you’re probably right, but your argument will be a lot more nuanced and well-supported (which is a chunk of the mark) if you choose one side.
You don’t need to worry about actually forming an argument supported by evidence. Spend 2 minutes planning and come up with exactly 3 points. In each paragraph, make your point and then bam, you’re good to go. You know why? Because you make up examples. Whatever you want- Make up dates! Make up people! Make up absolute shit that the grader knows isn’t true! I mean, try not to write 500 words on how Shakespeare’s most famous play, ‘Roly-poly Ollie and Julianne Moore’, changed your life, but. Make up books, plays, personal anecdotes, whatever. It does not matter. You can do that. They’re marking you on whether or not you have examples, not whether or not they happen to be true.Listen up, because this is the most important: write a lot.

Boyun S
Math, Science, Philosophy & English Tutor
University of Texas in Dallas
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