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SAT Pitfalls and Tips

Before you go on to the SAT Study Material and the Questions,
here are a few common
Pitfalls to avoid and Basic Strategies
that will help you get a higher SAT score.

    All Questions are NOT equal

    The questions on the SAT generally get tougher towards the end
    of a section. (Only in the Math and Sentence Completion section)
    Though all questions have equal marks, you can easily spend
    double the time or more on a tough question.
    It is best to answer the easy questions first and come back to the
    tough ones later.

    The obvious answer is the Wrong Answer

    There is a catch here. While the obvious answer is indeed the
    Correct one in the beginning of a section, towards the end, the
    obvious answer (the one you can guess without spending much
    time on), is likely to be the wrong one, so be careful.

    Guess if you can eliminate at least ONE answer

    Do NOT become emotionally involved with any question. Even if
    you think the questions is outrageously difficult or outright
    incorrect. Just try to eliminate at least one answer, guess and
    move on.

    Know that time can be your biggest enemy

    Certain questions by their very nature take more time to answer.
    The first step to better time management is to recognize these
    While doing your practice tests, try to become more aware of how
    much time you have taken to answer a question. You will soon
    begin to develop an Internal Clock that will help you meet the
    pacing requirements of the SAT and reduce test anxiety.

    Compare & Discard

    This is immensely useful for the Critical Reading section of the
    SAT Exam. While there may be a 'Perfect' answer to a question, it
    may not appear as one of the options.
    What you need to do is compare the different answer choices and
    choose the best one available. In fact you can usually zero down
    on two choices and discard the ones that are distinctly different
    from these two.

    Use Short cuts Only when necessary

    As I have explained in detail in my book 'Ways of the SAT
    Winners', it is extremely important to be aware of all the possible
    shortcuts that are available to you.  

    Analyze your Strengths & Weaknesses and create a study
    plan unique to these.

    The important thing here is to stick to your study plan.


    Take three to five minutes to think before you write. Pick a
    direction and stick to it,  Write for 20 to 25 minutes-and say
    something meaningful & coherent Use your last few minutes to
    proofread your work. Also, be sure to write neatly. If the essay
    scorers can't read your essay, they can't score it,

    Graders have just a few minutes to score each essay. Make their
    job easy. Indent your paragraphs deeply and follow established
    essay-writing procedures. Set up your theme in an introductory
    paragraph. Include a couple of paragraphs with examples that
    back up your position. Finally, wrap up with a conclusion. Also,
    Villanova suggests, "use plenty of college-appropriate 'wow'
    words-even when short, easy words will do."

    Managing Test Anxiety

    More than anything else, the SAT is an test of your nerves. There
    are hundreds of brilliant students who score MUCH lower in the
    SAT than they do in their practice tests. It is important to manage
    your test anxiety. You can try using techniques like 'Thought
    Stopping', 'Self-Talk' and 'Visualization.

    I have detailed out these and other advanced strategies for getting
    a score of  2200+ in the ebook  Ways of the SAT Winners.

Learn how SAT Winners Improve their Reading skills here.

Get some practice solving typical 'End-of-the-section'
tough Math
questions here.

Brush up your Grammar in our Special
SAT Grammar Section.

Click here to read how Joe got a 2340 Score.

Of course, you cannot forget the all important
'Vocabulary' section.
This section does NOT give you thousands of 'dry' words with meaning.
It provides you with the 1100 Most Important SAT Words, and clear
ly illustrates
their usage in sentences.

Learn about Joe’s SAT
prep strategy
that  got him
a 2340 Score  and how it
can benefit YOU.
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