SAT® Prep: 10 BEST Strategies for Reading, Writing & Language, and Math!

are you taking the SAT and wondering how

you can get an edge and your prep if so

in this video I'm going to give you my

ten top strategies for how to approach

prepping for the SATs my name is Brooke

I've been tutoring the SAT for over 15

years I've scored perfectly on the SAT

as an adult and I've helped prep

students to perfect scores and

individual sections and even ten points

short of a perfect overall so I've been

doing this for a long time I've also

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have you part of our network so my first

strategy is take real tests if there's

one thing that can really help you

improve on the SAT it's to really know

the tests and the best way to know the

tests is to take authentic tests what do

I mean by that I mean take practice

tests that are released from the College

Board itself the College Board now has

released at least by the time this video

has shown eight official SAT practice

tests in full PDF form on its website or

on Khan Academy that you can take as

practice exams test one through eight I

expect also that they're going to be

releasing tests nine and ten very

shortly which are the October 2017 and

2018 u.s. exams respectively because

those two tests have also appeared in

the new version of the College Board's

study guide which is available on we'll put an affiliate link

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that book through that link my next tip

number two is go elsewhere for

strategies so though real tests are your

best material in terms of really

learning the exam they're not

necessarily going to give you everything

you need to know in terms of how to

crack the test the College Board is not

going to share with you all of the

secrets of the test they're going to

tell you to be good little children and

study and learn math the right way but

they're not going to help you unpack how

they try to trick students my personal

favorite is to get advice from well

seasoned tutors

but I'm not the only well seasoned -

you're out there in the world there are

others as well but wherever you get your

information whether it's from your own

private tutor whether it's from our

YouTube channel whether it's from our

online course or whether it's from some

other private tutor that has a blog or a

book or whatever it is definitely make

sure that you get some strategy that is

an all just college board strategy

because you're going to be missing out

on tips and tricks if you don't number

three prep for at least six to ten weeks

for optimal results most students can

see vast improvements in their SAT score

if they just treat it as they treat a

final exam that they have for school or

any other test that you've taken in your

life would you ever take a final and not

study for it at all probably not right

and that's kind of how I feel about SAT

prep for a lot of students would you

take a test that you've never even seen

before that you've never even practiced

before and just go in and wing it that

seems pretty risky if you have the

wherewithal to do it I recommend that

you prep and that you set aside at least

six to ten weeks and forty-eight hours a

week if you put in that kind of time

you're gonna see real results my fourth

tip is don't take the test until you're

ready one of the mistakes that I see

students oftentimes make is they want to

take this test in order to get like a

baseline score just to see how they do

without any prep or anything there's a

test for that and it's called the PSAT

it's not the SAT so please don't take

the SAT until you're ready to take it

it's just gonna cost your money and

you're just gonna feel bad when you get

a bad score back I find that students if

they take the real SAT too many times

they can start to get very frustrated

and then that psychology can start to

infiltrate their ability to improve so

please don't take the test until you're

ready take a practice test at home the

stakes are lower you can eat all the

snacks you want out of your kitchen and

you don't have to pay 50 bucks for it or

whatever the SAT costs now so now I'm

gonna get into some strategies for the

reading and writing and language

sections my first tip for the reading

writing in language section is to look

at your answer choices holistically what

I mean by that is you don't want to

cherry-pick little words out and I

talked about this a little bit in my top

reading strategies video if you guys

haven't watched it I recommend you check

it out

I see a lot of students who they'll see

some key words that they really like and

they'll see some key words over here and

they'll be like yeah this is totally

what this conversation is about yeah

this is totally answer or they'll see a

quote and they maybe don't understand

that quotes

they read the line before it or they

read the line after it they say oh this

line before it means this so that must

be the answer but you've got to think

about the answer choice holistically

what does it mean in and of itself can

you separate out that answer choice and

ask yourself what do you mean answer

choice what are you all about and can

you hone in on the big idea that all

those words together form as opposed to

just these little words are sort of a

key word in these little words are sort

of a key word that's not to say that

sometimes matching up key words works

sometimes it does but if the holistic

idea doesn't match in the answer choice

it's not going to really work in place

either number six stop guessing most

students when they get down to a couple

of answer choices and they can't figure

out which one is right give up and guess

if that's you and you're not running at

a time it's time to change up your

strategy you need to fight for answer

choices you need to raise the bar as I

like to say and fight to get the answer

right and you have to have tools in your


so you know how to fight to get the

right answer and those strategies can be

going back to the passage and looking

for more evidence it can be comparing

answer choices it can be looking for

what I call flags I have like a whole

list of what I call flags which are

types of information that the college

board often uses to try to fool you I

also talked a lot about there's this

book I really like called Thinking Fast

and Slow by a guy named Daniel Kahneman

and he talks about fast thinking and

slow thinking so that's another part of

my theory in terms of strategies so in

any case you've got to figure out the

strategy of how do you go from guessing

to actually knowing the right answer and

you have to know what kind of

troubleshooting process you can go

through to get to the answer it's true

in a certain point you got to bite the

bullet and you don't have time to try

every strategy but my goal for all of my

students is at least to have them get to

the point where they can get a

near-perfect score if they aren't timed

at all and then when they're timed they

just have to pace themselves and do the

best they can to use the best tools

possible and if they have to guess it's

only because they have to move on not

because they've run out of ways to try

to figure out what the right answer

number seven anticipate the answer

before you look down this is another

reading and writing a language tip

there's this process psychologically

called anchoring which is the idea that

if you read something first you're going

to be more biased toward it than

something that you read later here

for this reason because in a

multiple-choice test right you have

answer choice ABCD if you read answer

choice a in place for example on the

writing and language test your ear is

gonna get used to that a little bit and

you may be slightly more biased or the

answer choice a than any other answer

choice I want you to take that bias out

of your process and that's one reason

that I want you to anticipate the answer

before you look down the second reason

is that I want your brain to work harder

and there's a way that you can trick

your brain to working harder and that's

by not giving it any hints so if you

give your brain no hints your brain will

have to think more and you will push

your brain to burn more calories and

think harder and you're gonna get your

best brain in the game the goal on the

SAT is to hurt your brain more because

you want your brain cells to be churning

at 189 percent right you want the

smartest version of you to show up on

test day for the SAT right but here's

the secret you you personally don't have

to be any smarter you just have to push

the buttons in your brain 747 engine to

get your brain to work harder so I'm

telling you one of those buttons that

you can push just don't look at the

answer choices make yourself go fight

for the answer before you look down at

those answer choices and you're gonna

find that you can like crunch the

smartness out of your brain and make it

show up in the page it's a really cool

trick so check it out my next tip is

drill down areas you don't know in the

math and I know I probably said this in

some of my other videos in different

places but my big strategy with math is

figure out what kinds of questions

you're missing and then drill those down

in math class rate when you learn a new

type of question you do like 40 of that

kind of question in a drill so that you

really earn it down in your mind but a

lot of people when they do SAT prep they

just keep taking practice tests over and

over again and while I love practice

tests and I think really understanding

the real test and pacing yourself are

all very important as part of your pup

journey and that was my number one tip

right it's also really important that if

you're trying to build a new math

content skills or if you're trying to

familiarize yourself with the particular

style of questions that are on the SAT

you've got to really iron new concepts

into your mind and the best way to do

that is to drill now you can do this

with a book again I recommend private

tutor books ideally you will find a book

that goes through lots of strategy to

tell you how to approach the questions

and that gives you enough drills to draw

them down

their alternative is Khan Academy has a

lot of free drills online that you can

use some of them are awesome I've had

complaints from some students that some

of the questions on Khan Academy like

they've never seen anything like it on

the SAT so just be aware that sometimes

Khan Academy has some questions that are

very rarely appearing on SATs in any

case they still have lots of free math

drills and I don't mind Khan Academy for

the math content it's not terrible I

would not say the same for grammar but I

would say this tip also works for

grammar so if you're missing particular

grammar types of questions it's a good

idea to drill down that particular

grammar rule make sure you have a source

of that eventually I'll probably have

some books on the grammar section but

for now all of that is in our online

course if you join our online course or

there are other books that are SAT

grammar books that you can check out and

make sure you learn all your grammar

rules there's just no excuses learn them

know them get it done okay be a math

detective here's my next tip sometimes

questions on the SAT are a little bit

confusing or they throw you off a little

bit and you have to get your bearings

one way that you can get your bearings

is to try to look down at the answer

choices and see what's going on

sometimes the answer choices will give

you clues as to what you have to do or

what's being tested here you need to

know all your basic forms of equations

so you need to know what is an

exponential growth equation look like

what is a linear equation look like and

what a quadratic forms look like we go

over some of those at least the

quadratics in our must know formulas

video so if you haven't checked that out

I recommend that you check it out and in

any case make sure that you know all of

those equation types and that's gonna

help you kind of be a detective with

those answer choices and work backwards

and try to just wrap your brain around

what am i working with so that you don't

just sit there lost and finally my last

tip is pack rate one of the silliest

things that can get in the way of a few

extra points on the SAT is not having

the right materials make sure you bring

your calculator make sure you bring your

pencils and all that good stuff we have

a whole video on things not to forget

what to pack for the SAT and I also

recommend that you pack a few days in

advance right you want to make sure you

have your watch you want to make sure

your calculator batteries aren't dead

sometimes all your pencils are terrible

you can't use mechanical pencils all

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