SAT Preparation and Tips : SAT Preparation and Tips “When the going gets weird,
the weird turn pro.”
– Hunter S. Thompson Sentence Completion Tips : Sentence Completion Tips Tackle the “easy” questions first.
Guess before looking at the answers.
Rule out the obviously incorrect answers.
Look for “clue words.”
Pay attention to transitional words or phrases. Take It Easy First : Take It Easy First Tackle the easy questions first.
The Sentence Completion questions in the new SAT are sequenced from “easiest” to “most difficult.”
Don’t over think the early questions.
If you think an early answer is obvious, go with it. Guess… : Guess… Guess before looking at the answers.
For the Single-Blank questions, have a rough idea in your mind of what the answer ought to be based on the context of the sentence. Obviously… : Obviously… Rule out the obviously incorrect answers.
In most questions, at least two (and sometimes more) of the answers can be easily ruled out. Rule them out immediately. Get a Clue : Get a Clue Look for “clue words.”
"Clue words" is SAT talk for words within the question that make any of the multiple choice answers more or less likely to be correct.
"Clue words" are often adjectives or adverbs. What the Blank??? : What the Blank??? Pay attention to transitional words or phrases.
Transitional words indicate the relationship of ideas within a sentence. They can give you insight into how to answer the “Two-Blank" questions.
Fill in the blanks with your own words. Two-Blank Questions : Two-Blank Questions Hoping to __________ the dispute, the mother proposed a compromise that she felt would be __________ to both boys.
resolve…acceptable Critical Reading Tips : Critical Reading Tips Stay focused and calm.
Test-taking “tricks” won’t do much for you in the long-passage Critical Reading section.
Approach this section in a logical, systematic way. Don’t Ignore the Intro, Bro! : Don’t Ignore the Intro, Bro! Don’t ignore the introduction.
Long passage questions will always be preceded by an Introduction, written in italics. Don't ignore it.
The Introduction will usually have information that will help you read the passage with a stronger sense of purpose. Don’t Look! : Don’t Look! Don’t look at the questions first.
Reviewing the questions before you start to read the passage is not a good ideal.
You want to get the “meaning” of the passage. Reviewing the questions could make you lose focus. Take Notes : Take Notes Read Actively.
Stop after each paragraph to make sure you understand the main idea of the paragraph.
Underline sentences (or take notes in the margins) that seem to express key ideas. Don’t Argue : Don’t Argue Don’t “argue” with the writer.
Even if you disagree violently with the author's position, don't allow your own views to influence how you answer the questions.
What you're being tested on in the SAT is not your own views but your ability to understand what the writer wants to get across.
Keep your own views to the essay section. Wait… : Wait… Don’t start to answer questions until you are “ready.”
The two questions you should be able to answer before you try to answer the questions in the booklet are
"What is the key point or theme of the entire passage?"
“Why did the writer choose to write this passage?" Keep it Moving : Keep it Moving Keep moving.
If a question is giving you difficulty read the passage again, focus on “the big picture"—what central idea the passage is trying to get across to you. The Story with Guessing : The Story with Guessing You don’t have to answer every question on the SATs, but if you can rule out two possible answers, your odds of guessing correctly increase to a 50/50 chance.
“Buy the ticket, take the ride.”
- Hunter S. Thompson