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Speak Up! Your Rights on Test Day

As many of my friends and students know, I take the SAT several times a year, for a variety of reasons: to keep my skills sharp; to experience what my students go through on test day (parking, navigating often unfamiliar halls, waiting, bubbling, etc.); to stay abreast of changes in the test’s administration or the […]

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How to Get a 12 out of 12 on the SAT Essay

The SAT essay is a nasty little assignment that most kids dread and with good reason:  they’re expected to plan, write, and edit a decent two-page essay in 25 minutes. Huh?  Yes, in 25 minutes, they have to read the question, decide where they stand, plan, organize, write, and maybe even edit an essay. As […]

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It’s not just the “P”: Differences between the PSAT and SAT, Part One

Many students and parents are understandably confused when it comes to interpreting PSAT results and what those results may indicate about future SAT scores. There actually is no definitive conversion or correlation between the two scores, primarily because the two tests are not identical and because, in most cases, a good deal of time elapses […]

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It’s not just the “P”: Differences between the PSAT and SAT, Part Two

TEST LENGTH The SAT is longer than the PSAT. MUCH longer. The PSAT comprises 5 sections, four of which are 25 minutes and one of which is 30 minutes. That amounts to a testing time of 130 minutes, or 2 hours and 10 minutes. (There are also 6 minutes of breaks on the PSAT, one […]

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