Outsmarting the SAT

If your child is college bound, then perk up your ears to this advice: outsmart the SAT.

Yes, it can be done because I have this cool book in my hot little hands that tells me so.

Elizabeth King is a well-respected expert tutor and has coached tons of students in this very precarious and gargantuan task – taking the SAT with the goal to perform well.

Lets face it, whether we like it or not, many colleges base admittance to their school on SAT scores. So, depending on where your teen chooses to go, you may need to help them brush up on their test taking strategy, specifically, how to maximize their SAT score.

The author targets the test taker, so the person who should be reading this book is the one who is taking the test. And being over 300 pages, this is not a book to be read from cover to cover; it should be digested in “chunks” for best absorption. She has conveniently organized the book to make the assimilation process easier. Just like the SAT, the book is segmented into critical reading, writing, and mathematics, and each main section is further broken down. Here’s the author’s own advice on how to use Outsmarting the SAT:

Since this book is written for students from all sorts of different schools and backgrounds, you’re bound to find topics with which you’re already comfortable. I do not expect you to pore over things you already know. Instead, your best bet is to grab a highlighter and mark the stuff that is new to you (even those concepts that are explained differently than you originally learned them)-then follow through and review! I want you to treat this book like it’s a personal notebook, not the Holy Grail of standardized test prep. Make it your own. Scribble. Highlight. Circle. After all, this is your SAT.

Note: I checked with the author on her recommendations for when and how much to prepare for the test. She suggests high school students start in the junior year with individualized practice sessions. She states:

“Juniors can improve their PSAT scores and can often reach their goals by spring/summer of that year, potentially alleviating the need for testing senior year. As for practice, I think a plan should be tailored to a student’s learning style and ability to retain and reuse info/skills. Personally I think life is so much bigger than standardized tests, so I really strive for the bare minimum needed to hit the goal. For some students that’s six hours total; for some it’s six to eight hours a week for 18 months, particularly for those students who qualify for extra time. The range of needs is why it’s a good idea to start experimenting early.”

No one would go to a job interview researching the company and looking their best, or perform a recital without practice. Neither should a student attempt their most important high school test unprepared. This book, use as directed, will certainly help.

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