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PSAT/SAT/ACT

SAT Verbal Basics
  • How to register
  • What to bring
  • Parts of test
  • Strategically using breaks
  • Test taking strategies
Critical Reading
  • Strategies
  • Taking apart a non-fiction articles
  • Tackling long and short reading passages
  • Categorizing questions
  • Writing questions with five choices
  • Pacing
Sentence Completion Questions
  • Getting a feel for meaning
  • Categorizing the question
  • Cover up choices
  • Determining and supplying your own answer
  • Compare and choose answer
  • Pacing
Vocabulary
  • Words you know and words you need to learn
  • Breaking words apart
  • Prefixes
  • Suffixes
  • Root words
  • Memorization techniques
  • Dealing with unfamiliar words
Grammar
  • Basics of language
  • Clause organization
  • Common problems
  • Problems with agreement
  • Ambiguous and vague pronouns
  • Problems with case
  • Problems involving modifiers
  • Common problems in usage
  • Identifying sentence errors
  • Improving sentences
Essay
  • Interpreting the prompt
  • Brainstorming
  • Making an outline
  • Strong thesis statement
  • Engaging introduction
  • Reasons, examples, appropriate evidence
  • Focus, Organization, Coherence
  • Development, Flow
  • Memorable conclusion
  • Proof and edit
  • Understanding the rubric
Time Management
  • Appropriate pacing for essay
  • Pacing yourself while reading a long passage
  • Prioritizing
  • Making intelligent guesses
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