My name is Katie. As a member of the top percent of my high school class, I earned a 4.3 GPA, and scored a 2030 on the SAT without studying. Not that I recommend going in cold--I was just one of those kids. I've since earned my BS in Molecular Biology from the esteemed Harvey Mudd College. (If you're laughing, look it up; if you're not, then you already know what this means about my intelligence, and I don't need to go on about it.) Nowadays I can be found--SAT books in hand--ringing doorbells and sitting at dining-room tables, laughing with teenagers. So let's talk about the SAT...
I'm now at a solid 2400, which would have been really nice to have 6 years ago. I'm able to score perfectly because of two books:
Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to the SAT, and
The Official SAT Study Guide, by The College Board
The first outlines all of the brilliant strategies that turn the SAT on its head. The SAT thrives on students' unfamiliarity with the test; those who study its behavior score exceptionally higher. (Ex: For the writing test, the shortest answer choice has a disproportionately high probability of being correct.) I love this book. And it's hilarious, so it makes studying for the SAT fun. -ish.
The second book is the only one you'll ever want to practice from, because no one knows how to make a practice test quite like the test-maker does. (Which, by the way, is The College Board.) This gigantic book contains 10 practice tests; I've taken all of them. To admit that I've taken some of them more than three times would just be embarrassing. But it'd also be true.
In spending so much time with this beast, I've come to realize how harmless it really is. Of course, my basic math and grammar skills are impeccable, which helps. My vocabulary's not so bad, either. If we've got months to prepare, we'll work on these things. But if you can count your weeks until test day on one hand, we'll just do strategy.
If there's any demystifying I can do for you, please let me know. You've probably gathered by now that I love talking about this, on or off the clock. Either way, it was nice spending these few minutes with you! I look forward to many more.
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