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Often students complain about the words they have to learn for the SAT. I get that. Some words such as "ossified" and "treacly" are extremely obscure, but others such as "equivocal" or "ambivalent" they should know  and use. I point out to them that in life, you will be judged by how you speak and how you write. So, don't be myopic... read more

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Many of my students second guess themselves or tend to speculate. So I devised the Beth Cof strategy to help students eliminate wrong answers.   There are five possible answer choices on the SAT; four on the ACT. Therefore, it's crucial to be comfortable when choosing the right answer.   B stands for too broad. E stands for extreme answers. T stands for... read more

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When I work with students on the SAT essay,  many have difficulty coming up with concrete, adequate examples. Many can't get out of the quicksand of vague and directionless ideas.    Instead of ideas, let individuals from history, literature, science, and the modern era be your guides. Create a list of influential and inspiring people for each category like... read more

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I've been reading Erica Meltzer's "Guide to SAT Grammar" over the summer. It's full of interesting tips. Do you know when to use who and when to use whom? Don't worry. It doesn't come up on the test.