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How to Crush Math Questions Involving Radians on the New SAT

SAT Instructor Dan M. shows you a how to solve math questions involving radians on the new SAT.

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November 10th, 2016
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Don’t Have a Function Freakout! .. On the New SAT Math Section

SAT Instructor Dan M. shows you a how to solve function math questions on the new SAT.

Don’t Have a Function Freakout! .. On the New SAT Math Section

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July 18th, 2016
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How to Solve Complex Math Questions Quicker on the New SAT

SAT Instructor Dan M. shows you three examples of complex SAT Math problems that can be solved quickly using math strategies.
Things you will learn include:
1. Look to simplify and cancel out like terms
2. Remember your exponent rules and always try to get bases the same
3. Don’t overanalyze graphs
4. When roman numerals are involved, answer one roman numeral at a time and eliminate as you go.

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June 14th, 2016
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Episode 105, How to Get an 800 on the SAT Math 2 Subject Test

On this tutoring tips episode of The Prepped and Polished Podcast, SAT Instructor Anooj shows you how to ace your SAT Math 2 Subject Test. Anooj scored an 800 on the Math 2 test, so pay close attention to his tips! In this video you will learn the following:

  1. Study and Practice
  2. Diagnose your weaknesses
  3. Calculator Tips

Episode 105, How to Get an 800 on the SAT Math 2 Subject Test

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January 12th, 2016
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How to Get an 800 on the SAT Math 2 Subject Test

Prepped & Polished SAT Instructor Anooj shows you how to ace your SAT Math 2 Subject Test. Anooj scored an 800 on the Math 2 test, so pay close attention to his tips! In this video you will learn the following:

  1. Study and Practice
  2. Diagnose your weaknesses
  3. Calculator Tips

 

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September 28th, 2015
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7 SAT Tips For Teens

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Josh Ochs of Media Leaders interviews Alexis Avila Founder of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts. Alexis list his favorite seven tips for teens preparing for the SAT Test.

Tip 1: Take Advantage of Free SAT Material on the Web
Tip 2: Buy the Official College Board Study Guide
Tip 3: Understand the SAT Format
Tip 4: Don’t spend too much time on Sentence Completions
ACT Science Tips and SAT Tips and Strategies
Tip 5: Skip around a little on the math fill-in section
Tip 6: Wake up early Saturday morning for two months
Tip 7: If you get stumped, circle the question, then move on

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Josh: Hello and welcome to Media Leaders. In this video we want to
show you seven SAT tips for teens. I’m honored to have Alexis Avila, the
founder of Prepped and Polished with me today, Alexis welcome to the call.

Alexis: Thanks for having me Josh.

Josh: Well it’s an honor to have you here. Let’s jump right in to the
good stuff, you’re going to walk us through seven tips for people that are
taking their SAT. Can you tell us what you’re going to teach us?

Alexis: I’m going to teach you how to take advantage of free stuff so
you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for tutoring. I’m going to tell you
about buying a key book for SAT. Walk you a little bit through the SAT
format. Talk a little bit about sentence completion, just some insider tips
on the math fill-ins. How to wake up early, you know really get primed and
ready. And also lay a cool strategy for an SAT.

Josh: Sweet. Walk us through the first one.

Alexis: All right. So SATs, you’ve got to take advantage of free stuff
out there, okay? There’s a lot of free stuff that you can study with. Khan
Academy.com, great videos to help you with problems that are found in the
old official college course study guide. CollegeBoard.org go to it
immediately, sign up for the question of the day, have it delivered to your
in box, SAT problem, free, again. Quizlet.com, you want to practice your
SAT vocab, you don’t have to buy books in the book store for that, go to
Quizlet.com, it’s all free. Free SAT vocab, practice and take quizzes.

Josh: Great resources. Walk us through the next tip?

Alexis: Okay. So you’ve got to buy the official college board study
guide whether you work with a tutor or independently. It has the most
realistic practice tests possible in this book, there’s ten of them. And I
recommend that you get through as many practice tests as possible. And make
sure that you time yourself when you take these practice tests. And if you
want to get explanations for the questions found in the SAT official
college board study guide, purchase Tutor Ted’s SAT Solution Manual, it’s
not perfect but it’s pretty much the only one out there, the only book out
there that actually has an explanation for each question found in the
official college board SAT study guide.

Josh: That’s super helpful. Walk us through the next one.

Alexis: Okay. Understand the SAT format, okay? This is what I do with
all my students to get them feeling confident and knowing what to expect.
First, section one and section ten are always the same section. Section
one, essays, section ten, short grammar writing section. The next level of
predictability is found in section eight, nine, and ten. Those are always
the shortened versions of the critical reading math, and like I said
section ten is also a short grammar writing section. Section two through
seven, not as much predictability but guaranteed in those sections your
going to find two critical reading long sections, 25 minutes, two math long
sections, 25 minutes, and one long, 25 minute, writing grammar section. And
then you’ll have one experimental section.

Also, know the nuances within each section, and learn how to pace for
them. So for example, the two long critical reading sections, one of those
long critical reading sections has eight sentence completions as opposed to
five sentence completions on the other one. So there’s a different kind of
pacing structure that you should learn. So that’s what I have to say about
the SAT format. I could go on forever about it.

Josh: That’s good to know. Take us on to the next one.

Alexis: Okay. Get to the critical reading. So don’t spend too much time
on those sentence completion questions folk. Why? It’s simple, it’s math,
there’s 19 sentence completions versus 48 reading comprehension questions.
If you get complacent and smug, and take your sweet old time doing those 19
sentence completion questions you’re going to have five minutes left to do
all that reading. You don’t want to be in that pickle. So trust your gut,
study your vocab, get through those sentence completion questions
relatively fast so you can have ample time to do the reading questions.
Scan the questions first when you at the critical reading, scan the
questions first, mark up the passage that answers the specific question on
the fly as you’re reading, it’s like an open book test. And the at the very
end, answer all the general questions, answer those last. It will make
sense because you can only answer general questions once you have the full
scope of the passage.

Josh: Wow, that’s really helpful. Walk us through the next one?

Alexis: All right. We’ll skip around, here’s a little insider technique
for you. Skip around on the maths fill in, the long 25 minute math fill in
section, where you have eight multiple choices and then ten fill-ins after.
Why? Because on the SAT you want to answer all the easy immediate questions
before you tackle the hard ones. Well the order of difficulty goes from
easy to hard, from one to eight multiple choice, and then they get easy
again. So I recommend that you do the first five or six multiple choice
questions, just take a quick glance at number seven and eight multiple
choice which are the hard ones, and if they’re too hard just circle them
and go right to those easy fill-ins, take care of those, and at the very
end go back to those last two multiple choice questions.

Josh: I love it. That’s really helpful. Very counter intuitive. Walk
us through the next tip?

Alexis: Yep. Okay. Well this is kind of like another tip, I really
believe that kids have to develop a routine going into the SAT. So I
recommend you wake up early for at least two months before, each Saturday
leading up to the test. Up to two months before that. The key is to build
your confidence. It’s to build a consistent study program if you want to
get your confidence going up. So you want to wake up early for two months
so you get used to doing SAT problems early in the morning. Again, now
while you’re waking up Saturday, I want you to eat a good healthy breakfast
devoid of fatty foods. Find a quiet study area free of distractions. Have a
nice stop watch so you can pace yourself. And waking up early means go to
bed early too.

Josh: So smart, very true. Walk us through the next tip?

Alexis: Okay. Stumped? Circle the question. The tip is basically this,
the SAT is a marathon, it’s not a sprint, which basically means that you
want to keep moving at a nice steady pace, you don’t want to cram and
agonize over question number one. If you can’t answer it you circle that
question and you keep moving. If you spend more than a minute on a problem
it’s probably a good indicator that you’re kind of going about the problem
the wrong way. You circle that problem and then you keep moving to the next
question. Answer as many questions as you can, and then at the very end
with a fresh set of eyes you go back to the questions that you circled
along the way, tackle those, that’s the way to go.

Josh: That’s super helpful. well walk us through what you’ve taught
us.

Alexis: Okay. well I basically taught you to take advantage of all the
free SAT material on the web, you know you don’t have to spend a gazillion
dollars on SAT preps, there’s a lot of free stuff out there. And if you do
spend a gazillion dollars on SAT prep, fine, but also take advantage of the
free stuff. Buy the official college board study guide, that is basically
the number one and number two key resource you can buy. Everyone uses it,
buy it. Understand the SAT format. I don’t know about you but I feel more
confident when I know what to expect going into game day. Understand the
SAT format. Don’t spend too much time on sentence completion questions,
because there’s more, the lion’s share of those questions in the critical
reading section are critical reading questions themselves. Skip around a
little in the math fill-in section. Take care of the easy and medium
questions first. And then wake up early Saturday morning for the next two
months leading into the test so you get accustomed to what it’s like to
work your brain with multiple choice questions early in the morning. And
finally, if you get stumped circle the question and keep on moving, the
test is a marathon not a sprint.

Josh: Wow this has been really helpful. Alexis, thank you so much for
joining us today.

Alexis: My pleasure Josh. I’m humbled. Thank you very much.

Josh: Thank you. And those of you that are watching this video, click
the links below this video and in the area below, and you can learn more
about Alexis and his company Prepped and Polished. Thank you everybody for
being a part of Media Leaders. Have a great day, and as always, keep it
light, bright, and polite.

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August 5th, 2013
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Todd D. (Southborough, MA)

“We highly recommend Prepped & Polished. My daughter Emily was having a difficult time with the math portion of her SATs having spent months with a different tutoring service. She spent about six weeks with an incredible tutor at Prepped & Polished and learned some incredibly useful techniques, strategies and study habits. She was very well prepared for the January SAT and went in with a lot of confidence. She got the results back and raised her math score by 130 points!! Prepped & Polished was very flexible in offering tutor times and gave her an appropriate amount of prep work for each session. She never felt overwhelmed. With her new test results Emily can now pursue several of the colleges she originally thought were out of reach. Thanks so much to Alexis and everyone at Prepped!”

March 27th, 2013
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Emily 11th grader (Southborough, MA)

“I just wanted to update you on my math score from the January SAT..I got a 630 and my math score went up 120 points from last time! I was so excited when I got the results. I also wanted to say thank you for everything! You were a huge help with the strategies and planning..it all paid off!”

February 19th, 2013
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Six Best Free SAT Websites

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Alexis Avila Founder/President of Prepped & Polished lists his six favorite free online SAT websites.

1. Khan Academy for SAT Math

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2. PWN The SAT for SAT Math-especially for intermediate and upper level test takers.
3. Ultimate Verbal Blog-for Critical Reading and Writing
4. College Board Site-for free practice tests, sample questions, and word of the day
5. Quizlet-for SAT vocabulary
6. Free Rice-for improving vocabulary and donating to charity

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Hey everyone. Alexis Avila, founder of Prepped and Polished LLC, here in
Boston, Massachusetts. Now there’s a lot of information on the SAT, and
some of it will cost you money. But these six sites, they will not. And
these are my favorite right now.

Number one is Khan Academy. If you want to practice your SAT math, go to
these YouTube videos. The instructor does a great job explaining all the
math problems you’ll find on the old version of the official SAT College
Board Study Guide.

Site number two that I really enjoy is PWN the SAT. He’s a tutor out of New
York who really knows his SATs, and especially the math. You’ll enjoy his
math problems and challenges and you can print out some PDFs.

The third site I highly recommend is Erica Meltzer’s Ultimate Verbal Blog,
and you can increase your critical reading and writing score, just by
reading her blogs alone, and she has a ton of advice to help better your
critical reading and writing scores for the SAT test.

And the fourth site is the College Boards official site. They have a free
practice test on it, and they have some practice problems for each
component of the SAT test, and you can subscribe to the SAT Question of the
Day that gets sent directly to your email address on a daily basis with a
very challenging SAT problem.

The fifth site I highly recommend is for vocabulary boosting, is Quizlet,
which is the world’s most popular online flashcard site. If you search, you
can find some big stacks of SAT vocabulary to practice from, and they have
games and quizzes so that you can test yourself to see if you’re learning
some of that high frequency vocabulary.

The sixth site I highly recommend is another vocabulary website. My
students really enjoy this one. It’s called FreeRice.com and there are 60
vocabulary levels. So if you get a question or about three questions in a
row right, you increase a level, and each time you get a question correct,
you actually donate 10 grains of rice to charity. So you feel good while
you’re studying SAT vocabulary. So that’s fantastic.

So check out those six sites. I think you’ll really enjoy them. They’re all
free to help boost your SAT grade. And I’m also obviously partial to my
video blogs on my websites, so you can check those out,
PreppedandPolished.com/blog.

So good luck on your SAT, and I will talk to you soon.

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April 24th, 2012
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Five Key Steps to Mastering ACT Math

ACT Math Tips
By The P&P Test Preparation Team, Prepped & Polished, LLC

The ACT math section gives you 60 minutes to answer 60 questions on a broad range of topics that extend all the way from pre-algebra to basic trigonometry. Each question has five possible answer choices that are listed in order from least to greatest value. Unlike the SAT, the ACT has you tackle the entire math on the test in one marathon session and does not include any free response questions. The math section is graded on the same 1 to 36 scoring system as the other portions of the test and accounts for one fourth of your composite score. The variety of topics covered by this section can be daunting, but in the end it is the easiest section to prepare for, because you know what topics will be tested. The following tips will help you study effectively and deal with the unique challenges presented by ACT math.

1. Know the test layout:
Simply put, you must know what topics are covered by the math section before you can study effectively. There is no point studying calculus and advanced trig because they are not on the test. The exam covers all math up to and including basic trigonometry but no more. You must understand how long the test is before you can gear up mentally. 60 minutes is a long time to do only math. As a result, any good preparation system needs to include long practice sessions to help you prepare for the strain. Lastly, you need to know that the questions increase in difficulty as you go along. The first 30 questions are easy, the next ten or so a little harder, and the last 20 are genuinely difficult. This bit on information will help you get a better sense of how to pace yourself through the test.

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2. Know what you are good at:
The section’s order of difficulty is not the final word on which questions you will find easier or harder. You will be better at some concepts than others and you can use this to your advantage. For example, if you are near the end of the section and are looking at the last 15 difficult questions, you should glance over all of them and single out the ones that deal with topics you are comfortable with. By doing this you will be able to use your time more efficiently and boost your score as a result.

3. Do not be afraid to go back to Middle School:
If you are an 11th or 12th grader who gets good marks in math class, then you will likely be well prepared for the more difficult topics on the ACT math section, because you deal with those topics in your day to day classes. You may also be caught off guard by questions testing elementary math concepts you have not looked at since 8th grade. It is natural for unused skills to deteriorate. Fortunately, it is easy to get back on top of old math topics. Just devote a few hours reviewing your old books or notes and it will all come back, plus you will not have to deal with the embarrassment of being a good student who gets two of the first five questions wrong.

4. Do not waste time:
The most rewarding thing about math in the real world is facing down a difficult problem and finally overcoming it through great effort, unfortunately this is not the case on the ACT. You only have an average of 60 seconds to answer each question. You do not receive extra credit for solving more difficult problems and should always try to pick up every possible point in the easier portions of the test before devoting five minutes to a question in the 50’s. You also need to be willing to leave a question and move on if you have been working on it and do not see a path to the answer. You can always return to questions later if you have time.

5. Stay confident:
In my experience, this section induces more mental breakdowns than any other. Students face so many different questions and topics that they are almost certain to go blank on a few. You need to have a short term memory for this section. Individual defeats happen, but they cannot be allowed to affect your psyche and performance on following questions.

Bonus: There is no guessing penalty on this or any other ACT section. You should never leave blank questions on your scorecard. The ACT does not do you any favors and you should avoid doing any favors for it.

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March 22nd, 2012
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