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New SAT 2016: What Will It Look Like?

The New SAT Test 2016

SAT Instructor Terri of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts teaches you six changes to the New SAT 2016.
1. There will be significant changes to the SAT test format
2. The redesigned SAT essay will be optional
3. The new SAT test will feature evidence based reading, and evidence based writing & language sections
4. There will be key changes to the SAT math section
5. The scoring differs greatly between the old SAT and the new SAT
6. The length of the test and the way in which the SAT test is given will change

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December 3rd, 2014
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Podcast Episode 30, Debbie Stier: Meet the Woman Who Took The SAT Seven Times in One Year

Debbie Stier, Meet the Mom Who Took The SAT Seven Times in One Year

Alexis Avila talks to Debbie Stier, author of The Perfect Score Project, which highlights a mom’s adventure preparing for and taking the SAT a whopping 7 times in one year. Debbie’s story and book were featured on The Today Show and in publications such as The New Yorker and The Huffington Post. Debbie shares with us the secrets she learned preparing for the SAT from working with private SAT tutors to showing up to the test site as the only mom in the testing room.

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September 10th, 2014
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Corinne F. (Wellesley, MA) SAT Preparation Feedback

I can’t thank you enough. Our daughter came home with a new attitude towards the SAT’s last night and felt the 2 hours she spent with you topped all of the other tutoring she has had thus far. All of a sudden her confidence is through the roof. Thank you!
September 4th, 2014
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New SAT vs. ACT : SAT and ACT Similarities and Differences

SAT and ACT Instructor Terri of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts teaches you six similarities and differences between the New SAT and ACT test.

Some key similarities include:
No points deducted for wrong answers
Both tests allow score choice

Some key differences include:
ACT– Composite score, average score of 4 subsections
New SAT-Composite score, sum of 2 areas (evidence based reading and evidence based writing and language; Math)

What do you think will be the easier test, the New SAT or the ACT? Do you have any questions about the new SAT and ACT?

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June 8th, 2014
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New SAT 2016: How Will the New SAT Format Look Like?

SAT Instructor Terri of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts teaches you six changes to the New SAT Format.
1. There will be significant changes in the New SAT format
2. The redesigned New SAT essay will be optional
3. The New SAT Format will feature evidence based reading, and evidence based writing & language sections
4. There will be key changes in the New SAT math section
5. The scoring differs greatly between the old SAT and the new SAT
6. The length of the test and the way in which the New SAT test will be given will change

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May 26th, 2014
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The 4 SAT Sentence Completion Strategies You MUST Know!

SAT Verbal Instructor Terri of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts gives a comprehensive overview of the four most important SAT sentence completion strategies.

1. Use logic to predict the missing word
2. Find the clues in the sentence

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3. Determine the connotation of the missing word
4. Plug in the answer choice and eliminate
Bonus Tip: Remember to always read the sentence after you have selected your answer choice to see if it makes sense!

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January 9th, 2014
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Five Tips to Master Sentence Improvements on the SAT Writing Section

SAT Tutor Terri K. of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts teaches you five tips and one bonus tip for sentence improvements on the SAT writing section

1. Read the entire sentence carefully.
2. Don’t waste time reading choice A carefully.

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3. Do not read the choices on their own.
4. Aggressively identify common problem areas in the sentences.
5. Eliminate any answer choice that changes the meaning of the original sentence.

BONUS TIP: If you get into a jam, select the most concise answer.

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Get instant FREE access to our SAT E-Book: 13 SAT Tips You Can NOT Live Without

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December 4th, 2013
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Beth M. (Holliston, MA)

“Amy has been a tremendous asset in improving Ben’s writing and organization of his thoughts. I wish I had thought of having a tutor for him a few years ago. Regarding the SAT prep Amy did with Nick and Ben, a lot was covered during the 6 or so weeks that she worked with the boys and again, great results. Amy had a great connection with both boys and got to know each of their learning styles very quickly. She is laser focused when she is here and keeps the lesson moving. Both Nick and Ben enjoyed working with her and felt they gained a lot from her tutoring. Thank you again for everything and your flexibility with the SAT prep scheduling.”

November 4th, 2013
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Five SAT US History Insider Tips

Prepped & Polished History Tutor and  Online SAT Tutor By Steve R., US History SAT Subject Test Instructor, Prepped & Polished, LLC

Preparing for the SAT Subject Test in United States history can be a bit daunting. There are so many details, dates, people, laws, and trends in American history that it’s almost impossible to know where to start.

There are 90 multiple choice questions on the Subject Test, and you have 60 minutes to answer them. Here are five tips to help you prioritize your preparation and master the Subject Test format so that you’ll be sure to maximize your score.

Here are five US History SAT Subject Test Tips:

1. Focus on American history since the Constitution
Though the subject matter covered by the United States History SAT Subject Test can go back as far as the Pre-Columbian period, about 80% of the questions will deal with American history since 1790. Specifically, 40% of the questions will come from the period of 1790-1899, and another 40% will come from 1899-present. Though you should thoroughly review pre-1790 material, set it as a low priority in your review.

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2. Best prep books: Kaplan and Barron’s
The Kaplan test prep book for the U.S. History Subject Test is very detailed and comprehensive, and is great if you’re being exposed to the material for the first time. The Barron’s prep guide is a bit less comprehensive, but it’s much easier to read and flows very nicely. It’s perfect for someone who has already taken an AP United States history course and is looking to review.

3. PERSIA Charts help a lot with review
As you go through your review book, you should make a PERSIA chart for each unit. PERSIA stands for Politics, Economics, Religion, Society, Intellectual, and Artistic. As you read each chapter, place key terms into the appropriate section of the PERSIA chart. That way, you have a handy tool to review each chapter and concept, and everything is already in context of era and topic. Also, political and social history typically make up 55%-65% of the questions on the test, so focus on those areas of your PERSIA charts.

4. Don’t wait until the last minute to start test prep
Even if you’ve taken a rigorous AP U.S. History class, give yourself at least two months to prepare. The SAT Subject Test in U.S. History is very detail-oriented, and details you covered in class in October may not stick in your brain until May. Give yourself plenty of time to review each chapter and era carefully, make PERSIA charts, and review those a few times. Take plenty of practice tests to get your pacing techniques down. As a reminder, there are 90 multiple choice questions and you have 60 minutes to answer them. The best way to get faster is to practice, so make practice tests a big part of your preparation!

5. Only take educated guesses
If you’ve taken the SAT, you know that there is a penalty for wrong answers. The same applies to SAT Subject Tests. There are 5 answer choices for each question, and generally speaking, if you can eliminate 1 of them, you should take a guess. If you can eliminate 2 or 3, then definitely take a guess. If you have taken U.S. History in school, and you have prepared rigorously for the Subject Test, then you have at least been exposed to everything that is going to be on the test. You know more than you think you know, so don’t be afraid to take educated guesses!

Steve R. holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, where he majored in History, African and Afro-American Studies, and Politics. He earned departmental honors in History, and his senior thesis, Black Jesus in the Twentieth Century, was published in 2011. He currently works at Brandeis University in Development and Alumni Relations, where he helps to run many of the University’s Annual Giving programs. Steve has experience tutoring SAT, ACT, United States history, and writing, and he has helped students with their college admissions essays.

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July 16th, 2013
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Gary R. (Boston, MA)

“We hired Alexis and Prepped & Polished to help prepare our son for the ACT test. Before Prepped & Polished our son came in with a 21 (55%) ACT. Alexis set up a rigorous tutoring plan over several months which composed of twelve tutoring meetings, homework assignments, and nine practice tests. Alexis was clear of his expectations and our son was responsive to the tuteladge. The end result was a game changer for my son’s college prospects. Our son took the April and June ACT tests and super scored a cumulative of a 29, with a high of 31 on both the reading and the math (93% and 96% respectively). Thanks to Prepped & Polished, my son is confident that he will get into a top-tier university.”

June 25th, 2013
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