Truth about SATs: the SAT... Decoded.

You have taken the PSAT; maybe even the SAT. You may have subconsciously noticed a certain pattern in the questions and answers; especially in the Critical Reading section. You examine a have no clue what the words mean; let alone context means, which word should be substituted or what word(s) go in which sentence, but you subconsciously FEEL that a, or maybe b, is the correct answer.

All the SAT problems are made by a certain algorithm, a “pattern” if you will. Think of it as mass production; but only of test questions rather than a car. Although “decoding” the pattern in the questions is only possible through in-depth intellectual analysis, your subconscious brain, nonetheless, through experience, picks up on that “pattern” of the SAT. That is why you get a higher score every time you re-take the test; your brain is “learning”, getting a “feel” not for the content (such as vocab words), but for the very structure of the test itself.

My message may get deleted because they, the College Board, do not want you to know this. How do THEY tell you to study for the SAT? Take 4-month-long study courses, paying over $2000 (they help, but are too inefficient), cram useless vocab words you will never again see in your lifetime (now, I honestly don’t know where the “vocab flash card” myth came from. There are over 10,000 “difficult” words in the English language which the “hard” SAT questions may legally contain; even if you waste 6 months of your precious time the MOST you can cram AND REASONABLY RECALL ON THE TEST would be about 400-500. Congrats, you have just covered less than 4% of the words which can and will be found in the SAT.)

The alternative? Learn the pattern itself. Skip the useless prep and memorization. Ace the SAT by mastering the pattern; NOT the content. One can cram an entire Matrix of SAT Prep; or one can simply recognize the “pattern”, the “feel” of the test and be a natural test-taker. Ace the SAT; no cramming!

Here is only a small taste of what you can learn about the SATs:

Why every SAT and PSAT question can be answered in less than 30 seconds, and how you can learn to be even faster. Don’t fall for traps ever again.

The secrets of being an “SAT Machine”–what this means, how to achieve it, and why it helps you sky-rocket your score.

The major mistake that holds back 99% of test-takers, and the key fact that you MUST understand in order to reach your high score.

Why the key to attacking the SAT is developing an intimate familiarity with the hidden rules and patterns that define the new test.

Why you should never, ever guess on an SAT question–this one insight alone has accounted for hundreds of points on many of my students’ scores.

Why the College Board is not to be trusted when it comes to SAT advice.

The so-called “facts” about the SAT that actually aren’t true, and what’s really going on with the test. Your well-meaning friends, parents, and guidance counselors have been telling you half-truths for years, but unless you learn the truth you’ll be hurting your score.

Why you should never trust a university admissions rep who tells you that his school doesn’t care about the SAT–see what the actual data reveals about the role of the test in the admissions process.

Why test anxiety is a powerful negative force, and the simple steps needed to make it work in your favor.

How to use the College Board’s materials–and when you should avoid them at all costs. Don’t make the common mistake of using the test writers for anything besides real test questions.

How to find the truth about any SAT-related claim or advice, no matter who gives it to you. If you don’t know how to verify the advice you get, how can you know who to trust?

What a perfect-scorer on the old SAT has to say about the best mental preparation for taking any standardized test. This information alone can make a huge difference for your SAT score–and it’ll help you in every other high-pressure situation you ever face, too.

And about the essay:

How to use a simple, step-by-step method for cranking out a top-scoring SAT essay, no matter the question. You don’t have to use any creativity at all.

Why you don’t have to worry about not being able to memorize any good examples to use on your essay.

Why the SAT essay is nothing like a well-written high school essay. Don’t walk into the SAT thinking you can use the same approach you rely on in English

class–you can’t.

The REAL traits and properties of high-scoring essays. If you try to follow the scoring guide provided by the College Board, your essay might not score well. But if you follow my advice, you’ll hit all the secret “sweet spots” that set apart sample high-scoring essays provided by the College Board.

How to speed through the essay without wasting time–you probably won’t need to do any pre-planning at all with this method.

Which grammatical “errors” are perfectly acceptable on the SAT Essay–even though they would be wrong answers if they appeared elsewhere on the Writing Section! It sounds unbelievable, but the College Board actually enforces two different standards when it comes to the Essay and the Multiple Choice questions on the Writing Section.

The one secret property that correlates with high SAT Essay scores more than anything else.

NEW! Now you can download the Essay section of our SAT Guide as a free sample. You’ll see that we take all the guesswork out of getting a perfect score on the essay. Now ask yourself–if we can take something that seems totally open-ended and reduce it to a formula that you can learn in less than an hour, what can we do with the multiple-choice questions on the test? Click here for the free sample.


In general:

The three rules that apply to all real SAT Reading questions, and why they form the foundation of my successful approach to these questions.

How to identify and use four simple patterns that appear reliably in every SAT Reading question. Once you know these, the answer choices will sort themselves into right and wrong answers almost automatically, and you’ll never be stuck trying to “mind-read” again.

A simple, 10-step process that handily defeats all real SAT Reading questions. You’ll see this process spelled out in the clearest detail, and you’ll witness it in action against real SAT questions created by the College Board. *

Why seemingly open-ended questions that ask about an author’s intent, purpose, meaning, or whatever are actually every bit as certain and logical as SAT Math questions.

How to avoid studying vocabulary by learning to apply some ridiculously simple methods–learn to answer those fill-in-the-blank Sentence Completion questions with total confidence, WITHOUT knowing all the words, and WITHOUT guessing!

How to zero-in on the parts of a Sentence Completion Question that really matter, and ignore the rest.

The key unwritten rule that a correct answer on this section MUST follow.

Four patterns that often appear in wrong answers on this section. You’ll never fall for one of them again.

A simple 11-step process that ties everything together–you’ll lose all hesitation when you see it applied unfailingly to question after question on a real sample SAT from the College Board.*

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