Juan Sandoval



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Recommendations on how to study for the SAT


2) Complete all of the assignments I have posted

3) Complete as many sections in the College Board Book as possible

4) Apply the strategies we have gone over. If you need a refresher, keep reading.

5) Make studying for the SAT a part of your everyday routine. This is the only way you'll be able to keep improving up to the day of the test.


Reading Section

  • Identify the author's voice in each passage by focusing on emotional words and transition words such as "incredibly difficult" and "but"
  • Use your pencil to write short notes and circle key words. If you practice enough, you will be able to accurately predict questions as you read the passages.
  • DO NOT INFER! If you find yourself studying and not improving, 9 times out of 10 it's because you are inferring or jumping to your own conclusion. In order to not infer, rely on your author's voice/main point and don't stray away from it when selecting an answer choice.
  • When you are selecting an answer choice, always eliminate answer choices first. When it comes to the more difficult questions, eliminating answer choices helps you immensely.
  • Eliminate answer choices which contain extreme words. Remember, there are many extreme answer choices which do not seem extreme but are.
  • Identify the parts in each answer choice which needs to be proven. Use your pencil to circle the parts!
  • Practice cherry picking questions in each section. If your aim is 550, you should try to complete 15 questions (remember you only need 8 correct answers to get 500)


Math Section

  • Practice substituting on as many problems as possible. For higher scorers, practice substituting on the more difficult questions. Remember, if you can eliminate two options, YOU SHOULD GUESS.
  • Remember to substitute on geometry problems whenever you can.
  • Practice as many number line problems, percentage problems, average problems, and graph problems. There will be many of these problems so the more you practice them, the more likely you will recognize problems in the real SAT.
  • Focus on getting as many of the first ten questions correct. Remember, these questions are more tricky and awkward, than difficult. Give yourself enough time to think about these first 10 problems!
  • Practice cherry picking questions in each section. If your aim is 550, you should only try to complete 15 questions (remember you only need 8 correct answers to get 500)


Grammar Section

  • Complete all of the assignments I have posted. These exercises focus on the foundation of grammar rules.
  • Use the reference sheet we created in class as a reference/as a guide for what to look for!
  • Complete as many questions as possible. Unlike the other sections, you do not benefit from answering a limited number of questions. This is because there are so few grammar questions. Focus on what is underlined in each question. If a verb is underlined, apply Subject/Verb agreement. If there is a list of things, apply parallelism. If a pronoun is underlined, apply pronoun agreement/pronoun consistency/pronoun ambiguity. If things or people are being compared, applying comparison agreement. And if you forgot about what any of these mean, message me on the discussion forum.
  • DO NOT MISS ANY I vs ME or WHO vs WHOM QUESTIONS. If you are struggling with these, remember to replace I with WE and ME with US.


Writing Section

  • Read the sample essays in the College Board SAT Book and practice writing using the same format. Focus on essay scores of 5 and 6.
  • Use the template in the SteppingUP Workbook to help you start each paragraph
  • Write as many essays as you can!
  • If you are brave, post your essay on the discussion forum. If not, email me your essay.



Course content

  • SteppingUP SAT Prep Book 2.0

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