So you haven’t prepared for the SAT

StudentThe weeks leading up to just about every SAT exam are usually the same; they mostly consist of an inordinate number of students trying to cram several months of preparation into just several weeks. The calls we receive from students who fall into this category generally go something like “Why??? Why didn’t I prepare early with Test Masters, the nation’s leading test preparation company, whose 300 point Score Increase Guarantee would have assuredly propelled me to success on this nefarious exam? Why?” Okay, so that might be a bit of an over exaggeration. Most of the calls we receive from students who aren’t ready for the SAT are closer to “What do I do now?”

First, stay calm.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you are probably already familiar with Score Choice (if you don’t know what Score Choice is, read this article and this article). Keep in mind this is the first SAT exam of the fall season. Even if you are high school senior and you take this exam and score poorly, you will have at least two more opportunities to take the SAT (in November and December) before running the risk of not attaining your desire SAT score before most college application deadlines.

Getting started means getting to know the SAT!

A lot of students tell me that they don’t begin preparing for the SAT early simply because they don’t know how to prepare for this kind of test. This makes sense. If you haven’t taken a review course, like Test Masters, in all likelihood you don’t even know what topics you are going to be tested on. Without this information, you literally can’t study for the SAT! If somebody asked me to study for a Math test without telling me the specific topics I would be tested on, I would have no idea where to begin either.

There are a lot of resources available to you to help you figure out exactly what you’ll be tested on. This website, for example, contains example problems, miscellaneous test info, and an Ask Test Masters feature for students with questions we haven’t already answered. Take advantage of these and similar resources to figure out exactly what you’ll be up against (a good place to start would be with this SAT Overview).

Get the right stuff!

Once you know a little more about the SAT, you can start to figure out exactly how you should spend your time preparing for it. One of the best ways to determine this is to take a practice test; in fact, if you have not already done so, you should immediately purchase The Official SAT Study Guide and Complete Solutions to the Official SAT Study Guide. The Official SAT Study Guide contains 10 practice tests that will help you figure your specific areas of weakness (and provide with lots of extra practice material) and the complete solutions guide will help make sure that you understand the mistakes you are making. Even if you are on a budget, these two resources are an absolute must for anyone preparing for the SAT.

This concludes our first post dedicated to you under-prepared students freaking out about the SAT.

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Improve Your College Application : Extracurriculars

Applying to CollegeHey everybody! It’s Ridge with another post about the college admissions process. This time, I’ll be talking about extracurricular activities. I hope you enjoy it!

As high school droned on, I found it important to take on some activities just for fun or to “expand my horizons,” as the cliche goes. High school can be incredibly monotonous for a student oscillating between falling asleep in class and falling asleep while doing homework. Sometimes, I just need a pick-me-up, something I can do during the day that involves more than just looking at a whiteboard and taking notes. Enter extracurricular activities. These are hobbies that involve doing more than just sitting and listening. Extracurricular activities, or ECs as they are sometimes called, include three broad types of activity: sports, arts, and volunteer work.

Epic Violin Guy
I take it back, violins can be cool!

Sports weren’t for me, but I did find some things that were for me. I am still involved in the first EC I ever participated in: violin. I have been playing violin since the second grade, and, although it is not the coolest or most unique of instruments, the violin still entertains me with possibly the largest repertoire of solo and chamber music for any single instrument. Playing an instrument falls into the second broad category of ECs: arts. Many colleges value the creativity in the arts (particularly Ivy League schools), and many include an optional arts supplement for talented artists who want to show how important their art is to them. Generally, these supplements involve submitting samples of one’s work. Common arts include: dance, theater, drawing/painting, and musical performance. Again, you can benefit from doing one of these arts even if you aren’t exceptional or naturally talented.

The final group is volunteer work. This is probably the easiest to do as it does not require any particular skill. Volunteering is loosely defined as doing work for others without the expectation of compensation. It is a very popular activity, especially during the summer when there is plenty of time and very little to do. During the summer, many hospitals accept high school volunteers to help around, and many of my friends and I have been involved in such programs. Volunteering is measured in the amount of time you work, and while many universities will not “require” you to have a certain number of volunteer hours to be admitted, many will look very favorably upon such acts of charity. As a mark of good character, meaningful volunteer work reflects well on an applicant because colleges will see that you are involved in the community and are doing things for others as well as for yourself. Many schools also have service-oriented clubs, like National Honor Society, that offer volunteer opportunities throughout the school year. There are also awards for volunteering, such as the Presidential Service Award.

Presidential Service AwardColleges value extracurricular activities because of what those activities represent about the applicant. Successful athletes are dedicated and disciplined, and usually work well with others (which is important in a classroom environment); accomplished musicians or individuals with similar artistic outlets tend to excel in large part because of their creativity and imagination; service activities like volunteering show colleges you are committed to your community, and that you can bring that same commitment to serve to their community on campus.

While the personal benefits of ECs are evident in the friends you make and skills you learn through such participation, it is important to note that when you are applying to college you must be able to translate your experiences into something quantifiable. In other words, keep track of your accomplishments and be sure to brag about them when you apply to college!

By Ridge Liu

Ridge Liu went through the Test Masters SAT & PSAT course between his sophomore and junior years of high school. Ridge went on to obtain a Perfect Score on the SAT, and we expect him to be named a National Merit Semi- or Finalist this fall.

You can find Ridge’s last “Improve Your College Application” post here.

Know the SAT Math Formula (part 2 of 8)

SAT Math Reference Information

Today we continue our series on the SAT Math Formula sheet. To keep things interesting, today’s example problem is about Spencer, a super secret spy!


Super Secret Spy Spencer wants to mow lawns and gather some quick intel. He wants to find a lawn-mowing job in a rich neighborhood where a bunch of VIPs live. Every house in this wealthy and fancy neighborhood has a lawn that is exactly in the shape of a rectangle. Spencer proposes that his evil mastermind boss pay him $1 for every square foot of lawn that he mows because the more he mows, the more secrets he gathers. On one particular lawn, he would like to earn $24. What could be possible integer dimensions of the lawn?

This problem requires the use of the second diagram in the “Reference Information” box of the Math Section. The second diagram is a rectangle that is labeled l and w and has the formula A = lw underneath it. This formula represents the area of rectangle, which can be found with the product of the length and width of the rectangle. In this case, the rectangle is the lawn that Drew wants to mow. Since Drew is getting paid $1 for every square foot and the unit of area for the lawn is in square feet, then $24 translates to an area of 24 square feet. In other words, the question is asking: What are the ways that the area of a rectangle can be expressed as a product of integers?

The next step is to consider the factors of 24. The factors of 24 are: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 24.

1  2  3  4  6  8  12  24

As shown above, there are 4 sets of factors of 24 that form a product of 24. This means that there are also 4 ways the dimensions of the lawn could yield a $24 profit. The dimensions could be 1 * 24, 2 * 12, 3 * 8, or 4 * 6.

Return next week as I continue College Compass’ “Know the SAT Math Formula Sheet!” series.

By Joey Gu


Critical Reading Extravaganza (Part 1 of 2)

Critical Reading

Today we will eruditely assimilate a veritable bonanza of vocabulary words while explaining how you may use key words and phrases in a Sentence Completion question to identify the correct answer. Examine each question carefully before moving on to the explanation.


  1. Certain clear patterns in the metamorphosis of a butterfly indicate that the process is —–.
    1. systematic
    2. voluntary
    3. spontaneous
    4. experimental
    5. clinical

Explanation: The key phrase in this sentence completion question is “certain clear patterns.” This indicates the metamorphosis undergoes change according to a particular pattern. Of the available answer choices, only (a) refers to something that is carried on using step-by-step procedures. Thus the answer is (a).


Systematic – having, showing, or involving a system or plan.

Voluntary – done, made, brought about, undertaken, etc. of one’s own accord or free choice.

Spontaneous – coming or resulting from a natural impulse or tendency; without effort or premeditation; natural and unrestrained; unplanned.

Experimental – pertaining to, derived from, or founded on experiment.

Clinical – concerned with or based on actual observation and treatment of disease in patients.

2. The book’s final chapter on Mildred Imach Cleghorn suffers from an obvious —–: it fails to cover Cleghorn’s years as an Apache tribal leader.

    1. omission
    2. inconsistency
    3. extravagance
    4. misconception
    5. assumption

Explanation: The key phrase in this sentence is “fails to cover.” This indicates the correct answer is the word which best describes a failure to mention. Of the available answer choices, only (a) refers to complete exclusion of information. Thus the answer is (a).


Omission – something left out, not done, or neglected.

Inconsistency – the quality or state of being inconsistent (for those of you who do not like recursive definitions, inconsistent means lacking in harmony between the different parts or elements; self-contradictory).

Extravagance – excessive or unnecessary expenditure or outlay of money; unrestrained or fantastic excess, as of actions or opinions).

Misconception – an erroneous conception; mistaken notion.

Assumption – something taken for granted; a supposition.

Though rote memorization is an effective means of memorizing obscure or antiquated vocabulary words, it is often more useful when you can couple that information with an understanding of how phrases and words interact with one another in a sentence. Keep in mind that the SAT Critical Reading section does not require you to be imaginative or creative in your interpretations, one word should necessarily follow the other and it should (hopefully) be clear why. So, if you are having a lot of trouble with Sentence Completion questions you either have not spent enough time memorizing your Test Masters SAT Vocabulary or you are thinking too hard!


College Profile : New York University (NYU)

New York UniversityHow would you like to be among the company of Ross Geller, Blair Waldorf, and Theo Huxtable? How about Aziz Ansari, Martin Scorsese, and Angelina Jolie? Impressed yet? All these people went to New York University.

In 1830, a gathering of over 100 delegates from the landed classes was convened in New York City Hall by Thomas Jefferson’s Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin. The product was a charter for the University of the City of New York, issued in 1831, later to be renamed New York University in 1896. The University was to be an institution dedicated to educating all students, regardless of religion and class. It was modeled after the University of London and designed to provide students with a practical education in the sciences and industry beyond the study of the Classics of Rome and Greece.

Last year almost 41,000 students applied for admission at New York University, but only 13,208 were accepted, giving this school an acceptance rate of only 32%. Competition is stiff, with median SAT scores of 1900-2190 and median ACT scores of 29-32. Students on the lower end of these median scores shouldn’t worry too much though, NYU’s admission process includes a holistic review of each student’s application. This means that the university evaluates every part of a student’s application; those with lower scores or grades still have a chance of attending NYU if the admissions committee decides that student would positively contribute to the mix of talent at the university.

New York University enjoys a storied history; this school has turned out 5 MacArthur Fellows, 16 Pulitzer Prize winners, 30 Academy Award winners, and 36 Nobel laureates. Among the Nobel laureates are figures like Friedrich Hayek, founder of the Austrian School of economics. On the less serious side, the Tisch School of Arts has graduated many famous celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie, Spike Lee, and Adam Sandler.

Ready to go? There’s just one more thing: finances. Tuition at NYU is $44,845, which is lower than many other top-tier universities, but after adding on room and board and book fees, the total cost comes out to be around $64,000. Add on the fact that New York City has one of the highest cost of living in the world, and all of a sudden, going to NYU is not as attractive as it was. However, financial aid is available. The average amount of aid for entering freshmen is $31,876, with the University giving out an average of $223 million each year. That amount of aid means that the University usually contributes around half of the total cost of attendance.

NYU apartments
So long as you don’t think about how much it costs per semester, it might be cool to live in a retro-fitted hotel/NYU dorm.

We all know that there’s more to college than just academics. One of the most important considerations most high school students make when applying to college is location; where will you be spending the next 4 to 5 years of your life? Located in the middle of the city, NYU is surrounded by the City That Never Sleeps, and, therefore, offers more than enough distraction for any student looking for it. There is a gender imbalance though, but probably not what you were thinking: a full 60% of the student body is female. The 21 residence halls, usually converted hotels and apartments, are centered around either Washington Square in Greenwich Village or Union Square a couple blocks down. Times Square is 2 miles away, and Central Park is 3 miles away, so at NYU, you’re never far from entertainment. With New York City’s public transport system and endless supply of taxis, nothing in Manhattan is ever more than an hour away, whether it be groceries from local bodegas or tourist attractions, like the Statue of Liberty or the Unisphere in Queens.

In addition to its main Greenwich Village campus, NYU has also opened campuses in Abu Dhabi with a Shanghai campus to open in 2013. Admission rates to the Abu Dhabi campus may be the lowest in the world: in 2012, 15,489 students applied for around 150 places. That gives NYUAD an acceptance rate of 0.9%. Compare that to Harvard’s 6.3%, Columbia’s 7%, and MIT’s 9.7%. The Shanghai campus will open its doors to its first class in the fall of 2013, with 300 undergraduate students, around half of whom will come from the US and half from China.

New York University offers its students a world class education in the most populous city in the United States. With an unrivaled tourist and entertainment industry, New York (aka “The City that Never Sleeps” aka “The Center of the Universe” aka “The Big Apple” aka “The Capital of the World”) may be the most exciting city on the planet, and attending this university could offer undergraduates an unparalleled opportunity to excel; you know what Ol’ Blue Eyes said, “If you I can make it there / I can make it anywhere.”

By Ridge Liu

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What I have Done for College : Improve Your College Application

Applying to CollegeHi everyone! I’m Ridge Liu and I got a Perfect Score on the SAT. After going through Test Masters’ SAT course and getting a perfect score, I accepted Test Masters’ invitation to intern with them this summer. I’m looking forward to sharing some of my thoughts on the SAT and college admissions with y’all as I go through the process myself. I hope you enjoy my first post!

Apply to College
The application process can sometimes seem very daunting.

I am a rising senior, so my mind is focused on college and college applications. I could rave and rant about the process, but that has been done. Instead, I’ve been asked to review what I’ve done to make myself an applicant whose application won’t go straight into the trash can. (I should begin this with a disclaimer: I am a massive nerd. What follows is a rather long post about nerd things and nerd ideas and nerd habits, which if you have any familiarity with the subject you know are not for the faint of heart.)

I decided a long time ago that I would be doing something math-y or science-y. Sure, literature is thought-provoking and history is entertaining, but for me there is nothing quite like finding out how acetic acid reacts with sodium bicarbonate, or how archaeobacteria evolved into humans and cats and dogs, or how particles get mass. With that in mind it should be no surprise that I have decided to apply for a physics program.

My college application began in middle school, when I joined the “Mathcounts” team.


I wasn’t very good and I never won an award, but I learned many valuable lessons. The first was a lesson in progress, that there is always room for improvement. It is very easy to have a parochial mindset and think, “I’m the best in my class, so I must be the best in the world.” Thankfully, it is also very easy to crush that notion. The second lesson was that anything can be fun when you want it to be. To me, math used to just be a chore: finish my algebra worksheet as quickly as I can so I can play more Runescape. Starting with “Mathcounts,” I opened my eyes to problem solving and critical thinking. I also applied these lessons to other subject, and I found myself enjoying literature and history much more with this newly adopted attitude.

The legacy of my “Mathcounts” experience is evident in my participation in academic competitions through high school. I’ve competed at Rice University and University of Houston Math Competitions, with varying results. I’ve also taken the American Mathematics Contest (AMC) and American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME) … unfortunately, also with varying results. I’ve even competed in physics competitions, like the tryout exam for the US Physics Team. As further bait for colleges, I’ve also participated in University Interscholastic League (UIL) contests up to the regional level. While my scores may not compare favorably against those of someone at Stuyvesant or TJHSST or LASA, I hope my scores will help me stand out of the crowd of all the other students who are interested in the same things as me.

I also competed at the local science fair with an engineering project, and I am currently working on a physics project for next year’s science fair. Though I may not achieve any remarkable result like Kensen Shi’s Siemens-Competition-winning project on cancer, I hope colleges will at least see my interest in the field and in research.

Even with these extracurricular activities, I know that colleges also care about standardized testing. As far as testing goes, I attribute my SAT score to the hours of effort I put in at Test Masters’ Exam Club, as well as the excellent strategies taught in class. There is no way I could have improved my score without the practice that Exam Club gave. Though you do not need to have a Perfect Score to get into a good university, the higher your SAT score is the more likely you are to be admitted to your university of choice.

A+ report card
An impressive list of extracurricular activities is no substitute for a good report card.

Most importantly, I do well in school. Though I do not actively participate in the GPA game where students will select the optimum schedule to get the highest GPA possible, I do still strive to get all A’s because that is what colleges care most about. By taking the hardest courses that are relevant to my interests and available at my school, I hope to show colleges that I care about the science and progress.

Since my childhood, I have been constantly reminded of college and college admissions, whether it is some TV character and their application or one of many articles on the internet; the pressure to perform comes from absolutely everywhere. Because I knew of the terrors of applications, I have taken certain measures to make myself a good candidate for colleges. The first step was finding out just what I liked the most; for me it is and always has been physics, for you it could be something else entirely. After identifying the field I want to study, and maybe one day work in professionally, I started to pursue related extracurricular activities. This not only increases my understanding of the field, but also looks very good on college applications; these activities show colleges I am serious about my chosen field, and I’m hoping admission officers will appreciate the effort I’ve put in when they make a decision on whether or not I can attend their school. Finally, while doing all of this I have not forgotten the most important thing for college applications: I kept my grades up. A good application comes from being yourself and pursuing your interests; this makes you seem smart and enthusiastic, and that is what colleges want. That is what I have done. What remains is to see whether or not it will pay off.

By Ridge Liu

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer Vacation

Summer TimeSchool is finally out for summer! Congratulations, you’re free!

Now what?

Just because there isn’t anything you have to do now doesn’t mean you should spend your whole summer on the couch eating potato chips and watching reruns while obsessively checking facebook. Summer is in fact a golden opportunity for padding your resume and getting ahead of the competition when it comes time to apply to college (I know you didn’t want to hear that, but it’s true). Summer activities aren’t just about looking good on your college applications, though – they should be fun, too! These 5 summer activity ideas are all great ways to hang out with friends, make new friends, and improve yourself or your community. Besides, if you didn’t do anything you’d be bored out of your mind by Independence Day, anyway.

Sure, you’ll get made fun of for the rest of your life, but think of the memories!

Extra Curricular Camp

Now that you don’t have to go to school or do homework, you finally have time to write that book you’ve been thinking about. Summer is a great time to pursue your favorite extracurricular activities, whether they involve sports, art, music, robotics, dance, scouting, or even writing your first novel (okay, maybe we’ll start with a novella). No matter what your passion is, chances are there are organizations in your area that offer summer programs where you can do what you love with other kids your age. Enrolling in programs like these can be lots of fun and they look great on your college applications. Plus, you get better at something you love. Altogether, this is a win-win.

“I always have depended on the kindness of strangers.”


Another popular summer activity is volunteering. In just about every community there are people who need help, and donating your time to a worthy cause is one of the best ways to spend your summer. Whether you’re helping out at a homeless shelter, cleaning up a park, teaching seniors how to use Google, or volunteering with the SPCA, you can know that you’re using your summer to make the world a better place. You can find opportunities to volunteer at local charities, museums, animal shelters, retirement homes, zoos, libraries, or religious organizations. These activities can teach you a lot about the world you live in and are also very impressive on college applications. Nothing, however, can equal the satisfaction you’ll feel knowing that you’ve helped improve people’s lives.



Like your parents keep telling you – it’s time to get a job! Work experience looks great on a college resume, especially if it has something to do with one of your prospective majors. For instance, if you are thinking of being a pre-med (*shudder*), then you might want to try to get a job as a tech in a research lab (your pipetting technique will improve tremendously!). Even if you’re life guarding, bagging groceries, or handing out free samples at the local mall, any work experience is valuable, and plus, you’ll make some actual money, which you could start saving in order to help pay for college. Or you could just blow it on bling to show off to your jobless friends.

Summer classes: where fun goes to die.

Summer Classes

Maybe you like school. Maybe you’re sad that summer is here. Maybe you hate freedom and fun of all kinds. Well then, do we have a summer activity for you! But, in all seriousness, summer can be a good time to get required classes like Health, Speech, or Microsoft Office 101 out of the way by taking them by correspondence. If you’re an over-achiever type (and if you’ve made it this far you probably are), then chances are you could probably finish a class like Health by correspondence in about a week. Considering that it would have taken up a whole semester at school, this is actually a pretty good deal, since you can free up space in your school schedule for electives you actually want to take (or an off period). If your school rewards you for taking AP/IB/Honors classes when calculating your GPA, freeing up space in your schedule for more of those classes can also make a significant difference in your class rank.


By far the best way to spend your summer is to take PSAT/SAT/ACT prep classes! Especially with Test Masters. If you want to get into your dream school, you’re going to need great test scores, and Test Masters’ 300 point SAT score improvement guarantee just might get you there. Additionally, Test Masters classes are fun, because we hire smart, funny teachers (including one who actually went to clown school) who give out candy and pizza during class! It’s even more fun if you sign up with friends, and if you get enough of them to do it with you you could qualify for group discounts. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

Whatever you choose to do with your summer, just make sure you do something. Think of all the great memories you’ll have and stories you’ll be able to tell when you go back to school and people ask you what you did over the summer. You have to admit, anything beats potato chip induced existential ennui. Have a great summer!

A Word from Humanities Texas Teacher of the Year, Camille Quaite

Ms. Quaite Humanities Texas
Ms. Quaite accepts her Humanities Texas Teacher of the Year Award

“When I stop learning, I shall stop living.” – Camille Quaite

Camille Quaite, a teacher at Bellaire High School and Test Masters employee since 1996, was recently recognized by Humanities Texas, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, for excellence in teaching. Ms. Quaite, who was one of only thirteen other recipients, was meritoriously given the prestigious Humanities Texas Teacher of the Year Award.

Quaite, who is known for her bold commitment to the humanities in the classroom, expects her students to dedicate themselves to learning as she has dedicated herself to teaching- Quaite says, “Ophelia, in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, describes what she believes is now lost in Hamlet’s supposed insanity: “the courtier’s soldier’s scholar’s eye, tongue, sword / Th’ expectancy and rose of the fair state, / The glass of fashion and the mold of form, / Th’ observed of all observers.” These phrases describe what I desire for my students. As global citizens, they must know more than just the characters in the most popular books; they will be the mirrors for future students and scholars; thus they must be well-rounded. Education needs to include all facets of learning from the factual to the creative, artistic elements, and to the historical influences. A focus on humanities—art, music, history, philosophy, and literature—has always guided my approach in my classes.”

Another criterion for this award includes active involvement in the community. Outside of her work with Test Masters, Ms. Quaite leads the Bellaire High School Academic Decathlon team and is an area expert in all things grammar. (I am happy to admit than any unusually complex or particularly dubious grammar questions that I or other staff members encounter are regularly passed along to Camille for a clear explanation)

As an elite-level educator, we naturally turned to Ms. Quaite for any advice she may have for students preparing for a career in education. As she has lived a life of the mind, so too does she urge others to do the same; “For those who may wish to become our educators, take more than the basic requirements in the university. Look for opportunities to find creative and artistic outlets; become involved in community activities and fairs. Experience cultures that may be unusual for your heritage. Expand your outlook on life. In that way, life is more enjoyable; you will additionally find excitement in the classroom when you can go outside the text and relate the information to other venues.”

Ms. Quaite represents the very best any educator could strive to be. She engages her students in meaningful and creative ways, and her legacy can be clearly seen in the bright young minds she has worked so hard to shape. One former student had this to say: “She was by far the best English teacher I had at Bellaire, and given the quality of Bellaire’s teachers, that really is saying something.” Whether she’s teaching children how to sing the Prologue of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to the tune of Yankee Doodle or explaining the ins and outs of nominative absolutes, Ms. Quaite is making the world a more literate place, one student at a time.

You can learn more about Ms. Quaite’s achievement and Texas Humanities here.

SAT Geometry – Sample Problem/Sample Clip

Have you thought about taking a PSAT & SAT Online course, but weren’t sure whether it would be effective? Join the club. A number of students and parents are hesitant to register and pay for an online prep course because they don’t believe, or are just unsure, whether it would work for them or their children.

College Compass is here to allay those worries and uncertainties! The Test Masters PSAT & SAT Online Course is the most comprehensive and successful preparatory class available. Don’t believe us? Check out the clip below, in which a Test Masters instructor explains how to answer an SAT Geometry question … without even using any math!

Remember, Test Masters’ test experts are also available in person for full-length classroom courses and one-on-one tutoring!

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SAT Essay Writing – How to Paraphrase

Paraphrasing is when you use different words to say the same thing; in other words, it’s when distinguishable synonyms are employed so that phrases are similar in meaning but different from one another.

Oftentimes, you will have to repeat yourself when you are writing your SAT essay. This can occur at any point in your essay, but will most often happen when you refer back to your prompt, use one idea to support or advance another (you will have to repeat your original idea for clarity or cohesiveness), and in your conclusion.

One of the keys to writing a successful SAT essay is to paraphrase; this technique allows you to reiterate ideas and concepts, your position, without repeating yourself.

The Test Masters SAT preparatory course teaches several powerful and exceedingly useful paraphrasing techniques. Don’t believe us? Check out what you can learn from a Test Masters instructor in less than two minutes!

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