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SAT Vocab—Puerile

This week’s word: Puerile /ˈpyʊər aɪl/ [pyoo r-ahyl] Puerile describes something childish or relating to childhood. Synonyms: Infantile, juvenile Word Origin: Puerile was adopted from the French puéril, “like a boy,” in the late 16th century. It comes from the Latin puer, which means “boy.” Overtime, … Continue reading

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SAT Vocabulary—Ephemeral

This Week’s Word: Ephemeral /ɪˈfɛm ər əl/    [ih-fem-er-uh l] adj. Ephemeral describes something short-lived or something that lasts for only a day. Synonyms: Fleeting, evanescent, transitory Word History: The term ephemera was adopted into 14th century English from Latin as a medical term, describing … Continue reading

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SAT Math Example Problem: Factoring and Quadratic Equations

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SAT Vocabulary—Bucolic

This Week’s Word: Bucolic /byuˈkɒl ɪk/      [byoo-kol-ik] adj. :: noun Bucolic describes something that pertains to a country setting. It can also be used as a noun to reference a pastoral poem. Synonyms: pastoral, agrarian, arcadian Origin: Originally from the Greek bous, “cow,” combined … Continue reading

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SAT Vocabulary–Artifice

This Week’s Word: Artifice /ˈɑr tə fɪs/ :: [ahr-tuh-fis] noun April fool’s day seems like the perfect day to learn a synonym  for trickery. Artifice can refer to a particular deceit or stratagem or the trait of cunning itself. However, the word artifice does not necessarily … Continue reading

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Extra Hard SAT Math Question – Combinations

At the end of every SAT Math section, the test makers try to come up with an extremely difficult problem that will leave even the cleverest students scratching their heads. The really evil part, though, is that even these problems … Continue reading

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SAT Vocabulary–Ennui

This Week’s Word: Ennui /ɑnˈwi, ˈɑn wi/ [ahn-wee, ahn-wee] noun Ennui is best described as a state of boredom resulting from a complete lack of interest, but it is often used to connote that particular type of tedium that is a result … Continue reading

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SAT Vocabulary—Convivial

This Week’s Word: Convivial /kənˈvɪv i əl/ adj. Convivial can be used to describe your one friend who is not shy and always ready to party. It can also be used to convey a particularly festive, lively, or amiable mood. Synonyms: Friendly, amiable, festive, merry … Continue reading

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SAT Multiple Choice Writing Tips—Illogical Comparison

We’re all familiar with the old adage “you can’t compare apples and oranges.” The phrase is so ubiquitous, in fact, that “Apples to Apples” is now a popular party game. If you think about it, the title fits—you can only … Continue reading

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What to Expect on the Revised SAT: Writing

If you’re taking the SAT before March 2016, you’ll be asked to write a two page essay that makes a completely one-dimensional argument supporting a yes or no answer to a vaguely philosophical question. In fact, one of the most … Continue reading

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