Archive for March, 2010

“How to Survive the SAT (and ACT)” – Part 3

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

My final post on the book “How to Survive the SAT (and ACT)”. As I’ve said, there’s a lot to be learned from those who have been there, and this book presents thoughts from a wide variety of students.

In this post, I’m summarizing the information from the three chapters that are specific to the three sections of the SAT. As before, I’m simply generalizing what some of the students are saying. I think you’ll find any time spent reading this book, getting specifics, to be worthwhile.


“How to Survive the SAT (and ACT)” – Part 2

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

As I mentioned in my last post, this book, “How to Survive the SAT (and ACT)” is made up of quotations from students who took the tests (and, in many cases, did quite well). We all know that you can learn a lot from someone who’s actually “been there,” so it’s definitely worth reading.

In this post, I’m sharing what I learned from the book when it comes to the SAT versus the ACT. Keep in mind that almost all colleges (including the Ivy’s) accept either equally, so it’s important to know both so that you can pick the one that works best for you. One you’ve done that, you can focus your efforts.


“How to Survive the SAT (and ACT)” – Part 1

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

I ran across the book “How to Survive the SAT (and ACT)” at my library and decided to check it out. The book is essentially a compilation of quotations from students who took the SAT and/or the ACT – thoughts, suggestions, hints, tips, etc. – arranged into topical chapters. It’s an excellent book – very easy (and quick!) to read and very poignant. I’ll share some general findings in this post, some ACT vs. SAT findings in my next post, and then some SAT-specific findings in a third post.

(Please, do not consider what I’m posting here and in the next two posts to be in any way all there is in this book; there’s a lot of information, and it’s all very good. I’m simply sharing some general findings that I think are particularly relevant.)