Home‎ > ‎

tips about SAT book



This list appears to be random.  In fact, it is deliberately jumbled to force the reader to look at each tip.  If the items were presented in groups (math tips, essay tips, vocabulary tips, ….), then some students would scan the list and jump to the tips that were connected only to their areas of perceived weakness.  This random list is intended to encourage students to examine each step, each tip, each recommendation.   Some of the students who helped compile this list could not take the stress of looking at this “chaotic pile,” and they have placed these tips into categories.   Please visit SATVideos.com and click on the link “Organized List of Tips” near the top of the home page.


[note to students:   anyone who wants to work on grouping these tips into categories can write to me and I'll put you together so you can be the “organized tip list” committee.  954 646 8246)



The Visual and Active SAT

Test Prep Book


With Tips Collected from Students who Took the Test


 Claudia Gonzalez, abc,  dge,   your name goes here


This book includes “The Vornle Method” and suggestions on “How to Create a Digital Portfolio”


Edited by Steve McCrea 800 (M) / 720 (V)





To the Seventy Percent who don't have a passport

May this book inspire you to get one.



To John Vornle

Thank you for sharing your method



To Brooks Emeny

Search Wikipedia for this guy's name and you'll see why his life inspired the creation of BuldingInternationalBridges.org



To Dennis Littky

Thank you for taking time to write The Big Picture and for putting dozens of important questions on metcenter.org.  Your school will inspire millions of teachers to look for the passions in their students.



To You, The Reader

Without you, there would be no reason to create this book.



To J.K.

I can't imagine what life was like before I had you by my side.  I can't say what I'd do without you, knowing what it's like to have you near me.

(Ms. Little is correct)   


Many of the photos that appear in this book can be found on JKMcCrea.net 





1.Print FreeVocabulary.com (50 words per page or about 150 words per page on 36 pages).  Check off the words you know.  (It's fun to mark them as you learn them.)   Read the remaining words.  Ask adults to tell you how they remember the meanings of these words.   Then call 954.646.8246 and talk about the words.   Write to FreeEnglishLessons@gmail.com and create sentences about these words.  Write three of these words on a whiteboard and ask your  teachers to use these words during the class.

2.Print problems from Number2.com that give you headaches.  Bring these problems to the SAT class or email them to your SAT tutor.

3.Try the exercises at BestSampleQuestions.com

4.Get a good night's rest – every night between now and the test.

5.Visit SATVideos.com and click on all of the links.

6.Start with C.  The middle answer is usually the right place to start.   You can “plug in” the answers and see what works.  If the result is too big, then you know which direction to go (either toward A or toward E).   Some examples: 

10x = 40.   A) 2, B) 4, C) 6, D) 8, E) 10. when we put in 6, 60 = 40.  Too big, so plug in a smaller number.

10x = x + 72.   A) 2, B) 4, C) 6, D) 8, E) 10.  When we put in 6, 60 = 78.   Hmmm.    We need a larger number.  Plug in 8 and 80 = 80. 

7.Carry the word list (that you printed in step 1).  Make copies for your car, kitchen, parents, friends and ask them to use these words when they talk with you.

8.Print the lsit of words gathered from the Visual and Active CD (also listed on SATVideos.com).  Post the list (as shown on “SAT Words in the Kitchen” found on youtube.com/mistermath).







15.Call the test “SAT Reasongin Test” or SAT 1:  SAT Reasoning Test. This exam has been developed to test the critical thinking skills that are required for success in college. The SAT Reasoning Test has three parts: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. The SAT Writing section is always the first part of the exam. It consists of a series of multiple-choice questions and a short essay. The multiple-choice questions will test your ability to improve the sense and sound of sentences and paragraphs and identify grammatical errors. The level of SAT test vocabulary will be approximately that of a first-year college student. In the short essay, you will be required to develop a reasoned argument on a specific subject. The Critical Reading portion of the SAT exam consists of multiple-choice questions covering reading comprehension, sentence completion, and critical reading of paragraph-length passages. Analogies are not included in SAT testing any longer. The SAT Math section consists of multiple-choice questions as well as questions for which you will have to provide an answer. In order to be prepared for the math section, your SAT test prep should include number and operations; algebra and functions; geometry; and statistics, probability; and data analysis. The number and operations problems will focus on sequences involving exponential growth and the union, intersection, and elements of sets. The algebra and functions problems will focus on absolute value; rational equations and inequalities; radical equations; integer and rational exponents; diverse and inverse variation; function notation; concepts of domain and range; functions as models; graphs and equations of linear functions; and graphs and equations of quadratic functions. The Geometry and Measurement problems focus on geometric notation for length, segments, lines, rays, and congruence; problems in which trigonometry can be used; properties of tangent lines; coordinate geometry; qualitative behavior of graphs and functions; and transformations and their effect on the graphs of functions. The data analysis, statistics, and probability problems focus on data interpretation, scatterplots, and matrices; and geometric probability. In previous versions of SAT testing, estimation and number sense were featured; in current SAT exams, these topics are included but not featured. You will be allowed to use a four-function, graphing, or scientific calculator for the Math section of the SAT test.  




19.Get sleep.  Yes, this is so important, we've listed it again.


21. Divide 100 by numbers less than 50:   40 x__ = 10; 30 x ____ =100;  33 x  ? = 100





















40. What is the difference between “Many people in the US are

41. What's the difference between “I'm from the USA” and “I'm an American”?  Well, it's not an SAT tip but it does stimulate your thinking, doesn't it?   Search “Lateral thinking” on the Internet.  Search “lateral thinking elevator story.”  www.rinkworks.com/brainfood/p/latreal1.shtm







48.Look at youtube videos.  Search “SAT test prep,” “SAT exercises” and “SAT Tips.”

49.Read Strunk and White's book about the essentials of writing, grammar and punctuation. You can download free at

50. Take a nap at least once a day to make sure you get enough sleep.  Yes, this is so important, we've listed it again.

51. 234

52.Tips about Essays: 

53.First, the assignment should be read in its entirety. Each essay question on the SAT test is accompanied by a paragraph that that discusses the issue in question. This paragraph contains important information about the issue, and this information should be taken into account in answering the question. A good thing to do is to imagine that the test-taker is having a discussion with the writer of the paragraph. Figuring out what could be said in response to the author of the paragraph, bringing up other ideas and examples about the test-taker's point of view on the issue, and determining if the test-taker agrees or disagrees with the paragraph author can all provide good starting points for writing the essay. In addition, making sure to not oversimplify the essay answer is very important. Each example or idea that is brought up in the essay must be thoroughly explained and supported. It is preferable to have a few well thought-out and supported ideas and thoughts than it is to have many simplistic and not well supported ideas. Furthermore, since the essay can be written using the test-taker's own personal examples and experiences, the use of the word “I” is permitted. Do not be afraid to use the first person in the writing of the SAT test essays. Remembering to let oneself shine through in the essay question is important. And, finally, make sure to write about the topic or issue that is presented. Any essays that are not written about the topic or issue presented receive a score of zero.  

54. A student once told me, “Memorize ten words and fit them into the essay.”  Well, that would certainly demonstrate the student's ability to memorize words.  But would it be appropriate to use the word obstinate or diligent when discussing pollution?  “Some communities admantly refuse to accept transfer points, part of the “Not in my backyard” (NIMBY) response that typifies many

55.Essay:  avoid “all” and “None” and “not one” as in “all peple know...” and “Not one person” and “The USA has never...” – unless you are certain that the situation is without an exception.  Select words like “many” and “some” and “Most” as in “many people in Miami know of the annual celebration held on Calle Ocho...”

56.Read David Brooks, old columns of Anthony Lewis, people who use challenging words, even William F. Buckley.

57. You don't need to react.  You don't need to be upset by people or things.  They are powerless.  Your reaction is their only power.   You can choose to be agitated or calm.  The SAT is just an opprotunity for you to sit in one place for about four hours and move a pencil across a paper or move a computer mouse on a table.

58.You can bring a calculator.   As often as possible, use your head and pencil and paper for calculations.  See the suggestion about “a calculator” below.

59. Print the 7 pages of practice problems on the right side of the first screen of FreeVocabulary.com.

60. Write to Dr. Baku and tell him that he has a great website.  This might encourage him to add words to the list.  The act of thanking someone has a way of fixing in your mind the importance of using that site.   As a result, you might look at his vocabulary list more often.

61. Learn about brain nutirents.  Add omega-3 to your diet.  How about some Vitamin D?  Do a search “nutrients for the brain.” 

62. Learn about male/female brain differences. This information might help you understand your strengths and help you find study partners who can explain answers and give tips in a way that a teacher hasn't.  Many of us learn faster from a peer.

63. Teach some of these tips to a friend or classmate.  The act of explaining the steps toward an answer solidifies the synapses that connect neurons related to math and verbal skills.

64. Search “brain growth in taxi drivers.”  It's fascinating.  Even people who say, “I'm just not a math person” can alter their brain's structure with intransigence, persistence and diligence.


(more tips go here)




YES STUDENTS...   this is the SPECIAL chapter  about tips.   Send your tips to FreeEnglishLessons@gmail.com    and call me with your three words each day...  and talk with other people....  use the new words.




Websites that we found useful

Owl English from Iowa

Students:  what websites do you use?

Vocabulary for SAT and GRE    http://www.testprepreview.com/vocabulary.htm