GRIFFIN SAT: A Complete Course On Acing the SAT
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Raise your score or your child's score with this complete teaching and coaching course taught by a seasoned pro!
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Created by Paul Griffin
Last updated 3/2014
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What Will I Learn?
The goal is a high score on the SAT. This course and your dedication will definitely raise your SAT score. In the end, while learning math, reading, grammar, and writing skills is fun and all, the ultimate goal is a higher score on the actual exam because... a higher score = more open doors!
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  • College Board's Big Blue SAT study guide

Welcome to Griffin SAT!

This is a complete course in the Math, Critical Reading, and Writing sections of the SAT. It is a condensed and comprehensive course—and these qualities constitute its real value. Yes, there are many places you could go to look for SAT study material, but here I have condensed a decade's worth of experience tutoring the SAT into a single 24 video course that covers EVERYTHING.

Our motto is "24 Videos To a 2400!" Or at least, "24 Videos Towards a 2400!"

I know how valuable your time is. I tutor high school kids day in and day out. I know how much devotion and time and energy it takes to sit and watch a video, let alone 24 of them, so I have made this video course as streamlined and thorough as possible.

The class can be taken as one's primary course of study for preparing for the SAT or it can perfectly complement one's outside work with a private tutor or an in-class SAT course. You could take the course over a month or so (or even less), or you could stretch it out over several months. You could also take the course twice!

The course is taught by me, Paul Griffin (Princeton '01), a full-time tutor and web educator with ten years of experience tutoring the SAT for ambitious New York City private school students. I have helped my students gain admittance to Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Amherst, Duke, Wash U, Dartmouth, Stanford, and many other top tier universities. I know the game well! You are in good hands!

Here is the structure and basic content of the course:


—One video on the basic structure and scoring of the exam in which we also discuss how to establish good homework habits and create the right mindset to ace this thing!

—One lecture on the Five Most Important General Techniques for Success to be applied across the entire exam.


—Three key lectures on the necessary tricks for the Math: the Plug-In Method, the Answer Plug-In Method, and How To Make An Educated Guess.

—A 20 question video quiz on all the math you need to know for the test.

—A long-ish video (it clocks in at just under 40 minutes) detailing the answers to the quiz. This is the video where you learn outright all the math you need to know.

—A final video on advanced techniques such as timing and pacing.


—A video on how to augment (i.e. build or increase!) your vocabulary.

—A video on how to use analytical methods and tricks to ace the sentence completions when you do NOT know the definitions of the words in question.

—A Speed Round video challenging you to use your newfound tricks on actual sentence completion questions.

—A critical video on how to approach the Long Reading Passages using the Integrative Method. Also includes a detailed analysis of the various types of questions on the Critical Reading.

—A video on how to perfect the Process of Elimination.


—One overview video on how to approach the different types of grammar questions.

—Two video bootcamps on the grammar rules you need to know for the exam.

—Two Speed Round videos challenging you to apply the rules to actual Error Identification questions.

—A crucial video on the No-Error Rule, namely, choose "No Error" 2-4 times on the Error Identification portion of the exam.


—A video on how to both prepare and execute the essay like a champ.


—A valuable video on combatting test anxiety. In this video, we look at seven different practices to help keep your body calm, your mind confident, and your spirit focused.

—A final video with tips for test day success and tips for maintaining progress over time.

I love teaching and I am excited to share my experience and knowledge with you in this course! I also love the online education thing (I have a YouTube channel with all kinds of free content and tutorials: I am excited to work with you via the internet on your SAT journey. I am confident that if you set your mind to improving your score on the SAT, you can and will do exactly that—improve your score! And I am certain that you can do so with this course.

Good luck to you!

And I'll see you on the inside in the first video!


Paul Griffin

Who is the target audience?
  • High School Students
  • Parents of High School Students
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Expand All 26 Lectures Collapse All 26 Lectures 06:06:37
How to Ace the SAT!
2 Lectures 28:54

In this opening talk, we first discuss the structure and scoring of the SAT. Then we outline the entire Griffin SAT program and discuss the work you, the student, must do in order to achieve SAT success. We also note how the SAT test writers are truly awful people—they are like little vindictive trolls in caves, committed to writing overly clever question designed to trick high school students! But you, the student, will outwit them and ace the exam!

Opening Talk: Structure, Scoring, & Confidence + Discipline = Acing the SAT!

The Five Most Important Techniques for SAT Success!
6 Lectures 01:33:49
On the Variable Plug-In Method, the single most important technique for the SAT Math. Includes an overview and three sample questions. 
Trick #1: The All-Powerful VARIABLE PLUG-IN Method!

On how to apply the Answer Plug-In method to questions on the math section! An important strategy!

Trick #2: The Super-Easy ANSWER PLUG-IN Method!

A crucial video on how to make smart guesses on the SAT Math. Also, a super secret tip on how to guess on the math based on patterns in the answer choices!

Preview 13:56

Here it is: the TWENTY concepts you must know for the SAT! This video presents a pop quiz on the concepts that occur most frequently on the SAT. Master this pop quiz and you'll ace the SAT! This video and the next constitute the bulk of the straight-up math lessons in this course.

Know the Test!: The Hit List Pop Quiz!

All the math you need to know for the SAT distilled into a single lesson! In this sub-40 minute video, learn about the following fundamentals: number theory, integers, rational numbers, factors, remainders, solving systems of linear equations, coordinate geometry, slope formula, slope-intercept form of a line, distance formula, midpoint formula, parabolas, special right triangles, 30-60-90 triangles, 45-45-90 triangles, the Pythagorean theorem, the formula for the sum of the interior angles of any n-sided polygon, triangle leg length math, formula for volume of a cylinder, counting, probability, permutations, percent change, six key exponent rules, direct & inverse variation, statistics of mean, median and mode, rates, functions, domain & range, and the union & intersections of sets. Whew!

All The Math You Need To Know For The SAT

My parting words for Math! On Grid-Ins, Timing, Pacing, Stopwatch Exercises, the Last Few Difficult Questions, and the Super Pythagorean Theorem!

Advanced Strategies: Timing, Pacing, & The Last Few HARD Questions
7 Lectures 02:06:59

Five sentence completions questions. Try to apply the strategies we reviewed in the video on Sentence Completion Methods!

Sentence Completions Quiz #1 (2014 Update)
5 questions

In this video, we discuss different ways to study vocabulary for the SAT. In this multi-pronged approach, the main goal is establishing good habits of daily study.


A detailed description of 8 powerful methods for acing the sentence completions. These methods are for learning how to make educated guesses when you do not in fact know all the words in the question. The key on the sentence completions is METHODOLOGY!

Trick #4: The Sentence Completion Methods!

Eight sentence completions in rapid fire! Use the methods from the previous lecture to figure out the right answers!

Sentence Completion Speed Round #1

A full analytical review of the reading comprehension aspect of the exam. Breaks down the types of passages, types of questions, and types of answer choices. In this video, we discuss how to analyze a passage, the "Sleep Research" passage, in three ways: using the Integrative Method, labeling question types, and categorizing wrong answer types. Please refer to the "Annotated Sleep Research" passage PDF included in the Materials section of this course.

Know the Test!: Types of Passages, Questions, and Answer Choices on the CR

In the Integrative Method, we integrate the processes of reading the passage and answering the questions. We shift the focus to the questions & their line referrals, to finding the specific information required for the answer. A crucial timesaving, mind-focusing method for the CR!

How To Approach The Long Passages: The Integrative Method

A detailed analysis of how to use the process of elimination on the reading comprehension questions. Specific emphasis is placed on labeling types of wrong answers, such as Too Strong or The Opposite. After I review my personal "Catalog of Wrong Answer Types," we tackle seven critical reading questions head-on, with the magenta pen doing the hard work of eliminating answer choices!

Trick #5: The Awe-Inspiring Process of Elimination

In this talk, we investigate how to attack the double passage portion of the Critical Reading. We discuss how to adjust your piecemeal/integrative approach and, most critically, how to focus on determining where the authors and their viewpoints differ.

The Double Passage (2014 Update)
1 Lecture 00:00
The Annotated Sleep Research Passage
9 pages
6 Lectures 01:00:48

A quiz on the principles of grammar reviewed in the boot camp video.

Grammar Quiz #1 (2014 Update)
5 questions

The Grammar Overview! An investigation of the Four Main Principles of Acing the Grammar: 1. Trust Your Ear; 2. Read The Sentences Smoothly & Normally; 3. Concision; & 4. Evaluate Each Answer Choice On Its Own Merits. Also, an in-depth review of the THREE TYPES of grammar questions: 1. Sentence Improvements (25); 2. Error Identifications (18); & 3. Paragraph Improvements (6).

Know The Test!: The Three Types of Grammar Questions & The Four Main Principles

Grammar Boot Camp #1: Subject-Verb Agreement, Verb Tense, Pronouns, Diction...

In Grammar Speed Round #1, you will see ten Error Identification questions in rapid fire—your task is to properly identify the error in the sentence as fast as you can! In this round, look for Subject-Verb Agreement, Verb Tense, Pronoun Agreement & Ambiguity, and Preposition Idiom errors! 
Grammar Speed Round #1

Grammar Boot Camp #2: Dangling Modifiers, Parallelisms, Conjunctions, Etc.

In Grammar Speed Round #2, you will see ten more Error Identification questions in rapid fire—your task is to properly identify the error in the sentence as fast as you can! In this round, look for Parallelism, Dangling Modifiers, Idiom and Comparison errors!
Grammar Speed Round #2

A brief lesson on how to deal with the "No Error" option on the Error Identification section of the Grammar. A crucial rule for perfecting this tricky section!
Preview 05:25
The Essay
1 Lecture 21:21

How to prepare the the challenge of the SAT essay. The key is compiling a catalog of ideas you are comfortable writing about and that you in fact plan to write about on the SAT, no matter what the prompt is. Also, we discuss how write the perfect opening paragraph, complete with topic sentence, thesis sentence, and roadmap of ideas sentence.

The Prepared Essay: The Catalogue of Ideas & The Perfect Execution
The Home Stretch!
2 Lectures 22:55

A unique talk on the psychology of test taking. We discuss how to keep the body calm, the mind confident, and the spirit focused. Includes SEVEN guided exercises: 1. Be Grounded, 2. Body Scan, 3. Belly Breathing, 4. Awaken Senses, 5. Positivity Mantra 6. Visualization, & 7. Meditation.

The Psychology of Test Taking: Positivity & Mindfulness!

In this closing talk, we discuss how to be fully prepared, mentally and physically, for Test Day. We also focus on how the SAT journey is a long process and it is wise to take the long view. Finally, I congratulate you on your completion of this course and wish you the very best success on your exam!

Tips For Continued Progress & Test Day Success!
About the Instructor
Paul Griffin
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Writer, Tutor, Online Educator

I am a writer, tutor, and online educator based in New York City. Since graduating from Princeton in 2001 with a major in Music, I have tutored mostly private high school students in essay writing, literature, math (Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, and Calculus), physics, history (US and World), and of course the SAT, ACT, and other Subject Tests. I also host an educational YouTube channel——with free content ranging from philosophy lectures to Calculus tutorials to poetry analysis.

As a writer, I have published fiction and literary criticism in many fine journals and magazines, including Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Brooklyn Rail, NY Press, The Common Review, Shambhala Publications, Big Other, Publisher's Weekly, and more. Over the past decade, I have also performed in bands as a piano player and singer across Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Lastly, I am a devoted meditator and aim not only to teach meditation as I grow older but also to bring a quality of mindfulness and introspection into everything I do.

I am excited about the exploding possibilities for online education, and recently I am committing much of my time and resources to exploring this brave new world.

I live and work in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with my wife Erin, a painter, and my two young children, Iris and Lydia.