Introduction to the SAT

What's on the SAT? How do you study for it? Learn about the basics of the SAT and how to beat the test.
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  • Lectures 6
  • Length 33 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 12/2013 English

Course Description

Let the exam experts of Magoosh Test Prep guide you through the basics of the SAT!

Students of this course will leave with an understanding of what's on the SAT, how to study for it, and test-taking strategies. Each video is less than 10 minutes long but is packed with important information that will help you get comfortable with the SAT and its structure.

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge required

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand what skills are tested by the SAT
  • Know the breakdown of each SAT section
  • Know how the SAT is scored and how this impacts effective pacing
  • Develop a guessing strategy that improves your score
  • Learn vocabulary study techniques
  • Know how to study for the SAT

Who is the target audience?

  • Students preparing to take the SAT

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Section 1: SAT Intro Lessons

How many skills does the SAT test you on? On the surface, you might say there are three: reading, writing and math. And in a way, you’d be right. Those are three scores you receive, after all. But there’s a lot more to it, really.


If you haven’t taken a full practice SAT test yet, you really should. And if you have taken one—or, ideally, more—you might already have a pretty good idea of what you’ll see on your SAT. But unless you’ve been a prep machine, there’re probably some details that have escaped you.


The SAT has a kind of weird number system for its scoring. While most of the tests you take in school classes are scored from 0% to 100%, SAT points go from 200 to 800 per section (totaling 2400), representing how well you did in a more abstract way. Learn more here.


Believe it or not, one of the most important strategies you need for your SAT is guessing. The way they score the SAT has a lot to do with it, including dictating when you shouldn’t guess. This is one of the most common SAT mistakes students make.


If you haven’t taken any practice SATs or done much in the way of prep, you might not realize what, exactly, you’re getting into. SAT vocab is totally nuts. There will be words on the test that you’ve never seen or heard. I mean it.


How to tackle the test.

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Instructor Biography

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Instructor Biography

Chris Lele, GRE Expert

For the last ten years, Chris has been helping students excel on the SAT, GRE, and GMAT. In this time, he has coached 5 students to a perfect SAT score. Some of his GRE students have raised their scores by nearly 400 points. He has taken many GMAT students from the doldrums of the 600s to the coveted land of the 700+.

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