Introduction to 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.
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