First Full-Length New PSAT Math: Post-Mortem

In the last few days, I’ve given you a first look at the new PSAT, the most radical change to the test in about a decade. Today’s post is the last of this series. If you missed anything, check it all out here: Part 1: New PSAT General Impressions Part 2: New PSAT Reading Part 3: New PSAT Writing & Language Part 4: New PSAT Math (this is the current post) Let’s dive right in. Okay, I’m not a math guy …

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First Full-Length PSAT Writing Test: Post-Mortem

Today, we’re continuing my short series on the recently released official new PSAT, which is slotted to roll out in late 2015. In Part 1, I unveiled my general impressions about the test. In Part 2, I explored the new reading section in-depth. Now, we’re onto Part 3: Writing and Language (basically grammar and rhetoric). This new PSAT section is straight up the ACT English section now! The SAT ripped off the ACT, down to the very format! There may …

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How to Eliminate All Grammar Doubt

For humans, speech is an innate ability. It’s really quite amazing how a baby learns to speak. No one teaches an infant, at least not in the way of specific grammar and syntax rules (yet isn’t it strange that the latter is exactly how we learn foreign languages in high school?). A baby just naturally picks language up by being around it, listening without any particular agenda to speech. But beyond a certain phase in our brain development, we lose that …

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First Full-Length PSAT Reading Test: Post-Mortem

If you’ve been following me recently, you know I’m doing a short series on the recently released official new PSAT, which is slotted to roll out in late 2015. In Part 1, I unveiled my general impressions about the test. Click HERE if you missed it. This is Part 2, the nitty gritty about the new reading section, which will continue to be one of the toughest section to improve. As promised by the Collegeboard, the test didn’t directly test …

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The First Official New PSAT Released: Post-Mortem Report

So I must be crazy. Guess how I just spent my first full day off in a very long time? Did someone say taking a practice test? We have a winner! The Collegeboard has finally released its first full-length, official new format PSAT, which will roll out on October 14, 2015 (for most schools, or October 28, 2015 as an additional test date). I sat down and decided to take the blasted thing, timed, for fun, and for your education because …

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What I Learned From Ashely Olsen about SAT Grammar

When I was 13–the legal age when I could go on the Internet, open an email account, and really surf the Web–I discovered the world of online chat rooms. I especially loved Yahoo Chat. I could connect with people I never would have had a chance to meet. As a huge bookworm who spent all his free time at the library devouring Christopher Pike vampire stories (shame on Twilight! These were the original vampire tales) and the Goosebump series by R.L. Stine, I was …

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