FREE! Introducing the SAT Decoded: Crash Course

Imagine for a second if you could know exactly which concepts to focus on—the ones that make up the bulk of the test and really matter. What would it feel like if you could eliminate all uncertainty about your answer choices? What if you could solve hard math questions without actually setting up any complicated equations? Are you tired of knowing the concepts, yet still somehow getting those questions wrong? As you probably know, I’ve been working on something big …

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Anticipate the Answers to Double Your Grammar Speed & Accuracy

Have you been using my Professor X technique for the SAT Reading section? You should. Basically, you predict the answer before you look at the answer choices. This works almost supernaturally well because it allows you to lock in on the right choice without getting distracted by any of the competing choices, each of which are designed to sound appealing. We can use a similar technique for the SAT Writing or ACT English section. Now, being able to implement this …

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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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7 Proven Ways to Gain Grammar Confidence

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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What I Learned From Ashley Olsen about Strange-Sounding English Phrases

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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