More than ever before, the new SAT is a test that measure students’ ability to read. On every part of the test—Math, English, and Reading Comprehension—students are asked to think critically about what they read. In Math, many of the problems don’t even have numbers in them! Instead, students are asked to interpret a “real-world” problem and create an algebraic expression to represent it. In English, students are tested on grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure, but the entire section is tied together by reading since on the new SAT they test English using complete passages instead of a series of individual, unrelated problems. In fact, about a third of the questions on the English section are actually reading comprehension questions. And of course in Critical Reading, students have to read with the intention of identifying the main idea—a specific skill that is essential on the SAT.
Over the past 20 years I have developed hundreds and hundreds of pages of material in Math, Reading, and English. I have worked hundreds of problems from the new SAT. I know this test inside and out, but even more important than the content is way it is delivered. How I teach is what I teach, There is no factor more important to success on test day than how you feel on test day.