Most people spend the majority of their test prep time attempting to master content. This is a good thing! Without content knowledge, you’re in trouble. However, if you want to set yourself up for success, you should also be devoting some time to learning the rules of the game—you can’t develop effective strategy until you (more…)

# Best (toughest) of the Daily PWN

Now that the Daily PWN email list has been going for a while and I’ve got some good data on the questions, I thought I’d compile a list of the ones people are missing most frequently. If you’re looking for a quick skill sharpening on some tough problems, why not give these a try? 002 017 026 (more…)

# How’d you feel about the December SAT?

If you took the December SAT, how about filling out this quick survey? These surveys are an informal way to assess how hard the tests were compared to the released practice tests. Once you’ve answered the questions, you’ll be able to see how hard everyone else thought the test was. If you’re looking to stoke/assuage your (more…)

# Proving Grounds #9

Here’s another Proving Grounds installment! The aim of the following five-question quiz is to work your graphing calculator muscles, so my recommendation is that you try to solve them by graphing even if your first inclination would be to solve them another way. My solutions for this drill will be entirely calculator-based; spend enough time...

# Did you take the November SAT? How’d you feel about it?

If you took the November SAT, why not fill out this quick survey as an informal way to assess how hard it was compared to the released practice tests? Once you’ve answered the questions, you’ll be able to see how hard everyone else thought the test was. Those of you looking for something to stoke/assuage your (more…)

# Did you take the October SAT? How’d you feel about it?

If you took the October SAT, why not fill out this quick survey as an informal way to assess how hard it was compared to the released practice tests? Once you’ve answered the questions, you’ll be able to see how hard everyone else thought the test was. This survey is over, but if you’re curious, (more…)

# Proving Grounds #8

It’s been a while since we did one of these! The following five-question quiz (all about a histogram, by special request) will be available to everyone for one week, and then it will only be available to registered Math Guide Owners. (If you don’t have a Math Guide, now is a pretty good time to...

# Math Skills for the New SAT: Completing the Square

The new SAT requires you to know a number of special equation forms—to know which one you need to use in a given situation, and to know how to get into that form if it’s not the one you’re given by using algebraic manipulation. Some equation forms (vertex form of a parabola and the standard (more…)

# Proving Grounds #7

I’m back after a hiatus with another Proving Grounds Quiz. Usual Proving Grounds rules apply: this quiz is open to everyone for a week, but then it’s only open to Math Guide owners. Good luck! *Data source: City of Bridgeport Office of Policy and Management. Accessed 2015-06-14 at http://www.bridgeportct.gov/content/89019/96401/default.aspx...

# Rate the difficulty of the June SAT

With so few tests of the new format having been administered, it’s still a bit of an open issue whether the released practice materials do a good job simulating the test’s difficulty and content or not. Therefore, if you took the June SAT today, I’d love it if you’d fill out this quick survey. (Curious how the (more…)

# Proving Grounds #6

I’m back with another Proving Grounds quiz. These quizzes are available to everyone for one week, and then they’re only available to Math Guide owners. Want to join the swelling ranks of the PWN Army of Math Guide owners? You can buy the guide directly from me through the PWN store, or grab it on...

# March SAT scores and the new concordance tables

Big day today in SAT land—March SAT scores are finally out for most test-takers, and the College Board has released a score conversion app that allows users to compare old SAT scores to new SAT scores. I messed around with the converter a bit tonight. Interestingly, new SAT scores seem to be higher than old (more…)

# Did you take the May SAT? How’d you feel about it?

If you took the May SAT today, why not fill out this quick survey as an informal way to assess how hard it was compared to the released practice tests? Results:

# Official Test Math Explanations

As I did for the last iteration of the SAT, I’ve been collecting the explanations I write on my Q&A sites for Official Test questions in a Google Spreadsheet for easy reference. The new test is still new, so I haven’t been asked MOST of the questions yet, but I figure it’s time to get (more…)

# Proving Grounds #5

Last week was a no-calculator installment of the Proving Grounds—this week it’s all grid-ins! Remember, if you want to access previous Proving Grounds quizzes, or if you want to be able to access this and future ones after they’ve been up for a week, all you have to do is be a Math Guide owner. You...