Perhaps the biggest misconceptions propagated by those who do not understand the SAT (or ACT) is that the test can be beaten by “strategy.”
Certainly there are strategies related to guessing and proper time investment but the majority of top scorers know how to answer math, reading, and grammar questions correctly. This means that in our SAT-ACT Mastery Seminar or through our individual tutoring our teachers teach content.
There is no “guessing strategy” that will help a student understand how math functions work or when to use subject v. object pronouns or how best to derive the meaning of a reading passage. Students need to learn math, grammar, and reading fundamentals in order to perform well on each section.
Quite often students – like Jake – will say things like “now I finally understand how to do percentage problems!” As another parent of a Guilford High School student commented, “this is enrichment as much as it is SAT training.” I couldn’t agree more.