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Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:30 pm
by Theodore
Reading is good for learning vocabulary and grammar patterns and punctuation, but beyond a certain point it's not going to help much with reading comprehension. For that you really need formal study materials of the sort you'll find on the test, so you can try out different strategies and see which works the best. For instance, I've found that it helps to read the questions first, then the text, then answer the questions, since if you know what the questions are in advance, you can pick up the answers as you go.

Learning 5 random dictionary words per day is useless. There are so many words in the English language that even if you learn 5 per day for several years with perfect retention, you'll only end up learning only about 4% of the vocabulary. Moderate difficulty crossword puzzles might help, studying vocabulary lists specifically from the SAT will help a lot more, and learning all the common word roots will perhaps help the most. For instance, if you know that amoral means without morals, then you can guess that atypical means not typical or unusual/abnormal.

Writing practice is certainly good, but you need someone to grade / fix your writing or you may not make much progress in anything except speed.

Re: High mark scoring tips on SAT verbal

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:59 am
by homescholar
SAT Preparation is all very well and good, but there are also some FUN ways to study vocab! I wrote an article about it last month, and here is the link:

Play Your Way to a Great Vocabulary ... bulary.php

I think reading is a wonderful way to expand vocabulary, and writing practice is the best way to get better at writing. But I'm not sure there is just one "right" way to study for the SAT verbal, because all students are different. Puzzles and reading the dictionary would only be a good match for some kids, but not all. And I know that my children loved Latin, but I doubt other kids would find it fun.

Just something to think about!

Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:18 pm
by Theodore
I notice the article is largely just a list of books to buy? Coincidently, with your Amazon referer code.

Re: High mark scoring tips on SAT verbal

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:00 am
by BethK
Thanks for sharing this.I have always been poor in my verbal skills.I have already shortlisted some colleges and I have found that interests me and that is cestar college( just hope that I will get through.I read the article it was of real help.

Re: High mark scoring tips on SAT verbal

Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:52 pm
by SouthernApril
I would definitely recommend doing the daily vocab email lists and the SAT question of the day. You can always look backwards in the archvies.