The New SAT Math Section

While the redesigned SAT Reading and Writing sections have garnered a lot of attention (goodbye obscure vocabulary!), when the new test rolls out in 2016 expect the Math Test to be dramatically different as well.  Here are some of the major changes coming to how Math skills are evaluated on the SAT Math Section: Less Breadth, More Depth While the …

Preparing for Informational Graphic Questions on the New SAT Reading Test

One of the most anticipated changes coming to the new SAT in 2016 is a revamped Reading section.  Particularly notable among the changes is the de-emphasis on obscure vocabulary and an increased focus on context, evidence, and analysis.  In an attempt to mimic real-life learning scenarios, all questions will now be based on provided passages of text.  Additionally, at least …

Test Anxiety Game Plan

According to the American Test Anxieties Association, 34-38% of students experience at least moderately-high anxiety when it comes to taking exams.  Here are some strategies for keeping those test-day nerves in check when it comes to the SAT. The Night Before Practice Makes…Anxious It may be tempting to think sneaking in one more practice test or spending the evening drilling …

Getting Into BU

“Anthony we want to offer you an athletic scholarship” At that moment I could not have been more excited, but his following words were not what I wanted to hear. “We need you to score higher on your SATs in order for you to be qualified.” My heart sank. I couldn’t believe that my scores were not high enough. My …

Changes to the SAT Part 1

So the SAT is set to change in March of 2016. What does this mean for you? I am here to address all of the questions and concerns surrounding the changes to this mysterious and oft hated exam. As always, any further questions can be directed to info@curvebreakerstestprep.com – we are happy to help! This will be the first in …

5 Big Myths of Test Anxiety

1. Test Anxiety isn’t real. Students just want to get out of exams FALSE: Of all the myths about Test Anxiety, this is by far the most damaging. While there are students out there who may fake a stomach bug to get out of the Presidential Fitness test in Gym or to post-pone that Biology quiz, students with Test Anxiety …

Words in Context Questions

With the latest incarnation of the SAT, test-takers everywhere are hoping to score as close to a “perfect 1600” as possible. Besides the elusive 1600 point composite score, however, the new SAT also includes several additional numerical indicators, designed to help students and educators evaluate how college-ready the student is on a number of fronts. Buried in this list of …

How to Become a Better Reader for the SAT

Avid readers generally only need minor touching-up when it comes to taking the verbal portion of the SAT. You can’t really fake an interest in reading, nor should you try. But you can break down the aspects of reading comprehension and try to practice them individually. This is the one that gets just about everybody. The people with the largest …