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Besides having an official SAT score of 2390 (out of 2400), over ten years of experience tutoring the SAT and ACT, and expert knowledge of the new SAT I (I took the new test in 2009 just to prove I know what's on there ), I am a patient and talented tutor.
The SAT is a strange test. Someone could get a perfect 800 on the SAT Writing (multiple-choice questions and essay) and know only a dozen or so grammar rules. One could get an 800 on the SAT Math and know only the basics of high school math and some test-taking strategies. You could get an 800 on the Critical Reading by just mastering a few reading startegies and memorizing vocabulary words from a list.
The SAT favors upper-middle-class white kids. Such kids often do well because many...
read from a variety of sources (novels, nonfiction, magazines, etc.),
are taught the concepts behind mathematical formulas (instead of just by rote memorization), and
have parents who are involved in their children's education.
I have all my students use the book which is pictured above, "The Official SAT Study Guide (2nd edition)" by The College Board, the maker of the test. Anyone who is serious about getting a good SAT score will also spend time poring over vocabulary books and vocabulary flashcards. The Barron's SAT book has a list of 3500 vocabulary words and some flashcards (unfortunately, the rest of the book is mediocre at best). "Hot Words for the SAT" is a good vocabulary book because it groups words by their meaning.