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By Vince Kotchian | Wednesday, May 27, 2015

2016 SAT Changes: What You Need to Know About the New Test

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The good folks at The College Board, the creators of the SAT, like to keep us on our toes—so the SAT is again getting a major facelift.

The October 2015 PSAT and the March 2016 SAT will be the first administrations of the new, “revised” SAT test.

But don’t panic. Although the test is undergoing some major changes, at its core it’s still very similar to the current SAT that we all know (and may or may not love). The good news is that almost all of the preparation you’d do for the current SAT—the kind I cover in my lynda.com course SAT Prep: Getting Started—will apply to the revised SAT, as well.

But here are the SAT changes you need to know about, so you can best prepare.

By Vince Kotchian | Friday, May 22, 2015

SAT Math Tips: Techniques for the Two Trickiest Questions

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The math sections of the SAT are known for their devious questions. The concepts aren’t terribly difficult, but the test writers are good at presenting them in ways that force you to think and adapt.

This can be tough for many students, since high school math teachers don’t usually get very creative with the questions on their tests.

In this article, I’ll introduce you to two of the trickiest SAT math question types—and for each one, I’ll give you a specific technique to help you successfully work it out.

So get out some paper and a pencil, and let’s learn some SAT math tips!

By Vince Kotchian | Friday, February 27, 2015

Real-Life Math: What Are Your Chances of Winning the Lottery?

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We all know it’s a long shot. But sometimes the lottery jackpot gets so big that everyone starts talking about it: “What would you do with the money?”

After all, someone is going to win, right? Why not give yourself the chance to be that person?

Here’s how to calculate your chances of winning the lottery — specifically, the MegaMillions jackpot.

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