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SAT Prep: Your Ideal Timeline

Now that we’re almost to summer, let’s talk a little about test-prep.  Test preparation should start the summer following your sophomore year of high school.  During your junior year, you can prepare during the fall, take your first test in December or January, and re-test in the spring as needed.

Starting SAT preparation later than your sophomore summer is not recommended because it leaves you with less time to study. Of course, you can always choose a later test date, but then, if you need to re-test, you may have to re-test during your senior year. And senior year is busy enough.

All this being said, there is no single “correct” timeline for preparation. Create a schedule that works for you, one that suits your own strengths and studying tendencies. The exact timing of this preparation is up to you, but, just for reference, here are two sample SAT prep timelines, one long and one short:

In addition, consider including a reward system in your preparation plan. Maybe, every night, after 90 minutes of studying you allow yourself one 15-minute snack break. Or you work on a practice test every night from 9 to 11, then reward yourself with The Daily Show. Develop a nightly study ritual–ideally one with some intervals and some incentives–and, most importantly, stick to it every night. Once the routine is set, you will be spending less time deciding what to study and more time doing the actual studying.

And no matter what, always remember: a little bit of studying every day is always better than one frantic week of cramming.


By Katie | Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 | No Comments »

GRE: On Prime Factorization and Numerical Scale

Closing out 2010 and – incidentally – the first season of the Veritas Blog’s GRE Series, class-leader Kyle T. returns to Math and discusses the benefits of two specific numerical strategies on the GRE: prime factorization and numerical scale.

Rejoin us in the new year for all new posts, not only in the GRE Series but also in debuting series on College-Admissions, Statistics, and the MCAT. Happy 2011, all!

Warmly yours,

The Veritas Team


By admin | Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

GRE: On Antonyms

From Analogies to Antonyms, this week Veritas’ GRE class-leader Kyle T. outlines the best strategies for approaching GRE Antonym questions and GRE Verbal overall. Drawing on his background in linguistic psychology, Kyle provides unique and valuable tools to GRE-preparers who may often find themselves daunted by the challenging and unusual words tested on the exam. Why are so many “sn-” words nose-related anyway? Stay tuned.

Happy holidays!

The Veritas Team


By admin | Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 | No Comments »

GRE: On Analogies

Veritas Tutor Kyle T. covers the ins and outs of GRE Analogy questions this week, in this ninth post in our on-going GRE series.

By admin | Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 | No Comments »

GRE: On Verbal

As promised, this eight post in the Veritas Blog’s GRE series addresses the Verbal part of the exam for test-takers. In the videos embedded below from the Veritas Tutors’ YouTube channel, GRE tutor Kyle T. introduces the best general strategies for approaching the Verbal sections and explains why it is so important to remain precise and objective in responding to those sections’ questions.

For more content on the GRE exam and specifically on GRE Verbal, check out the Veritas YouTube channel or stay tuned: Additional posts with specific strategies for Verbal, as well as sample questions on which these strategies are employed, are soon to come.

Happy prepping!

The Veritas Team


By admin | Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 | No Comments »

GRE: Important Factors in Preparing for the Exam

In this seventh installment in the Veritas Tutors’ GRE Prep. YouTube series, tutor Kyle T. addresses three important factors to be considered in preparing for the exam:

  1. the exam’s logical, problem-solving nature;
  2. the exam’s time-limitations on pacing; and
  3. the exam’s mental in addition to academic challenges.

Stay tuned, Verbal-focused students; the next installment in this series will be addressed to you!

Hoping you all had a wonderful holiday last week,

The Veritas Team


By admin | Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 | No Comments »

GRE: Particular Mathematical Pointers

For the sixth installment in our series of posts of clips excerpt from Veritas Tutors’ Spring 2010 GRE Prep. class, Veritas tutor Kyle T. offers some pointers to students preparing specifically for the GRE’s Math portion.

On Real and Imaginary Numbers:

On Testing Numbers in the GRE’s Quantitative Comparisons:

By admin | Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 | No Comments »

GRE: On “Listening to” the Exam

In our last clips-installment, Spring 2010 GRE Prep. class-leader Kyle T. introduced the advanced strategy of “listening to” the GRE and letting its subtle instructions inform your problem-solving practices. In this post – as promised – the Veritas blog gladly presents Kyle’s more detailed explanation of what exactly this advanced strategy means for GRE-takers.

Stop guessing!

The Veritas Team

On “Listening to” the GRE:

On Avoiding “Sucker Answers”:

By admin | Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 | 2 Comments »

GRE: On Math

For our fourth installment of clips from Veritas Tutors’ Spring 2010 GRE Prep. class, we at Veritas have decided to deliver the best of GRE Math. In our last post, class-leader Kyle T. introduced some truly solid and illuminative strategies for approaching both Quantitative Comparison and Problem-Solving, the two major types of GRE Math question. Now, in this post, Kyle expounds on these strategies by explaining how to cleverly reframe challenging problems and then let these perspectival alterations positively inform your work. As Kyle himself says, “You need to know the material [tested by the GRE], but you really need to [...] get in[to] the head of the GRE. It’s going to get into your head at first, but you need to [...] get in[to its] head. [Then it's] like, ‘O! Cool, I see what you’re doing here.’” Adopting this downright smart approach to taking the GRE is an advanced strategy that Kyle will describe in greater detail in the blog’s next clips-installment.

Stay tuned!
The Veritas Team

On Thinking of Numbers as Measures of Space in Calculations:

On Savvily Overcoming the Seeming Challenges of GRE Math:

On Reasserting Wits, or “Knowing What You Don’t Need to Know,” in Challenging GRE Math Problems:

By admin | Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

GRE: FAQs – Take 2

Jumping off the theme of our last clips-installment, the Veritas blog is happy to now present a third installment of clips, excerpt from Veritas Tutors’ Spring 2010 GRE Prep. class.  These new clips focus, as will all the clips to follow, on the FAQs central to taking the GRE and to succeeding in doing so. The three clips embedded in this post specifically address (1) working with the implications of the GRE’s computer-adaptive scoring system and (2) preparing for and approaching the Verbal, Math, and Writing portions of the GRE at the most basic levels.

Look out for future posts with more advanced content here, on our blog, soon!

Warmly yours,

The Veritas Team

On Taking the Computer-Adaptive GRE:

On Rehearsing GRE Vocabulary:

On Approaching GRE Math:

On Excelling at GRE Analytical Writing:

By admin | Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 | 1 Comment »
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