Panel of Experts

Karl Schellscheidt

SAT Prep Expert

  • BSE, Princeton University '90
  • M.A., Secondary Education Seton Hall University '93
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School '00

Fred Hargadon

Dean of Admission

  • Swarthmore College
  • Stanford University
  • Princeton University

Don Betterton

Financial Aid Expert

  • Director of Financial Aid, Princeton University (1973-2006)
  • Certified College Planner
  • Principal, Betterton College Planning

Seamus Malin

Admission Expert

  • Harvard University
    Dir. of Financial Aid
    Asst. Dean of Admission
    International Office Director

The Freshman and Sophomore SAT Test Advantage?

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free sat test videoHigh school freshman and sophomores have one discrete advantage over juniors and seniors when it applies to the SAT test, and that is the benefit of time. In this video I discuss what freshman and sophomores could be doing today to ensure they don’t get behind the ball when it comes time for taking the dreaded SAT test. Time is on your side.

The Freshman and Sophomore SAT Test Advantage?

Freshmen and sophomores welcome; want to give you guys some advice on the SAT’s that might make a big difference in the end. I tutor a lot of juniors and seniors and this is what I see. They come to me eager to do well on the SAT’s and for the most part I think a junior and senior kids in good shape as far as the math goes. They have the math background they need they just need to work on some strategies and getting used to the test and getting into a groove and they can go in and crush the math sections.

When I think about the typical junior or senior that I meet in a verbal sense the pictures quite different; they don’t have the raw materials they need to do well on the SAT’s. Their vocabulary stinks their reading comprehension is not up to snuff and that’s stuff that’s really hard to change in the short term. So when I meet a senior who has two months left to get a good SAT score. I tend to focus more on the math because I think we can make quick improvements there. The verbal stuff is stuff that I say you should have been preparing years ago.

You guys are still young you can still make a difference. What I want to propose is this so you get really serious about: reading, stopping, looking up the words you don’t know, writing them down, writing down the definition, making list of words, really improving your vocabulary so you don’t find yourself at the end of your high school career in a really bad situation without the vocabulary and the reading skills you need to do well on the SAT and maximize your score.

Karl Schellscheidt

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