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Using Testing Strategies on the SAT Reading

In today’s blog, we will look at how you can use one of the testing strategies we teach our students to handle problems on the SAT Reading. Consider the question and text below from the College Board’s SAT Practice Test 7.

This question tests a student’s ability to determine the meaning of a word from context. In some cases, it helps our students to insert their own blank in place of the word in quotes. In the text that follows we read that the child finds ways to get into trouble. In this case we can substitute an idea that conveys our understanding of the context; let’s use “really good at.” Then, we check our inserted blank against the answer choices. Only answer choice D, “keen,” is a word we can use to mean “really good at.” Knowing how and when to use these strategies helps our students to save time and answer more questions correctly, improving their scores.

Next time, we’ll show you how to use a testing strategy to tackle a question on the SAT Writing and Language. If you liked this blog, be sure to check out our website, , look out for our upcoming YouTube channel, and like us on Facebook and Instagram. And if you think we can help your child, please give us a call at 508-213-8421 or email us at

About the Author:

John Marderosian is the founder, owner, and operator of Innovative Education Solutions. He has more than 15 years of experience improving student outcomes and closing achievement gaps, as well as increasing the capacity of teachers to accomplish the same with their students.

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