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    When You Should Always Answer a Question
    When You Should Always Answer a QuestionIf You've Spent Time on a Question, Answer It—Always! Sometimes, after spending time on a question, you won't be sure how to solve it. Maybe you've been able to eliminate one or more choices but you haven'...
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    Guessing Does Not Hurt Your Score
    Guessing Does Not Hurt Your ScoreBad guessing hurts your score; good guessing helps your score. I'm serious. Only two things hurt your score: blanks and errors. Here, look at it this way. Every time you get to a question, you have two options: a...
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    Blanks Cost You Points
    Blanks Cost You PointsMost people believe that on the SAT, blanks "don't count." They probably think that blanks don't count because a blank sounds like nothing or a zero, so leaving a question blank must cost zero points. These people are wrong...
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    How the SAT Is Scored
    How the SAT Is ScoredThe SAT consists of three separate tests—reading, writing, and math—each with its own 200 to 800 score. The lowest possible total score is 600; the highest possible score is 2400. Now, the moment you enter the exam room an...
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    Taking the SAT: Improvement Comes in Stages
    Taking the SAT: Improvement Comes in StagesLike learning anything else, learning how to take the SAT in the optimal way is not something that improves consistently, a little bit each day. At the beginning, you may well experience some quick gains...
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    How Much Can You Raise Your SAT Score?
    How Much Can You Raise Your SAT Score?As we just discussed, how much and how rapidly you can raise your SAT score depends on how willing you are to change the way you take the test. Your potential improvement depends on other factors, of course, ...
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    Taking the SAT Again
    How many times should your child take the SAT? Find out whether your teen should take the SAT again and learn the likelihood of his or her score improving. ...

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