The SAT and ACT have a reputation for being really hard tests.
They are – but they are hard in a way that most students don’t expect. So it catches them doubly off guard. It’s what you don’t know that you don’t know that can kill you.
Apparently in school tests are very straight forward. Which makes sense. The teachers aren’t trying to trick you – they’re trying to get an accurate picture of what you know.
The SAT and ACT are like muggers
For a lot of my students, we don’t focus on what they *know*. Because all my kids know the Pythagorean theorem but that won’t help them solve this “triangle” problem. Instead, we focus on getting them used to and expecting the level of deviousness that the tests use.
How do you stop the mugging?
So how do you interact with a partner who lies, cheats, steals all of the time? Simple: you don’t trust them. Ever.
Once students get their guards up, they’re much less likely to be deceived by those tricky test questions.