##### Ryan Fitzgibbons

# About the instructor

Hi! I’m Ryan Fitzgibbons, founder of Hacking The SATs. Ironically, I was a terrible student in high school. My GPA was so low that college admissions counselors actually laughed at me. Then I got my SAT and ACT scores back. And suddenly the Ivy League started calling. So was that fair? Not really. But it taught me the importance of playing the game, how much colleges care about a silly Saturday morning test, and how little things like test-taking strategies can alter the trajectory of a student’s life.

Many students tell me my resume first encouraged them to take my course, but it was how much I care that caused them to refer their friends, family, and younger siblings. While the headlines sound fancy:

- Mensa Member
- Perfect score on the SAT
- 99th percentile on the ACT
- Completed Bachelor's Degree at BYU in just 2 years
- Students received a total of 6 million dollars in college scholarships last year alone

That’s not what makes a good instructor. I believe most of my referrals come from the fact that I lose more sleep anxiously awaiting my students’ test results than they do.

Over a decade ago, I discovered my passion for tutoring and preparing students to beat the SAT and ACT. I taught for Kaplan for many years as one of their top instructors, did private tutoring, and taught test prep courses. With each of my live courses booking out in advance it seemed the best way to reach as many people as possible was to offer all of my tips, tricks and strategies in an engaging, easy to follow video instruction guide. I want you to succeed and I know that by going through this online course, you will dramatically improve your SAT score. Join me and have your story be our next success story.

# Course Contents

# Course Curriculum

- SAT Practice Test 1 - Questions
- SAT Practice Test 1 - Explanations
- SAT Practice Test 2 - Questions
- SAT Practice Test 2 - Explanations
- SAT Practice Test 3 - Questions
- SAT Practice Test 3 - Explanations
- SAT Practice Test 3 - Scoring Guide
- SAT Practice Test 4 - Questions
- SAT Practice Test 4 - Explanations
- SAT Practice Test 4 - Scoring
- SAT Practice Test 5 - Questions
- SAT Practice Test 5 - Explanations
- SAT Practice Test 5 - Scoring

- General Strategy: Introduction
- General Strategy 1: To Guess or Not To Guess?
- General Strategy 2: Think With Your Brain, Remember With Your Pencil
- General Strategy 3: When Two Answers are Equal, Get Rid of Both of Them!
- General Strategy 4: Change How You Take The Test
- General Strategy 5: Finish On Time
- General Strategy 6: Skip Problems and Return
- General Strategy 7: Review Wrong Answers
- General Strategy 8: Don't Be Brilliant. Just Be Right.
- General Strategy 9: Scantrons
- General Strategy 10: Scoring
- General Strategy 11: Prior To Test Day
- General Strategy 12: What To Bring On Test Day

- Reading Section Introduction
- Reading Strategy: Overview
- Reading Strategy 1: Write Down Main Idea
- Reading Strategy 2: Yes. Actually Read The Passage
- Reading Strategy 3: Predict Before You Peek
- Reading Strategy 4: Read Actively
- Reading Strategy 5: Don't Rationalize Mediocre Answers
- Reading Strategy 6: Fire Them!
- Reading Strategy 7: Never Assume
- Reading Strategy 8: Touch the Right Answer
- Reading Strategy 9: Question Wording
- Reading Strategy 10: Beware of Word for Word
- Reading Strategy 11: Nitpick Every Word
- Reading Strategy 12: Broad Answers Over Specific
- Reading Strategy 13: Work Backwards if Needed
- Reading Strategy 14: Command of Evidence Questions
- Reading Strategy 15: Vocab in Context
- Reading Strategy 16: Function
- Reading Strategy 17: Inference
- Reading Strategy 18: Infographics
- Reading Strategy 19: Paired Passage
- Reading Strategy 20: Detail Questions
- Reading Strategy 21: Generalization
- Reading Strategy 22: Connections
- Reading Strategy 23: Specifics for Each Type of Passage - Literature
- Reading Strategy 24: Social Studies/History
- Reading Strategy 25: Science
- Reading Strategy 26: Trap 1. EXTREME
- Reading Strategy 27: Trap 2. OPPOSITE
- Reading Strategy 28: Trap 3. MISUSED TRUTH
- Reading Strategy 29: Trap 4. DISTORTION
- Reading Strategy 30: TRAP 5. OFF THE PAGE

- Writing Section Introduction
- Writing Strategy: Overview
- Writing Strategy 1: Wordiness
- Writing Strategy 2: Improper Pronouns
- Writing Strategy 3: Unidentified Pronouns
- Writing Strategy 4: Ignore Prep Phrases and Fluff Between Commas
- Writing Strategy 5: Verb Tense
- Writing Strategy 6: Parallelism
- Writing Strategy 7: Sentences vs. Fragments
- Writing Strategy 8: Singular/Plural Disagreement
- Writing Strategy 9: Modifier Errors
- Writing Strategy 10: Idioms/Word Choice
- Writing Strategy 11: Transitions
- Writing Strategy 12: Adjectives/Adverbs
- Writing Strategy 13: Comparisons
- Writing Strategy 14: Passive Voice
- Writing Strategy 15: Punctuation
- Writing Strategy 16: Unique Words
- Writing Strategy 17: Big Picture
- Writing Strategy 18: Consistency
- Writing Strategy 19: Science Questions
- Writing Strategy 20: Ordering Sentences/Paragraphs
- Writing Strategy 21: Read the Title!
- Writing Strategy 22: Big Picture Examples

- Math Section Introduction
- Math Strategy: Overview
- Math Strategy 1: Confirm the Question
- Math Strategy 2: Use Calculator Carefully
- Math Strategy 3: Show Your Work
- Math Strategy 4: Order of Difficulty
- Math Strategy 5: Double Check Your Work
- Math Strategy 6: Pick Numbers
- Math Strategy 7: Backsolve
- Math Strategy 8: Take the First Step
- Math Strategy 9: Memorize Formulas
- Math Strategy 10: Linear Equations
- Math Strategy 11: Ratios & Proportions
- Math Strategy 12: Rates, Units of Measurement
- Math Strategy 13: Percentages
- Math Strategy 14: Exponents, Radicals, Polynomials & Expressions
- Math Strategy 15: Label Given Info
- Math Strategy 16: Angles
- Math Strategy 17: Triangles
- Math Strategy 18: Circles
- Math Strategy 19: Graphs
- Math Strategy 20: Draw Figures
- Math Strategy 21: Systems of Equations
- Math Strategy 22: Functions
- Math Strategy 23: Probability & Statistics
- Math Strategy 24: Find A Pattern
- Math Strategy 25: Inequalities
- Math Strategy 26: Scatterplots
- Math Strategy 27: Parabolas/Quadratics
- Math Strategy 28: Trigonometry
- Math Strategy 29: Alter Figures
- Math Strategy 30: Forget Distance and Midpoint Formulas
- Math Strategy 31: Imaginary Numbers
- Math Strategy 32: Math Vocab
- Math Strategy 33: Figures Drawn to Scale
- Math Strategy 34: Use Common Sense

- Essay Strategy Introduction
- Essay Strategy 1: General Information
- Essay Strategy 2: Scoring
- Essay Strategy 3: Read Instructions Beforehand
- Essay Strategy 4: Analyze Author's Argument, Don't Give Yours
- Essay Strategy 5: Target Your Audience
- Essay Strategy 6: Vocabulary
- Essay Strategy 7: Write a Ton
- Essay Strategy 8: Transitions
- Essay Strategy 9: Avoid Personal Pronouns & Stories
- Essay Strategy 10: Rhetorical Devices
- Essay Strategy 11: Organization
- Essay Strategy 12: Approach
- Essay Strategy 13: Write an Essay Template