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When it comes to the SAT® exam, it seems like there are two types of people: the math people and the verbal people. If you are decidedly not the latter, you may be tempted to write off the section altogether. Don’t do it — there is hope.

The first thing you’ll want to be aware of is that the SAT exam underwent a major redesign in 2016, and the verbal section changed dramatically. This means that advice from older friends, siblings and articles on the Internet may no longer be relevant, so you’ll want to make sure every source you’re consulting is up-to-date.

David Freeling, an SAT tutor in San Francisco, says that while there is no substitute for years of bona fide learning, there are plenty of ways to prepare to navigate the verbal section — starting right now.

No Flash

Vocab flash cards were once a big thing in SAT exam prep, and mastering a few key words (well, a few hundred) was one of the more straightforward ways to boost your score. But the 2016 redesign, which prioritizes logic and reason over knowing fancy words, changed that. “There used to be one section where you had very little chance unless you knew a lot of sophisticated vocabulary words,” says Freeling. Now the SAT exam is more focused on practical vocabulary used in context.

Easy Does It

If you’re tempted to hurry through the easier questions to save time for the harder ones, you may want to rethink that or at least experiment with different strategies on practice tests. “I recommend the opposite,” Freeling says. “Guess on the questions that blow you away, and focus your time on being careful with the questions that seem easy to you.” These are the ones you have the best chance of getting right.

First Things First

When it comes to reading comprehension, SAT courses often teach you to read the questions first and the passage second. But it can be hard to understand the questions without the context of the passage. Instead, Freeling recommends reading the passage first and answering the simple questions — the ones that ask the meaning of a specific word or line — second. “Answering the easy ones often forces you to do some rereading, so by then, your overall comprehension is better and you have a better chance of getting the hard ones right,” he says.

Draw a Line

Underlining is essentially an active way to read, and it’s also a useful way to take notes as you go — not just on reading comp but the entire verbal section. “It forces you to work through things,” says Freeling. “The goal is to have the main takeaways highlighted, but only underline parts you understand and skip what you don’t. Marking stuff you’re unsure about won’t be helpful when you look back at it.”

Gram’ It Up

Grammar is more important on the new SAT exam, because there are now questions that address it specifically. You’ll want to make sure you know the basics: parts of speech — especially how pronouns and nouns are used — punctuation and prepositional phrases. If you need a refresher, try the Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar, in which SAT tutor Erica Meltzer hones in on the grammar you need to know without wasting time on the grammar you don’t.

Book It

Read everything you can get your hands on. Whether it’s J.K. Rowling or T.S. Eliot, reading conditions you for the SAT exam. “Reading for fun will make you a better reader,” Freeling says. “It forces you to think critically, not to mention better understand English grammar.” Try mixing in magazines like The New Yorker, The Atlantic or a leading newspaper like The Washington Post, and try to identify the main point of every story — something you’ll need for both reading comp questions and the essay portion of the SAT exam.

Of course, there’s also the tried-and-true method of prep: taking lots of practice exams. Make sure the ones you complete are from the College Board, which creates the SAT exam, and pay attention to what you get wrong and why. Figure those out, and you’ll be the one giving tips next time.

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